Written by Eric Tuchman / Directed by Alan Levi
EXT. CLINIC - DAY ONE - DECEMBER, 1872
MIKE and DANIEL come out of the clinic, their hands full of medical
supplies. They are careful not to be overheard.
All this medicine, these supplies, you must've emptied your cabinets,
I'm not certain what I'll be treating, I have to be prepared.
They put the supplies in the packs tied onto FLASH.
What'd Sully tell ya?
Just that the braves have high fevers, they're weak and congested...
Black Moon must be real worried, lettin' you come tend to 'is men.
Mike hesitates thoughtfully.
Ya forget somethin'?
No, I -- well, I can't help feeling a bit anxious about meeting
Black Moon face-to-face... but I know Sully would never bring me
to his camp unless it was safe.
I'm sure it's gonna be fine.
Mike manages a reassured smile, then climbs onto Flash.
The SOUND of approaching horses gets Mike's and Daniel's attention.
SGT. MCKAY rides around the corner, leading a dozen SOLDIERS on
horseback toward the meadow. Riding with grim purpose beside him
is his no-nonsense commanding officer, MAJOR SAMUEL MORRISON.
ANGLE ON MIKE AND DANIEL
reacting to McKay's unexpected return to town with reinforcements.
Morrison and the soldiers continue toward the meadow as McKay rides
over to Mike and Daniel.
Dr. Quinn. Sheriff.
Sergeant. Didn't expect to see you back in town.
Bringing more men.
McKay sees that Mike's troubled by the increased army presence.
I wanted to alert you -- we got reason to believe Black Moon's plannin'
to attack again.
Attack? There hasn't been an Indian raid in months.
Black Moon lost so many of his men in our last conflict --
(interrupts, correcting him) Massacre.
McKay reacts, but meets Mike's stare.
We're expectin' 'im to retaliate. I just want ya to be prepared.
Mike looks disturbed by McKay's warning as we...
EXT. WOODS - DAY ONE
Sully and Mike ride side-by-side along the trail.
Black Moon's braves're in no condition to fight.
Then perhaps he's gathering warriors from other tribes.
I ain't seen evidence of that. The army's wrong, Michaela.
Still distressed, Mike reveals her deeper fears:
Whatever the case, the army is here, with more men who can search
for you -- and find you.
Nobody's findin' me.
Mike is not consoled -- it's increasingly difficult for her to stay
confident and hopeful.
(gently) We're gonna get through this. But right now, folks are
sick. You can help 'em.
Mike nods, empowered by the strength in his gaze. They ride on.
EXT. BLACK MOON'S CAMP - DAY ONE
Beside a tepee, CLOUD DANCING lifts an ill BRAVE's head, helping
him sip water. He hears approaching horses.
CLOUD DANCING'S POV
Mike and Sully gallop into camp.
is greatly relieved. He finishes tending his patient and moves to
Mike and Sully dismount and tie their horses.
Cloud Dancing warmly grasps Mike's hand with both of his own.
I have tried everything. I am hoping your medicine will help --
but Black Moon is still uncertain.
Mike nods and surveys the scene.
Scattered throughout the camp, the few HEALTHY BRAVES eye Mike warily,
but they are not threatening.
The SICK INDIANS sit at various small fires, shivering, coughing,
clutching blankets around themselves. They glance Mike's way curiously,
The SICKEST INDIANS are stretched out, too weary to sit.
responds to the illness and poverty around her with great dismay.
She shares a sad look with Sully.
Food is scarce. The men grow weaker.
A BRAVE at a nearby fire begins coughing terribly. Mike makes a
move toward him, but he abruptly turns away.
Mike turns questioningly to Cloud Dancing.
First you must see Black Moon. Once he trusts you, they will.
Mike looks compassionately at the brave, who finishes coughing into
a cloth. When he takes it away from his mouth, Mike sees bright
red BLOOD on it. The wind briefly goes out of her. She turns to
Sully and Cloud Dancing, who have seen the evidence, too.
(with quiet gravity) Consumption.
Sully ind Cloud Dancing nod, knowing the dire consequences.
(gesturing to a tepee) Black Moon is expecting you.
Mike glances nervously at Sully. He gives her an encouraging look.
They follow Cloud Dancing to the tepee.
Cloud Dancing moves aside the flap. Mike takes a breath and musters
her nerve to meet the formidable warrior. She moves...
INT. BLACK MOON'S TEPEE - CONTINUOUS - DAY ONE
Mike straightens, followed by Sully and Cloud Dancing. She peers
ahead as her eyes adjust to the change in light.
