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Josef Quinn Memorial Library

Town Biographies XI - Catalysts


 

SIGNIFICANT VISITORS (Catalysts for action in sequence)

Elizabeth Quinn: Stern, "Fine homemaker and an authority on rose gardening." (Pilot)

General George Armstrong Custer follows tracks to Clinic, looking for Indians -- everyone keeps quiet to protect Cloud Dancing, who has been doctoring Dr. Mike during the influenza epidemic. (#0101)

Elizabeth Quinn Comes to town, gives Mike the rest of her bequest to buy the clinic, and tells Colleen she's having her first period. (#0102)

General George Armstrong Custer attacks Cheyenne settlement - captures Cloud Dancing to get him to tell where the renegade Dog Soldiers are hiding (they have been attacking white settlers. (#0103)

The Cooper kids' father, Ethan Cooper, pays a visit, stirring up a lot of trouble in the process. (#0104)

Red McCall, singing, baby-toting cowboy. (#0107)

Doc Eli Jackson, from "Doc Eli's Kickapoo Medicine show. (#0108)

Clay and Calvin Harding; father and son gold miners who contaminate the town's water supply with mercury. (#0109)

Tate Rankin: Buffalo killer hired by the railroad "When the buffalo are gone, the Cheyenne people will disappear." (#0110)

Thaddeus Birch: a man who claims to represent the railroad but whose actual intention is to buy up land and properties before the railroad gets there, then sell to the railroad for more money -- in short, a speculator. (#0110)

Daniel Watkins -- Civil War photographer. Visits Colorado Springs; takes town's picture. Meets Dr. Mike when Sully, who acts as Daniel's guide, brings him to her. (Daniel needs treatment for being hit in the head with a rock by some Dog Soldiers he was photographing). Mike also diagnoses and treats, (as best she can) Daniel's diabetes. Likes to sink "Shenandoah" while his pictures develop. (#0115)

Zach Lawson. As it turns out, Zach is Hank's illegitimate son, whom another of Hank's prostitutes bore out of wedlock. Zach, a supposed mute boy of about 12, is probably autistic. His mother died when he was five; that's when he went to live with Ruby Johnson, who died when he was twelve. He turns out to have superior artistic abilities and is sent to a special art school in Denver. (#0116)

Sister Ruth McKenzie comes to town as a traveling faith healer, making Mike re-think various pre-conceived notions she has about medicine, etc. Ruth falls in love with Kid Cole. (#0202) [Later, in episode #0313, she resurfaces with Kid Cole, to whom she's now married)

Curtis, Marcus Jenning's hired hand, comes to Colorado Springs, accuses Dorothy of killing Marcus. (#0203)

Nine orphans come to Colorado Springs to be adopted. Of the nine, three have significant moments: (#0204)
- Jennifer is saved by Myra from becoming a prostitute when Myra offers to work six more months on her contract to pay off Hank for Jennifer's debts (Jennifer bought dresses, etc. with a loan from Hank to start her new career as a prostitute.) (#0204)
- Robert E makes Josh, Jennifer's little brother, a peg leg. (#0204)
- Loren catches Nick, one of the orphans, in the act of stealing some cigars from the General Store. Loren, incensed, makes Nick smoke so many cigars that it's probable he'll never smoke again. (#204)

Little Eagle, a brave accidentally shot by Jake when he was out hunting with Loren and Horace. Jake's action triggers hostile Indian activity, culminating in his being kidnapped by the Indians. Mike and Sully intervene to save him. (#0205)

Colonel Will Egan, a well-intentioned Army officer who inadvertently brings blankets infected with typhus to the Indians as a peace offering. He later dies from typhus. (#206)

Abigail Sully (born Abigail Bray, 1839-1860?) Loren's daughter and Sully's dead wife, pays a visit to Mike. Mike is able to lay her ghost to rest and set her spirit free, (though she may actually be Mike's conscience) by having Sully repair a rocking horse he'd been making for his unborn daughter, who died with her mother during birth. Abigail with very thin, with dark hair and blue eyes. (#0207)

A nameless man (played by Tom Poston) comes to town on Halloween and scares the town half-to-death when he keeps "dropping dead." He's actually afflicted with narcolepsy. (#0207)

William Burke, who does not visit Colorado Springs (instead, Colorado Springs visits him, a la Mike, Sully and the Cooper kids) is a catalyst for action nonetheless when he proposes to Mike on her Boston visit (#0208). Burke, a dashing, progressive doctor, graduated at the top of his class, often works pro bono, and hopes he and Mike will set up a medical practice together after their marriage. Instead, Mike turns him down and returns to Colorado Springs, children in tow, and announces to Sully (who'd returned before her) that she loves him (#0209). William Burke's father moved his family to Baltimore five years before he met Mike. (#0208)

