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Promises, Promises
Season 4, Episode 7
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Air date 11 Nov 1995
Written by Kathryn Ford
Directed by Jerry Jameson
Episode guide
Dorothy's Book

Promises, Promises is the seventh episode of the the Season 4  of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and the seventy-third episode of the series. In this episode, Loren proposes to Dorothy and Sully receives a letter from an old friend asking for help.

With the help of Colleen and Brian, Loren has set up a special surprise for Dorothy. He takes her to a house where a beautiful table for lunch is set on the porch of a house he plans to buy for her so she can have a quiet place to write. That's not his only surprise he has for her. He also wants to marry her! Giving her 24 hours to think about it, Dorothy confides in Dr. Mike about whether or not she should accept the offer. While she expresses love for him, it's not the same sort of romantic love, the spark she felt for her late husband. Before she gives him an answer, he suffers a stroke that leaves him in a coma. Dorothy promises to marry Loren if he will awake from his coma.

Meanwhile, a letter arrives in the post for Sully from a "D.S." that's scented with lilac water and written in a feminine script on purple paper. Dr. Mike's jealousy takes hold as she tries to figure out the identity of the mystery writer. When she gives the letter to Sully, he tells her D.S. is Daniel, the man who dug him out of the near-fatal mining cave-in, and the reason for the letter being effeminate is that a woman wrote it for his illiterate friend. Daniel is asking Sully to come to Nevada to help him in the gold fields. Sully feels obligated to go as he promised Daniel he would always help him as he owes his life to him. Even after learning about Sully's promise, Dr. Mike gets angry that he wants to "leave his family," and she insists Sully not go. He tells her it is a matter of keeping his word to be there for his friend as his friend was there for him.

Despite Dorothy's efforts to care for Loren and help him rejoin friends after waking from his coma, Loren stubbornly refuses her her and even makes a scene at Grace's café. He tries to commit suicide with a revolver in his store, but it unwittingly stopped by Brian barging in. Dr. Mike discovers the bullets and talks Loren into not killing himself, for Brian's sake.

Loren ultimately withdraws his proposal to Dorothy. Sully and Dr. Mike resolve their argument, and he boards the train for Nevada to help his friend.


  • The man who saved Sully's life when he was trapped in a mining cave-in is named Daniel S.
  • Loren proposes to Dorothy.
  • Dr. Mike's father died after having a cerebral hemorrhage (stroke).
  • Loren contemplates suicide.


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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