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Mike's Dream: A Christmas Tale
Season 2, Episode 11
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Air date 18 Dec 1993
Running time 43:32
Written by Josef Anderson
Directed by James Keach
Episode guide
Sully's Choice
Crossing the Line

Mike's Dream: A Christmas Tale is the 11th episode of Season 2 of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and the twenty-seventh episode of the series.

On Christmas Eve, Charlotte's ghost shows Dr. Mike her past, present, and future.


It is Christmas and Brian hopes that it will snow, though that seems unlikely. Dr. Mike loses one of her patients, Mr. Marley, who dies of a heart attack and his wife blames Dr. Mike for his death. Matthew, Colleen and Brian ordered a special present for Dr. Mike from Boston, but it was not delivered with the mail. When Dr. Mike, Sully and the children want to go to church on Christmas Eve, Robert E. tells her that a woman, Margaret Bishop, is giving birth and needs her help. She and her husband Caleb can't go to the hospital because they got married against their parents' wishes and people are looking for them. Dr. Mike goes into the barn, where she wants to help the woman deliver her baby.

Charlotte Cooper's ghost appears and Dr. Mike tells her about her regrets that she can't be with her family on Christmas. She wonders whether she should have done something different with her life. Charlotte tells her she is her one-time chance to change her life and shows her her past, present and future. At first, she takes her to Boston, where she can see her younger self learning for medical school on Christmas Eve. In another memory they see Dr. Mike working with her father in the hospital and later taking over for another doctor, Dr. Hancock, who wants to be with his fiancee. Instead of being with her family, Dr. Mike stays in the hospital. Dr. Mike then watches her father's funeral and her first Christmas with Sully and the children.

Charlotte then shows Dr. Mike the present. They watch Dr. Mike go to the clinic to get some things. Two men (the couple's fathers) appear in the clinic and tell her that they are looking for Margaret. They ask where the doctor is and she claims that "he" would be at the church and that they should ask for Sully. Charlotte takes Dr. Mike to the town's Christmas party where people are talking about Dr. Mike and Sully. Hank and Jake say some negative things about her but Myra says that many of them wouldn't be there if it wasn't for Dr. Mike. The two men arrive at the party and want to see "Dr. Sully". Hank tells them that Mike is the doctor. The men leave and Sully goes to find Mike. She is delivering Margaret's baby and Sully tells her that the men are looking for her.

Charlotte tells Dr. Mike that she is going to show her the future. Mike doesn't want to see it but Charlotte leaves her no choice. Dr. Mike sees herself with her children and grandchildren on Christmas Eve. When her future husband is about to arrive, Charlotte tells her that they have to leave. Dr. Mike wants to stay to see her husband but Charlotte tells her that she is not allowed to see her husband because she still has the choice and has to make the decision herself.

Dr. Mike wakes up in the barn. The children come in and tell her that they have no present for her because it was not delivered. She says that it's the thought that counts and that they are the best Christmas present. The two men come in with the sheriff, who wants to arrest Margaret's husband. Sully tells them that if they split the couple up it would hurt the baby. The two men are reminded that the newborn child is their grandchild and shake hands. Dr. Mike, Sully, and the children go outside and see that it is finally snowing. The townsfolk stand with candles in front of the Christmas tree and sing Christmas Carols.

Important Information[]

  • Story Arc: Holidays. The second Christmas is celebrated, and is the first full episode to focus on Christmas. The next episode to celebrate a holiday is The Offering.
  • Charlotte Cooper returns in a dream to show Dr. Mike her past, present, and future. Charlotte's favorite Christmas carol was "Joy to the World."
  • Three men search for a man and woman who married without their families consent. The woman gives birth in a barn as the clinic would be first obvious choice to look for the couple. Brian, Colleen, and Matthew bring food to the couple. Dr. Mike pretends to not be a doctor, and proclaims Sully as Dr. Sully to the three men.
  • Josef Quinn, Michaela's father, makes an appearance in the past segment in the flashback of Michaela's dream with Charlotte. Also seen in the past segment of Michaela's dream is Mary Gregory who is the first actress who played Elizabeth Quinn. It is the same casket scene that is seen in the Pilot.


  • Mr. Marley - dies of a heart attack
  • Margaret Bishop - Dr. Mike delivers her baby



Special Guest Star:

Also Starring:

Guest Starring:

  • Paul Sand as Harp
  • Brendan Burns as Bishop


  • John Clarke as Joseph Quinn
  • Pamela Kosh as Martha
  • Sarah Kim Heinberg as Margaret Bishop
  • David Pearce Roberts as Caleb
  • Jeff Weatherford as Dr. Hancock
  • Ron Melendez as Adult Brian
  • Elyse Donalson as Mrs. Marley
  • George S. Clintom as Piano Player
  • Sean Flynn as Matthew's Child

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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