A recently divorced woman dies during a burglary after tripping and hitting her head on a couch cushion. Quincy stakes his reputation on his forensic findings, which suggest that previous injuries resulting from beatings by the woman's ex-husband, an influential businessman, are the direct cause of her death.
A nightclub fire that results in eleven deaths leaves the medical examiner staff exhausted. When a twelfth body, that of the club owner, is found after Asten ordered everyone to go home and rest, Asten takes it upon himself to perform a cursory autopsy which shows the man was murdered by a blow to the head. Asten is quick to sign off on the autopsy and a suspect is soon arrested, but Quincy is placed in a difficult position when he performs a more thorough autopsy and discovers the man likely died of a heart attack, humiliating Asten and causing him to resign.moreless