Richard, the new boy in town, causes a rift in the best-friendship of Colleen and Becky. (#0210)

Sergeant Carver, a handsome, erudite black Buffalo Soldier, comes into town and menaces the Indians until Mike and Sully find a way to circumvent him. (#0213)

Caleb and Mary come into town Christmas Eve. Mike delivers the baby. Mary gives birth in Robert E's stable. (#0214)

Heart, owner of a rag-tag circus, comes to town and enlists town members to participate in her rag tag circus. (#0215)

Heart's daughter, Atlantis, possesses webbed fingers; Mike separates them via surgery. She falls for Matthew, but is hurt when she finds Matthew is betrothed to Ingrid. (#0215)

Catherine, a beautiful blond woman captured by and raised with renegade Indians, is brought to Colorado Springs by soldiers when her tribe, which includes her husband, is wiped out and she is the only surviving member. Catherine falls in love with Sully. She kisses him, which Brian sees. Later, Brian tells Mike about the kiss, causing a rift between Mike and Sully. (#0216)

Julius Hoffman, a flashy, high-livin' ne'r'do-well, shows up to fleece the town and Matthew in a high-stakes poker game. In this episode, we learn about the Reverend's sordid past as a gambler; Matthew learns the perils of easy money. (#0217)

Tom Jennings, Dorothy's son. A Civil War veteran, Tom comes to town pretending to look up his mother, but he's actually a morphine-addicted drifter who breaks into the homestead intending to steal Mike's morphine. Mike shoots him in the leg and is forced to amputate it. The entire family is traumatized by this event, not to mention Dorothy. (#0218)

One Eye, a bad renegade Dog Soldier, kidnaps Mike. (#0219) Sully kills One Eye in self-defense when he rescues Mike. (#0220)

Old Knife, a renegade Dog Soldier, involved in killing two Army cavalrymen who visit the reservation unannounced. Custer executes him. (#0219)

Custer comes to town and threatens to hang the entire Indian reservation if Mike, who's been abducted, is not returned. (#0219/0220)

Jedediah Bancroft spearheads the burgeoning KKK movement and almost causes Robert E to be strung up. Fortunately, the townsfolk come to their senses in the nick of time. (#0221) Dandy John O'Malley: cuts Myra in the leg; prompting her to declare her freedom from Hank. (#0222)

Louise Chambers: (mid-30's) The Reverend's ex-sweetheart. She's a teacher he brings into town, both to teach the children and as a prospective wife. When Louise applies "spare the rod, spoil the child" too liberally, however, she serves as a catalyst to Mike addressing the issue of corporal punishment in the schools. (FYI: Louise was beaten as a child.) Mike proposes a ban on corporal punishment, which is defeated. Louise, however, leaves town when one of her students whom she beats turns on her and breaks two ribs, as well as blacking her eye. The Reverend is disappointed to discover that, not only does she believe in hitting children, she doesn't want any of her own. The Reverend had proposed to her, and she accepted, but upon hearing this, he decides they have major differences, rescinds his proposal, and she leaves town.(#0224)

Andrew Strauss/aka David Lewis. Mike's doctor fiance' from before the Civil War. David is presumed dead until he shows up in Colorado Springs wearing an eye patch; limping; his face scarred and his voice changed from shrapnel to the larynx, all of which effectively render him a stranger to Mike. His real identity is revealed to her, however, when he makes the same toast at Myra and Horace's wedding that he made at the announcement of his and Mike's engagement. David was a medical student at Yale, but enlisted to fight in the Civil War. Post Civil War, David becomes a Naturalist. He wears Bay Rum cologne. (#0225)

David Lewis likes to recite Robert Burns at weddings. He was a prisoner at Andersonville, a notorious prison camp, during the Civil War. The Civil War left David partially blind, crippled and unable to speak; he recovered his speech and re-learned to walk, but initially let Mike think he was dead so she wouldn't have to be saddled with a cripple. He shows up to reclaim Mike after a seven year absence. While in town, he operates on Grace's eye, removing a piece of glass from the cornea; her sight is fully recovered. When Mike rejects his offer of marriage, David leaves to become a conservationist. (#0226)

Jackson Tait, the 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)

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)

Jared McAllister, a good-looking teenage transplant from Denver, solicits Colleen's help with Math but is actually smitten with her impressive bust and looking to score. Colleen puts him in his place. (#0303)

Carl and Ronnie Kemp: two outlaw brothers (Ronnie's the youngest) who rob Hank's saloon on "Ladies' Night" and take Jake captive. Older brother Carl develops a crush on the "big-boned" gal (Jake) but younger brother Ronnie sets Jake free before anything really interesting develops. (#0303)

Paco, Olive Davis' Mexican Foreman: an older vaquero, he served her faithfully for 14 years. Upon her death, she left him her Mexican ranch. (#0304)

