Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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No Deadly Secret 

A friend of Quincy's escapes captivity and torture and runs to Quincy's boat, but keels over and dies before Quincy can reach him. Quincy loads the man into his official car and takes him ... See full summary »


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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
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Elaine Joyce ... Louise
Mary Frann Mary Frann ... Christine Hopwood
Ina Balin ... Stella Ross
Norman Burton ... Max (as Normann Burton)
Harry Landers ... Hughes
Paul Mantee ... Fake Carl Hopwood
Ben Frank ... Goodman
Keene Curtis ... Arthur Forsythe
Susan Tolsky Susan Tolsky ... Chemist
Carlene Watkins ... Girl #2


A friend of Quincy's escapes captivity and torture and runs to Quincy's boat, but keels over and dies before Quincy can reach him. Quincy loads the man into his official car and takes him to the hospital, where he performs an autopsy on him with no witnesses. The autopsy reveals the man was savagely beaten in the stomach and died of internal hemorrhaging. But when Quincy returns the next day to the morgue, the man's body has been stolen, along with all of the records except for Quincy's tape-recorded comments while performing the autopsy. Quincy begins to suspect that maybe the man wasn't beaten by mobsters -- and in fact that maybe he wasn't beaten at all. He wants to do toxicology tests, but there is no tissue remaining -- or is there? Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

16 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Marina del Rey, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The apartment seen in this would be reused again in the subsequent episode, "Tissue of Truth ". See more »


When Quincy and Monahan goes to the apartment of the fake Hopgood, Quincy should have told Monahan that since he knew the real Hopgood, he knew that the other guy was an impostor and they therefore had grounds to arrest the impostor for any number of reasons. See more »

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Great start to Season 3!
17 August 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

No Deadly Secret begins late in the evening on Quincy's (Jack Klugman) boat where he is entertaining a girlfriend (Elaine Joyce) who falls asleep on him and he is then startled by his friend, Carl Hopwood (Troy Melton), who shows up needing medical treatment and collapses beside the boat. Quincy attempts to rush Carl to the hospital but he dies en route and Quincy decides to take him right to the coroner lab to perform the autopsy. The preliminary results reveal that Carl died of hemorrhaging as the result of injuries sustained from a beating, leading Quincy to contact the police before he ends up falling asleep on the office couch.

The next morning, Quincy is awakened by Sam (Robert Ito) and is shocked to learn that the body of Carl is nowhere to be found. All of the tests and records associated with Carl have also disappeared with the exception of an audio recording of Quincy performing the autopsy, leaving Lt. Monahan (Garry Walberg) and Dr. Asten (John S. Ragin) in disbelief of his story. Additionally, a lab assistant who was the only witness to the body being brought in is later found dead of a contaminated drug overdose. Quincy begins to pursue his own investigation despite the protests of Asten and Monahan and this leads him to look further into Carl's employment as a scientist.

This was the first episode of the third season of Quincy and a very good one in my opinion. There is an interesting mystery featured with some twists, and Quincy has to do practically all of the work here since others do not believe his story. This aspect of the episode is pretty ridiculous because you would think that Monahan and Asten would give Quincy the benefit of the doubt when the body disappears since he is such an esteemed coroner who has proved himself to them over and over again. Instead, you have Monahan undermining Quincy by making snide, sarcastic and unfunny comments in front of others involved which is totally unprofessional and Asten acting like the world is going to end because a lobbyist called him on the phone. You should know better gentlemen!

Those annoyances aside, this is a quite enjoyable episode which will entertain and keep your interest right up until the very end.

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