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Cattle Drive
Season 3, Episode 3 & 4
Takes Place {{{takesplace}}}
Air date 8 Oct 1994

15 Oct 1994

Written by Sara Davidson

Josef Anderson

Directed by Chuck Bowman
Episode guide
Fathers and Sons
The Library

Cattle Drive is the third and fourth episodes Season 3 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, the forty-fourth and forty-fifth episodes of the series, and the first 2 part episode in the series.

When they hear Miss Olive is sick, Dr. Mike and several citizens of Colorado Springs head to Old Mexico. When they get there however, they learn that she passed on and they inherited something from her via her will. After working years for Miss Oliver Davis, Jesse and Nick are surprised when she leaves everything to her Godson Matthew, who knows nothing about cows. When the head rancher leaves them to go back to Mexico, they see their opportunity. Matthew refuses to listen to the advice and knowledge of Sully. This results in lives being endagered, including Dr. Mike's. Jesse plays up his feelings for Colleen. Later the boys create a stampede, stealing 20 cows, as well as Colleen's locket she got when Miss Oliver died. They are soon found by Matthew who threatens to kill them if they ever steal from him again. He also takes back his sister's locket.

Inheritance (Part One)[]

  • Pako Romero - ranch in Mexico
  • Loren - ranch in CO and her interest in the General Store
  • Matthew - herd of cattle
  • Brian and Colleen - put away money for their education
  • Brian - silver trimmed saddle
  • Colleen - gold pocket watch 
  • Grace - interest in the Cafe
  • Dr. Mike - broach


  • Plot Device Arc: Brian saves an animal. Animal saved: baby cow of which he becomes responsible for.  Brian first saved an animal, a deer, in Law of the Land. He next saved animals, an eagle and a horse, in Luck of the Draw  and The Abduction , respectively.
  • Character Arc: Olive Davis, part 11 of 11, epilogue. Death of Olive Davis. Died of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Part One[]

  • Dr. Mike, Sully and family, along with Robert E, Grace, and Loren drive the cattle (Colleen and Grace in the wagon)
  • Olive was Matthew's godmother
  • Olive is buried along the trail due to her wishes
  • Jesse, a cowhand, plays to Colleen's affections
  • Everybody is taught to rope a cow. While learning, Dr. Mike ropes Sully.
  • A prairie fire threatens the cattle drive at the end of the first part.
  • Cattle Drive (part one) has no scenes in Colorado Springs. The only other time there are no scenes in Colorado Springs is in the second movie Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman: The Heart Within.

Part Two[]

  • The horses that are pulling the wagon won't go through the fire until Sully ushers them through while riding the horses.
  • Brian follows Matthew when he sneaks off to go after the rustlers against Sully's orders.
  • Colleen still doesn't believe Jesse tricked, and doesn't love her even when Matthew pulls out the pocket watch that Olive left for her.
  • Matthew starts to work with Sully. Michaela and Sully still recognize Matthew as the trail leader.
  • Colorado Springs is only seen at the end of Cattle Drive (part two).


Part One[]

Part Two[]

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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