Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Quincy gets involved in an anti drunk driving campaign after a tough case involving a pedestrian being killed by a prominent lawyer-with a surprising twist.

Director:

Georg Fenady

Writers:

Lou Shaw (creator), Michael Braverman | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
Charles Aidman ... Preston Claymore
Randee Heller ... Iris Chapel
James A. Watson Jr. ... Deputy DA Jim Burns
Chevi Colton Chevi Colton ... Marsha Leventhal
Paul Lambert ... Judge James Rhoads
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Tom
Ivan Bonar ... Dr. Morrow
Terrence O'Connor Terrence O'Connor ... Cheryl Claymore
Ruth Manning Ruth Manning ... Marjorie
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Storyline

A man is knocked down and killed by a drunk driver. Quincy is outraged to discover that the killer is likely to get away with a light sentence and tries to change things. His digging uncovers much more than he, and the prosecutor, could ever have expected.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1981 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Deputy DA Jim Burnsis is heard asking for Dr. Quincy to be called to testify, it is done as a voice over of Quincy already in the witness stand. See more »

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This sure muddied the picture!
20 May 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"DUI" is a strange episode. While it has a wonderful twist, it also presents a very strange and confusing message about drunk driving. The show begins with a guy in a Rolls Royce driving about town erratically. He then plows into a man on the sidewalk--killing him. Here is where it's odd--AFTER he runs over the man, instead of hiding the booze, he begins drinking more! Then, he freely admits he was drinking but fights hard against receiving any sort of substantial penalty for the crime.

Soon the story becomes a preachy social commentary show about the evils of drunk driving and the weakness of the laws punishing these folks. While all this was very true back in 1981 and it makes a great case for strengthening the laws, SUDDENLY midway through the show Quincy realizes that this is NOT a case of vehicular manslaughter as a result of drunk driving but premeditated murder. As a result, all the grandstanding and preaching about the ills of drinking and driving are forgotten. And, in an uncomfortable ending at Danny's, Quincy and his friends (including the anti-drunk driving advocate in her wheelchair) are all toasting their victory. What victory? The drunk driving laws and precedent were unchanged. Odd.

It's all a shame, as without the preachy bits, the idea of a man pretending to be drunk to hide a murder is great. But, instead it's like two episodes--and the one where Quincy was on a crusade to increase penalties for drunk drivers ended up instantly vanishing late in the episode! Weird but still watchable.

By the way, the advocate in the wheelchair was using a desk which did NOT fit her chair and some of her file cabinets were inaccessible to her in her own office! Odd they didn't notice this.


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