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Sully's Choice
Season 2, Episode 9
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Air date 11 Dec 1993
Written by Josef Anderson
Sara Davidson
Toni Graphia
Toni Perling
Directed by Chuck Bowman
Episode guide
Best Friends
Mike's Dream: A Christmas Tale

Sully's Choice is the ninth episode of Season 2 of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and the twenty-sixth episode of the series. When Dr. Mike is out of town and Sully is shot by the cavalry, Colleen and Jake have to try to save him.


When the Reverend tells Dr. Mike of an influenza epidemic in Soda Springs and that they don't have a doctor, she rides off to help. Sully promises to stay with her children. The next day, Brian and Sully are exploring a cave. When they come out they get in the middle of a dog soldier attack. Sully tries to stop them and is shot by the cavalry. Brian goes back to town and tells Matthew and Robert E. what happened. They go back to find a wounded Sully. The cavalry claim that Sully was helping the dog soldiers and put a bounty of 200 dollars on his head. The Reverend doesn't think that Sully did it and wants to warn him. When Robert E., Matthew, and Brian bring Sully back to town, he tells them that the cavalry are looking for him and they decide to hide Sully in the cave.

Hank, Jake, and Loren are interested in getting the head-money. Dorothy reminds Loren that his daughter loved Sully and persuades him to stay. The Reverend goes to Dr. Mike's clinic to get medical instruments for Colleen, who is treating Sully. He doesn't know that Hank is watching him. Jake and Hank watch Matthew and the Reverend go into the cave. They reveal that they are after the bounty. Colleen reminds Jake that Sully saved his life and that he should try and save Sully's life in return. The Reverend knocks out Hank. Jake gets the bullet out of Sully with the assistance of Colleen and Matthew. When he nicks an artery and Sully starts bleeding, he asks Colleen to remember what Dr. Mike did when she was operating on Loren. Colleen successfully stitches up Sully. When Sully regains consciousness, he tells Colleen that Dr. Mike would be proud of her and that he is. He says that he wants to go back to town to clear his name. Hank wants to take Sully prisoner, but Jake, Matthew and the Reverend won't let him do that.

Back in town, Sully tells the other people his story and that he didn't hurt anyone. When the cavalry arrive, Sully turns himself in. Dorothy tells them that Sully is innocent and claims that he was in town when the attack happened. Robert E., Grace, Jake, Loren, Horace, Myra and finally Hank back her up in her story. The leader of the cavalry orders Sully to take his shirt off so that he can see whether he has a bullet wound. When he tells him to turn around, Dorothy asks him whether he is suggesting that the cavalry shot an unarmed man in the back, which would make an interesting story for her gazette. The leader of the cavalry has no other choice than to claim that he made a mistake and that Sully was not the man they were looking for. When Dr. Mike returns, everything is back to normal and she is kept unaware of what happened during her absence.

Important Information[]

  • First appearance of the cave. Sully hides in this cave for half of season 6 during the “Sully in hiding” arc.
  • Arc: Epidemics. The Reverend tells Dr. Mike of an influenza epidemic in Soda Springs. The Reverend also mentions that there isn't a doctor in Soda Springs. Jackson Tate mentions in The Train that there is now a doctor in Soda Springs. The epidemic in Soda Springs is the only epidemic that is mentioned, but not seen on the show. A typhus epidemic breaks out next in The Offering.


  • Byron Sully – bullet wound treated by Jake and Colleen with assistance of Matthew.
  • First appearance of the cave. Sully hides in this cave for half of season 6 during the “Sully in hiding” arc.



Also Starring:


  • Tim de Zarn - Sergeant
  • Will Egan - Soldier no. 1, Soldier #1
  • Eric Briant Wells - Soldier no. 2, Soldier #2

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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