Jesse: a handsome young Texas cowboy and ne'er do well who breaks Colleen's heart on the cattle drive by wooing her, only to rustle Matthew's cattle and steal her gold pocket watch, (Olive's legacy) which Matthew retrieves. (#0304)

Ned, a young Texas cowhand, is Jesse's friend and partner in crime when he helps Jesse rustle Matthew's cattle. (#0304)

Dr. John Porter, a vertebra Paleontologist who personally discovered 22 species of dinosaurs, comes into town offering cash for bones and stirs up trouble with the Indians, who rob Maude Bray's grave in retaliation for the desecration of their burial grounds. Eventually, Sully intervenes, Cloud Dancing and Loren meet, an exchange of bones is made, and Porter is routed out of town. (#0306)

Lucien Hazen, corrupt middle-aged, District Superintendent of Indian Affairs; Sully's titular boss during Sully's term as Indian Agent. (#0307)

Franklin, Gentle Horse and Young Whirlwind; all young braves who like firewater a little too much -- Young Whirlwind and Franklin even challenge Black Kettle's authority regarding the treaty with the whites, and it is probably Franklin who traded the Cheyenne's sacred arrows to Hank for liquor, which Sully later confiscates and returns to the Cheyenne. (#0307)

John, the "Frankenstein's Monster" upon whom Mike performs reconstructive surgery, was a train conductor for Union Pacific train #649, which never made it to it's final destination when a bridge washed out. John, the terribly maimed, lone survivor of the terrible wreck, haunts the woods, sympathetically freeing small animals caught in Hank's traps until Brian finds him and brings him to Mike. John's plastic surgery is a success, and John rejoins humanity. (#0308)

Charles, Brian's friend; they launch the jumping-frog contest together and lose big. (#0309)

When Judd McCoy and his wild west show rolls into town, McCoy gets in a fight and breaks his hand, creating an opening for Sully, which he accepts, (for the fee of $25.00) to perform as "Sully the Savage," a knife-throwing "mountain man." McCoy's show also includes: "Mexicans who ride bulls, cowgirls who ride buffalos, and Indians who wrestle bears;" a ticket costs .25 cents. (#0310)

Captain Seth Borgnine: a rude Army Captain who tersely informs Mike and Sully about the new, unfairly-and-changed-without-notice terms of the government's hunting treaty with the Indians. The information he confers inspires Mike, Sully, Cloud Dancing and the Cooper kids' trip to Washington. (#0311)

Ely Parker, Grant's Civil War Senecca Indian General. After the war, Grant appoints Parker Commissioner to Indian Affairs. Parker is sympathetic to Mike, Sully and Cloud Dancing's cause -- he's an Indian, after all -- and he helps them crash the White House, where Mike meets Julia Grant, who ultimately pulls strings for Mike to be able to testify before the Indian Commission in the Indians' behalf. Later, when Sully's arrested, Parker, believing Mike's story that there's an assassination plot afoot, helps Mike spring him in a daring prison escape. Sully goes back to the White House and saves Grant from a sharpshooter's bullet. (#0311/0312)

Senators George Steward and Elliot Moses: both Civil War profiteers; Steward, a former Union Army Colonel, recognizes Sully as the sharpshooter they set up to unwittingly eliminate his partner-in-crime -- Moses' -- business competitor; they have Sully arrested for desertion, but Brian stumbles upon their plan to assassinate Grant, tells Sully about it, and Mike and Ely Parker spring Sully, who saves Grant's life. Moses, who has a weak heart, is poisoned by Steward when Steward thinks his conscience, (due to his pending mortality) is bothering him. In the end, Steward's found out and arrested, along with Detective Simpson, who was in on the plot, and we find out later that Steward kills himself, leaving no assassination trail to follow. (#0311/0312)

Julia Grant pulls strings for Mike to be able to testify before the Indian Commission on the Indians' behalf. Julia also invites Mike, Sully and kids to stay at the White House. (#0311/0312)

Jesse Grant: Brian's age and the President's son; Jesse shows Brian the secret passageway in the White House, where they overhear the plot to kill the President. (#0311/0322)

Nellie Grant: Colleen's age and a coy vixen; she fixes Colleen up with cadet Andrew Garrick and persuades Colleen to fix her up with Matthew for a military ball when her date drops out. (#0311/0312)

President Grant: Mike, Sully and kids meet him in Washington; he offers Mike a job on his cabinet as supervisor of medical affairs for the Indians; Sully saves his life. (#0311/0312)

Andrew Garrick (18): Colleen's date at the Washington military ball; she's a little smitten until he learns that he agrees with the extermination policy regarding the Indians. (#0311)

