Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Women of Valor 

After the tragic death of a newborn, Quincy, together with strong women, crusade to further legitimize the use of Midwives.

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Georg Fenady
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Elizabeth Huddle Nyberg Elizabeth Huddle Nyberg ... Dr. Katherine Reed (as Elizabeth Huddle)
Lynn Hamilton ... Olivia Allen
Philip Abbott ... Dr. Lloyd Wallace
Anita Gillette ... Dr. Emily Hanover
Ivan Bonar ... Dr. Block
Frank Birney ... Dr. Vale
Allan Hunt Allan Hunt ... Dr. Innis
Antony Alda Antony Alda ... Paramedic #1
Cindi Eyman Cindi Eyman ... Margaret Tracy
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A midwife, Olivia, is approached in the street and asked to help deliver a baby. She knows that she should not get involved but can see that the mother's friend is desperate for help. She goes to their aid but the baby dies in childbirth. The hospital they rushed the baby to when it became apparent that she couldn't help decides that her negligence caused the baby's death. The next thing Olivia knows she is being arrested for murder. Dr. Reed, a friend of Olivia's, visits Quincy and asks him to do his own autopsy on the baby. She hopes that he will find something that will help clear her friend.

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The only prime-time show supportive of midwifery. See more »

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Preachy and dated.
2 July 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I didn't dislike this episode as much as the other reviewer currently listed on IMDb, this is NOT to be taken as an endorsement of "Women of Valor". The show is yet another super-preachy episode and one that features very little of Quincy.

The show begins with an illegal alien in labor and a midwife (Olivia Allen) being brought into the case. Apparently, the woman has been in labor an extraordinary length of time and there is definitely something wrong with the baby when it's delivered. So, the mother and child are rushed to the hospital where the child dies. Almost immediately, the hospital is pushing for murder charges against this unlicensed midwife and the rest of the show becomes a long diatribe about natural childbirth, midwives and the like. I say diatribe because the characters seemed pretty black & white--and the show wasn't exactly subtle! I also was amazed how much the case for midwives was overstated. I think midwives are great--but hearing births they supervise as 'beautiful and sensual' sounded silly.

As I have said so many times before, I really preferred the shows where Quincy was more involved in crime investigations instead of preachy episodes about social issues--so that's one strike against "Women of Valor" at the onset. In addition, the preachy style undermines what, at time time, might have been a valid issue (though nowadays midwives and natural childbirth are much more accepted and in use).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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