Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Dead and Alive 

An apparent murder victim becomes the object of Quincy's thorough investigation and identification when his mother and sister insist that he is still alive.


Jim Benson (as James Benson)


James Rosin, 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
Ayn Ruymen ... Carol Neilson
Priscilla Pointer ... Mrs. Neilson
Sheila Larken ... Dr. Rivlin
Frank Marth ... Mr. Stanton
David Hurst ... Dr. Fred Webber
Harry Landers ... Stanton's Henchman
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Bernie
Harry Townes ... Dr. Carl Reisman
Nicholas Georgiade ... Andros (as Nick Georgiade)


After a courier van crashes into a gas station, Quincy declares that the driver died. But when the victim's sister starts getting odd calls that sound like they're coming from the dead man, Quincy decides that the driver was blown clear of the crash and is now wandering around somewhere, injured and disoriented. The courier company owner and the "dead" man's mother, however, support the initial determination. They want further investigation shut down, and it's up to Quincy to find out why, and more importantly, to find the driver before he dies for real. Written by TychaBrahe

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Release Date:

16 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Quincy spends the whole episode trying to locate an injured person who occasionally calls his sister. For some reason it never occurs to him to get the police to contact the phone company and request a list of all calls to the sister's phone. It would have been relatively easy, and much quicker, to locate him. See more »

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Dead and Alive
3 October 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Dead and Alive is an example of a very good Quincy episode. It was always a better show before it became an issue of the week series in its later years when it was hijacked by various pressure groups.

The episode starts off with a well staged stunt as a courier van explodes and then crashes into a petrol station causing an even bigger explosion.

The driver was Peter Neilson. We know he has been doing something shady with his employers and he wants out. His boss planned to permanently shut him up.

Quincy finds the badly charred body of Peter and waits for dental records to identify him. Peter's sister later tells Quincy that her brother has phoned him in a distressed state. Peter's mother wants him pronounced dead so she can get hold of an insurance payout.

If this is true then Quincy wonders who is the body they found and where is Peter? The bad guys also need to make sure that Peter remains dead.

What set Quincy apart is you get little medical nuggets as the show goes on. The science as to what happens to a body when there is an explosion. The psychological profile regarding Peter in case he was still alive after the explosion. I loved all this stuff when watching Quincy when I was a kid.

As always Quincy doggedly pursues the truth and find an injured Peter in time. There is always time for some humour as Danny is drafted in for a walk in the country with Sam and Quincy.

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