Kid Cole and Sister Ruth resurface; Mike and Sully run into them in Denver. Mike and Sully invite the now-married couple home to Thanksgiving supper, but on the way, their stagecoach is shanghaied by a young married team of robbers (Brandon and Carey McGee). Mike, Sully, Kid Cole and Sister Ruth are forced to hoof it the rest of the way home. Unfortunately, Kid Cole is shot in the calf, and Mike and Sully leave Cole (fending off hostile Indians with gunfire all the while) and Sister Ruth while they go look for help. In the end, everybody makes it home alive for the Thanksgiving dinner the kids've cooked. (#0313)

Brandon McGee: a young, conscienceless robber who travels with his wife, Carey McGee; murderers and thieves, they work together robbing stagecoaches. Carey travels under the guise of pregnancy, but actually keeps an arsenal in her "pregnant" stomach (actually a cleverly disguised arsenal cache). (#0313)

Carey McGee: (see above #0313)

The Frankel family: Itzhak, 35, Zara 30, Aaron, 10, Gisela, an infant. Jewish Immigrants from Posen, in Prussia. The family rolls into town during the Christmas/Hanukkah season and stirs up a prejudice among townsfolk which is particularly virulent in Loren, who leads townsfolk in overturning the peddler family's cart. Mike helps abate these prejudices and fears and helps them be accepted in town. (#0314)

Trisha Yearwood - cameo (character named Patricia) leads the townsfolk children in Christmas caroling. (#0314)

Sam Lindsay, an older, pantaloon-wearing, Ralph Waldo Emerson spouting, 70-year old free-spirited former teacher from Vermont. Iconoclastic Sam has flown in the face of convention throughout her long life -- for example, she had an affair with a married man for years, and in doing so, "raised every eyebrow in Vermont at least twice." Though Sam's unconventional, the Reverend and Mike recognize what a good teacher she is and are prepared to go before the schoolboard to ask for approval for Sam to be appointed the town's teacher, but Sam, knowing she has advanced leukemia, has come to Colorado Springs intending to climb Pike's Peak to die alone (she's a nature-lover). Her plans are thwarted by Mike, who, worried about her safety, follows Sam and keeps her company through her final hours. At first Sam was angry that Mike followed, but it seemed to comfort her to have a friend at her side during her final hours. As her legacy to Mike, Sam leaves a treasured book penned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. (#0315) (NOTE: Sam Lindsey's influence lives on in Colorado Springs; Myra names her baby girl [born in episode #0315] after Sam, and Mike determines, in observance of her own 37th birthday to, with Dorothy, Grace and Myra, visit Sam's grave and climb to the top of Pike's Peak thanks to Sam's inspiration. (#0409/10)

Walter Smoot, toothless drunk that leads Sam and Mike (on separate occasions) to the foot of Pike's Peak. (#0315)

Though he never actually visits Colorado Springs, "World-famous cometographer" Dr. Jack Lancaster has quite an impact nonetheless: as quoted in the "New York Post," he states that on the night of the fourteenth (month/year not stated), at exactly midnight, Stowe's comet will careen out of its orbit and collide with the planet earth, extinguishing all life in a fiery cataclysm." Naturally, townsfolk panic and act crazily; Mike's the only voice of reason. (#0316)

Jackson Tait brings a "mule," or locomotive steam engine, to town; Mike suggests Robert E can fix it. (#0317)

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)

Lillian Cooper, young, beautiful, rich, bride of one-year to Ethan Cooper, the Cooper kids' con-man dad. Ethan really made out when he married her. Lillian lost her mother at an early age. She always wanted a nursery full of children of her own when she grew up. Lillian is the one who spots the ad in the Denver newspaper regarding Mike wanting to adopt the kids (Ethan can't read) and persuades Ethan to return to town to visit them. Lillian has no malicious intent, but when Mike examines her, discovers she's lacking a uterus (uterine agenesis) and informs her she can't have children, Ethan gets money symbols in his eyes. Seems Lillian's dad's will stipulates that Lillian's children will inherit his fortune, with she and her husband as executors. Thus, Ethan reneges on his agreement with Mike that she can have custody of the Cooper kids and takes Mike to court, winning the kids in a custody battle. (#0318)

Lillian Cooper is a kind stepmother; she makes Colleen a toga for "Roman Day," (a school event) from a dress of her own, and decides, upon seeing the grief that ensues, that she and Ethan shouldn't have custody of Brian and Colleen after all. (#0319)

Judge Marvin Davison presides over the "Cooper Vs. Quinn" custody battle and rules in favor of Ethan Cooper. (#0318)

Fourteen-year old Belle Starr rides into town with her two gang members, brothers Jim and Cole Younger, and robs the saloon. She wreaks havoc as only a teenage female outlaw can do! She spins tales about her accomplishments, while seducing Matthew and needling Colleen. So incorrigible did the young outlaw turn out to be, that her own father, in a telegram, encouraged Mike to "try her, convict her, hang her high." As such, perhaps Mike should have concluded that Belle had no intention of mending her wayward ways. (#0321)

