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Quincy, M.E.: Snake Eyes (1)

Quincy goes to the Nomad Hotel in Lake Tahoe for a pathology convention. The convention draws to a close and Quincy prepares to return home – and then the hotel physician Dr. Larry Pines has Quincy paged. Several hotel guests have developed fevers, coughs, and extreme tiredness. Quincy and a few of his fellow pathologists must discover what’s wrong with these people – and the symptoms are disturbingly similar to Legionnaire’s Disease. Complicating matters are the hotel owner Al Ringerman’s desire to keep the illness out of the papers, and the presence of Rawley Dinehart, who just might be a syndicate front man here to muscle in on the hotel business. Quincy races the clock to figure out what’s killing the hotel guests.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 45573
Airdate: Friday February 04th, 1977

Guest Stars
Frank ConverseFrank Converse
As Dr. Larry Pines
Buddy HackettBuddy Hackett
As Ronnie Fletcher
Jo Ann PflugJo Ann Pflug
As Mrs. Pines
Val AveryVal Avery
As Rawley Dinehart
Van JohnsonVan Johnson
As Al Ringerman
Milt KamenMilt Kamen
As Leo Burke
Joey FormanJoey Forman
As Harv Bracken

Co-Guest Stars
Michele RomanMichele Roman
As Angie
Frank MaxwellFrank Maxwell
As Dr. Michaels
William MimsWilliam Mims
As DeGroot
Sharon CintronSharon Cintron
As Stormy
Vince HowardVince Howard
As Hardee
John ClavinJohn Clavin
As Hansen
Jodie MannJodie Mann
As Nurse
Phillip SimmsPhillip Simms
As Maintenance Man (as Phillip Simms)
Sammy JacksonSammy Jackson
As News Announcer
Jody MylerJody Myler
As Nurse
Richard CaineRichard Caine
As Security Guard
Michael KeenanMichael Keenan
As Man

Susan Brown (2)Susan Brown (2)
As Little Girl's Mother
Main Cast
Jack KlugmanJack Klugman
As Dr. R. Quincy
Episode Notes
Legionnaire’s Disease, now properly called legionellosis, is the more serious of two disorders caused by the Gram-negative microorganism legionella pneumophila, the other being the milder Pontiac fever. Legionellosis most often occurs in people with incompetent lungs, for example, smokers or older people with chronic lung disorders. Immunocompromised patients are also at risk. Most cases result from breathing water containing the l. pneumophila organism, as from a fountain or cooling tower.

The idea of legionellosis as a major threat somewhat dates the episode; a viewer must remember that when the episode was made in 1977, medicine did not fully understand this illness, and it had barely a year earlier infected over two hundred people and killed over thirty of them. Modern antibiotics have mitigated the hazard of this disease in large measure, but not entirely: as recently as 2005 it killed twenty one of one hundred twenty seven victims in Toronto, Canada.

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