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A Matter of Conscience
Season 6, Episode 3
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Air date 11 Oct 1997
Written by Chris Abbott
Directed by Terrence O'Hara
Episode guide
All That Matters
The Comfort of Friends

A Matter of Conscience is the third episode of Season 6 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and the one hundred twentieth episode of the series.

Hank believes Sully is responsible for Indian raids in town and accuses Dr. Mike of lying about Sully's death. He also appoints himself sheriff and sets out to find Sully and bring him in. He and Jake discover Sully in a meeting with Cloud Dancing and Black Moon and attempt to apprehend them all, but the Cherokee in the area draw down on them. At first, Black Moon orders Jake and Hank to be killed, but Sully convinces them not to.

Meanwhile, General Wooden is sent to town to try to end the raids and is injured in a raid himself. After he wakes up from surgery, he insists on some whiskey against the advice of both Dr. Mike and Andrew. After he drinks some from his flask when not under supervision, he dies as a result.

Daniel manages to persuade Sgt. McKay to allow the Indians that are prisoners to go to the reservation peacefully. A move that angers Hank


  • Story Arc: The Separation, part 5 of 16.
  • Character Arc: Sgt. McKay, part 5 of 6.
  • Character Arc: Daniel Simon, part 5 of 15. Daniel becomes the third Sheriff of Colorado Springs.
  • Plot Device Arc: Elections. Type: sheriff. The town holds it's second sheriff election between Hank and Daniel. Daniel wins with 157 votes against Hank with 151 votes. The town held mayoral elections in The Campaign and Right or Wrong. The town also held their first sheriff election in Tin Star.
  • Law requires 2 witnesses for the same act to get a treason charge
  • Indians throw a stick on dynamite into the Gold Nugget. Hank suggests that the Indians are getting dynamite from the Army, but this isn't confirmed.
  • Hank and Jake see Sully in a meeting with Black Moon at Two Trees (Indian Healing Ground)
  • Death of General Wooden.


  • several patrons and help of the Gold Nugget, plus Wooden after the dynamite

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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