The Worst 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.
#1 - Bitter Pill
Season 7 - Episode 9
After a teenager dies from taking a seemingly harmless pill, Quincy sets out to shut down the highly dangerous, but legal, trade in â€˜look-alike' drugs. He tries to find out why it is legal to make such pills and concentrates on closing down a small, local shop that sells the pills.
#2 - Women of Valor
Season 8 - Episode 20
A midwife, Olivia, is approached in the street and asked to help deliver a baby. She knows that she should not get involved but can see that the mother's friend is desperate for help. She goes to their aid but the baby dies in childbirth. The hospital they rushed the baby to when it became apparent that she couldn't help decides that her negligence caused the baby's death. The next thing Olivia knows she is being arrested for murder! Dr. Reed, a friend of Olivia's, visits Quincy and asks him to do his own autopsy on the baby. She hopes that he will find something that will help clear her friend.
#3 - Suffer the Little Children
Season 8 - Episode 21
Dr. Asten asks Quincy to stop of on his way to his fishing holiday to do an autopsy on a young boy. The coroner in the area wants back up evidence to help him close down the foster child home that was looking after the boy and other children. To help out one boy Emily and Quincy get the local authorities to try out a new scheme. The idea of this scheme is that a qualified therapist lives with the troubled family to try and stop any flashpoints from occurring, hoping that this will then enable the family to be able to live happily together.
#4 - Scream to the Skies
Season 6 - Episode 11
Quincy investigates a plane crash at sea and discovers that most of the victims died needlessly.
#5 - Stolen Tears
Season 7 - Episode 18
A man who was a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps is run down and killed after he recognizes the man who was his tormentor in the camp. He manages to get a message sent to his friend, Heime, before his death and he tries to convince Quincy that it was murder, not an accident. At the same time Heime, who runs a Holocaust museum, has to deal with a rich, powerful man who spends his time proclaiming that the Holocaust never happened.
#6 - The Hope of Elkwood
Season 6 - Episode 5
When a potential Olympic champion is cut down in his prime his coach is accused of negligent homicide. A young lawyer, the only man who is willing to defend him, must rely on Quincy to find evidence to clear his clients' name.
#7 - Dying for a Drink
Season 8 - Episode 4
A medical examiner starts making basic mistakes, mistakes that are putting her job on the line and are caused by her alcohol binges. She is heading deeper and deeper into alcoholism and it may be that only Quincy can help her before she falls too far.
#8 - An Act of Violence
Season 8 - Episode 22
An old lady is attacked and killed in her own apartment. Quincy is horrified that someone could so callously attack an old woman and is determined to find evidence that will convict the killer. Later, after an evening visit to her apartment looking for more evidence Quincy himself is attacked and mugged, leaving him scared to go out in the dark and making him jump at every sound.
#9 - Whatever Happened to Morris Perlmutter?
Season 8 - Episode 23
An old lady is shot and killed by a burglar in her own home. When he arrives Quincy recognizes her as being one half of a couple of entertainers he saw in his youth. He remembers reading about their brilliance and wonders what happened to her old partner, Morris Perlmutter. He tries to find as much evidence as he can and then decides that he is going to find Morris. Meanwhile Morris is trying to get his big break in TV with the part of an old man in a play that is going to be broadcast live.
#10 - The Golden Hour
Season 7 - Episode 2
A young girl is injured in a car accident and rushed to a hospital by the paramedics. Her father who is severely injured is sent to a trauma center instead because he is a more serious case. The father survives and the daughter dies. The difference between a trauma center and an ER was what saved the man. City regulations make it hard for the center to get enough patients and it is about to get closed down unless Quincy can help.
#11 - A Matter of Principle
Season 6 - Episode 2
Sam tries to persuade the authorities to take notice of a new process he has developed to help track down killers. His tooth print process shows that the man the police have as their suspect in a rape case is not the man who did it. The bite mark has to have come from another person. His process being unknown though means that it is not accepted or believed.
#12 - Baby Rattlesnakes
Season 8 - Episode 1
When a young girl is killed in a drive by shooting a young 14 year-old boy is quickly arrested. The boy, Ethan, was part of a special program trying to get kids out of gangs and trouble. Ethan denies having had anything to do with the shooting, but if he doesn't tell who did do it or if Quincy and the probation people cannot find them then not only will he end up in prison but the special program will be closed down.
#13 - Quincy's Wedding (2)
Season 8 - Episode 18
Emily calls off the wedding when Quincy fails to make it to the rehearsal, the last straw as far as she is concerned. Quincy seems to be more interested in the tales Edna has to tell about her husbands' death. Was it murder as she claims or are her statements just the ravings of a mad woman?
