Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Jury Duty 

While serving on a jury Quincy finds flaws in the prosecution's case.

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Georg Fenady

Writers:

Preston Wood, Glen A. Larson (created by) | 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 Alda ... George Temple
Sam Groom ... Asst. D.A. Hillyer
Joan Darling ... Judge Florence Canora
Morgan Stevens ... Frank Munson
Joe Maross ... Dr. Morrissey
John Papais John Papais ... Len
William H. McDonald William H. McDonald ... 1st Man
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas ... 2nd Man
Marguerite Ray ... Mrs. Timothy
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While serving on a jury Quincy finds flaws in the prosecution's case.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1981 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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A recycled crime plot followed by a courtroom circus
21 November 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

Jury Duty begins with a young couple arguing in their car, the girl storming out and the boyfriend following her. The next morning she is found dead and the boyfriend stands accused of her rape and murder. As the case proceeds to trial, Quincy (Jack Klugman) is selected to be on the jury and continually interrupts the proceedings by asking a number of questions concerning the evidence much to the frustration of the prosecutor (Sam Groom) and Judge (Joan Darling). Drawing upon his experience in the coroner lab, Quincy believes the accused is innocent of the crime and is determined to prove it despite others trying to block his efforts and silence him.

First off, the opening sequence and set-up for this episode is nearly identical to the Season 5 episode "Nowhere to Run" where a couple argues in their car, the girl runs off with boyfriend going after her and later ends up dead with the boyfriend accused of murder. It was so similar that I thought I was watching that same episode over again and somehow the episodes got out of sequence, but no, I was just watching a completely recycled plot.

This and the fact that Quincy was selected for the jury rather than being eliminated during pretrial notions was complete nonsense. He would have been the first one cut due to his working relationship with the DA's office and expert knowledge being able to call into question the evidence submitted, but somehow he remains! Then we have a complete circus of a courtroom during the trial which the judge should have declared a mistrial on minutes after it started, but instead it drags on through nearly the entire episode.

While there is a murder and a mystery featured in this episode, it is so relegated to the background in favor of all the courtroom shenanigans that it is very difficult to enjoy. This along with a complete lack of credibility and originality in the set-up make for a very weak Season 6 entry which I do not recommend.


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