The Best Episodes of Quincy, M.E.

Last Updated: Feb 6, 2019

Quincy, M.E, a man who must have been a nightmare to work with! Quincy was a crusading Medical Examiner in Los Angeles, an expert at his job he was always capable of finding something that everyone else missed. A small clue that would go against all the rest of the evidence in a case and would lead to him arguing with his boss, Asten, and/or the investigating detective, nearly always Monahan. Quincy started of as a straight forward crime series with a difference, it was a M.E. investigating not a police officer or private eye.As the series went from strength to strength the writers, probably with a little push from Klugman, started bringing in stories about social injustice rather than criminal. Most of the time this worked, in fact it is sometimes interesting to see that some of the things highlighted still have not changed even now! Sometimes it came over a little preachy but the show can never be faulted for trying to enlighten the eyes of its viewers.

Snake Eyes (2)

#1 - Snake Eyes (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2

The disease continues to spread and the rest of the hotel/casino's guests want to know what is going on. They want to get out of the building but Quincy and his colleagues know that they have to keep the disease, and the guests, contained. If the disease gets out of the hotel it could cause an epidemic that could quickly spread all over the country!

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Joel Oliansky
Writers: Lou Shaw, Joel Oliansky, Michael Sloan
Who Speaks for the Children?

#2 - Who Speaks for the Children?

Season 6 - Episode 13

Polly Carmody, a young 9 year old girl, is murdered and found in a refuse bin. The police quickly pick up a suspect but Lt. Alex Markasian thinks that he doesn't fit the profile of a child murderer. He is much more interested in the fact that the 'father' of Polly is in fact her stepfather, and has only been in the house for a couple of months. When the arrested suspects blood type doesn't match the blood found on the victioms clothing Donald Thompson, the stepfather, becomes an even more likely suspect. This is made even more likely when Alex and Quincy discover some disturbing things in Thompsons' background.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Michael Braverman
The Night Killer

#3 - The Night Killer

Season 6 - Episode 4

Mr. & Mrs. Estes have baby twins and with Bill Estes working all day Madeline is finding it harder and harder to look after the two boys. One night one of the twins dies suddenly in its sleep. All the medical and police personnel involved thinks that the baby died from SID (Sudden Infant Death) Syndrome, but a new, young and ambitious ME, Dr. Gauge, thinks that it was battered and calls in Lt. Monahan. Bill, remembering how his wife was getting angry with the workload of looking after both babies begins to think that she could have killed their son.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Hayden
Writers: Jeri Taylor
Holding Pattern

#4 - Holding Pattern

Season 3 - Episode 7

Quincy has to persuade a group of hijackers that the plane they, and their hostages, are on has been exposed to a deadly virus.

star 8.20
10 votes
Directors: Ron Satlof
Writers: Adam Singer, Robert Hammer
Physician, Heal Thyself

#5 - Physician, Heal Thyself

Season 4 - Episode 18

A seventeen-year old girl collapses and dies after having had an abortion. The family wants an autopsy and tells Asten that they will pay for a private one. Quincy performs it and thinks that her death was caused by the negligence of the doctor who performed the abortion. He visits the doctor and the hospital and finds out that the doctor was drunk when he operated, proving this is hard though as he faces a conspiracy of silence.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
Writers: Aubrey Solomon, Steve Greenberg
The Money Plague

#6 - The Money Plague

Season 5 - Episode 9

‘R.W. Collins', a famous hijacker who escaped by parachuting out of a plane with his money five years ago is found dead, hanging from a tree in the National Park he bailed out over. He died before he hit the ground and has been hanging there, undiscovered, for 5 years now. Quincy and Sam are sent to the scene to see if they can find out whom the man really was. When they reach the park they find that things are a lot worse than they could have imagined, the anthrax particles he used to hijack the plane were released when the body was found and are spreading throughout the area infecting people who come into contact with it.

star 8.12
8 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Sam Egan, Allan Cole, Chris Bunch
Let Me Light the Way

#7 - Let Me Light the Way

Season 2 - Episode 13

A suspected rapist seeks revenge on Quincy by attacking his friend

star 8.08
12 votes
Writers: David Moessinger
Sweet Land of Liberty

#8 - Sweet Land of Liberty

Season 5 - Episode 6

A policeman is killed while on a routine visit to a house. The killer turns out to be an old friend of Sam's, the gentlest man Sam has ever known. Arrested he admits that he killed the policeman and then, while in a cell, kills himself. Sam is determined to find out what changed his friend and investigates. He finds radiation in the jawbone and uncovers the story of a military experience in Germany that involved torture and, possibly, the force-feeding of a radioactive drug. Can Sam prove that this is what caused his friend to kill and restore his good name?

