Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Let Me Light the Way 

A suspected rapist seeks revenge on Quincy by attacking his friend.


David Moessinger


Lou Shaw (creator), David Moessinger (teleplay) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Adrienne Barbeau ... Carol Bowen - Rape Counselor
Corey Fischer ... Doctor Alan Castle
Luke Askew ... Carl DeReatis
John Ireland ... Attorney John Packard
Henry Beckman ... Leonard 'Bell' Bellwood
George Wyner ... Asst. DA Richard Feldman
Kim Cattrall ... Joy DeReatis
Barbara Collentine ... Nurse Fay Willard
William O'Connell ... Herman Elger


A rapist is terrorizing Los Angeles. After one attack, a nurse who worked at a local hospital dies as a result of shock. The prime suspect is a mechanic who has eluded capture. Even though Quincy and the police pretty much know who it is they can't arrest him due to lack of evidence. Things become personal when he attacks a rape counselor who Quincy has become friendly with. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Release Date:

27 May 1977 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Although he is listed in the credits, John S. Ragin (Dr. Robert Asten) does not appear in this episode. See more »

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Very emotional episode
12 August 2015 | by rayoflite24See all my reviews

Let Me Light The Way begins with a nurse being followed from the hospital parking lot back to her apartment by a man who severely beats and rapes her. Quincy (Jack Klugman) and Carol Bowen (Adrienne Barbeau), a rape counselor, are called to the hospital but the victim dies just before they arrive. Through the carelessness of the hospital staff, all of the evidence that could be used to bring the rapist to justice is either destroyed or contaminated making Quincy furious.

The police believe this is the latest crime of a serial rapist and they have a prime suspect, Carl DeReatis (Luke Askew), who they bring in for questioning but must release due to lack of evidence. Quincy has an intense confrontation with DeReatis who becomes infuriated and seeks out another victim, this time Quincy's friend Carol Bowen. Following her attack, Quincy must work diligently to collect the evidence in the proper manner to ensure that it can be used in securing a conviction against DeReatis.

This is the last episode of the second season of Quincy and it is a pretty intense one. The highlight for me was the spectacular performance by guest star Adrienne Barbeau in her portrayal of a strong, independent woman who falls victim to the serial rapist and is shattered afterward but then must pick up the pieces and move forward in making sure that her attacker is brought to justice. These scenes and when the nurse is attacked in the beginning of the episode are definitely not for the faint of heart. My main complaint for this episode is that there really is no mystery here as we see the identity of the rapist right in the beginning, and then the focus is on gathering evidence against him and the attack on Carol.

Another minor issue I have is the goof in the opening scene where the nurse is in the parking lot going to her car. The assumption here is that she is finishing work for the day and going home, but her car was clearly parked directly over the yellow hazard "No Parking" lines where we also see two large signs that say "No Parking - Patient Drop Off Only". Are we seriously to believe that her car remained in that spot for the 8+ hours she worked without being towed?? Not a big deal, but obvious and stupid mistakes like this make me wonder if anyone on the production team was paying attention to detail or doing any type of quality control review.

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