Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Dead Stop 

Quincy gets involved in the world of truckers and illegal toxic dumping when a driver with lung damage ends up in his morgue following an accident.


Ray Danton


Linda J. Cowgill (as Linda Cowgill), 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
Salome Jens ... Lana Chesnell
Jack Ging ... Mickey Langford
Sandy McPeak ... Hank Chesnell
Gary Wood ... Anthony Giavelli
Henry Beckman ... Max
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... B.B. Hellworth
Red West ... Hiram Woods
Tony Burton ... Starvin' Marvin
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Harold Witten


Quincy gets involved in the world of truckers and illegal toxic dumping when a driver with lung damage ends up in his morgue following an accident.

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Release Date:

23 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Castaic, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Since they were both produced by Universal it no surprise that Quincy and The Rockford Files would share the same footage or sets. The footage of the semi- trailer running up the side of the hill before wrecking is the same footage used in The Rockford Files "Heartaches of a Fool" in 1978 (3 years before this). The inside of the roadside diner is the same one used in The Rockford Files "The Attractive Nuisance", also from three years before this. See more »


The shot of the Highway Patrol car in the rear view mirror from Quincy's side is just the same shot from the driver's side rear view mirror. See more »

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Kind of weak
21 May 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Dead Stop" is yet another social issue story--one with no crime per se to investigate and lots of preachy stuff from Quincy to bore the audience. What I mean by this is that the show was at its best when Quincy was solving murders and here there is no murder--making it a rather weak episode.

The show begins with a couple idiot truckers doing some illegal dumping. What they don't realize is that the substances they are just dumping in the wilderness are VERY, VERY toxic--so toxic that one of the dumpers dies en route to their next run. Quincy is shocked to find traces of some VERY dangerous chemicals--chemicals that will kill a lot of folks when rain interacts with this stuff. So, Quincy and the man's widow (who, by the way, seems to have gotten over her husband's death VERY quickly) go on a statewide search in her 18 wheeler--and "Quincy" apparently has gotten into the very brief trucker craze of the early 80s (with films like "Convoy" and TV shows like "BJ and the Bear" filling the airwaves for some inexplicable reason). During most of the show, Dr. Quincy preaches and rants about illegal dumping...and my brain pretty much shut off during these interludes. The bottom line is that like many of the social issue shows on "Quincy", entertaining the audience seemed, at best, secondary. As a result, I really didn't care very much for this one and found it a bit dull.

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