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7/10
More classic Quincy.
poolandrews21 May 2007
Warning: Spoilers
Quincy M.E.: Jury Duty starts as Los Angeles coroner Quincy (Jack Klugman) opens his mail & learns he has been selected for jury duty, something he is looking forward to. The case which he has to hear concerns the death of Shirley Ann Larrabee (Margueritte Ray) & her boyfriend Frank Munson (Morgan Stevens) who is accused of her rape & murder, while hearing the prosecution evidence Quincy becomes concerned & feels a lot of the forensic evidence is severely flawed but he is not allowed to interfere in the case. Can Quincy somehow use his expertise & medical knowledge to stop a miscarriage of justice even though the law forbids it?

Episode 12 from season 6 this Quincy story was directed by Georg Fenady & is yet another top mystery. The script by Preston Wood isn't a straight forward murder mystery but instead goes inside the court room where Quincy has to prevent the conviction of an innocent man by using his own skill's, it's a neat idea which works well & is something that bit different from the usual episode blueprint. Most of the regular cast take a back seat in this episode, there isn't much of a moral message in this episode either as it gets on with it's mystery elements & lets Quincy do what he does best & to honest that's how I prefer them. It moves along at a nice pace, it never bores, it has a simple yet effective hook in the story & is yet another great Quincy episode. OK, so there is a small moral message here at the end when Quincy says everyone's eyes were closed & didn't try to look for any other explanation, I mean there had to be one right? A good, solid entertaining episode.

The acting is alright in this episode, I didn't like Joan Darling as the judge that much but generally speaking everyone does OK.

Jury Duty is another fine Quincy episode, a must for fans of the show but I'm sure many would find much to like here. Definitely well worth a watch.
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3/10
The entire premise for this one is flawed...and ridiculous.
MartinHafer16 May 2013
Quincy is on jury duty. It's a murder case and all during the hearing, the doctor makes a bit of a nuisance--asking questions and questioning the evidence. At one point, he even sneaks some items from the courtroom or order to determine if everyone is wrong about the case in question!

Years ago, I was a social worker in a prison halfway house and then a psychotherapist. I was called to jury duty several times but was soon dismissed from the jury pool. Why? Much of it is because the courts do NOT want professionals who might have expert knowledge on crimes or criminal behavior in the jury pool. They are looking for more 'blank slates'--the average person who does not work for the police, courts, prison system or therapists. They don't want a juror who wants to investigate the case themselves! So, in light of this, I was irritated by "Jury Duty", as I knew that there was absolutely no way that a coroner like Quincy would ever make his way onto the jury for a criminal case. It's even doubtful with his background that they'd have put him on a jury for a civil case (such as a lawsuit). Yet, somehow, we are expected to abandon common sense and accept this ridiculous premise.
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5/10
A recycled crime plot followed by a courtroom circus
rayoflite2421 November 2015
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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