Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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The Face of Fear 

When an agoraphobic young woman witnesses a murder, Quincy must find not only the killer, but the victim as well.


Bob Bender


Michael Braverman, 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
Dixie Carter ... Dr. Alicia Rainer
Jonathan Frakes ... Leon Bohannon
Paul Carr ... Richard McGuire
Paul Mantee ... Nick Ganziano
Carrie Snodgress ... Vickie McGuire
Maria O'Brien ... Judy
Lou Tiano Lou Tiano ... Paul Julian
Murray Moston Murray Moston ... D'Arcy
Joseph DiSante Joseph DiSante ... Robert (as Joe Di Sante)


A woman, Vicki Maguire, who has suffered from agoraphobia, manages to finally leave her house, for the first time in seven years. While walking her dog along the beach beside her house she looks in through the window of another house, and witnesses what she thinks is a woman being strangled. The police are called and when Monahan and Brill get to the house there is no body, no sign of a struggle and a completely different man in residence. No one believes her story, except for her psychologist Dr. Rainer, and she goes to see Quincy. She persuades him that the woman wasn't seeing things and that he should help her find out the truth, before she suffers a relapse and will never be able to leave her house again.

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24 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Paul Carr and Jonathan Frakes were involved in Star Trek; Mr Carr in the second pilot (as Lt. Kelso, in Star Trek: The Original Series: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966) - the re-worked version of the first pilot, Star Trek: The Original Series: The Cage (1966)), for the 'original series', Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), and Mr Frakes (would - in a few years from this appearance), become better known as 'number one', Commander Will Riker, in the follow-up series, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »

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Good episode featuring a phobia and a murder mystery
27 December 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

The Face of Fear begins with a husband (Paul Carr) trying to convince his agoraphobic wife, Vickie (Carrie Snodgress), to go on a trip out of town with him, but she doesn't feel strong enough to handle it and he leaves without her. Vickie later musters up the strength to take her dog for a walk on the beach when she witnesses a woman being murdered in the house of a neighbor. When she contacts the police to report the incident, Lt. Monahan (Garry Walberg) and crew investigate the home where the crime took place only to find a different man owns the home and there is no signs of a struggle or a body. This casts doubt on her story, but Vickie's therapist (Dixie Carter) stands up for her saying that the condition would not make her delusional or confused as agoraphobics tend to be highly observant people with a penchant for great detail. Quincy (Jack Klugman) eventually begins to believe that Vickie did actually witness a murder and that she may also be in danger as an eyewitness.

I found this to be a reasonably good episode where there is a social phobia/disorder featured along with an interesting murder mystery plot. There has been a couple of episodes now in the series where we see both types of stories woven together rather than just one or the other being featured, and I think this approach works much better than just having a social issue focused story told on its own. While we do see the killer right in the opening scenes, there is still a mystery element as we don't know the motive for the crime or how all the parties are connected, so I appreciated this aspect as well.

My only complaint about this story is that we have to endure more group therapy scenes as part of the education on the treatment for agoraphobia. There has been way too much group therapy featured on Quincy episodes during Season 7 and I'm tired of it at this point, but luckily it is only a brief part of this story. Aside from that, this is a pretty entertaining and interesting episode which I recommend viewing!

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