Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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To Clear the Air 

Quincy goes on a campaign to clean up the Los Angeles air after an old man and a young boy die during an atmospheric inversion.


Lester Wm. Berke


Sam Egan, Glen A. Larson (created by) | 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
Ronald G. Joseph ... Ruben Cardenas (as Ronald Joseph)
Edward Grover ... Derek Brisbane
Joby Baker ... Will Sabarosa
Frank Marth ... Ed
Joan Pringle ... Dr. Cynthia Ruddy
William Sylvester ... Randall Torgen
Anthony Eisley ... Dr. Ogden
E.J. André ... Sy Schuster (as E.J. Andre)
Fredd Wayne ... Michael Gurelnik


Quincy goes on a campaign to clean up the Los Angeles air after an old man and a young boy die during an atmospheric inversion.

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17 February 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sam answers the phone in the lab, the caller on the other end only says, "Doctor Quincy," and yet Sam immediately tells Quincy that the caller is a man called Mr Thorgen from the ATMD. And then, when Thorgen is shown talking to Quincy, he again identifies himself. See more »

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Mediocre episode dealing with air pollution
20 December 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

To Clear the Air begins as an elderly man with a respiratory condition dies while walking outside during a smog warning. Quincy (Jack Klugman) conducts the autopsy and finds high traces of sulfur in the lungs of the man which leads him to list the cause of death as air pollution. This frustrates Dr. Asten (John S. Ragin) who does not concur with the determination, but when a young asthmatic boy residing at the same convalescent care center as the elderly man also dies after going outside, this further validates Quincy's findings and the focus becomes on a nearby refinery plant that may be emitting deadly amounts of pollutants and covering it up with government inspectors.

I found this to be a fairly reasonable story which still has relevance today as we just saw something similar where a huge auto manufacturer was caught rigging the systems of their popular vehicles to appear to be emitting less pollutants than they were actually when tested by government inspectors. From this perspective it is a pretty decent and competent story, but the problem was I just didn't find it all that exciting and felt that it came off as rather dull. The conclusion was also pretty weak in that there is a courtroom confession that wraps everything up very conveniently which was very predictable and anti-climactic.

Overall this is a rather mediocre Season 7 episode which deals with a public health issue and a cover-up rather than a murder mystery, and while the issue of pollution as well as big business cover up continues to be relevant and important now, it just wasn't enough to make this a very good Quincy episode.

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