|Season 4, Episode 4|
|Air date||14 Oct 1995|
|Written by||Kathryn Ford, Burt Prelutsky|
|Directed by||Jerome R. London|
Mothers and Daughters
Brother's Keeper is the fourth episode of Season 4 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and the seventieth episode of the series.
Matthew and Ingrid are finishing up on making plans for their wedding. During this, Brian is out in the woods with Pup when Pup is bit by a raccoon. Dr. Mike and Sully fear the raccoon may be rabid, so Sully secures Pup in a stall in the barn while Dr. Mike checks and asks Brian if Pup bit or licked him anywhere after the bite.
When Pup knocks his water over later, Ingrid goes in to give Pup water, and is bit by Pup, who now clearly has rabies, and Pup runs off. Dr. Mike does what she can to try to keep the virus from spreading to Ingrid, but Ingrid begins to show symptoms about 2 weeks later.
Matthew is devastated that he's losing Ingrid. After Ingrid's funeral, Brian thinks Matthew hates him and takes the rifle and goes out looking for Pup. When the rest of the family realizes this, they go out after Brian. By the time he's found, Brian has found Pup and is trying to get up the courage to actually shoot Pup when Matthew gets there. Matthew takes the rifle and refuses to shoot while Brian is watching, but Brian won't turn around. Then Sully arrives, takes the rifle, and shoots Pup, alarming Dr. Mike until she gets there and can see it was Pup that was shot.
- Maypole part of Swedish weddings
- Matthew and Ingrid's wedding in scheduled just over a month from when she's bit