Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Unhappy Hour 

A teenager is killed during an auto accident.



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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 (credit only)
... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Karlene Crockett ... Melody Stedman
... Eric Ramey
... Laura Stedman
... Jerry Stedman
... Mr. Silva
... Robert Waite
Borah Silver ... Mr. Miller
... Mrs. Miller
Josie Over ... Nurse Adley


A teenage boy is killed in an auto accident, and Asten's niece, who was in the car with him, is injured. Her blood alcohol level was significantly over the limit, and though indications are that she was the driver she denies it. Quincy tries to find out the truth as Asten tries to find a way of helping her with her addiction. Written by rbecker28

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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14 February 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Melody is sneaking out of her hospital room after the confrontation with the dead boy's parents, "Pulminary" is misspelled on the hospital wall. See more »

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Mediocre and flawed episode dealing with effects of alcoholism
26 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Unhappy Hour begins with two teenagers, Melody Stedman (Karlene Crockett) and Lennie Miller (Ross Rhodes) getting drunk and then crashing their car off the road. Both of them are thrown clear of the vehicle and Lennie is killed which leads to an investigation into the crash and who was driving. As it turns out, Melody is Dr. Asten's (John S. Ragin) niece, and he conducts the autopsy on Lennie after switching jobs with Quincy for a couple of days. The family is reluctant to accept Melody's alcoholism and Dr. Asten is not convinced she was the one actually driving which prompts him to investigate further and consult with an expert who uses a computer to recreate how the accident occurred.

This is a mediocre Season 5 episode with some problems. While the intentions of the writers and production team were honorable in that it raises awareness and teaches a lesson on the tragic effects of alcoholism, there were too many goofs and far-fetched aspects to make it a powerful story like it should have been. I found it a little too convenient that Quincy and Dr. Asten suddenly switch roles and low and behold, a body connected to Asten's niece is wheeled right into the coroner lab. I also found it pretty ridiculous that Asten was able to take the lead on an autopsy and investigation where the outcome would directly impact whether or not his niece faced vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence charges, wouldn't this present a conflict of interest? It makes absolutely no sense that Asten would have handled this case instead of Quincy regardless of their bet, and it all just seemed very contrived.

On the positive side, we do get to see Dr. Asten more prominently featured and with more to do in this one, so if you're a fan of the character then you will likely appreciate this one. Other than that,it doesn't have very much going for it and the way they keeping drilling the audience with the message over and over again after already making their point just becomes tedious after awhile.

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