Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone... 

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In the last of the 90-minute Sunday Mystery Movie episodes (this was aired in the Friday time slot), a crook frantically steals the bones of a long-dead football player from a construction ... See full summary »


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Lou Shaw (teleplay), Anthony Lawrence (story) (as Tony Lawrence) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Lynette Mettey Lynette Mettey ... Lee (as Lynnette Mettey)
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Stephen Macht ... Frank Hailey
Linda Kelsey ... Sue Courtland
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Mr. Charles Trout Sr. (as Elisha Cook)
Harold Sylvester ... Hal Borden
Tina Andrews ... Protestor
Fred Grandy ... Milt Jordan
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Spence
John Davis Chandler ... Robert Gideon (as John Chandler)


In the last of the 90-minute Sunday Mystery Movie episodes (this was aired in the Friday time slot), a crook frantically steals the bones of a long-dead football player from a construction site. But he misses a femur, and it was hit by a pistol slug. The next day, the thigh bone is discovered and turned over to Quincy and a group of medical students. Quincy uses analysis to get a complete portrait of the victim. Written by Peter Harris

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11 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Last episode with Lee (Lynette Mettey) as Quincy's girlfriend. See more »


Quincy claims the missing man was a male Caucasian, age 22-23, 198 lb., 6'-3", blood type B, and even draws a diagram showing his face with blond hair and blue eyes. While he could presume his general height and size with the found bone, there was no way he could have known the info he claimed to know based on the technology of that day. See more »

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In the compressed, 44 minute syndicated version, Tina Andrews is credited but does not appear. See more »

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...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone...
7 August 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This episode highlights Quincy's forensic skills as he manages to build a portrait of person from just a femur that was found.

The bone was found in a dig on the university campus and bought to a university class that Quincy is about to give a lecture to. However Quincy notes that there is a bullet nick and wants to explore more. It means shutting down the excavation which annoys the contractors. Also a security guard was knocked out during the dig site the night before.

Lt Monahan is irate at Quincy's actions who has now roped in the students to join him in his investigations. Dr Astin is once again put under immense pressure and has to reluctantly back Monahan, who is rapidly becoming California's worst homicide cop as he completely ignores the attack on the security guard. However one person cautions Quincy that his rash actions could place the students in danger and one of them nearly dies as one interested spectator watches all the goings on closely.

I watched the cut down version of this episode so it might not all make narrative sense. Also this is an episode where the they get a creepy looking guy to be the villain of the week. I was surprised why this person was able to walk around the university campus without arousing any suspicion. Then again Quincy's students were all on the mature side. Stephen Macht who is one the medical students looked about 40.

The biggest fault given that this was made in 1977 was how they could get the date of the Vietnam war wrong. The victim identified was supposedly to have died in the Vietnam war 20 years earlier. Very shoddy writing but it is still an enjoyable but far fetched episode.

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