Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Quincy investigates the death of a model.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
... Danny Tovo
... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
... Penny Stone
... Dick Wilcox (as Ron Másak)
... Mr. Barswell
... Peter Holmes
... Dr. Fulton
... Group Leader
... Corrine O'Connor
... Maureen
Robert Hackman ... Louie


Quincy investigates the death of a model.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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1 April 1981 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Asten tells Quincy that they are being sued for both libel and slander. While slander was an appropriate complaint, as Quincy had made his statements on TV, libel would not, as libel only covers written defamation, something Quincy hadn't done. See more »


References Quincy M.E.: The Depth of Beauty (1979) See more »

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18 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Throughout the last several decades, a variety of insanely dangerous weight loss programs have come and gone. In some cases, they left because they didn't work. In others, they might have worked but had a minor side effect...DEATH! For example, in the 1960s and 70s, amphetamines were prescribed to help folks drop the pounds--and turned them into junkie or gave them heart attacks. The Liquid Protein diet and Fen Phen were associated with more deaths. And, a few of the weight loss books recommended eliminating entire food groups or doing goofy things to make the pounds supposedly, disappear. Because of all these nutty attempts to lose weight, the folks at "Quincy" decided to weigh-in on the issue.

The show begins with a model being photographed. However, she is out of it--and eventually she passes out and dies! The autopsy shows that the young lady PROBABLY died from a strange diet which dangerously dehydrated the lady--and, as usual, Quincy is mad! Coincidentally, Quincy is asked to appear on a talk show and talk about properly selecting a plastic surgeon (a follow up to an earlier episode involving doctors practicing outside their training and mutilating folks in the process)...along with the bozo who wrote the same diet book that killed the model. Not surprisingly, despite Asten's advice to hold his tongue, Quincy accuses this author of killing the model and all heck breaks loose. Will the department get sued for a bazillion dollars or will Quincy be able to back up his claims?

While this is a social issue episode, fortunately it's not as preachy as many. And, it is interesting and well made. Well worth seeing...and unfortunately, crazy diets STILL are with us and probably will be for a long time to come.

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