Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Give Me Your Weak 

Quincy revisits old friends and travels to Washington DC in an effort to get the Orphan Drug act passed, and help a young mother suffering from myoclonus.


Georg Fenady


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
Michael Constantine ... Dr. Arthur Ciotti
Simon Oakland ... Senator Reeves
Robert Ginty ... Brian Marinoff
Paul Clemens ... Tony Ciotti
Burr DeBenning ... Rep. James Erickson
Richard Eastham ... Drug Industry Council Member
Frank Aletter ... Hugh Casey
Ryan MacDonald Ryan MacDonald ... Kyle Jastrow
Elsa Raven ... Miss Beck


When David Bowman, a 21-year old living in a convalescent home, is found with a gunshot wound in the back of his head, the police suspect murder. But, Quincy finds GSR on David's hands, consistent with suicide. Quincy's old friends, Dr. Ciotti and his son, Tony, (the father and the young man suffering with Tourette's Syndrome from an earlier episode) visit Quincy. Tony was good friends with David and Tony is certain he committed suicide. The reason for David's suicide is he was suddenly deprived of L5-HTP, the orphan experimental drug, which, for the first time since age 15, was allowing David to live a normal life, with a job, a girlfriend and his writing. But, Dr. Styer, his physician, was forced to stop giving his patients L5-HTP because production on the drug stopped. It is not profitable for pharmaceutical companies to test, manufacture and keep statistics on post-production side effects on drugs used by only a small percentage of the population. These companies are, as they ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

27 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was through advocacy from this episode, Quincy M.E.: Give Me Your Weak (1982) and Quincy M.E.: Seldom Silent, Never Heard (1981) ,that Jack Klugman inspired the Congressional passage of The Orphan Drug Act of 1983. The bill provided up to $15 million dollars in tax credits and a seven year monopoly on the drug, to the pharmaceutical companies, to develop new drugs for rare diseases. See more »


References Quincy M.E.: Seldom Silent, Never Heard (1981) See more »

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dull perhaps, but ...
29 July 2015 | by spleeno-75800See all my reviews

For those in the know this episode was pivotal to the passing of the Orphan Drug Act in 1983, which had been neutered by Oren Hatch in the Senate after the first episode on the subject. That bill, which later passed intact, was helped along immensely by the impact of this episode in which Jack made the studios pony up an extra mil to create the March. This was Jack's last year on Quincy and he had always wanted the show to have social relevance as well as entertainment value. Perhaps this episode failed to be entertaining, but politically it was the most significant episode ever filmed. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/25/jack- klugmans-secret-lifesaving-legacy/ for a more detailed description of the facts.

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