Jane Seymour's Dr. Mike Quinn takes on troubles as she deals not only with settlers and resident Indians but with renegade Cherokee dog soldiers and General Custer's immediate command. Josef Anderson's sprawling script and series' action-and-drama setup continue to work well for commercial adventuring.

Jane Seymour’s Dr. Mike Quinn takes on troubles as she deals not only with settlers and resident Indians but with renegade Cherokee dog soldiers and General Custer’s immediate command. Josef Anderson’s sprawling script and series’ action-and-drama setup continue to work well for commercial adventuring.

Mike, witnessing Indian renegades killing two soldiers, admits it to nasty General Custer (Jason Leland Adams) when he puts her on the spot. In retribution , the renegades kidnap her and she’s in an age-old damsel-in-distress bind.

Secondary plot involves her small adopted son Brian (Shawn Toovey) trying to get a horse he loves from saloon-keeper Hank (William Shockley), dishonorable critter who at first says no, then says he’ll let Brian work for the price of the horse.

The Indians find themselves set for hanging by Custer unless Quinn’s returned by the renegades. Quinn’s woodsy pal Sully (Joe Lando), dashing around rocks and underbrush to rescue her, keeps sending his private wolf to help, but the animal doesn’t seem to do much.

The kidnappers manhandle Mike, take potshots at Sully from mountain ridges and try burning down the town. Otherwise, like the wolf, they don’t seem to do much.

Seymour’s acting is resourceful in the face of things, and Lando looks sincere, even sharing a love passage with Mike during rescue operations. Erika Flores’ Colleen Cooper is the most credible of Quinn’s three inherited offspring , and Orson Bean is on target as a righteous store owner.

Adams’ Custer is acceptable, but Larry Sellers’ good Indian Cloud Dancing displays little fire. Shockley’s mannered interp of Hank is distracting, while Zahn McClarnon, like Sellers, doesn’t get to offer stature as Cloud Dancing’s semi-fiery son.

Story meanders, but director Jerome R. London helps pull it together. However , it’s Seymour and Lando who give the episode what vigor it has; they seem to have the right prescription.

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

(Sat. (30), 8-10 p.m., CBS-TV)

Production

Filmed in Santa Monica Mountains National Park by the Sullivan Co. and CBS Entertainment. Exec producer-creator, Beth Sullivan; co-exec producer-writer, Josef Anderson; supervising producer, Sara Davidson; producer, Timothy Johnson; co-producer, Toni Graphia; director, Jerome R. London.

Crew

Camera, Roland (Ozzie) Smith; editor, Martha Huntley; production designer, Ira Diamond; sound, Claude Riggins; music, William Olvis.

Cast

Cast: Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen, Erika Flores, Shawn Toovey, Orson Bean, Barbara Babcock, Jim Knobeloch, Geoffrey Lower, Frank Collison, Henry G. Sanders, Helene Udy, William Shockley, Jonelle Allen, Larry Sellers, Jason Leland Adams, Jules Desjarlais, Jeff O'Haco, Zahn McClarnon, Michael E. Bauer, Mary Rings, Tim deZarn, Patricia Van Ingen, John Haynes Walker, Cathy Worthington, Lincoln Baca.
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