Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Snake Eyes 

While attending a forensic pathologist convention in Tahoe, Quincy's called on to help when hotel guests and staff are stricken with a mysterious illness.


Joel Oliansky


Joel Oliansky (teleplay), Michael Sloan (teleplay) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan (credit only)
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama (credit only)
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill (credit only)
Frank Converse ... Dr. Larry Pines
Buddy Hackett ... Ronnie Fletcher
Jo Ann Pflug ... Mrs. Valerie Pines
Val Avery ... Rawley Dinehart
Milt Kamen Milt Kamen ... Assistant Manager Leo Burke
Joey Forman ... Harv Bracken
Lynnette Mettey Lynnette Mettey ... Lee
Van Johnson ... Al Ringerman
Michele Roman Michele Roman ... Angie Coy


Quincy, Lee and Danny are all in Lake Tahoe together. Quincy is there for a forensic Pathologist convention and the others for a weekend break. While they are there the guests and staff start coming down with some kind of strange illness. Quincy and a couple of other Forensic Pathologists are called in to help but when some of the patients start dying they still have no clue as to what is killing them. To make things worse the casino owner does not want to admit that anything is wrong, as it will affect his bookings and profits.

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4 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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Entertaining and educational
28 July 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

Snake Eyes Part 1 begins with Quincy (Jack Klugman) attending a Pathologists Convention at a hotel and casino in Lake Tahoe where numerous guests and staff suddenly become very ill at the same time. Quincy, a couple of other pathologists attending the convention and the resident doctor of the resort are brought in to treat the ailing patients. They quickly suspect Legion Fever (aka Legionnaire's Disease) and Quincy does his best to keep a lid on the outbreak in order to prevent hysteria and people fleeing while they try to identify the cause and who else might be affected. The manager of the resort (Van Johnson) is happy to oblige as he does not want this to turn into a public relations nightmare that will negatively impact business.

I'm usually not a fan of the go on a trip and low and behold there's a murder type episodes of the series, but this one is pretty compelling as the audience does not know whether this outbreak was of a natural origin or the result of criminal activity. There are some good guest stars featured and Lynette Mettey returns again as Quincy's girlfriend, Lee, which is nice to see.

Highlighting this disease as a plot was very timely in early 1977 as the famous outbreak at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia which several people died as a result of had just occurred the summer before. This is a testament to the willingness of the series to tackle real diseases and issues in their plot lines in a responsible way that helped to educate the audience as well as entertain.

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