January 30th, 1993 :: episode #5

Father's Day

Ethan Cooper, having abandoned his family years ago, returns to town a "reformed" man, ready to claim his children, now in Dr. Mike' care. Dr. Mike, faced with the loss of the youngsters she's adopted, watches in helpless confusion as Colleen, Brian and, eventually, Matthew, are drawn back into Ethan's orbit.

Meanwhile, the townsfolk plan a Founders Day Auction to raise money for the new school. Mike tries to join the ladies quilting circle where Mike and Olive clash over Mike's auction donation -- small pox vaccinations.

Eventually, Ethan reveals himself to be a con man whose real intention is to rob the town's auction proceeds, a scheme foiled by the suspicious Sully. Sully learns to ride a horse. Matthew finally dances with Ingrid at the church social.