Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Gentle Into That Good Night 

Quincy helps a cancer patient who is dying.


David Moessinger


Lou Shaw (creator), Jeri Taylor | 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
Michael Constantine ... Dr. George Pendleton
Tyne Daly ... Kay Silver
Spencer Milligan ... Steve Silver
Alice Hirson ... Mrs. Foyt
Matthew Tobin Matthew Tobin ... Insurance Claims Adjuster Rigoletti
Stanley Kamel ... Attorney Dave Bremmerhouse
Kevin O'Brien ... Brian Foyt
Mallie Jackson Mallie Jackson ... Amy
Ron Max Ron Max ... Mr. Rasmussen


Quincy helps a cancer patient who is dying.

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Release Date:

16 December 1981 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," by Dylan Thomas, which begins, "Do not go gentle into that good night, / Old age should burn and rave at close of day; / Rage, rage against the dying of the light." See more »

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Depressing story
11 December 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

Gentle Into That Good Night begins with a terminally ill young man driving off a cliff and dying in the crash. The life insurance company believes he committed suicide and is initially unwilling to pay the family until Doctor George Pendleton (Michael Constantine) who was counseling the victim submits evidence proving that he was optimistic and not distraught to the point of taking his own life. Quincy (Jack Klugman) is intrigued by the work of the doctor and feels he can learn how to better communicate and interact with bereaved relatives of deceased people he performs autopsies on, and through Doctor Pendleton he begins helping a terminally ill woman, Kay Silver (Tyne Daly).

While there are some positive aspects to this episode in that it explores the complex world of social work and the psychology of how to properly help and support terminal patients, I just think that the story would have been more appropriate for a hospital drama centered show rather than Quincy. While there is an investigation into the death of the car accident victim in the beginning, this is resolved in about 5 minutes and the rest of the show becomes Quincy doing social work and Tyne Daly featured in yet another overly dramatic and depressing role. While some may enjoy this type of story, it is just not my cup of tea.

Overall, I wouldn't characterize this as a good Season 7 Quincy episode that you need to watch unless you are a big Tyne Daly fan or a social worker that can appreciate and relate to the subject matter featured.

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