|Rite of Passage|
|Season 1, Episode 13|
|Air date||10 Apr 1993|
|Written by||Sara Davidson|
|Directed by||Chuck Bowman|
Rite of Passage is the thirteenth episode of Season 1 of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
Matthew sets out to prove to everybody, including himself, that he's a man and no longer a little boy after he and Dr. Mike disagree about whether he's ready to marry Ingrid. Matthew undertakes the Cheyenne ritual of a vision quest while Dr. Mike worries about him being alone in the wilderness for the 4 days and nights of the vision quest without food and water.
- Dr. Mike catches Matthew and Ingrid in the barn kissing in the hay. Sully "talks" to Matthew about the birds and the bees.
- Matthew is 16, Abagail was 18 when she married Sully.
- Matthew must bring Cloud Dancing the egg of a red tail hawk in perfect condition before heading out for his vision quest. The first egg Matthew acquires is rejected by Clouding Dancing for having a hairline crack. Matthew is also attacked by the female red tail hawk when acquiring the first egg. The second egg that Matthew brings Cloud Dancing is accepted, and he is not attacked by the hawk.
- Ingrid - asthma