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Reason to Believe
Season 6, Episode 1
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Air date 27 Sep 1997
Written by Philip Gerson
Directed by Terrence O'Hara
Episode guide
Moment of Truth, Part 2
All That Matters

Reason to Believe is the first episode of Season 6 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and the one hundred nineteenth episode of the series.

After Sully goes over the cliff with O'Connor (end of previous episode), Dr. Mike won't give up searching for him with hopes of finding him alive and Matthew resigns as the town sheriff to help. When Sully's best friend Daniel hears about the incident, he returns to town to help with the search himself. Meanwhile, Sully is seriously hurt and in need of medical attention if he's going to survive.

While Dr. Mike is searching, Sgt. McKay sends a man to follow her, thinking she may know where he is. Dorothy goes north to see Cloud Dancing and tell him that Sully is missing. The man sent to follow Dr. Mike goes back to report that they don't know where Sully is, but Cloud Dancing is with the Northern Cheyenne in the Tongue River Valley.


  • Story Arc: The Separation, part 3 of 16. Michaela has a vision of a lily next to the river bank. Later near the end of the episode, Michaela, Daniel, Matthew, and Brian walk among lilies in a field before finding Sully. The vision and the field of lilies could be an allusion of the phrase "lily of the valley" which according to wikipedia in the "language of flowers" means "the return of happiness." Michaela and Sully also hear each other's voices despite being separated. Michaela is happy to be reunited at the end of the episode despite it being brief.
  • Character Arc: Sgt. McKay, part 3 of 6.
  • Character Arc: Daniel Simon, part 3 of 15. Daniel returns to Colorado Springs to help Michaela search for Sully. Daniel read in the newspaper about Sully. It took him four days to get to Colorado Springs. He rode all night from Denver to get to Michaela and Sully's place.
  • Wanted posters for Sully arrive - $1,000 bounty
  • Robert E., Jake, and Hank are also looking for Sully to help Dr. Mike. Hank and Jake quit after 4 days, Robert E decides to stay in town after renegades attack town
  • The Palmer Creek Reservation is closed and the renegades that are caught will be brought to the East Fork Reservation.
  • Brian arranges things so he can join the search when Dr. Mike and Daniel decide to stay out until they find Sully.


  • Sully - broken leg and other serious injuries, he does his best to tend to himself

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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