Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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The Money Plague 

While walking through a forest, a forest ranger finds a stack of money believed to be the payoff for a hijacker who used a vial of anthrax to hijack a plane. He also finds the hijacker's ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
... Danny Tovo
... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
... Deputy Dwayne Whitlow
... Sheriff Tom Brady
Henry Slate ... Ranger Marv Sparks
... Dr. McKay
... Agent Richard Haber
Frank Parker ... FBI Agent
Chris Gampel ... Ron Macken
Roger Etienne ... Raymonde
Roger Til ... Claude Deschamps


While walking through a forest, a forest ranger finds a stack of money believed to be the payoff for a hijacker who used a vial of anthrax to hijack a plane. He also finds the hijacker's skeleton in a tree. Unfortunately, he accidentally steps on the vial containing the spores. Quincy and Sam go to the town where the body was brought in to properly identify the remains. However, when the ranger dies from the disease and it now becomes a race against time to find the infected money before a major epidemic breaks out. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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15 November 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This story was based on the legend of D.B. Cooper, although his name was changed to R.W. Collins, and he has a vial of anthrax instead of bomb. However, Collins supposedly jumped off of a Boeing 707 which, because of the design of the plane, would not have worked. D.B. Cooper was able to jump off his plane because he was on a Boeing 727, and it had its stairway descent underneath the tail assembly. See more »


Quincy's ruse to ask people to bring in their money because it's counterfeit wouldn't have worked. People know that counterfeit money can't be redeemed and people wouldn't willingly surrender their money. See more »

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Quincy takes on a real life unsolved mystery
17 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Money Plague begins with a forest ranger finding a skeleton suspended in a skydiving parachute hanging from a tree. He also finds a stack of money as well as a broken test tube nearby. The skeleton is believed to be that of an infamous hijacker who secured a ransom and ejected himself from a 747 five years prior but has not been seen or heard from since. Quincy (Jack Klugman) and Sam (Robert Ito) are called out to the field to conduct the autopsy but are quickly confronted with another problem as the forest ranger dies suddenly. As it turns out, the ransom money has been contaminated with the deadly Anthrax that the hijacker was carrying and they must work quickly to contain the poison and prevent an outbreak.

Although the premise is not very original as the story is based on the unsolved real life hijacking of a Northwest Airlines flight by D.B. Cooper in 1971, it remains pretty interesting and entertaining. If you also enjoy the episodes where Quincy goes out to a remote location to solve the crime, this is definitely one you will appreciate. There are some problems, though, in that it seemed a little far-fetched that the skeleton hung in the tree and nobody noticed for a full five years, also how did the paper money survive being out in the elements all of that time?

These issues aside, this is a pretty enjoyable Season 5 episode which most should find intriguing, especially the unsolved mystery buffs!

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