Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Honor Thy Elders 

When an old man commits suicide in a hospital, Quincy discovers the tragedy of parental abuse, and gets involved in a senior citizens center.


Ray Danton


Sam Egan, Glen A. Larson (created by) | 1 more credit »


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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 John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Julie Adams ... Sharon Ross
Joby Baker ... Tim Morgan
Susan French ... Mrs. Morgan
Barbara Tarbuck ... Claire Morgan
Estelle Winwood ... Muriel Prentiss
Garnett Smith Garnett Smith ... Roger Prentiss
Leonard Stone ... Charles Walters
Jessamine Milner Jessamine Milner ... Edna Prentiss
Vernon Weddle Vernon Weddle ... Peter Harper


When an old man commits suicide in a hospital, Quincy discovers the tragedy of parental abuse, and gets involved in a senior citizens center.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

24 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Estelle Winwood's last performance. See more »

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It brings up an excellent and important point...but subtle, it ain't!!
10 May 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Honor Thy Elders" is an episode of "Quincy" that has an excellent point to make--the problem of elder abuse. After all, in my own life, I had a great-grandmother who was killed through neglect--and I know it can be a horrible problem. However, the show really dropped the ball with this because the story was, at times, ridiculous and sensationalistic. Had it been more subtle (with more three-dimensional villains as well as a lady getting punched in a way that SHOULD have killed her!), it would have been a lot better.

Quincy has an autopsy to perform on an elderly man. While he cannot prove it conclusively in a court of law, it seems to him that the man had been a victim of elder abuse. Because of this, he not only tries to help the dead man's widow but also get hooked up with a local advocacy group so he could have an additional person (Julie Adams) to stand on the soap box and shout along with him! The bottom line is that although some elderly folks are no doubt neglected and abused, the Quincy view of it is a bit comical and hollow. Better developed characters and less insane action sequences would have helped--as well as less grandstanding by the doctor.

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