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Town Biographies III - Andrew, Emily, Tait, Friends


 

ANDREW COOK

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION


Mid 20's. Elizabeth Quinn brings him along with her and Mike's sisters Rebecca and Marjorie to assist in the birth of Mike's and Sully's first child. Andrew is the handsome young son of "Edward Cooke who, Elizabeth reminds Mike, was "... a very dear friend of your father's." Andrew graduated from Harvard first in his class. Colleen and he develop crushes on each other in this episode. (#0427)

We learn that Andrew plans, after delivering Mike's baby, to go back to Boston, where his uncle has one of the finest medical practices in town, and work their with him. Later, Andrew performs his first surgery in Colorado Springs successfully; (removal of Horace Bing's gallbladder) Colleen assists. At end of episode, we see Preston mention that his health resort will have a clinic -- and we see Andrew's wheels turning -- could this be a job for him? (#0428)


MEDICAL HISTORY

Catches spotted fever, recovers (#5__)



EMMA (Works for Hank - no contract - to save money for her dress shop)

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Matthew meets pretty Emma when Hank, in a kindly but misguided gesture, sends Emma out to the old homestead to alleviate Matthew's grief over losing Ingrid by seducing him. Though she doesn't succeed, the two are obviously attracted to each other. Emma refers to her little brother in this episode -- she used to like to take him riding; he is crazy about horses. (#0413)

Emma and Matthew begin dating. In this episode, we learn that Emma's little brother loved her potato salad, ("the only thing I ever learned to cook") that she wants to start a dress shop, that her mother told her that "whorin' is all she's good for," and that her father may have molested her. To the family's surprised dismay, she also reveals to them at dinner that she doesn't even have a contract with Hank -- she's working there willingly. (#0415)

Emma strikes firm position against the death penalty when she and Matthew (Matthew is the Sheriff as well as her boyfriend, and bound to uphold the law) cross swords regarding this issue. (#0420)

Emma gets beaten up by a saloon customer. She receives a black eye, bleeding mouth and nose, and a kick in the stomach by this customer. The beating is the goad that makes her realize she doesn't want to be a whore anymore, and since she doesn't have a contract with Hank, leaving 'the life' is no problem. Emma announces that she'll be staying at the boarding house. Matthew helps her arrange a 50/50 deal with Loren -- as a dressmaker, she'll split her profits with him evenly, since he's allowing her to set up a dressmaking spot in The General Store. Unfortunately, the kick to her abdomen exacerbates an existing tumor in her uterus, and Mike must operate on Emma to remove the tumor; removing the uterus in the process. This is a blow for Emma -- Matthew has told her he loves her for the first time, and she knows Matthew wants a family. Nonetheless, she goes through with the operation; at end of episode, she returns Matthew's vow of love with the words "I love you." (#0424)

In this episode, Emma starts working in the store. Emma makes a beautiful, white baby gown for Mike's baby and presents it to Mike at Mike's baby shower. (#0427)

Matthew mentions marriage to Emma, but Emma tells him that perhaps they should hold off talking about marriage; they don't have to go so fast. Watching Myra and Horace part sadly at the train station is what prompts Emma to make this remark. (#0427/28)


MEDICAL:

Mike performs a hysterectomy on Emma due to a tumor in her uterus. (#0424)




EMILY DONAVAN

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION


Owns tailor shop.

Dr. Mike delivered her baby by cesarean and saved her life. (Pilot)

Has two children:
five-year-old-son
baby

Lost husband Sam; he got the flu. (#0101)

Emily belonged to a sewing circle - donates quilt to Founder's Day Auction to help raise money for school. (#0103)

Emily remarries ("I still can't believe anybody'd want a woman with two children") and leaves town. (#0115)


MEDICAL:

Caught influenza. (#0101)

Mike pronounces Emily to be anemic. (#0102)

Emily gets married and leaves town; comes back to visit. (#0115)

Mike performed a cesarean on Emily. (Pilot)



EMILY'S BABY

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL/MEDICAL INFORMATION

Born by Cesarean. (Pilot)

Caught Influenza, survives. (#0101)




FRIENDS OF BRIAN AND COLLEEN


ALICE O'CONNER

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION


Friend (sort of) of Colleen's. She's kind of snotty, always stirs the pot. For example; she scares Brian about witches at Halloween. She also spreads stories about Colleen for kissing Richard, whom Becky had a crush on, then lures him away from Colleen and Becky at the Sweetheart's Dance. (#0207)

Alice appears in episodes #0106, #0113, #0116, #0207, #0210, #0217, #0218, #0224, #0316, #0321, #0325.



