November 15th, 1997 :: episode #134

A Time to Heal - part 1

Dr. Mike sends her children to stay at Sully's hideout while she battles a deadly diphtheria epidemic that threatens the entire town, including her mother and sister. Mike's mother, Elizabeth, and sister, Rebecca arrive for a Thanksgiving visit and refuse to leave, despite the danger caused by the disease. Their arrival leads to further friction between them and Mike's other sister, Marjorie, who becomes stricken herself.

Meanwhile, Hank blames the squatters for causing the epidemic and tries to burn their encampment. As casualties mount, Dr. Mike comes into conflict with fellow doctor Andrew Cook about trying a new surgical procedure to keep patients alive.