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Hell on Wheels
Season 4, Episode 10
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Air date 9 Dec 1995
Written by Andrew Lipsitz
Directed by Alan J. Levi
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Hell on Wheels is the tenth episode of Season 4 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and the seventy-sixth episode of the series. Dr. Mike and Sully go to a railroad camp to fight a dysentery epidemic. To their surprise, they find Matthew running the camp saloon. Matthew is so distraught, he even volunteers for a blasting job that has already claimed multiple lives.


  • Matthew leaves a note on the clinic door to tell them he was leaving, but didn't say where he was going after giving his cattle to Jon
  • Peter delivers the news of the epidemic
  • Paregoric for pain and cramping
  • 12 have died due to nitroglycerin explosion
  • Buddhists make lanterns and place them, lit, on water to let their loved ones go
  • Brian made a lantern for Matthew to light for Ingrid


  • Zhong Lou - nitroglycerin explosion - arm had to be amputated
  • Multiple Railroad Workers - for dysentery


  • This episode uses nitroglycerin for dramatic effect, even though it was rapidly replaced in all applications by dynamite.
    • In the show timeline, dynamite already exists, because Clay Harding's men use it against Dr. Mike and Sully in the Season 1 episode Bad Water.
    • Historically, this episode would have had to take place at least before Washita. The massacre occurred on November 27, 1868. However, the Giant Powder Company of San Francisco, CA started producing dynamite on March 19, 1868.
  • Colm Meaney, who played Jake Slicker in the Pilot, starred in an AMC show also called Hell on Wheels.