January 9th, 1993 :: episode #2

The Visitor

Having been worried by a letter from Matthew, detailing how ill Michaela had become in the influenza outbreak, Dr. Mike's mother, Elizabeth, visits from Boston. From the start, Elizabeth Quinn makes no effor to hide her disapproval. She and Michaela agree on almost nothing, especially not about her daughter's recent career choices. She takes a severely critical view of her daughter's hard life as a frontier physician and insists she immediately return home to Boston.

Robert E. is seriously burned in a fire and treated by Michaela, her mother, and Grace at the homestead. Dr. Mike wants to buy the boarding house to use as a clinic, but a Denver banker won't give her a mortgage and threatens foreclosure. When her mother recognizes her committment to medicine and her newly adopted family, she buys the boarding house for her.