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Quincy, M.E.: An Unfriendly Radiance

Quincy relaxes at Danny’s when Sam calls him. Police have brought an accident victim named Bigelow to the morgue, and the man’s blood test results baffle Sam. The driver of the vehicle is an ex-con named Sanchez, and police discover cocaine in his shirt pocket. Sanchez claims the cocaine belongs to the dead man, his passenger, but only Quincy believes him. Then Sanchez confesses - he has made a deal to keep the nuclear power plant out of the headlines. Quincy and Sam work to discover where and how Bigelow received a lethal dose of radiation to keep Sanchez out of jail for a crime he did not commit.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x10
Production Number: 46911
Airdate: Friday April 29th, 1977

Director: Corey Allen
Writer: Rudolph Borchert

Guest Stars
Joby BakerJoby Baker
As Don Bigelow
Ronald G. JosephRonald G. Joseph
As Ray Sanchez (as Ronald K. Godines)
James WainwrightJames Wainwright
As Arthur Lanz
Jerry DouglasJerry Douglas
As Johnson
Melinda FeeMelinda Fee
As Addie
Edith DiazEdith Diaz
As Maria Sanchez
Casey KasemCasey Kasem
As Sy Wallace

Co-Guest Stars
Carmine CaridiCarmine Caridi
As Dr. Brown
Peter DanePeter Dane
As Lab Technician
Eddie GarrettEddie Garrett
As Himself
Del HinkleyDel Hinkley
As Workman
Robert FloreaRobert Florea
As 1st Demonstrator
Main Cast
Jack KlugmanJack Klugman
As Dr. R. Quincy
Episode Notes
Does Sy’s voice sound familiar? Casey Kasem is well known as the voice of American Top 40, a popular radio show he hosted throughout much of the 70’s and 80’s, and revived in the late 90’s before he retired in 2004. Kasem also lent his distinctive voice to the cartoon character Shaggy in the various Scooby-Doo cartoons.

Quincy describes a dosage of 1000 rads as “Hiroshima time.” On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima made grim history as the first city subjected to a nuclear attack, when the Enola Gay and her crew delivered the Little Boy device, a 13-16 megaton warhead that killed about 140,000 people. About 60,000 of these died from radiation poisoning and other secondary effects.

Episode Quotes
Sy Wallace: Alright, Danny, c’mere! Two drinks for the girls over there, and listen: put it on my tab, okay? But tell them that I am a reporter and my friend here is a doctor – don’t forget!
Danny: Reporter! Doctor! You write obituaries, he works in the coroner’s office – all I need is a mortician and business will die altogether!

Quincy: Sam, are you sure you didn’t make a mistake on this?
Sam: Uh-uh. Ran it twice just to be sure. He showed leuocopenia, thrombocytopenia, immature erythrocytes.
Quincy: One day they’re gonna have that tongue of yours impounded. Why do you just say it? Low white cells, platelets down to zilch. What’s left?
Sam: Not much.
Quincy: What was the cause of death?
Sam: Would you believe an inch and a half gash on the forehead?
Quincy: Of course, Bigelow couldn’t clot and he bled to death.

Quincy: We’re looking at a lot bigger problem than nailing a poor kid like Sanchez! A man in Bigelow’s condition would have had to have been shot with at least a thousand rads of radiation. Don’t you know what that means? That’s Hiroshima time!

Monahan: Quincy! I wouldn’t have one regulation problem if it wasn’t for you!
Quincy: That’s why I love you. You’re a rock on the outside, a marshmallow on the inside.

Quincy: Everything in Bigelow’s autopsy points to severe radiation poisoning.
Johnson: Now, listen to me, doctor... loose talk like that could cause us a great deal of trouble.

Johnson: Did you do a Geiger reading of his clothes, his jewelry?!?
Quincy: Yes, we did, and we found nothing.
Johnson: Nothing. You know what that means, doctor? It means that he could not have been exposed at this plant. Because our reactor is neutron source, and any exposure of a ring, watch or clothing would leave it as hot as a two dollar pistol!

Asten: Quincy, I want you to step out of this quietly. Now, you’ve involved us with a very powerful organization, and the last thing I want is more headlines.
Quincy: Well, I want one more. (He starts to leave and then pauses in the doorway.) The one that tells me that Sanchez is free.

Quincy: Maria, I can’t believe you’re going to run out on him now.
Maria Sanchez: (in an agony of emotion) Believe it. You better believe it, doctor! Things have changed now, you know? This morning, Ray confessed!

Quincy: Malfeasance and bribery aren’t going to fit well around your neck. And that’s what you’re going to be accused of unless you call your lawyers and tell them to withdraw their offer RIGHT NOW!

Quincy: Private companies... they can’t have a cobalt machine, can they?
Sy Wallace: Oh, sure, sure. They use it to X-ray buildings and things like that after earthquake damage – you know, structural pieces?

Quincy: Am I glad you’re here!
Monahan: I’m not overjoyed at seeing you.

Monahan: I can think of a thousand reasons why people lie to you.

(Quincy has dissected a guppy to see if it died of radiation poisoning, part of his search for the source of the rays that killed Bigelow.)
Asten: Gentlemen, we have enough work here on people. We don’t do fish!!

Asten: I could call Monahan... I could call the newspapers... we’d look pretty good, guys, wouldn’t we?
Quincy: Yes, we would... we would look good.
Asten: We could prove it?
Quincy: Well, with a little T and D...
Asten: What’s T and D?
Quincy, Sam: (in unison) Trickery and Deceit!

Monahan: We have a warrant, sir. (He unfolds the warrant.) It says here: search and inspect on suspicion of animal abuse on commercial property.
Arthur Lanz: What the hell are you talking about?
Quincy: Those poor, dying fish.
Monahan: (ominously) And by the time I book you... it’ll be murder one.

Episode Goofs
During a scene near the end of the episode, Lanz wears a blue shirt, dark sweater and brown leather jacket. Seconds later in a close-up, the jacket is missing.

A newspaper quoted Quincy saying that nuclear plant employees glow in the dark when Quincy said the opposite. A reporter clearly got that statement from the protestor who spoke to Quincy, who either misunderstood or deliberately misquoted Quincy. Any reporter who valued his professional reputation would certainly have called Quincy to verify that he said such a controversial thing, yet there is no evidence in dialog that Quincy ever received such a call, or even that he was outraged at the misquotation.

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