Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Monaghan asks Quincy to push the autopsy of a young car thief to the top of his priority list. The boys' friend is claiming that a police officer chased him down and killed him after they were stopped in their stolen car.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Neville Brand ... Off. Tommy Bates
Michael Horton ... Steve
Marshall Thompson ... Mr. Harris
Richard Stanley Richard Stanley ... Billy Harris
Michael D. Roberts ... Off. Ed Waters
William Daniels ... Charlie Truesdale
Bill Zuckert ... Commissioner Parker
Stack Pierce Stack Pierce ... Sergeant Murray
Paca Thomas Paca Thomas ... Dr. Herb Carlton


Officer Tommy Bates, a close friend of Monahan's, is accused of killing a young car thief who goes berserk after crashing into Bate's police car. Although the signs point to the young man being under the influence of PCP, there is no trace of it in his blood. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worst when Monahan is suspended for roughing up the young man's accomplice prompting a lawsuit by lawyer Charlie Trusdale, the head of a civil rights organization. However, Quincy finds out that the young man was a chronic user of the drug and thinks that he was experiencing a delayed reaction to all the years of abuse of the drug. Quince also suspects that he might have been responsible for the horrific murder of a butcher the morning of the attack. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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The patrol car in the opening sequence is seen with the number "012" on the roof. After the patrol car is rammed in an alley by another car, the number changes to "73". The "012" cruiser is stock footage from another show, Adam-12. See more »


References The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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Once again, Monahan proves he's the worst cop in the history of television or films!
21 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I recently began re-watching "Quincy" and am 2/3 of the way through the fourth season. One of the things I have really noticed is that of all the regulars on the show, the character of Lt. Monahan is by far the stupidest guy on the program. He ALWAYS seems to making snap judgments, ALWAYS resents when Quincy wants to thoroughly investigate ANYTHING and seems as dumb as a tomato (and a particularly dumb tomato at that). Well, in this episode he adds another milestone to his career of incompetence--he slugs a prisoner who is in custody!! Wow...this guy is something!

The show begins with a crazed PCP user smashing into a police car and attacking both the cops--while his friend runs off. Because the drug user is so out of it, he's like a human killing machine and the policemen try hard to stop him. Oddly, however, the PCP-head falls down dead after he's attacked by the senior cop (Neville Brand). Before the body even becomes cold, a local anti-police activist (William Daniels) begins screaming about police brutality. Can Quincy manage to prove the police acted responsibly....and can he bail out Monahan's butt after he decides the best way to get to the truth is to beat up the PCP-head's slimy friend?!

The show was very informative when it came to PCP--which, fortunately, is not as popular as it was back in the 1970s. However, the character of the activist was a bit one-dimensional and Monahan is, even more than usual, a complete knucklehead. Decent but about average.

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15 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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