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Robert Loggia
Writers: Erich Collier
Aftermath

#9 - Aftermath

Season 4 - Episode 16

A large passenger jet crash-lands 40 miles outside LA. Quincy and Sam are sent out to start the identification of the bodies and to make sure that the crash scene is kept intact. Once the rest of the Coroners team has arrived and the positions of the bodies have been marked out they are all taken back to LA, where an autopsy has to be completed on each and every one of them, all one hundred of them! Quincy eventually discovers that a dangerous flammable gas was being carried by the plane, not illegal but extremely dangerous. He then finds himself with two dilemmas to solve. The first being how to persuade the airlines that transporting this sort of flammable substance is not a good idea and secondly, to get an insurance company to accept that one of the unidentifiable bodies was that of a man they insured so that his wife and family can claim his life insurance.

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Tony Mordente
Writers: Steve Greenberg, Peter J. Thompson, Aubrey Solomon
Unhappy Hour

#10 - Unhappy Hour

Season 5 - Episode 16

Dr. Asten's niece is involved in a car accident while drunk and it is up to Quincy to try and establish whether she was the driver of the car or whether it was her friend, who died in the crash, who was driving. Asten gets Quincy to swap jobs with him for a day so that he can find out how hard it is to run the place.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Ray Danton
Writers: Sam Egan
New Blood

#11 - New Blood

Season 5 - Episode 18

Asten forces Quincy to take some unwanted vacation time and brings in a temporary replacement, Dr. McCracken, a pathologist rather than a Medical Examiner. That very same day the body of a controversial Congressman, Laurence Bridges, is found at the bottom of a flight of stairs in his office. With the press and police wanting a quick answer to what happened to Brideges Quincy is convinced that McCracken will not do a thorough enough job. A personality clash occurs between him and McCracken as he tries to get himself involved in her case.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: John Peyser
Writers: Jeri Taylor
The Last of Leadbottom

#12 - The Last of Leadbottom

Season 7 - Episode 22

Rear Admiral Mckenzie, an old colleague of Quincy's, dies while opening a naval museum named after him. A simple autopsy causes confusion for Quincy and Asten when they encounter a naval commander desperate for the body, 3 Mrs. Mckenzies and the presence of a microchip inside his stomach. Soon Quincy has his Naval reserve status reactivated and finds himself involved in the cat and mouse affairs of espionage and counter espionage.

star 8.00
4 votes
Writers: Michael Braverman
The Shadow of Death

#13 - The Shadow of Death

Season 7 - Episode 16

An ex-nurse, who served in Vietnam and suffered nightmares because of it, is found dead in her apartment. Her best friend, who was also a nurse in Vietnam, tries to help find the killer but has problems of her own. She suffers her own nightmares from the war and begins to fall deeper into depression and alcohol. The same thing happens to many vets when they come back from the war and Quincy wants to help her, if he can.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Georg Fenady
Writers: Jeri Taylor
Murder on Ice

#14 - Murder on Ice

Season 8 - Episode 19

Quincy and Emily receive the use of a Judge friends' mountain cabin for their honeymoon. They picture a long romantic week alone, skiing and sitting in front of an open log fire. When they arrive they are disappointed to find that there are other guests as well. All the guests are involved in law enforcement of some form or other and all know each other. They soon realize that the last time they saw each other al together was on when they all worked on the same case, a year ago. The man they all helped convict escaped jail and has never been heard of or seen since. When the judge doesn't arrive they all decide to go out looking for him in case there has been an accident. When they find his car, caught up in a snowdrift blocking the only way down the mountain, and his body inside it they all begin to worry whether the missing criminal is planning his revenge.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Mel Ferber
Writers: Lee Sheldon
An Unfriendly Radiance

#15 - An Unfriendly Radiance

Season 2 - Episode 10

Quincy is called in on his day off after a car crash victim is brought in and seems to have an extremely high level of radiation in his body. Ray Sanchez, who was helping out the now man, Bigelow, is arrested for manslaughter, even though Quincy is convinced of his innocence and makes no effort to hide his viewpoint. To help Sanchez Quincy decides to look more into the radiation aspect of Bigelow's death and tries to dig into his background and find out where he worked.

