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Season 6, Episode 18
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Air date 18 Apr 1998
Written by Joel Ziskin
Directed by Bethany Rooney
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Happily Ever After

Birdman is the eighteenth episode of Season 6 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and the one hundred thirty-sixth episode of the series.
Martin Chesterfield, who calls himself Avishominis, is found in the woods by Matthew and Brian shows up in town and is befriended by Brian. Dr. Mike is afraid Brian will get hurt due to Brian's history of wanting to fly, and Mr. Chesterfield believing he's a bird. Even covering himself with feathers, sleeping in a nest, and pecking at his food. When Dr. Mike learns he escaped from in insane asylum in New York, she has trouble deciding if she should send him back, or allow him to continue living out his delusion freely.


  • Story Arc: The Separation, part 13 of 16. Sully isn't seen in this episode. Arc in background.
  • Character Arc: Daniel Simon, part 9 of 15.
  • Avis is Latin for bird and hominis is Latin for the human classification
  • Martin walked out of Bellevue
  • Martin and Preston met at Martin's sister's wedding reception in New York
  • First season 6 episode set in winter.
  • Note: This episode was aired out of order. Chronologically this episode takes place after the episode Civil Wars but before the episode Safe Passage. There are background extras dressed as Army Soldiers wearing lite blue winter coats patrolling the town. Also in one scene, the Army encampment is seen in the background next to the walking bridge. Homecoming sees the Army encampment being torn down. While there are other episodes that show the Army wearing the lite blue winter coat, this is the only one that shows Army Soldiers on patrol wearing the coat as seen in the episode Safe Passage.


  • Martin Chesterfield - cut on head after trying to fly

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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