Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jan 01, 1993 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Michaela "Mike" Quinn, of Boston, followed in her father's footsteps by becoming a doctor, working beside him. But his sudden death caused her the loss of her best friend, as well as their medical practice. The lack of job opportunities for women doctors lead Michaela to answer an ad for a doctor in Colorado territory. When she arrives in town she is met with mockery- they expected a man. She is befriended by Charlotte Cooper (Diane Ladd). When Charlotte is bitten by a rattle snake, she leaves her three children Matthew (Chad Allen), Colleen (Erika Flores, later Jessica Bowman) and Brian (Shawn Toovey) for Dr. Mike to look after. As the town continues to mock Michaela, she meets Sully, a white man "turned" Native American who lets her live in his old house. Michaela continues to offer her doctoring abilities to the town, and slowly she became accepted by some townsfolk.moreless

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  • A rocky start.

    There are some great moments here, no doubt about that. All the introductions are smooth, the caracterizations aren't overdone (for an example of that turn to Gilmore Girls). The place looks very real, the use of drugs and the diseases treated are well researched.

    However I have to point out one or two mistakes:

    -When Brian runs away the timeline is way off. Dr. Mike wakes up and finds Brian missing. Next scene: her riding on a horse stopped by the Cheyenne. Next scene: Scully awaiting Mike by a fire in the middle of the night telling her they will search for Brian together in the morning. But when they finally find Brian he looks as if he had just waited a couple of hours.

    -The Characters that were recast later are too much alike too really remember them. In the next episode I had really trouble to sort them out again.

    Plus as good an actress as Jane Seymour is (and I'm not saying she isn't) she really can't act crying. That part is way to melodramatic for my taste.

    All in all a very convincing start to a great show.moreless
  • A catching start...

    To intriguing setting of the episode - a woman doctor on an area when women are not taken for someone who could be who she wants.. and her wild decision to go in the middle of the civilization, she, who has lived in luxury life - as one indian thought - she most be crazy woman. And in the beginning it does look like it but the way things start to work out... it proves she has it all to survive.

    I adore the sweet way the story is told - there is something so sincere and something very moving on it.moreless
  • Watching the pilot is like going on a roller coaster ride, where so many things happen one after another, that you just find yourself captivated through the whole journey.

    This was an excellent pilot episode, or rather pilot movie, that I have had the pleasure of watching. So many small stories and adventures of Dr. Quinn’s new life are interwoven into a large one in the pilot. We see her acquaintance with the different townspeople in Colorado Springs, and how she manages to change some of their opinions and judgment towards her. So many character relationships are made and broken in this episode, such as Mike’s friendship with Charlotte or Maude. You hardly expect an interesting character to die in the first episode itself, but that’s what happens here. Searching for a missing child, helping a woman give birth, saving a Indian Chief’s life, and stopping a war from taking place are only one of the few incidents that Mike gets involved in this episode.

    Some of the most memorable scenes in this episode are - Charlotte’s last words to Mike

    - Mike and Sully talking by the fire in the Cheyenne territory

    - Christmas reunion in the end

    - The exciting fight scene at the saloon

    The performances by Jane Seymour, Joe Lando and the rest of the cast are excellent. They portray the characters so realistically, that you actually feel that you are in that era, and you are rooting for Mike to prove herself to the others. I

    All in all, this was a great pilot movie that can be enjoyed by the entire family.moreless
Chad Allen

Chad Allen

Matthew Cooper

Erika Flores

Erika Flores

Colleen Cooper (1993-1995)

Jane Seymour (I)

Jane Seymour (I)

Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn

Shawn Toovey

Shawn Toovey

Brian Cooper

Joe Lando

Joe Lando

Byron Sully

Guy Boyd

Guy Boyd

Loren Bray

Guest Star

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Jake Slicker

Guest Star

Ivory Ocean

Ivory Ocean

Robert E.

Guest Star

Geoffrey Lower

Geoffrey Lower

Rev. Timothy Johnson

Recurring Role

Frank Collison

Frank Collison

Horace Bing

Recurring Role

Nick Ramus

Nick Ramus

Black Kettle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • After Matthew sets the table, waiting for the soldiers to knock on the door looking for renegades, there is nothing but plates and cups. In the next scene, we can see bread.

