Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Snake Eyes 

While attending a forensic pathologist convention in Tahoe, Quincy's called on to help when hotel guests and staff are stricken with a mysterious illness.


Joel Oliansky


Joel Oliansky (teleplay), Michael Sloan (teleplay) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan (credit only)
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama (credit only)
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill (credit only)
Frank Converse ... Dr. Larry Pines
Buddy Hackett ... Ronnie Fletcher
Jo Ann Pflug ... Mrs. Valerie Pines
Val Avery ... Rawley Dinehart
Milt Kamen Milt Kamen ... Assistant Manager Leo Burke
Joey Forman ... Harv Bracken
Lynnette Mettey Lynnette Mettey ... Lee
Van Johnson ... Al Ringerman
Michele Roman Michele Roman ... Angie Coy


Quincy, Lee and Danny are all in Lake Tahoe together. Quincy is there for a forensic Pathologist convention and the others for a weekend break. While they are there the guests and staff start coming down with some kind of strange illness. Quincy and a couple of other Forensic Pathologists are called in to help but when some of the patients start dying they still have no clue as to what is killing them. To make things worse the casino owner does not want to admit that anything is wrong, as it will affect his bookings and profits.

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Ronnie Fletcher: Other hotels have conventions, they get in plumbers, carpenters, you know what we get here? Forensic pathologists, they have a whole name, you know what that is? Coroners. Coroners, the guys in movies that go 'hmmm, guy's hanging by his neck, has a bullet hole in him, and an ice pick in his ear, I suspect it's foul play'.
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I Feel the Earth Move
Written by Carole King (uncredited)
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Snake Eyes - Pt 1
5 December 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Quincy is attending a Pathologists Convention at a hotel and casino resort in Lake Tahoe.

In the same resort the lounge singer suddenly feels unwell, later the guests start to fall ill. The resident hotel doctor is unsure as to what is happening. The casino owner wants to keep things hushed up and avoid negative publicity.

Quincy and a few other pathologists are called into action to treat the ill guests who are multiplying. When one of them die, they hold an impromptu autopsy and suspect Legionnaires Disease.

This is a first of a two part episode. It is also the start of the proper series of Quincy. The first season were movie length mysteries.

It is a topical episode for the time. As Legionnaires Disease, was new. It is called Legion Fever here after an outbreak in Philadelphia a year earlier. This is referenced in the episode. Dr Asten rings Quincy and tells him of proposed budget cuts. This might be reversed if Quincy can treat the hotel guests effectively.

However Danny Tovo who is travelling with Quincy has a theory of foul play. There is a gangster playing Blackjack and losing badly. He is in the casino for some business.

An enjoyable episode, it does have a few laughs. Buddy Hackett plays a nightclub comic. However the threat of an epidemic and ensuing panic makes for a dramatic ending.

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4 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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