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Dead or Alive, Part 1
Season 4, Episode 17
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Air date 3 Feb 1996
Written by Carl Binder
Directed by Chuck Bowman
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Dead or Alive, Part 2
Season 4, Episode 17
Air date 19 Feb 1996
Written by Carl Binder
Directed by James Keach
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Dead or Alive is the sixteenth and seventeenth episode of Season 4 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, the eighty-first second and eighty-third  episode of the series, and the second split episode.

Ezra Leonard stops in town to deliver a speach on statehood. His son, Caleb, wanders away from the train station and is kidnapped by McBride. The ransom he demands is that Mr. Leonard promise to withdraw from the statehood movement and hand over the copy of the speach he plans on delivering in Washington, with the exchange spot being Cash Creek, a place where Sully is the only one in town who knows the location. As a result, Mr. Leonard requests that Sully lead the rescue team. When they get to Cash Creek, the exchange goes south when Mr. Leonard tries to take Walks Alone, Mr. McBride's wife, hostage. Mr. Leonard is hurt in the resulting fire fight, and Matthew takes advantage if it to go look for McBride, only to get abducted himself.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mike begins to experience some bleeding. Colleen is worried enough to wire for Dr. Bernard in Denver, When Dr. Cassidy comes instead due to Dr. Bernard being away, Dr. Mike refuses to take his advice, until she starts to hemorrhage, putting her entire pregnancy at risk.

After the exchange goes south, the rescue party begins to turn into a mob and Sully goes off on his own to find McBride and rescue Matthew and Caleb. When Preston steps in a trap, and his wound gets infected, several members of the search party are surprised that Sully refuses to even consider just leaving Preston out there to die.

Meanwhile, Dr. Cassidy manages to stop Dr. Mike's hemorrhaging, and with the help of Cloud Dancing, convinces her to stay home for a few day to rest, before returning to work. Dr. Cassidy watches the clinic, which frustrates Dr. Mike as he treats Colleen as a servant, moves around the furniture, and tries to convince her to give up her practice and stay home. Also playing  a role is Dr. Mike's lack of confidence in his judgement.

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Part One

  • Preston buys his first gun
  • Preston the youngest of 5 boys

Part Two

  • Matthew leaves a mark that McBride sees, and allows to stay
  • Dr. Cassidy has been a doctor for 35 years

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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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