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His Father's Son
Season 5, Episode 23
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Air date 3 May 1997
Written by Chris Abbott
Directed by James Keach
Episode guide
Starting Over
Moment of Truth, Part 1

His Father's Son is the twenty-third episode of Season 5 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and the one hundred-sixteenth episode of the series.

Sully has been letting Dr. Mike set the rules for Brian, and now he's getting into trouble with Anthony. It takes some time, but Sully realizes that Brian both needs and wants him to act like his father.

Meanwhile, Preston has convinced the American Medical Society to have their convention at his hotel. Also, Andrew has been selling a cure-all remedy at his clinic at Preston's , and Dr. Quinn feels like Andrew is acting unethically.


  • Brian becomes jealous of Katie causing him to vie for Michaela and Sully's attention. Brian's first mistake was losing site of Katie while reading the letter he received from Ethan. Brian then incorrectly nails a fence post causing a cow to escape, and eat Michaela's garden. Later Brian and Anthony first try to start a fire with the broken end of a glass bottle next to the school building. Anthony later then grabs Grace's magnifying glass, and they both start a fire beside the General Store that grows quickly. Afterwards, they hop the train to Mannitu to get a rocking chair for a doll house. Brian gets hurt trying to hop the train back. Brian is knocked out from his fall from the train causing the search for them to last into the night.
  • Character Arc: Ethan Cooper, part 6 of 6. Although Ethan Cooper doesn’t appear in this episode, a letter and a picture that Brian receives becomes a focal point for him. Brian receives this letter and picture after he had decided to write Ethan in Remember Me. It is the short letter and picture from Ethan that causes Brian to question who is father really is, and also the reason he causes a lot of mischief.



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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