Quincy "punk episode"

Laughing Squid treats us to this funny clip from an episode of Quincy. Jack Klugman is trying to save a young girl lured into the violent world of the punk underground. He visits to a punk rock club, bravely goes on stage, and pleads passionately for information about the girl's whereabouts. The punks, in preposterously clownish make-up, respond with sarcasm, socio-political rhetoric, and snot-nosed apathy. I enjoyed this almost as much as the Ironside clip with Tiny Tim at a beatnik club.

The Quincy Punk Episode vs The 90210 Rave Episode


  1. There was a similarly “punk” episode of C.H.I.P.s too, where Ponch and John befriend the good new wave band (“Snow Pink”, apparently a reference to Blondie) and try to arrest the bad hardcore band called “HATE.”

    1. …the band was actually called “PAIN” …and they didn’t hold a candle to the mighty “MAYHEM” of Quincy md.

  2. The phrase Quincy punks grew to be a term of disdain for kids who got into the scene after watching shows like this. One of the Twin Cities greatest bands took up the insult as their name, the Quincy Punx.

  3. Quote: “..clownish make-up, respond with sarcasm, socio-political rhetoric, and snot-nosed apathy…”

    Yes, but what makes it funny to me, is not that the episode is simplistic and exaggerated, but it’s all seemingly true!

  4. @Valis

    Yeah, in the 80s I hardly knew anyone who was “punk,” but knew tons of people into hardcore. In the scene I was in there wasn’t a lot of crossover. H/C kids called pretty much anyone who looked punk “Quincy Punks” up until Green Day and Hot Topic hit the scene.

  5. The best comparison can be drawn to the C.H.I.P.S. episode referenced above, except the band wasn’t “HATE” it was “PAIN.”



    “I dig pain, in my brain”

    Snow Pink’s rescue is in the clip. What’s missing is the ending where Ponch takes the stage in a sequined and unbuttoned blouse, treating the punk rock crowd to his version of “Celebration.”

    And they love it.

  6. Classic cast in this one! One of the ‘Darryls’ from Newhart (curly-haired guy), ‘Putzie’ from Grease (the guy who turns around at the end of the clip, clearly about to go see Quincy), and best of all –‘Abigail’ the kidnapped ‘punk’ played by Melora Hardin (Jan, The Office)!

    LOVE seeing random shit like this! Like a mini episode of ‘Before They Were Stars’…although in this case ‘Stars’ wouldn’t quite fit. More like, ‘Before They Were Recognizable’.

  7. Yes, that’s right, “PAIN”, my brain disremembers it well. I remember thinking the name was supposed to be a ripoff of FEAR.

    And they weren’t very hardcore were they, at that tempo (jeez, practically a blues band).

  8. Recall the relatively recent Columbo episode “Columbo Likes the Nightlife”: Columbo investigates a murder associated with a ‘Rave club’.

  9. i don’t even have to watch this. the entire episode is burned into my memory from the first time it aired. music indeed.

  10. thanks, i’d forgotten how utterly lame that 90210 Rave Episode was too. if i recall it was supposed to be some wild underground party they had to jump through several hoops to get to… and it looked like any city club. at least the Quincy makers attempted to seem authentic, despite their failure.

  11. As I approach my 40’s its scenes like this and how idiotic they are show me that I should just keep myself away from muttering something like “the current music those young people are listening to is damaging” and the like, but darn it I still wanna say “GET OFF MY LAWN!”

  12. …Say what you want about the anti-punk rhetoric, the fact remains that Quincy, M.E. still makes all of today’s CSI shows look like amateur crap. Quincy made forensics fun!

  13. I remember this episode.

    And I remember Sosumi’s CHiPS episode.

    If you’ll pardon me, I’m gonna go hang my head in shame.

    And while I’m gone, would you people PLEASE get offa my lawn?

  14. I have that guitar! yay danelectro!

    and I’m glad that the punk kids were nice and respectful and let Quincy say his peace(piece? I don’t know what this phrase means)

  15. Hey…
    Don’t forget Crocodile Dundee 2 where he gets a ‘gang’ of punks to go on a suicidal mission against Columbian organized crime because they’d be known as ‘the coolest gang in town’.

  16. You know, that band in the clip…. They’re actually pretty good! I wonder if they were a real band, independent of Quincy.

  17. Gawd, I remember this episode. It was actually the first time that I thought Quincy got it wrong. I listened to punk and hardcore, and thought that Quincy’s buck-the-system-to-get-the-job-done ethic meshed with my own values. But this episode painted such a twisted view of the whole music scene, that I lost some respect. I always believed this episode was the reason the “Quincy!” shout-out on Black Flag’s “TV Party” was dropped when they re-recorded it.

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