Quincy, M.E.

Season 1 Episode 3

A Star Is Dead

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 28, 1976 on NBC
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A Star Is Dead

Roberta Rhodes, a famous movie star, is dead in her bedroom. The police think that it was a probably suicide, but Quincy thinks not. A gossip newspaper editor approaches Quincy and tells him that on the night of her death his friend and prospective senator, Congressman Charles Sinclair, was with her. Quincy can't believe that his friend killed Roberta, but if he didn't then why does he keep lying to Quincy? Watch the episode and find out the cause of death and who to blame (if anyone).


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  • Very good episode, well worth watching.

    This is a very well planned, structured and written episode in my opinion. The episode had a great representation of the life and death of Judy Garland.

    Although it was a very good episode I do believe that the length of the episode was rather unnecessary and there were bits in it that could of been left out as they were not needed to explain the story. The story within itself is fantastic, and I can certainly say that the ending was very unexpected (unexpected endings make great episodes. 9/10moreless
  • Could have been a great 50 minute episode, but at "movie length," it suffers from padding.

    Some stories do not benefit from an extended run time. "A Star is Dead" is such a story. What could have been a tight 50 minute script is instead painfully stretched for the 90 minute "NBC Mystery Movie" length. Consequently, the story loses some of its punch, and the dramatic tension fizzles out exactly when it should be reaching a climax.

    On the surface, the plot is strong, and it's a change from the usual Quincy practice of trying to prove murder. In this case, Dr. Q suspects suicide but must combat his own department, the police, the insurance company and the paparazzi in his efforts to clear the prime suspect of murder charges. Toss in the fact that the accused is an old friend of Quincy's, and the fact that Quincy continues to turn a blind eye to his friend's irregular behavior and lies, and you have the makings of a strong episode.

    However, the whole show culminates in a coroner's inquest that dissolves into "Quincy's Soapbox." Without spoiling the specifics of the ending, we get an impassioned speech by Quincy, attempting to shift the blame for the victim's death on a different, albeit sleazy, third party. To top it all off, the whole thing ends with a surprise shooting ending, obviously an effort to give the preceeding events a greater weight and to "make you think." Instead, it's just pretentious.

    William "KITT" Daniels and Robert Foxworth provide good guest support, but this is not the best the first season had to offer.moreless
William Daniels

William Daniels

Paul Reardon

Guest Star

Donna Mills

Donna Mills

Roberta Rhodes

Guest Star

June Lockhart

June Lockhart

Mrs. Rhodes

Guest Star

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    • The allusion in the title of this episode is to the movie, "A Star is Born." It had been made and released twice before the airing of this episode.

      The original "A Star Is Born" was released in 1937 and starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. The 2nd (and more famous) remake was in 1954 and starred Judy Garland and James Mason.