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A New Beginning
Season 6, Episode 22
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Air date 16 May 1998
Written by Carl Binder
Directed by James Keach
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A New Beginning is the twenty-second episode of Season 6 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and the one hundred fortieth episode of the series.
Colleen has finished her pre-med studies and applied to medical school, only to be accepted at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mike is thrilled along with Colleen, until Andrew proposes. Dr. Mike suggests they wait until Colleen finishes medical school, but Colleen isn't willing to wait, and manages to convince Dr. Mike to change her mind.
Meanwhile, Preston buys Jake's share in the Gold Nugget. When the Panic of 1873 hits, Preston's brokers demands payment of the stocks he invested in full and he struggles to find money to pay his investors. Preston is even forced to sell the hotel.


  • Story Arc: Grace and Robert E.’s Grief, part 7 of 7, epilogue. Grace tells Robert E. she's pregnant.
  • Colleen has to be in Philadelphia in 3 weeks to complete matriculation for medical school.
  • Preston sells the share he bought from Jake to Hank and calls in Dorothy's loan.

Continuity Issues[]

  • Andrew says, "I wish my parents were alive to see it." In The Heart Within, his father helped Colleen audit at Harvard Medical School and Andrew was working with his father.

Awards and Nominations[]

"A New Beginning" earned the stylists of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman a nomination for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series at the 1998 Primetime Emmy Awards. The stylists on this episode included Deborah Holmes Dobson, Virginia Grobeson, Laura Lee Grubich, Christine Lee, Elaina P. Schulman, Jennifer Guerrero-Mazursky, and Kelly Kline (hairstylist to Jane Seymour).

Jane Seymour was also nominated for a 1998 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.


none shown - likely Grace to confirm her pregnancy

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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