Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Holding Pattern 

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


Ron Satlof (as Ronald Satlof)


Robert Hamner (teleplay), Adam Singer (story) | 2 more credits »


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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
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Adam Beal
Christine Belford ... Sonya
Robert Viharo ... Karak
Phil Leeds ... Fishman
Rick Traeger Rick Traeger ... Mr. Moana
Bonnie Johns Bonnie Johns ... Anne Wilson
Madison Mason ... LAX Official
Peggy Crosby Peggy Crosby ... Girl
Tracy Harris Tracy Harris ... TV Engineer
Jonathan Segal Jonathan Segal ... Technician
Danny Meehan Danny Meehan ... Dr. Halbertson


A hijacked plane lands at LAX, complete with terrorists making demands. On board is a deadly virus, which threatens everyone. Quincy must find an antidote, while maintaining the trust of the hijackers, before it's too late. Written by Beeracuda

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Release Date:

4 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The aircraft shown in most exterior views is a Convair 880, a short-lived and rather unpopular type once used by around a dozen airlines. The specific aircraft shown was initially flown by Japan Airlines, and was owned by Century 2000 at the time of the Quincy episode. Subsequently, it was converted to a freighter and flown by Profit Express, Aero American Corporation, and Central American Airways, before being scrapped at Puerto Rico in 1985. See more »


The aircraft used in most of the episode is the unpopular and short-lived Convair 880. However, at various points in the episode - and especially in the initial moments - other aircraft are used as substitutes. On approach, a Convair 880 is shown, followed by closeup of main gear extension on an unidentified high-wing passenger aircraft, shot out of the window. A United Airlines 747 in its original livery is then shown on final approach, followed by a closeup of the main body gear of a 747 at touchdown. (This is accompanied by the de rigeur touchdown sound used in most 1970s TV shows.) Cockpit video also appears to be from a different aircraft type, but the interior video does seem to have been shot in a Convair 880. See more »

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A pretty dumb episode...
6 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The "Quincy" episode just before this one was perhaps the best of the series. Unfortanately, the momentum was not maintained for "Holding Patter" and it's a silly and poorly written show.

The show begins with a plane on the runway at the airport. It has been hijacked by terrorists and already bad things are happening aboard--one of the hostages is dead. After tossing the body out of the plane, Quincy examines him and this preliminary findings are that he died of some sort of plague! Not surprisingly, the kidnappers allow Quincy aboard to treat everyone but this cooperation soon ends and Quincy is tossed off the plane.

So far, the episode isn't bad but soon things degenerate. There is a completely artificial conflict concocted between Quincy and the hostage negotiator (Gerald O'Laughlin) and their banter is, frankly, annoying and ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is when Quincy refuses to listen to the man and sneaks back aboard the plane!! Now considering that the plane is surrounded by SWAT team members and the terrorists vow to shoot anyone interfering, this is just ludicrous. Even more ludicrous is that Quincy eventually convinces the criminals to surrender. A dumb episode from start to finish--a definite dud and a show with too much macho theatrics to be taken seriously.

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