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Running Ghost
Season 1, Episode 10
Running ghost
Takes Place 1868
Air date 27 Feb 1993
Written by Elaine Newman & Ed Burnham
Directed by James Keach
Episode guide
A Cowboy's Lullaby
The Prisoner

Running Ghost is the tenth episode of Season 1 of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

The railroad hires a group of hunters, lead by Tate Rankin, to kill buffalo before the railroad comes through. Sully goes to confront the Buffalo Hunters, only to be beaten & left to die. During recovery, it's discovered that he's paralyzed, and Dr. Mike doesn't know if it's a temporary or a permanent case of paralysis. Meanwhile, Thaddeus Birch, a slick con, is going through town convincing the local businessmen to sell in order to make room for the railroad & big profits.


  • Tate Rankin claims he was hired by the railroad to kill buffalo. After his interaction with "Thaddeus Birch" in town, and Rankin demanding that he be cut in on part of the scheme of that Mr. Birch has concocted, were Tate and his men really hired by the railroad? The other piece of evidence about questioning if they were really hired is the telegram answer that Michaela receives from the railroad saying that the company didn't hire Birch. Matthew later confirms that it is the Army, not the railroad companies, hiring men like Tate Rankin, and his two hired men to kill the buffalo in Where the Heart Is.
  • Rankin and his men beat up Sully, and then leave him for dead.
  • First mention of the railroad.
  • Cloud Dancing finds Sully and brings him to Dr. Mike
  • The Cheyenne call on the white buffalo, Running Ghost, to protect Sully after he goes back to deal with Rankin.
  • Plot Device Arc: Con man. The first con man that the town falls for is Thaddeus Birch, although he mentions that it is the "name" he is currently using. The next con man is Julius Hoffman in Luck of the Draw.


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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"
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