Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Walk Softly Through the Night: Part 1 

The son of a friend of Quincy's dies of a seizure due to a massive drug overdose. Quincy and the boy's father are determined to find out who prescribed the drugs and why the boy was unable to get help.


Paul Krasny


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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
Michael Constantine ... Brock Campbell
Charles Aidman ... Dr. Mason Colella
Spencer Milligan ... Cliff Hanna
Peggy Walton-Walker ... Lisa Fielding (as Peggy Walton Walker)
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Pharmacist
Morgan Paull ... Defense Attorney (credit only)
James A. Watson Jr. ... District Attorney
Dimitra Arliss ... Dr. Kershner
William Prince ... Prosecutor (credit only)


A top children's TV star, and a friend of Quincy's, is shocked when his son dies of a drug overdose. He had no idea his son was even on drugs and is angry when he finds out that a doctor prescribed the drugs to him. Quincy and the star, Brock, go to visit the doctor and find an enormous queue of addicts waiting outside the surgery. They are all waiting with money in hand to buy a prescription from the doctor. Quincy and Brock set about trying to shut this doctor down and to help a young would be doctor in his attempts to get some sort of drug counseling support system set up in his college.

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Part 1 episode featuring social crusade against drugs
22 September 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

Walk Softly Through the Night Part 1 begins with 19 year old Ted Campbell (Randy Stumpf) in medical distress stumbling through the hallways of his dormitory and collapsing outside the door of his friend, Marty Herrera (A. Martinez), a medical student who had been trying to help ween him off drugs. Marty drives Randy to the hospital, but as he pulls up he realizes Randy is already dead and he leaves him on the front lawn fearing he would be expelled from school. The next day, Ted's father, Brock Campbell (Michael Constantine) who is also a friend of Quincy's (Jack Klugman), calls to inform him of his son's death and asks him to conduct the autopsy. Quincy finds that Ted died from a fatal seizure triggered by massive amounts of quaaludes in his system and is determined to find out how this happened. With the help of Marty, this leads him to an irresponsible doctor writing prescriptions in large quantities for profit with no regard for the dangerous repercussions on patients.

This is a Quincy on a social crusade type episode, so if you enjoy that type of story you will likely find this one entertaining. For me, there really wasn't enough of a mystery here to keep me very interested, but I did find the guest star performances of Michael Constantine and A Martinez to be excellent. As Ted's father, Brock (Constantine) is the star of a long-running morning children's show where he plays a clown and continues to work even when his son dies tragically. This results in some heartbreaking scenes where he breaks down on set while filming a scene with a child and another where he tearfully pleads with a group of teenagers waiting outside the doctor's office to stop doing drugs as it could kill them like it did his son.

While these two performances were quite strong, there are several other scenes involving extra players trying to portray drug addicted teens which are pretty campy and poor. Overall, not a great Season 4 episode, but there is a Part 2 installment where things take a turn.

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1 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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