Cole and Jim Younger, teen-age members of Belle Starr's gang. They first rob Hank's saloon, and when Belle's apprehended, they kidnap Brian to hold as hostage for her release. The bounty on their heads is $100.00 each. After they leave Colorado Springs, they, along with Belle, rob a stagecoach in Pueblo and escape with $600.00. (#0321)

No Harm Comes to Him, a little Cheyenne Indian boy with a big spirit. He was named so because during an army attack upon the Cheyenne, No Harm's mother sheltered him with her fallen body; she died, he lived. No Harm suffers from malnutrition. Mike brings him to the homestead, where he becomes fast friends with Brian, even teaching Brian to play the flute, while Brian teaches him checkers. They hunt together, and become blood brothers, or "nah-yoohs." Later, Brian must deal with the emotional aftermath when No Harm, his blood brother, is killed on the banks of the Washita River. No Harm, during his last moments alive, manages to shield an Indian infant under his body; Sully and Mike retrieve the infant and name it "Live In Hopes," in honor of Black Kettle, her uttered this prophetic phrase. (#0322/23)

Little Thunder, an elderly Indian killed by Soldiers, prompting Cloud Dancing to join the Dog Soldiers on raiding parties until his tribe is routed to the Washita and slaughtered. (#0322/23)

Dog Soldiers attack railroad workers. Many are injured, including William Hayley, whose shoulder and arm are wounded. This railroad attack is one more incident giving Custer ammunition to go after the Indians at Washita. (#0322/23)

Mary Ann Daggett, a parentless waif abused by vicious guardian Mr. Thomas Daggett. Mike, aghast that there are no child protection laws, takes Mr. Daggett to court as an animal abuser, after first reading Charles Darwin. She wins the case -- that of Mary Ann being an animal with all the rights that being an animal entails, and Mary Ann gets a new guardian. (#0325)

General George Armstrong Custer comes into town; puts a $500.00 bounty on Cloud Dancing's head, almost causing Cloud Dancing to be unable to be Sully's best-man. (#0326/0327)

Rebecca (Mike's sister) comes from Boston, acts as co-Matron of Honor with Dorothy for Mike/Sully wedding. (#0326/0327)

John, the train conductor for #0308 (Mike transformed him from a "Frankenstein's" monster with surgery) reappears to help Brian decorate a train car for Mike/Sully honeymoon. (#0326/0327) Elizabeth Quinn stirs up a lot of trouble for Mike/Sully when she comes into town unexpectedly to "organize" their wedding. (#0326/0327)

Abner Foley comes to Colorado Springs to cure his arthritis with the famous Hot Springs. Unfortunately, the springs don't cure him, but he does come away with some relief of sorts from his malady when Jake gives him him a stray mutt he's become attached to, which Abner promptly names "Barnaby." It appears Abner's arthritis symptoms are alleviated by being able to take care of the dog, i.e., care for something else -- for as Mike discovers, ("sometimes you have to treat the patient; not just the disease") Abner lost his children in the influenza epidemic and his wife six months ago, and he sorely needs a living thing to care about. He leaves town with Barnaby a happier man. (#0407)

Sully receives a letter from an old friend, Daniel Simon, and although we only hear about Daniel, we learn that Sully and he grew up together on the docks of New York. They came out west together to be gold miners, but ended up working the mines. Daniel saved Sully's life, and Sully promised him that if he ever needed anything, Sully'd be there. And, although this causes some dissention between him and Mike, who feels she's got a claim to him as well, eventually, Sully convinces Mike that, in order to be true to his word, he must fulfill this promise to help his friend in the event of need. (#0408)

Clayton and Ginny Baker, a young couple who are patients of Mike's, lose their first baby, (sex not specified) due to the umbilical cord being wrapped around the infant's neck. (#0411)

Dr. Bernard examines Mike at the end of the 4th season Thanksgiving episode and declares her pregnant! (#0411)

Sarah Sheehan and her mother, Anna Marie Sheehan, 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 "an "older woman!" (by one year). Unfortunately, an older boy, Kyle, 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, Brian 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)

Anthony, a shantytown black boy of about 8, appears at Grace's cafe intending to steal a pie but steals her heart instead. Anthony, an orphan that Robert E and Grace end up adopting, has (unknown to all; the disease hasn't been diagnosed yet) sickle cell anemia. The boy is instrumental in healing Grace's still-aching- (over losing the Cheyenne-baby) -heart. (#0413)

Emma, a prostitute that works for Hank, is sent by him in a kindly but misguided gesture to go out to the old homestead to seduce Matthew, who's still grieving over Ingrid. Although she doesn't succeed (he's a nice boy) their attraction to each other is evident. (#413)

