History Series / DrQuinnMedicineWoman

21st Jun '17 1:10:54 PM DrOO7
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* NotSoDifferent: The townspeople disapprove when Dorothy begins a friendship with Cloud Dancing when she decides to write a book about him. When she visits him on the reservation to apologize for standing him up (intimidated by the heckling), he admits that his tribesmen don't like it either. Dorothy turns and sees the men glaring at them with virtually the same scornful, nasty looks that the townspeople have.
--> '''Dorothy''': Then you understand.
--> '''Cloud Dancing''': That we both live among people who are foolish?
13th Jun '17 10:14:12 AM DrOO7
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The attitude of most of the townspeople towards non-whites, women, etc. is pretty much what you would expect for the time period. Even the black Robert E. initially refuses to let Mike tend to his injuries, and Mike herself is at first apprehensive about the Native Americans, having never even seen them before moving to Colorado Springs, as well as uncomfortable about Brian's friendship with Walt Whitman after hearing rumors about Whitman's sexuality. The issue of corporal punishment is also addressed when Mike complains that the new teacher is abusing the children. But given that this was an accepted practice at the time, the issue is more about if her methods are excessive rather than forbidden.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The attitude of most of the townspeople towards non-whites, women, etc. is pretty much what you would expect for the time period. Even the black Robert E. initially refuses to let Mike tend to his injuries, and Mike herself is at first apprehensive about the Native Americans, having never even seen them before moving to Colorado Springs, as well as uncomfortable about Brian's friendship with Walt Whitman after hearing rumors about Whitman's sexuality. And when she and Andrew discuss it, they mention treatment (obviously unheard of today), which is placement in an asylum (also unheard of today). The issue of corporal punishment is also addressed when Mike complains that the new teacher is abusing the children. But given that this was an accepted practice at the time, the issue is more about if her methods are excessive rather than forbidden.
13th Jun '17 10:03:33 AM DrOO7
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* AlasPoorVillain: Preston's a Grade-A jerk, but it's hard not to feel sorry for him when you see that his father is one as well, when the opening of his hotel is a disaster--and this happens in front of said father, who he's [[WellDoneSonGuy clearly trying to impress]]. Then, in the series finale, there's a stock market crash which forces him to abandon all his business ventures and leave town--and for all his flaws, he's never once portrayed as corrupt, so this was an honest mistake on his part.



* CircusEpisode: An traveling circus comes to town and entices the townspeople to participate.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When the Klan is terrorizing Grace and Robert E., a group of them surround Grace and hold her down while they cut her hair as she sobs hysterically. The scene is very reminiscent of a rape, especially when you remember that black women frequently suffered this ordeal at the hands of white men during this period in time--and the way it's filmed raises the possibility that this ''did'' happen.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When the Klan is terrorizing Grace and Robert E., a group of them surround Grace and hold her down while they cut her hair as she sobs hysterically. The scene is very reminiscent of a rape, especially when you remember that black women frequently suffered this ordeal at the hands of white men during this period in time--and the way it's filmed and the way she acts afterwards raises the possibility that this ''did'' happen.
8th Jun '17 8:21:56 AM DrOO7
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** Hank is the local purveyor of whores and booze, a racist, and a bigot, but he occasionally goes out of his way to help someone or show that he cares; i.e. when he comes to [[spoiler: Myra and Horace's wedding]]. He's also one of the few people who doesn't shun the Jewish family who comes to town (he reveals that a group of Jews once saved his life). And despite his frequent clashes with Mike, he completely freaks out when she's shot.

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** Hank is the local purveyor of whores and booze, a racist, and a bigot, but he occasionally goes out of his way to help someone or show that he cares; i.e. when he comes to [[spoiler: Myra and Horace's wedding]]. He's also one of the few people who doesn't shun the Jewish family who comes to town (he reveals that a group of Jews once saved his life). And despite his frequent clashes with Mike, he completely freaks out when she's shot.shot--but handles like a pro, immediately rushing to get her help and putting pressure on the wound so that she doesn't bleed out.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Hank goads Mike into giving him one--by giving ''her'' one.
2nd Jun '17 2:11:34 PM JamesAustin
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A [[TheWestern western]] TV show starring Jane Seymour as Dr. Michaela "[[TomboyishName Mike]]" Quinn, who takes a post as a doctor in a frontier town. As a woman doctor in a post-Civil War time, she often faces prejudice against women being licensed M.D.s. This was part of the reason she moved away from her hometown of Boston in the first place.

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A ''Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman'' is a [[TheWestern western]] TV show starring Jane Seymour Creator/JaneSeymourActress as Dr. Michaela "[[TomboyishName Mike]]" Quinn, who takes a post as a doctor in a frontier town. As a woman doctor in a post-Civil War time, she often faces prejudice against women being licensed M.D.s. This was part of the reason she moved away from her hometown of Boston in the first place.
20th May '17 8:23:51 PM Chariset
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* ExpositoryHairystyleChange: Brian changes his hairystle to a slicked back gentlemanly look (he had a similar look once during season 3's HalloweenEpisode while in costume) as opposed to a boyish bowl cut for the sake of making himself look older and more refined in season 4's ChristmasEpisode when he tries to impress a girl, even when his family thinks he doesn't need to. He keeps the hairstyle afterwards. The results of his new hairdo are actually quite great.

