Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone... 

At a job fair, Quincy sees a terrified woman across the way from him, begging an unseen assailant to stay away from her. She stumbles down an escalator, and is knocked unconscious. At the ... See full summary »


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Lou Shaw (teleplay), Anthony Lawrence (story) (as Tony Lawrence) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Lynette Mettey Lynette Mettey ... Lee (as Lynnette Mettey)
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Stephen Macht ... Frank Hailey
Linda Kelsey ... Sue Courtland
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Mr. Charles Trout Sr. (as Elisha Cook)
Harold Sylvester ... Hal Borden
Tina Andrews ... Protestor
Fred Grandy ... Milt Jordan
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Spence
John Davis Chandler ... Robert Gideon (as John Chandler)


At a job fair, Quincy sees a terrified woman across the way from him, begging an unseen assailant to stay away from her. She stumbles down an escalator, and is knocked unconscious. At the hospital, she appears to have amnesia, and is unable to remember her name, nor anything else. Quincy's determined to help find out who she is. But time's running out of time; someone wants this woman dead. Written by Peter Harris

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Release Date:

11 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Last episode with Lee (Lynette Mettey) as Quincy's girlfriend. See more »


Quincy claims the missing man was a male Caucasian, age 22-23, 198 lb., 6'-3", blood type B, and even draws a diagram showing his face with blond hair and blue eyes. While he could presume his general height and size with the found bone, there was no way he could have known the info he claimed to know based on the technology of that day. See more »

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In the compressed, 44 minute syndicated version, Tina Andrews is credited but does not appear. See more »

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I am totally confused about how long this episode is supposed to be...
5 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The show begins with a guard being slugged at the site of a construction dig. Apparently, some unknown person wanted access to the place so they could remove some bones from a long-dead corpse. Considering this has occurred at a university, Quincy enlists the help of some med students there to help identify the body. That's because although MOST of the bones were stolen by this unknown person, a femur was left behind accidentally. What use is an old femur and why would someone nearly kill a guard to get the bones anyway?

I noticed that IMDb says that this episode of "Quincy" ("The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone") is the last of the 90-minute time slot shows and that it clocks in at 75 minutes. However, I have been watching "Quincy" episodes on Netflix and this one was only about 48 minutes (the standard time for all the shows after this episode). Which is correct? And, is the Netflix version a severely edited version? I assume the latter is the case, as the show seemed to jump around a bit too much--with some very abrupt transitions. My guess is that the show was trimmed down when the show was syndicated in the 1980s in order to make this one fit the standard time slot. My question then is where can I find the full-length version? The one on Netflix and the DVD is the shortened version. And, because the show is apparently heavily trimmed, this should be kept in mind when reading my review.

Because of what I said above, it's not surprising that I didn't particularly love this episode. While I really enjoy the show, this one didn't seem all that well constructed and seemed to take many logical leaps. Again, you can't necessarily blame the show--the original episode probably was a lot more coherent. All in all, passable but far from the show's best. And, after being a regular on all the previous episodes, this one marked the final appearance of Lynette Mettey as Quincy's VERY long-suffering girlfriend. She, like several others, would disappear after a while--and you assume this is due to Quincy's crazy and often dangerous life.

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