A Saloon Thief, brother of Zachary Brett, robs the saloon and is shot by a posse. As a result, an armed and dangerous Zachary Brett, (sentenced to 7 years in prison for armed robberty, recently paroled) comes to town, intending to spring his brother, and putting Matthew's anti-gun law to the test. The town comes through with flying colors, backing Matthew up against Zachary in a high-noon Mexican standoff. Zachary backs down, reholsters his gun and leaves town, in spite of Matthew's promise that if Zachary hands over his gun, he can see his little brother before he stands trial. (#0414)

Curtis Roper (a well-dressed black man, mid-twenties) and Randolph Cummings (a "prosperous, East Coast city-dressed man in his mid-twenties"), are two confidence men who work as a team and come to town to fleece the citizens of Colorado Springs by getting them to invest their money in a "home refrigeration" investment scam. Fortunately, Mike and the Reverend are able to get the town's money back with a scheme of their own. (#0416)

Reverend Thomas, the Reverend's Seminary Instructor and mentor, comes to town, which sparks a crisis for the Reverend, who, feeling that his church is inadequate and in ill repair, takes a loan out from Hank (after Preston refuses him) which he uses to fix up the church. The Reverend takes the loan from Hank intending to repay it with pay-back money from townsfolk he's lent $ to in the past, (Sully suggested the "collect-monies-owed from townsfolk" part) but since the Reverend isn't as dilligent a loan collector as Hank, he almost loses the church to Hank until Hank relents at the 11th hour (with a little prodding from Mike). (#0417)

Ezra Leonard (a politician) comes to Colorado Springs to stump for statehood. He is accompanied by his young (age 12) son, Caleb. Unfortunately, a legendary mountain man, Noah McBride, and his Indian wife, Walks Alone, object to the idea of Colorado's statehood and all that that implies. As a result, they kidnap Caleb, intending to exchange the boy for a statement he will have prepared for the Senate Committee on territories and a promise to withdraw fromt he Colorado statehood movement. Ezra engages Matthew, Sully, Robert E, Jake, Hank and Preston to go into the wilderness to get his boy back, but he never intends to succumb to Noah McBride's demands -- rather, after his boy is rescued, he ends by paying Preston a $1,000.00 bounty for bringing the man in, "Dead or Alive." (In point of fact, the threat of encroaching civilization causes McBride to go positively postal: he kidnaps Caleb, kills his own Indian wife Walks Alone by breaking her neck, and kidnaps Matthew before Preston puts a bullet in him.) (#0418/19)

HART FAMILY: Jason Hart, (late 40's), Ben Hart, (early 20's), Rosemary Hart (15). This family's tragedy -- Rosemary being raped by Johnny Reed (see below) catalyses the town into hanging Johnny for his crime. The hanging (capital punishment) divides members of the Cooper family as well as other townsmen, as some people are for and others against the death penalty. (#0420)

Ben Hart, in a rage over the defilement of sister Rosemary, (see above) incites a drunken barroom full of townsmen to attempt an impromtu lynching until Robert E stills the crowd's blood-thirsty ardor with a shotgun blast. Even so, Ben manages to get a hold of a gun and shoot Johnny Reed in the arm. (#0420)

Judith Logan is rendered a widow by the senseless murder of her husband, Taylor Logan, at the hands of Johnny Reed (see below) an aimless Colorado Volunteer with Colonel Chivington who fought at Sand Creek (the Sand Creek Indian Massacre), and who comes to Colorado Spings, wreaks havoc, and meets his maker at the end of a rope. (#0420)

Johnny Reed, 30, is an aimless Colorado Volunteer with Colonel Chivington who fought at Sand Creek (the Sand Creek Indian Massacre) and who comes to town, rapes Rosemary Hart, (see above), kills Judith Logan's husband (see above) is almost mob-lynched, (shot in the arm during this process) and finally meets his maker at the end of a rope (gallows operated by Hank). Unfortunately, Johnny's fate divides members of Dr. Mike's and Sully's family as well as some members of the town when the issue of Capital Punishment illicits strong opinions both for and against it in Colorado Springs. Johnny Reed is a thoroughly unsympathetic character -- he hums creepily to himself and whistles as he's taken to the gallows. Obviously, the man is disturbed. (#0420)

Looks for the Sun is 10 years old; 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)

