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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



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

Co-Guest Stars
Michele Roman
As Angie
Recurring
Frank Maxwell
As Dr. Michaels
Recurring
William Mims
As DeGroot
Recurring
Sharon Cintron
As Stormy
Recurring
Vince Howard
As Hardee
Recurring
John Clavin
As Hansen
Recurring
Jodie Mann
As Nurse
Recurring
Phillip Simms
As Maintenance Man (as Phillip Simms)
Recurring
Sammy Jackson
As News Announcer
Recurring
Jody Myler
As Nurse
Recurring
Richard Caine
As Security Guard
Recurring
Michael Keenan
As Man
Recurring

Uncredited
Susan Brown (2)
As Little Girl's Mother
Recurring
Main Cast
Jack 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.



Analysis
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.



Warning: Quincy, M.E. season 2 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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