|Law of the Land|
|Season 1, Episode 4|
|Air date||16 Jan 1993|
|Written by||Toni Perling|
|Directed by||James Keach|
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.