BECKY BINDER

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION


Colleen's best friend. Becky and Colleen had a falling-out over a boy, but they are soon reunited. (#0210)

Becky wins the part of Juliet in Dorothy's production of "Romeo and Juliet." Unfortunately, she gets laryngitis, and it looks like Colleen, who understudied her, will get the part. Happily, she recovers and performs ably, as she's "a natural." (#0320)

Colleen lent Becky her lucky stone, a gift Grandma Quinn gave her (it's from Ireland) during her try-outs for Dorothy's production of "Romeo and Juliet." (#0320)

Becky is more sensible than Colleen when she bows out of a fast crowd they are both enamored with after the crowd dares the girls to jump from the barbershop roof to the General Store roof and Becky almost slips off. (#0403)

Becky appears in episodes #0104, #0106, #0210, #0303/0399, #0316, #0318, #0319, #0320, #0321, #0403, #0420.


MEDICAL HISTORY

Becky is first diagnosed with gastrointestinitis, (by Miriam Tillson, a visiting ex-physician friend of Mike's whom Mike went to medical school with) but Mike later diagnoses her with an intestinal obstruction, (Volvulus) operates on it, and saves her life. (#0422)



CHARLES

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Charles, friend of Brian's. Participates in frog-jumping contest with Brian. Loses. Appears in ep. #0309.

Charles reappears to exert a bad influence on Brian when he persuades Brian to steal a train from Bray's General Store in order to enter it into a train fair in Denver. (#0414)



JARED MCALLISTER

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

A teen-aged lothario, Jared appears in #0303/0304. A new kid just in town from Denver, he engages Colleen as a tutor, only to display an inordinate amount of interest in her ample chest. Colleen rejects him promptly, and is then mortified when he makes fun of her bosoms in school and town. Finally, she confronts him and sets him straight. #0303/0304.

We learn that Jared is a crummy baseball player. This impacts Colleen, who, though a natural ball player, temporarily holds back her talent in the game so as not to put Jared off. (#0402)

Jared, part of a "fast" teenage crowd at school, dislocates his shoulder (Mike sets it) and gets some nasty gashes (Colleen and Mike stitch him up) when he plays "chicken" on horseback and gets thrown. (#0403)

Jared makes fun of the hanging in town; (Johnny Reed's) and this upsets Colleen, who doesn't believe in the death penalty. #0420.

Jared appears in: #0303/0399, #0402, #0403, #0420



KYLE

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Kyle, 13 year old schoolmate of Brian's. Kyle's nose gets put "out of joint" when the Reverend selects a story Brian wrote over his, to be printed in Dorothy's "Gazette." Kyle takes his revenge on the 10-year-old Brian by telling him the story of "Dead Red... a miner 'round these parts... (who was) buried alive in this very mine...(because) some kids were playin' in the mine and it caved in... (on him). ... So now every year at Halloween, Dead Red comes outta his grave, and he goes from minin' town to minin' town, lookin' for revenge..." (on the kids who caused the mine cave-in; who, of course, were all 10-year old boys). According to Kyle, "Every Halloween he kills a ten-year old boy," with the implication that this year, it will be Brian who becomes his latest victim. (#0407)

Kyle has big eyes for new girl Sara (see below) and competes against Brian for her affections. For a while, it looks like Kyle's got the edge, (especially when he throws Brian in the horse trough) but Brian wins out when Kyle takes Sara in the woods to find a Christmas tree and he gets her lost and almost hurled down a canyon crevice in the process. To Kyle's vast embarrassment, Brian must come rescue the two, and Kyle returns to town a (slightly) humbled boy. (#0412)



LEWIS BING

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Horace Bing's nephew; he first shows up in ep. #0113.

(NOTE: Use of Lewis, who supposedly lives with Myra and Horace, is discouraged as it invites such questions as, "If he lives with Myra and Horace, where is he all of the time?")



LOOKS FOR THE SUN

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Looks for the Sun is 10 years old. His parents are dead. He's a Lakota, and his father was an "elk dreamer," which means his family doesn't hunt deer or elk. Of all the Indian children, he's the most receptive to the white man's clothes, education, religion, etc., when the decision is made to put a school (to learn white ways) on the reservation. He's almost baptized by the Reverend before Cloud Dancing intervenes. The Reverend's insistence on baptizing Indian children enrages certain Indian members, most notably Cloud Dancing, who feels that he's "seeing his people die twice" as he watches the Indian children being taught white ways in opposition to their Indian traditions. (#0421)



MISSY

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Friend of Colleen's.

