|The Washington Affair|
|Season 3, Episode 7|
|Written by||Josef Anderson Beth Sullivan|
|Directed by||Jerome R. London|
A Washington Affair is the seventh episode of Season 3 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, the forty-eighth episode of the series, and the fourth 2-hour special.
Dr. Mike decides to take the children to Washington to lobby on behalf of the Cheyenne. Sullyand Cloud Dancing are hesitant, but decide to also go at the last minute. While in Washington, the group not only lobbies for the Cheyenne, but also meets and befriends President U.S. Grant and his family. Shortly afterwards, Cloud Dancing returns home after the vote.
When Senator George Steward hears Sully's name and investigates, he finds that Sully deserted the Army, leading to him telling Dr. Mike about him being in the Army, what he did, and what prompted him to desert, when he's arrested and imprisoned. Sully is sentenced to death, and Dr. Mike sends the children back to Colorado Springs with a letter for Dorothy because she and General Ely Samuel Parker (Hasanoanda) plan on freeing Sully, and act on a plot Brian and Jesse overheard to kill President Grant. The kids read the letter, and decide to head back to Washington. The family meeting up when President Grant is saved and pardons Sully, Dr. Mike, and Gen. Parker.
- Sully joined the Army after Abagail's death to in an attempt to "lose" himself in the war. He was made a sniper and deserted when he learned a target he was given was motivated for financial reasons, instead of war related reasons
- The Grant children - Jesse (Brian's age) and Nellie (Colleen's age)
- Sen. Moses - poisoned with cyanide for telling Dr. Mike Sully's GA assignment wasn't for the Army
- Senator Moses - heart trouble