|Season 1, Episode 15|
|Air date||8 May 1993|
|Written by||Beth Sullivan|
|Directed by||James Keach|
The Operation is the fifteenth episode of Season 1 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.
Brian jumps out of a tree when Sully tells him a Cheyenne story about a boy who flew with the eagles. Brian goes blind after he develops a sub-cranial hemorrhage and Dr. Mike must operate with the help of Jake, Grace, and the Reverend.
- Character Arc: Olive Davis, part 8 of 11.
- Sully prays for two days for Brian.
- The school is designed and built in this episode as the operation is ongoing. Jake and Loren argue over who is to be the foreman. Ultimately Robert E is chosen as the foreman after Matthew spurs the townspeople on to build the school.
- It is revealed that Jake, Hank, and Myra cannot read and write. Jake later learns to read and write from Dorothy Jennings, and Hank later learns to read and write from Teresa Morales.