Miriam Tillson, Mike's friend from medical school. Mike and Miriam made a vow at their graduation that they'd get together ten years from graduation. The two women corresponded over the years, apprising each other of their lives, accomplishments, etc. When Miriam arrives in town, the tension between these historically competitive women is heightened when Mike notices how entranced Colleen is by Miriam's cache' as a big city doctor (Mike obviously feels jealous and threatened) and Miriam fans these flames of jealousy by inviting Colleen to come to the city to see her practice even though she can see Mike is opposed to letting Colleen go. Later, Miriam diagnoses Becky Binder's stomach pains as gastrointestinitis and Mike diagnoses an intestinal blockage. Initially, Mike backs down from her diagnosis --she seems to be a bit intimidated by Miriam's medical accomplishments; for instance, her appointment as Senior Surgeon at her big-city hospital -- but when Becky reappears a day later at the clinic with massive stomach pains, Mike insists it's an intestinal blockage and she and Miriam argue over the diagnosis. Miriam, tense, snaps at Colleen, the women shout at each other, and Miriam huffs off to the train, intending to leave town. When Mike follows Miriam and confronts her, the truth comes out when Miriam confesses that she's been lying for years about her medical career -- seems her husband, also a doctor, gave Miriam an ultimatum when they were married -- 'medicine or me.' Miriam chose Robert, her husband, and bore him two children -- Rachel, age 4, and Robert Jr, age 7. Miriam explains that she always had to work hard -- she was a poor medical student, Mike was rich, etc. (which would explain in part why Miriam always felt so competitive towards Mike), and she chose a husband and family rather than her medical career. Mike, finally understanding, persuades Miriam to assist her with the operation, which helps restore a bit of Miriam's confidence. The women part with a new understanding of and sympathy for each other. (#0422)

Hank's grandmother, Ilse (Lawsenstrom?), whom he calls "Nana," comes to Colorado Springs to see Hank, whom she calls Hans, one last time before she goes home to Norway for good. In an effort to make himself look respectable for her, Hank had been sending Ilse letters for years which claimed he was the town tailor, active on the city councel, and married to Myra with Samantha as his child. When Ilse comes to see him, Myra, seeing that Hank's in a spot and in response to his begging, agrees to participate in the deception, even volunteering Horace's telegraph office, since there's no tailor's office in town for Hank to occupy. But Myra's participation in Hank's deception eventually causes Horace, who, like Myra, has been unhappy with his marriage for some time, to finally blow up at Myra and take his life back from Hank. As such, Hank is forced to come clean with his grandma by telling her he actually owns and operates the town saloon. Ilse tells him she loves him anyway -- she knows he's got a good heart. On the medical side, Ilse comes to town with a heart condition, and Mike, who's being considered for the title of "Woman of the Year" by the Denver chapter of the Women's Suffrage League by its representative, Beatrice Cartwright, makes an error of judgement -- thereby putting Ilse's health in danger -- when she stalls about asking for help from other professionals re: Ilse's heart condition because she doesn't want to admit in front of Beatrice that she's not exactly sure what's wrong with Ilse. In the end, Mike (like Hank with his grandmother Ilse) comes clean to Beatrice about her mistake, admits that she didn't know Ilse's exact ailment and that she had to wire for help. Fortunately, Beatrice, a very understanding woman, tells Mike that she's going to recommend Mike for the award. And so the episode, whose A and B stories parrallel the message that 'one should be who they really are, and not who we think people would like us to be,' ends happily for all concerned, except, perhaps, for Horace and Myra, whose marital problems are not resolved. (#0423)

Beatrice Cartwright, billowy representative of the Denver chapter of the Women's Suffrage League (see above) which has nominated Mike as the Denver Territories' "Woman of the Year." Beatrice comes to town unannounced to investigate whether Mike is to be a nominee; she leaves town telling Mike that she's recommending Mike receive the award. (#0423)

Two Spears, (#0424) a Pawnee whose wife has just been killed by soldiers in an Army ambush (he'd been among 30 Indians who'd been camping fifty miles from Palmer Reservation). Two Spears takes out his rage and frustration at the world on Cloud Dancing, whom he stabs when Cloud Dancing tries to befriend him. Cloud Dancing's wounds are severe enough to require a blood transfusion, which Sully gladly does for his friend. Cloud Dancing urges understanding on Sully's part for Two Spears, telling Sully "you can not trust him because he can not trust you." Unfortunately, when Sully lets Two Spears loose on the reservation, Two Spears gets into another fight with two other Indians. Sully then makes the hard decision of sending Two Spears away, which disappoints Cloud Dancing. Unfortunately, visiting Indian Agent Superintendent Lucien Hazen has seen this, and responds too readily to Sully's complaint that the garrison of soldiers now on the reservation don't do their job. Hazen's unfortunate solution is to send in -- Sergeant Bryan O'Conner, a tough first-generation son of Irish immigrants who's all-too-willing to instill order on the reservation. (#0424)

Lucien Hazen, last seen in ep. (#0307) pays a visit to the reservation and is displeased to see that the Indian children are not being taught in a 'proper' school wearing 'proper' (white mens') clothes; that the teepees have not been taken down as he instructed Sully and log cabins put up, and that the soldiers don't do their jobs; i.e., intervene when the Indians fight amongst themselves. Lucien leans on Sully to impliment the above changes, and responds to Sully's comment about the soldiers not doing their jobs by replacing the existing garrison with a garrison led by a man, Bryan O'Conner (see above) who'll obviously do his enforcement job all too well. (#0424)

