You can go back here to see what this weekly feature is all about. But you can't go back to capture the magic and wonder that was Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman (a.k.a. The Best Heartwarming Feminist Medical Drama Set In the Old West EVER).
First, I feel the need to confess a little something. There were two reasons I watched DQ: MW. One had wavy, long, perfectly highlighted & tousled hair and played Dr. Micheala* Quinn's love interest on the show. I believe the actor's name was Joe Lando. He shall henceforth be known only as Sully of the manly Sullies.** The other was her teenage son. Can't remember his name on the show. The actor was Chad Somethingorother. And I read recently that he shall forever remain on my list of poorly chosen celebrity crushes along with Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris (ha ha, Adam Lambert, couldn't get one past this girl!)
The thing I loved about Dr. Quinn was it was clean, wholesome, and every third show was "a very special" episode.
Basically, a female doctor from a wealthy family moves from Boston to Colorado in the late 1800's to become the town doctor (
in Colorado Springs? Manitou Springs? near Denver somewhere). She takes in three orphans in the first episode and eventually adopts them.
Allen! Chad Allen. Just remembered. He played the oldest boy. There was a middle daughter who changed actresses in the last season of the show and a scrappy little boy named Brian who was always getting into scrapes. Usually with wild animals. But I'll get back to that.
There were various cliche townsfolk: crotchety storekeeper, busybody restauranteur, wise Native American.
And a smoldering, protective Grizzly Adams type*** coming in and out of her life. There were several seasons of sexual tension, then she and Sully got married.
Here are the only three specific episodes I remember...
1.) Town busybody Myra (who by this point had hooked up with crotchety storekeeper) gets breast cancer. Dr. Q. talks her into considering a new procedure called a masectomy. Myra worries more about how she'll look post-masectomy than about the cancer itself. Ummm, ARE YOU SERIOUS? I would be much more concerned about going into surgery in the late 1800's. (She's fine at the end.)
2.) Brian refuses to let Sully put down his dog after the dog gets bitten by a wild animal. Dog then proceeds to bite Chad Allen's new Swedish wife and give. her. rabies. I bawled.
3.) The wedding episode was very sweet. Then, all of a sudden, it's bow-chicka-wow-wow as they're headed off to their honeymoon in a railroad sleeper car.
Looking back, I don't know why I loved this show so much. It was cheesy, but in the best possible way. And, oh dear, just searching through Google Images for a picture for my post, I want to watch it from beginning to end. That would be breaking the cardinal rule of "You Can't Go Back Friday", but I don't know if I'll be able to stop myself.
*Mikayla? McKeyla? I have no idea how you spell it.
**Seriously, he had a wolf for a pet. A wolf.
***Did I mention he had a WOLF for a pet?
[shout-out to Marybeth over at Desperately Seaching for My Inner Mary Poppins for bringing this show to mind with a recent post of hers.]
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