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Luck of the Draw
Season 2, Episode 17
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Air date 5 Mar 1994
Written by Kathryn Ford
Directed by Jerome R. London
Episode guide
Buffalo Soldiers
Life and Death

Luck of the Draw is the seventeenth episode of the Season 2 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and the thirty-fourth episode of the series.

A card shark teaches Matthew how to read people when playing poker, and rigs it so that Matthew keeps winning, making Matthew believe poker is an easy way for him to make money, and results in him quickly getting addicted to playing. Dr. Mike and Sully try to convince him that his addiction is putting his future at risk, but he doesn't listen until a big loss. In trying to help Matthew, the Reverend confesses his sordid past. Afterwards, he, Robert E., and Sully confront and persuade the evil card shark to return Matthew's money.

Meanwhile, Brian works hard to get the money to buy a caged eagle from Loren so he can free it.


  • Hank holds a poker tournament at his saloon.
  • The Reverend used to be a card shark then steal the money won by the person set up
  • Matthew inadvertently teaches Dr. Mike that she'll always want to protect him
  • Arc: Brian saves an animal. Animal saved: an eagle owned by Mr. Bray. After working and saving up money, he buys the eagle from Mr. Bray to set it free. Brian first saved an animal, a deer, in Law of the Land. He next saves an animal, a horse, in the two-parter The Abduction.
  • Arc: Con man. Julius Hoffman is a card shark who targets and convinces Matthew to play poker. Julius also beats up, and robs Matthew of money he wins. He also uses Matthew to rob the townspeople of their money indirectly. In separate poker games Matthew sells his wagon, gambles away Ingrid's money she gives him, and gambles away the engagement ring Dr. Mike gave him and Ingrid in Rite of Passage. Matthew wins back his wagon, and Sully buys back the engagement ring. Matthew eventually gives the money he won to the Reverend as a contribution to the Church.


  • Matthew Cooper - wounds from having been robbed and beaten up by Julius Hoffman

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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