Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Slow Boat to Madness: Part 1 

While on a cruise in Tahiti, Quincy and Dr. Janet Carlyle step in and help the crew when a mysterious infectious disease affects the passengers on the ship.


Daniel Haller


Sam Egan (teleplay), Sam Egan (story) | 3 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
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Diana Muldaur ... Dr. Janet Carlyle
Ed Nelson ... Capt. Edwards
Leslie Winston ... Elena Graumann
Jack Blessing ... Alex Graumann
Linden Chiles ... Thomas Aynsley
Mimi Rogers ... Corrina Girard
Charles Thomas Murphy ... Claude Casserie
Allan Miller ... Dr. Jeff Knight
John Reilly ... Flannery


Quincy and Janet finally get some time off and go on a weeks cruise. They are looking forward to some rest and relaxation together. Before long their holiday is interrupted. Quincy is visited, late one night, by the captain. One of his crew has been murdered and he would like Quincy's advice. The murderer is caught but he has died before the morning and an autopsy reveals that he could have died from an infectious disease. A disease that could already be spreading throughout the ship.

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11 November 1981 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The cruise ship that Quincy is travelling on, is a Princess Cruises ship, more than likely The Love Boat, Pacific Princess. See more »


Dr. Jeff Knight: Doctor Quincy...
Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.: Oh, Doctor Knight. This is Doctor Janet Carlyle, this is our ship's doctor, Doctor Knight.
Dr. Jeff Knight: How do you do, Doctor?
Dr. Janet Carlyle: How do you do?
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Quincy...DON'T go on vacation!!!
19 May 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is yet another episode that proves that Dr. Quincy should NEVER take a vacation. That's because repeatedly on the show, whenever he travels (on vacation or to a convention) bad things will happen and he'll need to do coroner stuff--and often this means autopsies. While having this happen once or twice is bad enough, but EVERY time Quincy travels?! The show is a bit unusual, as Diana Muldaur returns to the show as the same character she played a year earlier. Now having a guest actor appear several times on the show isn't odd, but they usually play different characters. This time, Muldaur plays the Public Health Officer once again--and Quincy's love interest.

The pair go on vacation to Tahiti. The cruise back looks like it will be wonderful, but wouldn't you know it, folks start dying!! It's an odd case, as they hallucinate and end up killing themselves or others--as if they are having a bad acid trip. What is the culprit? Well, you'll have to watch both part one and part two to know the answer to this one.

Part one consists of the folks preparing for the cruise, going on the cruise and the beginning of the carnage. Quincy, not surprisingly, is asked by the Captain to perform autopsies but they are inconclusive, as there really isn't the equipment he needs for a full analysis of the victims. So, samples are helicoptered to Los Angeles where they can do the blood work. When the nearest ports deny them entry, the episode ends with two dummies jumping off the ship and swimming ashore. All in all a good but amazingly familiar episode of "Quincy" that looks a bit like a "Love Boat" crossover since the boat is a Princess ship (though I am not sure if it's the Pacific Princess or just another of their craft.

By the way, in most "Quincy" episodes, despite the seriousness of the plots, there usually is a bit of humor. In this one, it involves Quincy's sex drive. He and his lady friend have separate rooms and Quincy tries, in vain, to maneuver her into sharing a room. She, however, wants nothing to do with this and Quincy's excuses and machinations become sillier and sillier as the show progresses. A bit risqué for 1981!

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