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* ExpositoryHairystyleChange: ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Brian changes his hairystle hairstyle to a slicked back gentlemanly look (he had a similar look once during season 3's HalloweenEpisode while in costume) as opposed to a boyish bowl cut for the sake of making himself look older and more refined in season 4's ChristmasEpisode when he tries to impress a girl, even when his family thinks he doesn't need to. He keeps the hairstyle afterwards. The results of his new hairdo are actually quite great.



* WeHardlyNewYe: Maude Bray was only around for the pilot episode, and never really got much characterization beyond having heart troubles that eventually spelled her end. Her husband Loren wasn't even played by Orson Bean at that point, so we never saw the two onscreen together having any interactions. As for the Loren in the pilot, we got to see much interaction between him and Maude, either- and what little we ''did'' see was all-too indicative that Loren was being a {{Jerkass}} to his wife up until her final heart attack, at which point we saw him [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold begging her]] [[{{Tearjerker}} not to die.]]

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* WeHardlyNewYe: WeHardlyKnewYe: Maude Bray was only around for the pilot episode, and never really got much characterization beyond having heart troubles that eventually spelled her end. Her husband Loren wasn't even played by Orson Bean at that point, so we never saw the two onscreen together having any interactions. As for the Loren in the pilot, we got to see much interaction between him and Maude, either- and what little we ''did'' see was all-too indicative that Loren was being a {{Jerkass}} to his wife up until her final heart attack, at which point we saw him [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold begging her]] [[{{Tearjerker}} not to die.]]
10th May '17 12:18:57 AM Maddoxsort
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* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Abigail's ill-fated romance with Sully was utterly despised by Loren, and he even blames his daughter going behind his back and getting married to him as the reason why she died, as a consequence of her disobedience. He took it as far as to shun Sully from his store with a cover-all "No Injuns" decree and try to get even with him, before a life-threatening injury changed his views of the man.


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** Maude Bray, Loren's wife, died because Dr. Mike ran out heart medication for her. Loren almost died because he refused medical help from Mike, possibly holding it against her.
29th Apr '17 11:31:10 AM Maddoxsort
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** Seasons 3 and 4 had two particular moments as well. In season 3, Custer launches a massacre at Washita, killing the ''entire'' Cheyenne tribe save for Cloud Dancing and a baby shielded by a youngling named No Harm. This includes Snow Bird, Cloud Dancing's wife. Season 4 sees a rabid racoon infect Brian's beloved puppy, forcing it to be put down. As if that wasn't bad enough, the puppy bites Ingrid and ''she'' contracts the rabies, which slowly drives her insane and finally kills her, robbing Matthew of his future wife and causing him to go on a suicidal tear.

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** Seasons 3 and 4 had two particular moments as well. In season 3, Custer launches a massacre at Washita, killing the ''entire'' Cheyenne tribe save for Cloud Dancing and a baby shielded by a youngling named No Harm. This includes Snow Bird, Cloud Dancing's wife.wife, and left him totally alone, as his son Walks on Cloud died to One Eye in season 2, and his unseen brother also died under unknown circumstances during that same season (which nearly led to him taking on a second wife per their custom). Season 4 sees a rabid racoon infect Brian's beloved puppy, forcing it to be put down. As if that wasn't bad enough, the puppy bites Ingrid and ''she'' contracts the rabies, which slowly drives her insane and finally kills her, robbing Matthew of his future wife and causing him to go on a suicidal tear.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In season 3, Cloud Dancing and Snow Bird have decided to have another child after the loss of their son, Walks on Cloud. However, Snow Bird miscarries due to malnutrition brought because the Army won't send the Cheyenne proper supplies. The fact that her child dies leaves no prominent role for Snow Bird to play in the story beyond being a wife... opening the plot up to kill her off in the tragic two-parter "Washita".
29th Apr '17 11:25:31 AM Maddoxsort
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** Seasons 3 and 4 had two particular moments as well. In season 3, Custer launches a massacre at Washita, killing the ''entire'' Cheyenne tribe save for Cloud Dancing and a baby shielded by a youngling named No Harm. This includes Snow Bird, Cloud Dancing's wife. Season 4 sees a rabid racoon infect Brian's beloved puppy, forcing it to be put down. As if that wasn't bad enough, the puppy bites Ingrid and ''she'' contracts the rabies, which slowly drives her insane and finally kills her, robbing Matthew of his future wife and causing him to go on a suicidal tear.
29th Apr '17 11:18:16 AM Maddoxsort
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** In the final season, an epidemic hits, killing Colleen's best friend and Dr. Mike's sister. A man who hates all doctors shoots her in her office and the rest of the episode deals with her post-traumatic stress. Sully is almost killed, Dr. Quinn miscarries their second child and IllChild Anthony dies, leading his parents to nearly split up.

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** In the final season, an epidemic hits, killing Colleen's best friend and Dr. Mike's sister.sister, who Loren was romancing at the time. A man who hates all doctors shoots her in her office and the rest of the episode deals with her post-traumatic stress. Sully is almost killed, Dr. Quinn miscarries their second child and IllChild Anthony dies, dies as a result of kidney failure brought on from being exposed to the aforementioned epidemic, leading his parents to nearly split up.up. Finally, Preston goes bankrupt and is forced to leverage his inn as collateral.
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