Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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When the body of an airline stewardess is found with her stomach cut open, Quincy's investigation runs into interference from Internal Affairs, who is certain that a well respected police ... See full summary »


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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
Joseph Sirola ... Lt. Sal Drasso
Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine ... Sgt. Joe Marsala
Suzanne Charny Suzanne Charny ... Nancy Marsala
Lynn Herring ... Elaine Collier
Dennis Haysbert ... Driver
William O'Connell ... Albert Rausch (as William O'Connel)
Woody Skaggs Woody Skaggs ... Traveler
Eddie Garrett Eddie Garrett ... Ed
Marc Scott Taylor Marc Scott Taylor ... Marc


When the body of an airline stewardess is found with her stomach cut open, Quincy's investigation runs into interference from Internal Affairs, who is certain that a well respected police officer is involved in the drug smuggling operation. Written by Dianna Richards

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4 February 1981 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Decent murder mystery episode
20 November 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

Headhunter begins with a stewardess (Lynn Herring) complaining to a coworker about having stomach pains before boarding a flight. The next day she is found dead in her apartment with her body mutilated and Quincy (Jack Klugman) conducts the autopsy determining that she was strangled and her stomach was cut open after the fact. The police believe she was transporting drugs on her flights and these were extracted from her body which casts suspicion on a married narcotics officer, Joe Masalla (Eddie Fontaine), who was having an affair with her. A tough Internal Affairs investigator, Sal Drasso (Joseph Sirola), comes in on the case and pursues Masala as a drug dealer and murderer which draws the ire of Lt. Monahan (Garry Walberg) and other officers. Do they have the right guy or is the officer being framed?

This is a pretty decent Season 6 episode which does feature a murder mystery plot and the culprit is not revealed right in the beginning which is nice to see. My only criticism is that I thought the scenes between the cop and his scorned wife were pretty bad. Here the man was found to be cheating on her and now is suspected of drug smuggling and murder, and after a little tantrum she is standing right by her man again. I know that this does happen in reality, but it just seemed so ridiculous watching it. That aside, the guest star performances were reasonably good as well with Eddie Fontaine as the increasingly desperate cop who stands accused and the Joseph Sirola as the relentless and very unpopular investigator.

Overall this is an entertaining and enjoyable plot which does feature both a crime and an investigation that should appeal to all of the Quincy fans who favor these types of episodes.

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