Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Scream to the Skies 

An Airliner crash in Santa Monica Bay springs Quincy into action fighting for airline passenger safety.


Ron Satlof (as Ronald Satlof)


Michael Braverman, 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
Katherine Justice ... Holly Mahoney
Henry Darrow ... Dr. Edward Herrera
Nicholas Hormann ... Shepherd
Paul Lambert ... Senate Committee Chairman
Charles Lampkin Charles Lampkin ... Dr. Jamison
Shannon Saylor Shannon Saylor ... Katy Christopher
Lavelle Roby ... Melanie Bridges
Kristina Callahan Kristina Callahan ... Mrs. Christopher
Frank Parker ... Mitchell Demming


An Airliner crash in Santa Monica Bay springs Quincy into action fighting for airline passenger safety.

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Release Date:

11 February 1981 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior of the apartment used was taken from an episode of "The Rockford Files". See more »


When Quincy and Holly are talking on the pier the amount of sunlight changes dramatically between shoots. In their medium shots the sun is in the late afternoon position. In their close ups, the sun has already set and is approaching twilight. See more »

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Yes, if I'm on an airplane plunging from 30,000 feet into the ocean, I sure want a life raft!
15 May 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am no expert on airplanes, so perhaps I don't understand the logic in this episode of "Quincy". All I know is that if I am on an airliner and it plunges into the sea, I am really not that sure how much it will help to have life rafts---at least in a typical water landing/crash. However, in the case of "Scream to the Skies", Quincy and the rest of the staff see a rare case where an airliner crashes off shore and the folks mostly survive the crash--only to die due to hypothermia. The focus of the episode is twofold--for Quincy to work through his depression after seeing just one body too many as well as his latest crusade--to get the FAA to require inflatable rafts on airplanes in addition to the standard life jackets.

Despite the logical possibilities and preachiness of the show, this is a very good episode. In particular, the ending really hits you very hard and it was well made and gets its point across.

UPDATE: I did a bit of checking and life rafts or the use of inflatable slides as rafts is now common on US airliners. However, the availability is NOT on all planes. The same article also went on to admit that the last time anyone in the US died because there was no raft was 1978--and this was from drowning not hypothermia.

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