    • Vehicles in 1867? In the scene where Charlotte and the kids drive Michaela back to her homestead, if you look above Charlotte's hat, you can see a white van driving to the left in the background.

    • Colm Meaney was Miles Edward O'Brien on both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Brian: Do you think Ma would mind if I called you Ma, too?
      Dr. Mike: (looking at Colleen and then Matthew)
      I don't think she'd mind a bit.
      Brian: Good.

    • Sully: (to Michaela) Sometimes life just has a way of taking its own course.

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: (About Michaela's advertisement) You took it down.
      Byron Sully: No, I'm answering it.

    • Charlotte Cooper: (About losing men) Funny, it don't matter how you lose them, the pain's still the same.

    • Charlotte Cooper: Bein' a doctor, that's one thing. Bein' a woman, that's another and bein' an unmarried lady, that's another. You got enough black marks to get you to last for a while.

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: Maybe I belong in a different world.

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: I had come to the Colorado Territory to find acceptance as a doctor, but I found much more. I found a home, a new family, and for Christmas, I received the greatest gift of all, the Gift of Love.

    • Sully: Chief Black Kettle just gave you your Cheyenne name: "Medicine Woman."

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: How did you get so involved?
      Byron Sully: See that wolf over there? Some people think that it's evil. He's been a friend to me, just like the Indians. 30 year ago, when the white man first set foot in this territory, there were thousands of those wolves. Then the Government put a bounty on their head. Now there's just a few hundred. The way I see it, same thing's happened to the Indians.

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: Except for Charlotte, none of the townspeople would take me seriously as a Doctor. I was beginning to think Chief Black Kettle might be right. Maybe I was crazy. I had come to Colorado Springs to be a pioneer doctor, but I was fast becoming just a pioneer.

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: You ever get homesick Mr. Sully?
      Byron Sully: No.
      Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: You think he (referring to Brian)will be all right out there, all by himself?
      Byron Sully: There's no way to really know.
      Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: I let Charlotte down.
      Byron Sully: No you didn't. You did your best. Sometimes life just has a way of taking its own course.

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: I demand to know, why you placed another advertisement for a doctor, when that position has already been filled.
      Rev. Timothy Johnson : Now I don't mean to offend you Miss Quinn…
      Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: Doctor Quinn!
      Rev. Timothy Johnson : That is a matter of opinion!
      Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: Whose opinion? Have you polled my patients?
      Rev. Timothy Johnson : I'm not aware of you having any patients!

    • Hank Lawson: Ladies ain't allowed.
      Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: I'm not a lady. I'm a Doctor!

    • Rev. Timothy Johnson: This is most embarrassing Ms. Quinn and I want to apologize for the inconvenience. We will of course pay your way back to Boston.
      Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: That won't be necessary thank you. Colorado Springs needs a doctor and I happen to be one.
      Rev. Timothy Johnson: But you don't understand! No one around here has ever heard of a lady doctor!
      Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: Well there's always a first time.
      Rev. Timothy Johnson: Miss, there are no respectable single women in Colorado Springs.
      Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: That's a shame Reverend. Every town should have at least one!

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: Michaela Quinn, M.D.; the new doctor.
      Rev. Timothy Johnson: I'm afraid I don't quite understand. The telegram said 'Michael Quinn'.
      Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: I believe I spelled it out quite clearly. That's Michael with an 'A', my father was expecting a male.
      Rev. Timothy Johnson: So was I!

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: My father taught me that different customs, language or color of skin, were not causes for prejudice or hostility, but as I saw real Indians for the first time, I could not reason with the knots in my stomach.

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: My mother would say that he'd (Dr. Mike's father) would spoil me. I would say, he'd given me the freedom to be myself.

    • Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn: I was born on February 15th, 1833 in Boston, Massachusetts. I was the last of five children, the four before me all girls. My father, being a man of science, firmly believed that the odds would finally dictate the birth of a long awaited son. He would be named Michael. I was named Michaela.

  • NOTES (3)