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Father's Day
Season 1, Episode 6
Father's day
Takes Place 1868
Air date 30 Jan 1993
Written by Sara Davidson
Directed by Jerome R. London
Episode guide
The Healing
Bad Water

Father's Day is the sixth episode of Season 1 of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Ethan Cooper returns to town coming across as a successful businessman and develops an interest in Dr. Mike. He later shows up at the homestead Dr. Mike & the children are living at, only then allowing Dr. Mike to know that he's the husband that left Charlotte, taking all their savings. Mr. Cooper then convinces almost everybody in town that he regrets abandoning his family, causing Dr. Mike to worry that she'll lose the children. Later, Dr. Mike & Sully discover that he's hiding the real reason he's hanging around town.


  • It's Founder's Day, and the town is having an auction to raise money for a new schoolhouse. Emily Donavan donates a quilt from the Women's Quilting Circle, Jake donates free shaves and haircuts for a month, Olive Davis donates a prized bull from Old Mexico, and Dr. Mike donates a smallpox vaccine for the whole family. The events that the Rev. Timothy Johnson announces include a pie eating contest, dance, pot luck dinner, relay races, and the auction.
  • Sully learns how to ride a horse after buying it from Ethan who steals it back after stealing the fundraiser money to build the school.
  • Mrs. Harriet Bonner dies of appendicitis.
  • First appearance of Becky Bonner. Becky becomes Colleen's best friend.
  • Father's Day is the first episode that shows that Jake can play the concertina, and the first episode that shows Horace blowing into a jug as a makeshift musical instrument.
  • Character Arc: Olive Davis, part 2 of 11. Olive is named for her favorite aunt Olive Jean.
  • Character Arc: Ethan Cooper, part 1 of 6. First appearance of Ethan Cooper. Ethan gives Brian a dinosaur bone that will become a point of contention between him, Colleen, and Matthew in Bone of Contention. Ethan tells Matthew that he cannot read and write, and Matthew tells Sully that Ethan can't write after Sully reads a letter "from" Ethan.
  • Plot Device Arc: Women's Quilting Circle. The Women's Quilting Circle was first seen briefly in the Pilot. Father's Day is the episode that gives the name to the group. At first Olive wouldn’t let Michaela join the group because Olive resented vaccines as her aunt died of a vaccine, and she believes that Michaela always acts as if she knows everything. After Michaela tells the ladies of the Circle how Harriet died, Olive and the other ladies agree to let Michaela join the group. The women sit for a picture in Portraits.
  • Plot Device Arc: Dances. The town holds the Founder's Day pot luck dinner dance. This is the first dance seen on the show. The next dance is the Hurdy-Gurdy dance in The Prisoner.
  • Note: This episode takes place before The Healing. The relay races that the Reverend speaks of are shown in the episode The Healing.


  • Ethan Cooper - head stitched after getting hit in the head with a chair in the saloon.
  • Harriet Bonner - ruptured appendix. She dies as a result.

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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