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A Cowboy's Lullaby
Season 1, Episode 9
Cowboys lullaby
Takes Place 1868
Air date 20 Feb 1993
Written by Josef Anderson
Directed by Chuck Bowman
Episode guide
The Great American Medicine Show
Running Ghost

A Cowboy's Lullaby is the ninth episode of Season 1 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.

Mr. McCall, a cowboy and single father, comes in to town, and quickly leaves after robbing Loren, leaving his infant son behind in Dr. Mike's care. Dr. Mike tries to find a loving home for the boy with help from the Reverend.


  • Dr. Mike ordered business cards from a company in Boston. It took 4 months for Dr. Mike's cards to be printed, and shipped from Boston. The company she ordered from misspelled Colorado.
  • A Cowboy's Lullaby marks John Schneider's first appearance on the show albeit as Ret McCall. Ret McCall's first name is heard when Michaela reads the letter he left for her. He will later play Sully's mining friend Daniel Simon.
  • Mr. McCall's baby boy is sick & half Indian. At 6 months old Mr. McCall has yet to name his baby until the end of the episode when he names his son Mike. Mr. McCall sings "Cowboy's Lullaby" to his son. The song was written by John Schneider & Josef Anderson.
  • The Reverend asks Dr. Mike to check in on Luke Silver after he misses his first church service. Dr. Mike finds that he's been attacked by a bear & then gets trapped in his barn by the same bear after he dies from the injuries.
  • Emily Donavan shows Mr. McCall's baby to her brother, Al, to consider adopting the baby. Al don't want to adopt the baby based on the fact that it's part Indian.


  • Michael McCall - Mr. McCall's baby boy
  • Luke Silver - injuries from a bear attack.

Dr. Quinn Episodes
Season 1 "Pilot" • "Epidemic" • "The Visitor" • "Law of the Land" • "The Healing" • "Father's Day "• "Bad Water" • "The Great American Medicine Show" • "A Cowboy's Lullaby" • "Running Ghost" • "The Prisoner" • "Happy Birthday" • "Rite of Passage" • "Heroes" • "The Operation" • "The Secret" • "Portraits"
Season 2 "The Race" • "Sanctuary" • "Halloween" • "The Incident" • "Saving Souls" • "Where the Heart Is" • "Giving Thanks" • "Best Friends" • "Sully's Choice" • "Mike's Dream: A Christmas Tale" • "Crossing the Line" • "The Offering" • "The Circus" • "Another Woman" • "Orphan Train" • "Buffalo Soldiers" • "Luck of the Draw" • "Life and Death" • "The First Circle" • "Just One Lullaby" • "The Abduction" • "The Campaign" • "The Man in the Moon" • "Return Engagement"
Season 3 "The Train" • "Fathers and Sons" • "Cattle Drive" • "The Library" • "Halloween II" • "The Washington Affair" • "Money Trouble" • "Thanksgiving" • "Ladies Night" • "The First Christmas" • "Indian Agent" • "The End of the World" • "Pike's Peace" • "Cooper vs. Quinn" • "What Is Love?" • "Things My Father Never Taught Me" • "Baby Outlaws" • "Bone of Contention" • "The Permanence of Change" • "Washita" • "Sully's Recovery" • "Ready or Not" • "For Better or Worse"
Season 4 "A New Life" • "Traveling All-Stars" • "Mothers and Daughters" • "Brother's Keeper" • "Halloween III" • "Dorothy's Book" • "Promises, Promises" • "Expedition" • "One Touch of Nature" • "Hell on Wheels" • "Fifi's First Christmas" • "Change of Heart" • "Tin Star" • "If You Love Someone" • "The Iceman Cometh" • "Dead or Alive" • "Deal with the Devil" • "Eye for an Eye" • "Hearts and Minds" • "Reunion" • "Woman of the Year" • "Last Chance" • "Fear Itself" • "One Nation" • "When a Child Is Born"
Season 5 "Runaway Train" • "Having It All" • "Malpractice" • "All That Glitters..." • "Los Americanos" • "Last Dance" • "Right or Wrong" • "Remember Me" • "Legend" • "The Tempest" • "Separate but Equal" • "A Place to Die" • "Season of Miracles" • "The Dam" • "Farewell Appearance" • "The Most Fatal Disease" • "Colleen's Paper" • "A House Divided" • "Hostage" • "The Body Electric" • "Before the Dawn" • "Starting Over" • "His Father's Son" • "Moment of Truth"
Season 6 "Reason to Believe" • "All That Matters" • "A Matter of Conscience" • "The Comfort of Friends" • "Wave Goodbye" • "A Place Called Home" • "Lead Me Not" • "A Time to Heal" • "Civil Wars" • "Safe Passage" • "Homecoming" • "Point Blank" • "Seeds of Doubt" • "Seven Kinds of Lonely" • "Life in the Balance" • "Happily Ever After" • "Birdman" • "Vengeance" • "To Have and to Hold" • "The Fight" • "A New Beginning "
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