Quincy, M.E.

Promises to Keep

Season 4, Ep 19, Aired 3/1/79
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  • Episode Description
  • Quincy and Sam have to stay late, going over work that was completed by a Medical Examiner who, it turned out, wasn't qualified for the job. This makes Quincy miss yet another date with Lynne, his current girlfriend. When they do get together she proposes to him. He turns her down because he remembers how he treated Helen, his first wife. He was always working and never spending enough time with her. Later he feels guilty and decides to go and see Lynne and propose to her himself.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jack Klugman

    Dr. Quincy

  • Garry Walberg

    Lt. Frank Monahan

  • John S. Ragin

    Dr. Robert Asten

  • Val Bisoglio

    Danny Tovo

  • Robert Ito

    Sam Fujiyama

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (1)

    • Anita Gillette plays Quincy's first wife, Helen, and later on went on to play Emily, who marries Quincy in season 8

    Trivia (3)

    • In this episode it is stated, that Quincy worked as a surgeon in the past, before becoming a coroner. But in the episode "A Star is Dead" from season 1, he says that he had a private practice in the past (or at least he says that he doesn't have it anymore). These two facts doesn't really seem to match, although it is possible that both are true.

    • Until this episode, we knew almost nothing about Quincy's past life or at least his life before the show started. In this episode we learn some maybe surprising facts about Quincy's past life. We learn that he was married once to a woman called Helen, that she wanted kids while he didn't want some, at least not "now". Later we learn, that Helen got a brain tumor and died of it, and that Quincy blames himself for the death of his wife, because he didn't have enough time for her and didn't see the symptoms of the fatal illness. People who see this episode maybe will see Quincy in a different light now. You could say that this is the first episode in the show, where Quincy is portrayed as a "normal" person with personal issues, and not (or at least, not through the whole episode, because he also solves a crime in it) as the kind of superhero, as which you could see him in most of the episodes of the show.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Anita Gillette in the show, who plays Quincy's first wife, Helen, in some flashbacks during the episode. Ironically Gillette reappears in season 8, now as a main character, playing Quincy's girlfriend and later in the season his second wife, Dr. Emily Hanover. Ironically you could say that Quincy married the same person two times.

    Allusions (1)

    • The title of this episode is a line from a Robert Frost poem titled, "Stopping By Woods in a Snowy Evening."

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