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Law of the Land
Season 1, Episode 4
Law of the land
Takes Place 1868
Air date 16 Jan 1993
Written by Toni Perling
Directed by James Keach
Episode guide
The Visitor
The Healing

Law of the Land is the fourth episode of Season 1 of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Jon and Matthew slaughter one of Miss Olive's cows to feed Jon, and his starving siblings after Matthew suggests the idea. Kid Cole gets caught up in the middle of all of it after he's hired as the town sheriff. The town is out to hang Jon, but thankfully Dr. Mike and Kid Cole manage to keep that from happening.


  • Character Arc: Kid Cole, part 1 of 4. First appearance of Johnny Cash as Kid Cole. He comes to town looking for a quiet place to settle down, and tend to some rose bushes. He is appointed by the town's business citizens and the Reverend as the first sheriff at a rate of four bits a day ($1). Kid Cole returns in Saving Souls.
  • The judge for Colorado Springs cannot make the trial as he is dealing with two murder cases. As such, Kid Cole is appointed to be a proxy judge, the judge's official representative. First trial of the show with Sheriff Kid Cole presiding. Olive drops the charges in the end, but has Jon and Matthew work to pay off the cow that was butchered. Still looking for a quite town to settle down in, Kid Cole decides to leave the job in the end. The next sheriff for the town is Matthew Cooper in Tin Star.
  • Sully reveals his first name, Byron, which he hates.
  • Plot Device Arc: Brian saves an animal, part 1 of 6. Animal saved: a deer. Brian goes hunting with Sully, and brings home a hurt female deer which he names Byron much to Sully’s dismay. Brian will save another animal in Luck of the Draw.
  • Character Arc: Olive Davis, part 6 of 11.
  • Note: The viewing order of this episode seems to be out of order. The evidence for this is the fact that Matthew and Ingrid introduce themselves to each other near the end of the episode The Prisoner during the dance. Also, throughout The Prisoner Matthew is shy about talking to Ingrid just as he was shy to talk to Ingrid at the beginning of Epidemic. Another piece of evidence to consider is the fact that at the beginning of this episode Law of the Land Matthew invites Ingrid to dinner with his family, and is less shy in talking to her as if they have already been talking to each other just like at the dance in The Prisoner. The final point of evidence is the fact that Grace isn't tending to her café in The Prisoner, but is working with Olive on the Hurdy-Gurdy Dance throughout the episode. The Prisoner should following the episodes Father's Day and The Healing, but before Grace opens her café at the end of Bad Water. Law of the Land should follow the episode Running Ghost later in the season.


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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