Appears in episodes #0113, #0116, #0207, #0213, #0217, #0218, #0224, #0301.

MISSY WILL NOT APPEAR AGAIN.



NO HARM COMES TO HIM

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Friend of Brian's.

Brian learns to play the flute from his Indian friend, "No Harm Comes to Him." No Harm Comes to Him and Brian become fast friends; nah-yoohs, even, which, roughly translated, means "blood brothers." Later, Sully helps Brian deal with his emotions when No Harm Comes to Him is slaughtered, along with his tribe, on the banks of the Washita. (#0322/23)



PAUL

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Friend of Colleen's.

Appears in episode #0420.



RICHARD

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Richard lends Colleen a copy of one of his books. Colleen receives her first kiss from Richard, a new boy at school, then gets branded "easy" from her jealous schoolmates Alice, Missy and Becky. (#0210)

Richard appears again, as one of many of Colleen's teen-age friends who are determined to stay out all night. (#0316)

Richard appears in #0210, #0316



STEVEN MYERS

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION


Steven, a friend of Brian's, appears for the first time as a child who's been physically roughed-up by the new schoolteacher, Louise Chambers. Angered by the abuse, Steven's father confronts the Reverend. (#0224)

Steven reappears to look at Mike's medical journals -- female nudes -- with Brian as an indicating of Brian and he's burgeoning puberty. #0302.

Steven appears in ep. #0224, #0302, #0325.



SARAH SHEEHAN (Brian's first big crush!)

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Sara Sheehan and her mother move to town right before Christmas. They've moved to Colorado Springs because Mrs. Sheehan (newly widowed when her husband died of exposure from the elements a few months before) has a sister in town. Sara, an exceptionally pretty little girl, immediately catches the eye of Brian, though, at age eleven, she's one year older than him (an "older woman!"). Unfortunately, an older boy, Kyle, (see above) also notices her. At first it seems Kyle has a distinct advantage over Brian, being bigger as well as older, and something of a bully as well. Even so, Brian at first tries to compete with Kyle, by, for instance, taking piano lessons with Sara. But when Kyle beats him up and throws him in the horse trough, he almost gives up on Sara -- that is, until Kyle takes Sara out in the woods to find a Christmas tree and gets them both lost. With Sully's encouragement, Brian heads into the woods with Fifi, his new miniature poodle dog, to track the two. Fifi finds them, and Brian saves them from falling over a cliff, for which he's rewarded with a kiss from Sara, to Kyle's consternation. Later, Brian gives Fifi to Sara as a Christmas present and she kisses him again. (He'd given her a red scarf earlier, but Fifi tore it up.) Happily for all involved, Brian, Sara, Kyle and the search party all get back to town in time for "the living nativity." (#0412)


END FRIENDS OF BRIAN AND COLLEEN
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JACKSON TAIT

GENERAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Jackson Tait, Chief Surveyor for the "Kansas Pacific Railroad," comes to town to announce that the "Denver and Rio Grande Railroad" will be routed through Colorado Springs. (#0301) Jackson comes back to town, contracts Robert E to fix the locomotive steam engine; leaves Peter Chow to watchdog the operation. (#0317)



PETER CHOW

Peter Chow, Jackson Tait's handsome, adopted, teenage, Chinese son, accompanies him. Peter works for Jackson. Jackson Tait adopted Peter when Peter's father, a railroad employee, died in a town called Petersburg. Peter took the town's name in his father's memory. Peter's stricken with malaria, which Colleen successfully diagnoses. She nurses him, and the two teenagers develop crushes on each other, culminating in Peter giving Colleen some earth from China to remember him by. (#0301)

Peter Chow comes back to town with Jackson Tait. Jackson contracts Robert E to fix a locomotive steam engine; Jackson leaves Peter to oversee the operation. Peter's relationship with Colleen deepens on this visit. (#0317)

Peter alerts Mike that there's disease in the mining camp; (dysentary) when she goes to treat the men, she finds Matthew running the saloon tent. Peter Chow loses some Chinese friends in an explosion -- he makes Chinese lanterns for them to "help guide their spirits to the other side. (#0405)

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