Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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The Hero Syndrome 

A man confesses to murder, thinking that he has killed his boss, but Quincy is not convinced that his blow was the one that killed the man and believes that he is not the guilty party.


Gerald Mayer


Lou Shaw (creator), Albert Aley | 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
Robert Walker Jr. ... Peter Thorwald (as Robert Walker)
Shelly Novack ... Ben Stager
Carmine Caridi ... Rocco
Mews Small ... Stella (as Marya Small)
Judson Pratt ... Antrim
Roy Jenson ... Jake Hennafy
Darrell Zwerling ... Frazier
Bill Quinn ... Dr. Paul Wiesbarth
Don Eitner ... Howard Tyler


The body of a tough-guy loan shark is found brutally murdered on the docks. A young loner is falsely accused of the crime, but accepts the blame because he's made to look like a hero in front of his co-workers. Quincy eventually realizes the boy is innocent, but has a hard time convincing him to retract his confession due to the sudden hero-status bequeathed on him. Quincy must defend him in court to prove his innocence, despite the fact that the defendant does not wish to be defended. Written by Beeracuda

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18 November 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bill Quinn, who plays Dr. Paul Weisbarth explaining to Quincy, played by Jack Klugman, that he has the beginnings of an ulcer. Quinn played a similar role in the T.V. series The Odd Couple (1970) as Dr. Melnitz who was treating Oscar Madison, played by Klugman, for an ulcer. See more »


Near the end the judge makes a mistake using the word "infer" instead of imply". After Quincy states that at a coroner's inquest they are allowed to ask any question as long as it pertains to searching for the truth, the judge replies, "Inferring that we're not doing that here." She should have said, "Implying that we're not doing that here." See more »

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Robert Walker Jr. plays a real idiot in this one! A decent episode but a dumb ending.
6 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Robert Walker Jr. stars as Peter, a wimpy longshoreman (though I didn't think such a thing existed). A nasty loan shark catches him late at night and begins working Pater over. When Peter tries to defend himself, the shark says "I'll kill you!!" and Peter, in desperation, grabs an iron bar and hits the attacker upside the head. He was definitely justified for doing this and if he hadn't struck the much larger men, he would have surely died instead.

When the body of the dead loan shark is found, Peter assumes he killed him and so he turns himself in to the police. But, when Quincy does the autopsy, he finds that a baling hook was the weapon that killed the guy. Quincy assumes that Peter is lying and that he DID murder the guy with the hook--though most viewers will immediately assume that there was a second man who killed the guy AFTER Peter left. When Quincy eventually comes to this realization himself, proving this is next to impossible because now Peter is bragging that he killed the shark, as everyone hated the loan shark AND everyone used to think Peter was a total wimp. Now, Peter is willing to go to jail--just to prove to everyone that he's a tough guy! What a moron! Up until the very end in the courtroom scene, this was a very good and interesting episode. BUT, when Quincy confronted the real murderer and the killer, in a "Perry Mason"-like moment, admitted to the court that he did it--even though he probably could have gotten away with it! Duh! Sloppy ending to a good episode drop this score down to 6.

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