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Quincy, M.E.: Go Fight City Hall -- To the Death!

Police discover a woman dead on the beach, her neck broken and apparently raped. Not far away they find a kid with her purse, and in the scuffle the kid gets shot. But something about the kid makes Quincy believe he did not commit the murder. Shortly after Quincy begins poking around and stepping on toes, Assistant City Controller Marcus hangs himself - and Quincy discovers that his injuries suggest his neck was broken and he was placed in the noose after death. An immensely strong giant seems to be killing people, but City Hall is strangely uninterested in discovering who and why...

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 45572
Airdate: Sunday October 03rd, 1976

Guest Stars
Henry DarrowHenry Darrow
As Dr. Rivera
Hari RhodesHari Rhodes
As Deputy Mayor Collins (as Harry Rhodes)
Woodrow ParfreyWoodrow Parfrey
As Bower
Denny MillerDenny Miller
As Ben Chase

Co-Guest Stars
Dimitra ArlissDimitra Arliss
As Shirley
George WynerGeorge Wyner
As Marcus
Fay DeWittFay DeWitt
As Nurse Audrey
John FurlongJohn Furlong
As 1st Reporter
Nancy FoxNancy Fox
As Peggy Tolan
Rick PodellRick Podell
As Peter Gordon
Lou PeraltaLou Peralta
As Carlos
Martha SmithMartha Smith
As Dianna Johnson
Jerry DanielsJerry Daniels
As 2nd Reporter
Main Cast
Jack KlugmanJack Klugman
As Dr. R. Quincy
Episode Quotes
(Quincy lectures six police officers about the coroner’s job. He is in a hurry...)
Quincy: Gentlemen, you are about to enter the most important and fascinating sphere of police work – the world of forensic medicine, where untold victims of many homicides will reach back from the grave and point their finger accusingly at their assailant.
(Quincy throws back the sheet covering a body. Several officers look away.)
Quincy: You see before you a man who was found floating off Point Loma. Unfortunately he was in the water a few days before we found him.
(One officer passes out. Another becomes sick.)
Quincy: Now, to determine the exact cause of death, we must examine the vital organs.
(Quincy holds up a scalpel.)
Sam: (sotto voce to another lab technician) This is going to be brutal. Quincy is in a hurry...
Quincy: Now, see, there are many types of incisions, but today I think I’ll try the lazy “S.”
(Quincy applies the scalpel. An officer races from the room fighting nausea while another passes out. The two remaining men bend to aid their colleagues.)
Quincy: Ah! Leave him be! There’ll be no one to baby sit with him out in the streets! You’re policemen now – that’s the way it is!
Sam: (sotto voce) This would be hard to take for a third year medical student.
(The other technician races from the room.)
Quincy: And now, for the final phase. (He lifts a Stryker Saw of the sort used to prosect ribs. A policeman races from the room; the last holdout crumples to the floor. Quincy looks over the table – six down five minutes into the lecture and he’s free to leave...)
Quincy: (on the way out) Sam, see that they’re comfortable...

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