History Series / Quincy

11th Jun '17 3:51:20 PM whateveryousay21
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The beginning episodes make it clear that Lt. Monahan finds Quincy to be an incredibly annoying thorn in his side and even Sgt. Brill doesn't like him very much. Quincy is merely a single man living on a house boat with almost no backstory beyond his current girlfriend, Lee. Lee would later vanish without a word, the subplot of Quincy's deceased wife would be worked in and Lt. Monahan was retconned into having been friends with Quincy for years.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The beginning episodes make it clear that Lt. Monahan finds Quincy to be an incredibly annoying thorn in his side and even Sgt. Brill doesn't like him very much. Quincy is merely a single man living on a house boat with almost no backstory beyond his current girlfriend, Lee. Lee would later vanish without a word, the subplot of Quincy's deceased wife would be worked in and in, Lt. Monahan was retconned into having been friends with Quincy for years. years, and Brill even owed his job to Quincy for clearing him in a possible shooting death of a hostage.
27th Apr '17 4:29:01 PM whateveryousay21
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** Is Monahan going along with Quincy without so much as the tiniest argument? Then it's probably something very serious.
26th Mar '17 3:53:35 AM whateveryousay21
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* ArtifactOfDoom: The pistol from "Guns Don't Die" is a rare non-magical example, as every time it passes to a new owner, it's used in short order to kill someone before being almost immediately ditched and into new hands quickly. Then when finally returned to its original owner, [[spoiler:the owner' skids find it in a closet and one shoots the other while playing with it.]] The star emblem on the handle almost seems like it was there to enforce the idea that the thing is just evil.
4th Feb '17 7:54:09 AM whateveryousay21
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* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Despite the series often going out of its way to be accurate, season 5's "Diplomatic Immunity" really exaggerates the effects of heparin on blood clotting to the point of making it look like a super drug. One man dies from a gunshot wound after being jabbed with a needle of it, and the intended victim bleeds profusely during surgery from only a small amount. Heparin IS a blood thinner, but it's nowhere near as potent as shown in the episode- in fact, patients with certain clotting disorders that are on blood thinners are given the drug by IV prior to surgeries as an alternative to their usual medications. The small amounts given in the episode would not have been so deadly.
22nd Jan '17 10:43:01 AM StarSword
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* GodwinsLaw: Quincy once accuses an antagonist prosecutor of having a "Nazi mentality", correctly arguing that he's trying to run a KangarooCourt.
22nd Jan '17 10:39:06 AM StarSword
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A popular late '70s-early '80s ForensicDrama about the eponymous Quincy, ME (Jack Klugman) and his work handling cases in an LA coroner's office. Arguably created the Forensic Drama genre that became so popular many years later.

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A popular late '70s-early '80s ForensicDrama about the eponymous Quincy, ME (Jack Klugman) (Creator/JackKlugman) and his work handling cases in an LA coroner's office. Arguably created [[TropeMakers created]] the Forensic Drama ForensicDrama genre that became so popular many years later.



* LastNameBasis: The case with Quincy, Asten, Monahan and Brill. Two of them were never given actual first names, Asten's first name of Robert is only mentioned by certain characters(usually his wife or some business associate), and Monahan's first name of Frank is very rarely mentioned.

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* LastNameBasis: The case with Quincy, Asten, Monahan and Brill. Two of them were never given actual first names, Asten's first name of Robert is only mentioned by certain characters(usually characters (usually his wife or some business associate), and Monahan's first name of Frank is very rarely mentioned.



* NoNameGiven: Played utterly straight. It's never mentioned -- not even by his ''girlfriends'' -- though a business card gives his first initial as "R". Sgt. Brill also lacks a first name, apparently never supplied with one during the series run.

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* NoNameGiven: Played utterly straight. It's never mentioned Quincy goes by his surname throughout the entire series -- not even by his ''girlfriends'' use his given name -- though a business card gives his first initial as "R". Sgt. Brill also lacks a first name, apparently never supplied with one during the series run.


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* TropeMaker: For the ForensicDrama genre. This series fathers many tropes that would be popularized by ''Series/{{CSI}}'', especially as regards to revolving around [[NoBadgeNoProblem a non-cop forensic scientist who solves crimes in tandem with the actual cops]].
22nd Jan '17 10:27:13 AM StarSword
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* AlwaysMurder: Usually true, but averted in "Semper Fidelis" about a young soldier who dies on night manoeuvres.

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* AlwaysMurder: Usually true, but averted in Actually no. It's ''usually'' murder, but:
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"Semper Fidelis" is about a young soldier who dies on night manoeuvres.


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** An unusual example in one episode, when a businessman accused of burning down his own business for the insurance money (killing a janitor) is tried for several counts of mail fraud rather than arson or homicide, though the charges carry a combined 50-year sentence (at his age, that's the rest of his life so the end result is the same). Despite accusations of {{mafia}} connections, Quincy takes the businessman's side and accuses the prosecutor of running a KangarooCourt, especially after he convenes a second grand jury when the first one finds no grounds to indict. [[spoiler:The fire was accidental: the janitor's cleaning chemicals leaked into a lit kerosene heater.]]


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* WitchHunt: A federal prosecutor in one episode determined to take down a businessman he believes a member of TheMafia who burned down his own business for insurance fraud. When the first grand jury doesn't indict, he convenes a second one since double jeopardy doesn't apply to grand juries. Quincy comes to the defendant's defense and manages to get himself thrown in jail for contempt of court after invoking GodwinsLaw against the prosecutor. The accused is in fact completely innocent and is eventually proven such: the fire was accidental and the man had spent his whole career keeping his mafia relatives out of his businesses.
12th Jan '17 2:31:22 AM whateveryousay21
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* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted for the most part- Monahan and Brill are quite competent, but they're also overworked and Quincy's extra-curricular examination work tends to throw more on their plate than they need, although they usually go along with it anyway. Other police officers that become vital to the plot are also shown to be decent at their jobs even when accused of something. Notably played straight in "Even Odds" however when Monahan makes the stupid mistake of waving a loaded gun, dangling off a pencil by the barrel, at a suspect allowing him to grab it, the resulting firefight getting Quincy shot. Asten rips him a new one for such incompetence that a lieutenant(or any police officer) never should have displayed.
12th Jan '17 2:25:54 AM whateveryousay21
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* AFatherToHisMen: Asten, at least at first, appeared to be a bureaucrat more worried about the budget and efficient performance. Hurt anyone under his employee, however, and he would often drop the facade and start to throw around his political weight to assist, and in one case he physically assaulted a diamond smuggler that tried to kill Quincy.
29th Dec '16 11:03:37 PM Cindylover1969
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* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler: "Images."]]
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