Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Quincy gets involved in an anti drunk driving campaign after a tough case involving a pedestrian being killed by a prominent lawyer-with a surprising twist.


Georg Fenady


Lou Shaw (creator), Michael Braverman | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Charles Aidman ... Preston Claymore
Randee Heller ... Iris Chapel
James A. Watson Jr. ... Deputy DA Jim Burns
Chevi Colton Chevi Colton ... Marsha Leventhal
Paul Lambert ... Judge James Rhoads
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Tom
Ivan Bonar ... Dr. Morrow
Terrence O'Connor Terrence O'Connor ... Cheryl Claymore
Ruth Manning Ruth Manning ... Marjorie


A man is knocked down and killed by a drunk driver. Quincy is outraged to discover that the killer is likely to get away with a light sentence and tries to change things. His digging uncovers much more than he, and the prosecutor, could ever have expected.

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2 December 1981 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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When Deputy DA Jim Burnsis is heard asking for Dr. Quincy to be called to testify, it is done as a voice over of Quincy already in the witness stand. See more »

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Not as straight-forward as it appears
3 December 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

D.U.I. begins with Attorney Preston Claymore (Charles Aidman) driving erratically down a busy street while drinking from a bottle of liquor and hitting a pedestrian. The pedestrian dies and Claymore is brought up on D.U.I. and vehicular manslaughter charges, but with this being a first offense the District Attorney (James A. Watson Jr.) believes there is a small chance of him being convicted and receiving the maximum penalty. Quincy (Jack Klugman), the victim's wife and an activist against drunk driving are all outraged by this which leads Quincy to do some further checking into Claymore for the sentencing hearing and he uncovers evidence that this may have been more than an accident.

This is an interesting episode where things seem pretty straight-forward in the beginning with a D.U.I. vehicular manslaughter case featured along with a closer look at the inadequate laws surrounding drunk driving, but then things take a turn and it gets more complicated. It was a pretty unique plot with a twist, so for that reason I thought it was reasonably good. The only problem is that there is a lot of time spent on addressing the legal aspects of drunk driving cases which is still an important concern, it just didn't have anything to do with the actual crime in this story. Granted, it took some time for Quincy and the rest to figure that out, but it just seemed way too much time was devoted to this only for it to be dropped with no resolution as the plot twist came into play.

Although a little unbalanced, this is still a pretty decent and original Season 7 episode which does feature a crime and a mystery and is well worth viewing!

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