A beautiful painter named Isabelle Maynard visits Colorado Springs with a secret -- that she's in the early stages of leprosy. Isabelle is from San Francisco. Her disease is found out when Isabelle's well-meaning relatives, who are worried because Isabelle hasn't arrived at their home, wire all the stations down the train line. Horace and Grace babble about their mutual discovery that Isabelle has leprosy, which causes the townsfolk panic. Jake, the mayor, calls a special meeting and the townsfolk slip a note under Isabelle's hotel door requesting that she leave town. Intially, Mike has trepedations re: Isabelle staying in town with such a disease as well, but she overcomes them and almost persuades Isabelle to stay in town so that she may treat her. Unfortunately, the obvious fear and hostility of the townsfolk convince Isabelle that everyone would be better off if she just leaves, which she does without saying goodbye. Isabelle gave painting lessons to Brian, the one person who didn't treat her like a leper when he found out she was diseased, and Preston developed a big crush on her, which was quickly aborted when he discovered she was a leper. The catalystic effect of this visitor to the town is that Preston's treatment of Isabelle causes Mike to decline Preston's invitation to help run his resort's medical clinic, as she can see by his reaction that he's not really interested in helping the sick -- rather, his concern is making money. In the end, Sully, who'd expressed as many reservations as anyone thanks to the fact that Mike would be treating her and could expose he and Mike's unborn child to the disease, declares (including himself in the condemnation), that "We didn't do right by her." (#0425)

Sergeant O'Conner, who's very upset by his soldier Private Reilly's death, overrides Supervisor Lucien Hazen's edict (which Sully arranged) that the Indians may try Cloud Dancing at the reservation for the murder of Sergeant Reilly by wiring General Wooden, who wires back that he didn't know things were so serious with the Indians and who declares that the Army and the Indians are now in a state of war. At this, Sergeant O'Conner takes Cloud Dancing prisoner and escorts him into the town jail, effectively removing his right to a trial with a jury of his peers. Fortunately for Cloud Dancing, Sully defends him and overturns the "Indians and Soldiers in a state of war" edict by telling O'Conner in court that, if you're in a state 'a war with the Indians and you -- an army soldier -- kill one of 'em, then it's not a murder, but a casualty of war." Thus, "If Cloud Dancing's convicted of murder, you gotta arrest every army soldier that's killed an Indian during this state 'a war." Sully's defense of Cloud Dancing makes sense to the judge, who dismisses the case. Sergeant O'Conner confronts Sully at the end, "This war ain't over." (#0426) When Plenty Horses accidentally shoots young Private Reilly in a reservation scuffle, (Reilly's gun goes off as the two men struggle for it and he dies of gunshot wounds, even when Mike operates to remove the bullet) no one owns up to the crime and tensions mount. Before violence can escalate against the Indians, however, Cloud Dancing steps forward to take the rap, especially since the overzealous commander, Sergeant O'Conner, is doing little to defuse existing tensions. Sully and Mike, knowing their friend Cloud Dancing as they do, are puzzled that Cloud Dancing won't come clean re: who really killed Private Reilly and what really happened, but Cloud Dancing has an ulterior motive behind his confession -- that is, he wants to unify his people by showing them through his actions that they should all act as people -- brothers -- whether they are Pawnee, Arapahoe or Cheyenne. Cloud Dancing's noble sacrifice does instill a sense of unity between the Indians, and after Sully cleverly defends Cloud Dancing (see "Byron Sully: General Biographical Information #0426") we see the Indians Elders altogether, welcoming Cloud Dancing to the reservation after he's been released. (#0426)

Sergeant Bryan O'Conner makes trouble for Cloud Dancing and Sully again when he secures an order that he can move certain tribes, including the Cheyenne, off the reservation. (He's doing this partially, it seems, because he doesn't like Cloud Dancing and also to be a burr in Sully's saddle.) Sully discovers, thanks to a report from the Reverend, that Cloud Dancing's being taken from the reservation. Sully tracks down the army, who indeed is moving Cloud Dancing along with some Arapahoe. Sully confronts O'Conner, and O'Conner stabs him in the shoulder and shoves him down a hill, which causes Sully to break his shin bone. Fortunately, Cloud Dancing escapes and manages to lead Mike to the injured Sully. Unfortunately, the Army inconveniently shows back up and takes Cloud Dancing away while leaving Mike and Sully in the woods. Mike goes into labor, and Sully must deliver the baby in the wilderness, thanks to O'Conner's mischief. At the end of the episode, we learn that Cloud Dancing has been moved to a different location and that O'Conner has managed to get Sully fired as Indian Agent. (#0428)

 

 
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