Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Snake Eyes 

While attending a forensic pathologist convention in Tahoe, Quincy is 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 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
Lynette Mettey Lynette Mettey ... Lee (as Lynnette Mettey)
Van Johnson ... Al Ringerman
Michele Roman Michele Roman ... Angie Coy


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

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

4 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Legion Fever" referred to with such dread is legionellosis or Legionnaire's Disease. The disease, caused by inhaling a water-borne bacteria in aerosol, had been first diagnosed the previous summer at a convention of the American Legion in July of 1976. This episode was first broadcast in February of 1977. However, three weeks before the broadcast the CDC announced that it had identified the causative organism behind legionellosis. See more »


The 'dead dog' in this episode is clearly still very much alive. See more »


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)
Performed by Michele Roman
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A very good and timely two-part episode.
4 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Quincy is a lot like Jessica Fletcher from "Murder She Wrote" because whenever either goes on a vacation, you KNOW that something horrible is going to happen!! Bodies pop up right and left whenever either of them or folks like Charlie Chan are trying to take a break from their jobs--which never seems to happen! Heck, for the good of mankind, all these folks should work 24/7 and never take a vacation!! In the case of "Snake Eyes" (parts 1 and 2), Quincy takes his first regular girlfriend of the series (Lynette Mettey) on their second attempted vacation (the previous one to Catalina Island ended in death, of course). This time it's to go to a conference and do some gambling in Lake Tahoe--with guest Buddy Hackett on hand for a bit of color as, what else, a standup comic, and Van Johnson (who needed a haircut) as the resort manager.

The show begins with a lounge singer becoming sick while she's performing. Soon, guest of the resort also become sick. The manager is worried--but he's more worried about his resort getting a bad reputation. So, at first, they are slow to respond to the growing crisis. Eventually, they get three pathologists at the conference to help them with the epidemic--and soon several of these victims die! What could it be? There's a worry that it COULD be the dreaded Legionnaire's Disease (here called 'Legion Fever').

This episode is pretty timely, as only a year earlier Legionnaire's was first seen--and by 1977 they STILL weren't exactly sure what caused this to occur. It's also well written, very interesting and among the best shows of the series so far. Episode 1 ends with panic beginning to grip the resort's guests--see part two to find out exactly what occurs next.

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