Synopsis by Hal Erickson
No sooner has Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn (Jane Seymour) hung up her shingle in Colorado Springs than the community is hit with an influenza epidemic. Using Charlotte's (Diane Ladd) recently foreclosed boarding house as a temporary clinic, Dr. Mike does her best to treat the disease, but the isolated townsfolk still can't get over their mistrust of a woman doctor. Things get worse as more and more locals fall victim to the epidemic -- including Dr. Mike herself. This is the first "official" episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.