star 8.00
15 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
Writers: Rudolph Borchert
The Hot Dog Murder

#16 - The Hot Dog Murder

Season 2 - Episode 9

After a talk at a university a student who wants his advice approaches Quincy. He thinks that a body that was donated to the university was murdered, that he didn't die accidentally as the records show. What makes it worse is that the body came from a top security prison wing, where the man was being held for his own safety at the time.

star 7.92
13 votes
Directors: Alex March
Writers: B.W. Sandefur
Visitors in Paradise

#17 - Visitors in Paradise

Season 2 - Episode 4

Quincy and Danny go on a fishing holiday to the beautiful lakeside town of Paradise, free from their troubles of restaurant managing and Dr. Asten. Almost as soon as they have started fishing a young woman pulls her boat alongside them and thanks Quincy for coming to investigate her mother's murder! Quincy has no idea what she is on about but is affected by her pleading and agrees to look into it.

star 7.90
21 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: Michael Sloan
Honor Thy Elders

#18 - Honor Thy Elders

Season 5 - Episode 12

After Quincy's traces an old man's death to his son's physical abuse he is faced with a similar case involving the exploitation of two elderly women by their unscrupulous nephew.

star 7.86
7 votes
Directors: Ray Danton
Writers: Sam Egan
A Dead Man's Truth

#19 - A Dead Man's Truth

Season 3 - Episode 3

A rookie cop and his partner are called to a break in at a shop, when they arrive they go into a dark shop and start to search it. The criminal is still inside and when they find him an altercation ensues and ends up with the rookie cop shooting the burglar. After an autopsy Quincy quickly discovers that the story the rookie is telling is not the truth. With a crusading TV reporter looking into police brutality Monahan wants Quincy to find out exactly what happened and why the rookie is lying before the reports condemn him and ruin his chance of a career in the police.

star 7.83
18 votes
Directors: Vic Morrow
Writers: Adrian Leeds
Tissue of Truth

#20 - Tissue of Truth

Season 3 - Episode 6

When a kidnapper dies in a car crash after trying to pick up his ransom the only clue that will help the police find the missing boy is a half eaten apple. It is up to Quincy to use his medical expertise to uncover where the kidnapped boy has been hidden.

star 7.83
12 votes
Directors: Raymond Danton
Writers: Max McClellan
Accomplice to Murder

#21 - Accomplice to Murder

Season 3 - Episode 16

Quincy stakes his reputation on his forensic findings, which suggest that an influential businessman is responsible for the death of his estranged wife.

star 7.82
11 votes
Directors: Paul Krasny
Writers: Frank Telford
A Good Smack in the Mouth

#22 - A Good Smack in the Mouth

Season 2 - Episode 8

Asten's wife Melissa picks up a young boy wandering at the side of the road at night. Soon afterwards they are involved in an automobile accident. Quincy is told, Asten is out of town, and he goes and visits Melissa, and the boy. As soon as he sees Joey's bruises he knows that they are not new ones caused by the crash, they are older and look like being beaten caused them. He looks at the x-rays taken of the boy and they confirm his opinion that the boy is being abused, probably at the hands of his parents.

star 7.79
14 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Gregory S. Dinallo, Glen A. Larson, Jack Klugman
Ashes to Ashes

#23 - Ashes to Ashes

Season 3 - Episode 17

A young woman dies in a bar, apparently of a heart attack. After the autopsy Quincy is sure that something is not quite as it seems and soon discovers some unsettling facts about her husband.

star 7.78
9 votes
Writers: Max Hodge, Charles A. McDaniel
Matters of Life and Death

#24 - Matters of Life and Death

Season 3 - Episode 14

Quincy is asked to cover for a GP working in a small community north of Los Angeles. There he becomes involved in a case of medical negligence after the death of a local man.

star 7.77
13 votes
Directors: Paul Krasny
Writers: Albert Aley
For Love of Joshua

#25 - For Love of Joshua

Season 7 - Episode 13

A doctor persuades a couple that their new baby, which was born with Down's syndrome, will not have any life outside of hospitals and institutions. The child is then allowed to starve to death, something that causes a second doctor to ask for the original one to be charged with murder. Quincy investigates and finds out more about how children with Down's syndrome are treated in the world. To do this he visits a family that look after six children on their own.

star 7.75
4 votes
Writers: Michael Braverman