#14 - An Ounce of Prevention
Season 4 - Episode 21
While completing the autopsy of a construction worker who fell to his death Quincy spots some unusual abnormalities. He gets Sam to run some further tests to see if there was anything that could have made the man fall. The results show that he was killed by a large amount of pesticides, pesticides that were covering the tomatoes he had for lunch. Follow up investigations show that a dumpsite near the town of Rosewood is leaking. The chemicals are infecting the ground in and around the dumpsite and town.
#15 - Slow Boat to Madness (2)
Season 7 - Episode 4
With the cruise ship being prevented from docking at any of the islands in the area it is down to Quincy and Janet to find out exactly what the disease on board is before everyone on the ship finds out and starts panicking.
#16 - Vigil of Fear
Season 6 - Episode 18
A group of concerned citizens patrol their neighborhood to help keep crime off the streets. After chasing an armed criminal into a warehouse a gun battle takes place and they shoot the man. When examining the body Quincy proves he hadn't fired a gun and was so drunk he couldn't even have stood up at the time. He was not, and could not have been the thief they chased into the building. The vigilantes now look as if they are going to be charged with murder, will Quincy be able to help them?
#17 - The Face of Fear
Season 7 - Episode 19
A woman, Vicki Maguire, who has suffered from agoraphobia, manages to finally leave her house, for the first time in seven years. While walking her dog along the beach beside her house she looks in through the window of another house, and witnesses what she thinks is a woman being strangled. The police are called and when Monahan and Brill get to the house there is no body, no sign of a struggle and a completely different man in residence. No one believes her story, except for her psychologist Dr. Rainer, and she goes to see Quincy. She persuades him that the woman wasn't seeing things and that he should help her find out the truth, before she suffers a relapse and will never be able to leave her house again.
#18 - Sleeping Dogs
Season 8 - Episode 6
Quincy has to testify in the court of a small town. The witnesses in the case are pressurized into lying and Harry Muller, a bullying murderer, goes free. Within half an hour of the court case having been dismissed Harry Muller is found dead. The six men in the shop where he died all say they killed him, firing one shot each from his gun. The police chief is happy to call the death self defense but Quincy knows that it was murder and insists he will find out which one of them really killed him.
#19 - Images
Season 4 - Episode 5
A fire in a small motel room causes the death of the single woman occupying it. The evidence shows that the identity of the woman is Jessica Ross, the country's top newswoman. As Quincy begins a press conference confirming her death Jessica walks in through the door, declaring that the rumours of her death are unfounded. Quincy and Asten are shocked but soon Quincy doesn't believe that this woman is Ross, and that his original findings were correct. He thinks that the body was Jessica ross and this woman is an imposter.
#20 - Headhunter
Season 6 - Episode 10
When the body of an airline stewardess is found with her stomach cut open, Quincy's investigation runs into interference from Internal Affairs, who is certain that a well respected police officer is involved in the drug smuggling operation.
#21 - The Flight of the Nightingale
Season 7 - Episode 17
With no doctor around and a shortage of staff, Lynn Buchanan, a nurse decides to ease a patients pain by giving him medication. The patient dies and nurse Buchanan is suspended, even though the doctor's chart didn't say she shouldn't have done it. The rest of the nursing staff go on strike, her suspension being the last straw. Asten gets Quincy to look a bit closer than normal (Quincy look closer than normal!) when he does the autopsy because his wife is in the same hospital and was looked after by Lynn Buchanan.
#22 - Science for Sale
Season 8 - Episode 7
A sick woman with cancer leaves the hospital and dies. Those that have had physical contact with her die. Quincy soon discovers a new virus is the culprit of the deaths and hurries to find the cause.
#23 - Into the Murdering Mind
Season 7 - Episode 14
A family is violently murdered in their own home. The man arrested is the son and brother of the family members. He is a schizophrenic who blames everything on â€˜The Beast', an alter ego inside his head who can take him over if he stops taking his medication. Quincy thinks, after talking with the DA, that he could be making it all up to get off on an insanity plea and tries to prove his theory.
#24 - The Law Is a Fool
Season 8 - Episode 11
At the end of a school day a young girl gets into a cab for her daily ride home. She doesn't arrive there and a search is soon started. The real cab driver is soon found and he gives a description of the man who attacked him and the cab is soon found abandoned and examined for forensic evidence. Then all of a sudden a man who fits the description walks into a police station. He is alone and refuses to confirm or deny anything. All he will let the authorities know is that Quincy and Professor Hillman (the kidnapped girl's grandfather) are covering up a murder.
#25 - Dear Mummy
Season 6 - Episode 9
The smuggling of Nazi-held gems from Cairo to Los Angeles in an Egyptian mummy leaves several corpses in its wake.