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For Better or for Worse
Season 3, Episode 25
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Air date 20 May 1995
Written by Beth Sullivan
Directed by Gwen Arner
Episode guide
Ready or Not
A New Life

For Better or Worse is the twenty-fifth episode of Season 3 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, the sixty-sixth episode of the series, and the seventh two hour special.

The first train comes to town, just in time for Dr. Mike and Sully's wedding. On it are a few surprises: Dr. Mike's mother (Elizabeth Quinn), two of her sisters (Rebecca Dickinson and Marjorie Quinn), and trunks of things Mrs. Quinn thinks are needed for the wedding. Among the trunks is a wedding dress, fancy dishes, and a menu full of fancy dishes. The problems with that, Dorothy and some of the other women in town were already making a wedding dress for Dr. Mike, Grace had a menu better suited to Colorado Springs, and the other plans that had already been made and were being ignored by Mrs. Quinn. She even invites General Custer, not knowing how much that'll bother Dr. Mike and Sully.

Meanwhile, they learn that Custer has placed a bounty on Cloud Dancing, prompting Sully to go find and warn Cloud Dancing, only to end up Custer's prisoner himself. To make that even worse, Sully is still Custer's hostage when he's supposed to be at his rehearsal supper, leaving Mrs. Quinn to believe he decided to not go through with the wedding.

When the day finally arrives, Custer has let Sully go and Jake knocks out Custer with a pew when Cloud Dancing arrives at the ceremony, then he, along with Robert E, tie Custer up in the clinic until the reception. The women also work furiously to combine the two wedding dresses into one. One that has the features from each that Dr. Mike loves.


  • start to set up the new house
  • Wedding date - 20 May - what the spirits told Cloud Dancing it must be
  • Everett abandoned Marjorie
  • Sully's surprise bachelor party in the Saloon - given a new bucksaw


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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