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Quincy, M.E.

Season 6 Episode 14

Seldom Silent, Never Heard

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 04, 1981 on NBC
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Seldom Silent, Never Heard
A young boy, Jeffrey, dies when he falls from a building, after being chased in there. After the autopsy a doctor turns up wanting to have the brain. Jeffrey had Tourette's Syndrome and the doctor wants to try and find out what causes it and how to cure it. This is the only way he can research it as the drug companies don't think they could make enough money to make it worth their while.moreless

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  • This episode literally changed my life.

    In 1981, when this episode was first aired, I was 17 years old. For 10 years I'd been wondering why I had these uncontrollable little 'jumps' and 'shivers', and felt like a complete freak. Watching this episode, I realized that the disorder being discussed sounded a LOT like what I'd been going through. I wasn't able to get a formal diagnoses until I was 23, but following this episode, I at least had a bit of a clue as to what might be wrong with me, and it made a huge difference in my life.

    I still remember this episode quite clearly - the performances were wonderful. It showed what living with Tourette's can be like without making the character seem "too weird". As usual, Quincy was all fired up about the issue - in this case, drugs for orphan diseases - illnesses that afflict too few people for it to be profitable for pharmacies to pursue research and development of new treatments. At any rate, this is an episode that had a real, tangible effect on me, and to this day, I'm grateful that the show was willing to pursue storylines like this, helping to teach as well as entertain.moreless
Anita Gillette

Anita Gillette

Dr. Emily Hanover (1982-1983)

John Nolan

John Nolan

John, Danny's Bartender

Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman

Dr. Quincy

Val Bisoglio

Val Bisoglio

Danny Tovo

James A. Watson Jr.

James A. Watson Jr.

District Attorney Jim Barnes

Robert Ito

Robert Ito

Sam Fujiyama

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    • Jack Klugman played a highly influential role in the passage of United States Orphan Drug Act of 1983.  His brother, Maurice Klugman, who was also an associate producer of the series, suffered from a rare form of cancer and became interested in the problem of orphan drugs and legislation that was being introduced in Congress.  Maurice co-wrote the season 6 episode "Seldom Silent, Never Heard" in an attempt to bring  wider attention to the issue.  Not long after the episode aired, Maurice died and Jack Klugman was invited to give testimony to Congress in support of the legislation.  However, the legislation did not pass for political reasons.

      Outraged by this turn of events, Jack Klugman had another episode written during season 8, entitled "Give Me Your Weak" which dealt with the politics that caused the legislation to stall.  The response to this episode helped revive the Orphan Drug legislation, and it was ultimately passed in 1983.