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Where the Heart Is
Season 2, Episode 6
Where the Heart Is
Takes Place Boston
Air date 20 Nov 1993
Written by Beth Sullivan
Directed by Chuck Bowman
Episode guide
Saving Souls
Giving Thanks

Where the Heart Is is the sixth episode of Season 2 of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and the twenty-third episode of the series overall. It is also the show's first 2 hour episode.

Dr. Mike gets word that her mother (Elizabeth Quinn) is in the hospital. She travels to Boston with Matthew, Colleen, and Brian to see her. While there, Dr. Mike disagrees with the diagnosis of her mother's attending physician (Dr. Hanson), and treats her mother accordingly. While doing so, she both shocks the medical community in Boston, and impresses Dr. William Burke. She also realizes how much she has missed her mother, sisters, and Boston at the same time.

Sully struggles with what to do for awhile, before taking the, albeit subtle, advice of Cloud Dancing and following Dr. Mike to Boston. While he's in Boston, he sees a new side of Dr. Mike and must decide if he's going to go back home, or fight with Dr. Burke for her.


  • First appearance of the city of Boston on the show. Only pictures and Dr. Mike's house were seen in Pilot.
  • Places visited in Boston include: Boston Medical Society building (twice), train depot (multiple times), candy store (twice), hospital (multiple times), the Quinn family house (multiple times), the fancy restaurant (twice), birthday party building, Hanson and Burke physician office building (multiple times), Opera House (twice), William Cotter and Sons clothing store (twice), orphanage, and Dr. Burke's new physician office building. It is unknown if the orphanage and hospital seen in Where the Heart Is are the same orphanage and hospital seen in Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman: The Heart Within.
  • Sully and Dr. Mike confess their love for each other. Sully confesses on the train back to Colorado Springs in Boston, and Dr. Mike confesses after disembarking the stagecoach in Colorado Springs at the end of the return trip from Boston.
  • First time Dr. Mike’s sisters meet Sully.
  • Dr. Hanson's ego and sexism blinds him to consider Dr. Mike's treatment for Mrs. Quinn.
  • Mrs. Quinn's birthday cake is a white and pink four tier cake with one white candle on top. Mrs. Quinn's birthday guests sing "For She's A Jolly Good Lady" which is a remix of the song "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow."
  • Arc: Dances. Mrs. Quinn has a dance at her birthday party in Boston although she doesn't dance herself. Michaela dances with William Burke at the birthday party, and Sully at the fancy restaurant. Colleen teaches Sully how to ballroom dance for his and Michaela's date at the fancy restaurant. The next dance is the Sweetheart Dance in Best Friends.


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 "
Movies Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman: The MovieDr. Quinn: Medicine Woman: The Heart Within