Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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The world's most successful female television journalist appears to have been killed in a motel fire. But when the woman walks into the press conference where Quincy is announcing the cause... See full summary »

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Ray Danton

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Lou Shaw (creator), Glen A. Larson (created by) | 3 more credits »
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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
James A. Watson Jr. ... District Attorney
Peggy McCay ... Sister
Jack Hogan ... Roy Gordon
Robert Ellenstein ... Bert
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Miles Thornton
Jessica Walter ... Jessica Ross
Karen Philipp ... Secretary
Laura May Lewis Laura May Lewis ... Cheryl
Toni Berrell Toni Berrell ... Assistant Director
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The world's most successful female television journalist appears to have been killed in a motel fire. But when the woman walks into the press conference where Quincy is announcing the cause of her death, people begin to question Quincy's competence. He has dental and x-ray evidence that support his findings, but when he starts hounding the journalist, trying to figure out who she really is, his career is in jeopardy. Written by TychaBrahe

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English

Release Date:

2 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The photo of Jessica Ross holding an Emmy Award is not a prop photo. It's an actual photo of Jessica Walter from when she had won an Emmy as Best Actress from her short lived show Amy Prentiss. In fact, the Amy Prentiss program had been a part of the NBC Mystery Movie franchise just as Quincy, M.E. had started out. See more »

Goofs

It never occurs to Quincy or anyone to check Jessica's handwriting. The simplest foolproof way to show if an identical twin is impersonating the other twin is to simply compare handwriting. No matter how identical twins may be, their handwriting is always markedly different. See more »

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Lots of twin drama, not much mystery
13 September 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

Images begins with famous TV journalist Jessica Ross (Jessica Walter) in a motel room where she hears a knock on the door and opens it to find a woman identical to her standing there. The woman throws a package into the room and runs away, a couple of moments later the package explodes incinerating the room. Quincy (Jack Klugman) is called to the scene and later conducts the autopsy confirming that the body found was Jessica Ross, but during a press conference where he is confirming the death the identical woman emerges claiming to be Jessica Ross causing a media frenzy. Quincy cannot fathom how this woman could be Jessica Ross when the dental and x-ray records matched the body and he suspects she is an impostor leading him to investigate further while taking several risks which put his own job in jeopardy.

There really isn't much of a mystery in this episode as we see the killer in the opening scene and the rest of it is Quincy and the police trying to piece together what happened. If you appreciate a Quincy episode that is heavy on drama and light on mystery, then you should find this entertaining and enjoyable. The good twin vs. evil twin plot we see here is heavily used in soap operas, but for me it just didn't seem to work as well here in the one hour detective format. I also found it pretty unbelievable that the supposedly most famous reporter in the world would have both a secret identical twin sister and a hidden daughter that no one knew about.

I would say that the highlight of the episode for me is seeing the fabulous Jessica Walter matching wits against Quincy and giving him quite a run for his money. Even with her wonderful performance, I wouldn't say it was enough to make this a great episode of Season 4.


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