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Season 3, Episode 22
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Air date 19 Apr 1995
Written by Kathryn Ford, Julie Kirgo
Directed by James Keach
Episode guide
The Permanence of Change
Sully's Recovery

Washita is the twenty-second episode of Season 3 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, the sixty-third episode of the series, and the sixth two hour special. This episode was based on a very real massacre along the Washita River in Oklahoma by Custer. More information about the real massacre can be found here and here. It has been considered the most significant "battle" fought in Indian Territory during the time of the very real war on the Indians.

Due to starvation, Black Kettle takes his tribe south to Fort Cobb in Indian Territory (modern day Oklahoma) where they are promised food and supplies.General Custer has been ordered to follow the tribe. When Dr. Mike and Sully learn this, they fear the worst and follow themselves as quickly as they can (with Cloud Dancing) to warn Black Kettle, only to find that they're too late to prevent the massacre.

Due to seeing all the dead from the massacre and only finding 1 survivor (a baby covered by No Harm Come to Him), Dr. Mike loses her hope. It is only restored after Sully arranges to have Cloud Dancing teach her the rest of what he knows about Cheyenne remedies. During all this, Sully stays strong for Dr. Mike and the children, waiting for later to find his own way to deal with the tragedy.


  • Dr. Mike is making a buckskin shirt as a wedding present for Sully
  • Cloud Dancing joins the Dog Soldiers attacking ranches
  • Sully talks Dr. Mike into going to Custer's dinner
  • Death of Black Kettle and Snowbird.


  • Little Thunder
  • 7 railroad workers after an attack by dog soldiers
  • Sully shot by dog soldiers at Washita right after learning there were no survivors, besides the baby

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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