BLACK MOON sits at a fire. He fixes a steady, unsettling gaze on
meets his stare with silent respect, hiding her anxiety as best
Cloud Dancing shifts forward to facilitate the meeting.
Black Moon... this is Dr. Michaela Quinn.
Black moon's eyes do not leave Mike's face.
I have allowed you to come here because Sully and Cloud Dancing
are men of honor. They have told me of your skill. (skeptical) But
you will use the white man's medicine.
Yes -- but I've also learned to use the medicine of your people...
Black Moon keeps staring, seemingly unmoved. Mike tries another
tack to win his approval:
My medicine healed the wounds of Black Kettle.
This reference to the revered Black Kettle makes Black Moon consider
Mike more closely.
She saved the great leader when I could not.
Black Kettle gave Michaela her Cheyenne name... (in Cheyenne) Medicine
Woman. (in English) Medicine Woman.
Black Moon looks at Mike with new esteem.
I am grateful, (in Cheyenne) Medicine Woman, (in English) for the
care you will provide.
Black Moon nods. Mike exchanges relieved glances with Sully and
Cloud Dancing, then they head out.
As she turns, Mike hears Black Moon cough and glances back. He shivers,
then sees her watching and quickly regains his composure.
Mike registers his symptoms, but Black Moon's strong look dismisses
her and she exits.
EXT. BLACK MOON'S TEPEE - CONTINUOUS - DAY ONE
Mike steps out of the tepee and looks at Sully and Cloud Dancing
Black Moon... he's sick, too.
OFF Mike glancing around the bleak camp, steeling herself for the
work ahead as we...
END OF TEASER
EXT. BLACK MOON'S CAMP - DAY ONE
Mike uses her stethoscope on the brave who'd resisted her help before.
She listens to his labored breathing. Sully and Cloud Dancing stand
Both lungs are affected.
The brave coughs, holding the bloody cloth to his mouth.
He's coughin' up a lotta blood.
Mike nods, pouring laudanum into a cup.
Once the disease reaches this stage, under these poor conditions,
the consumption will progress very rapidly.
She kindly offers the medicine to the brave, but he hesitates.
This is laudanum. It will relax your breathing and relieve any pain.
The brave looks to Cloud Dancing, who nods his endorsement. Reassured,
the brave takes the cup from Mike and sips.
BLACK MOON (O.S.)
Will your drink save him?
Mike, Sully and Cloud Dancing turn to face Black Moon, who has left
his tepee looking tired and drawn.
I'm afraid there's no cure for consumption, but the laudanum will
ease his discomfort.
Black Moon nods appreciatively. Mike moves closer to him.
I've examined everyone... and treated what I could... (aware of
his stature) Black Moon... I'm sure you know that even the strongest
warrior's fever will be relieved by willow bark tea.
Black Moon smiles faintly.
Yes, (in Cheyenne) Medicine Woman. (in English) I intend to prepare
Mike nods. She, Sully and Cloud Dancing join Black Moon at he walks
pensively through the camp, past his ailing warriors.
I have seen this "consumption" before. It is a white man's
Mike trades an awkward glance with Sully.
Black Moon pauses to appraise his desolate troop.
The white man does not need the battlefield to destroy us.
This disheartening fact settles on everyone for a moment.
What else can be done?
Mike hesitates, knowing her prescription is not an easy one for
Black Moon to fill.
The best treatment for consumption is rest and proper nourishment.
(nods sadly) Two things I cannot provide for my warriors now.
Cloud Dancing and Sully exchange glances, seizing this opportunity
to convince Black Moon to head North.
You can provide them those things -- if you lead them to the Northern
(to the point) There are more soldiers in town. If your braves fight
them now, they'll lose.
Black Moon is disturbed by the truth, but accepts it. Nevertheless,
he remains doubtful:
You speak of freedom in the North...
I have been there. In the Tongue River Valley, we can live in peace.
For how long? How long can we live in peace on that land before
the white man comes to steal it away?
They all realize there can be no guarantees.
I do not know. But living even one moment in freedom will be a precious
gift for your people.
Black Moon considers this, looking at his sick braves.
Even if the army lets my people leave here, they may still pursue
We'll make sure they don't, ask for some sort of agreement.
But both of you are fugitives. Who will ask?
Sully and Cloud Dancing glance at each other -- it's true, neither
would be able to broker a deal.
Mike senses the urgency of the situation and steps up to the plate.
With your permission -- I will.
Black Moon studies Mike -- and nods his consent.
Sully gives Mike a pleased, bolstering look, but she already feels
the weight of tremendous responsibility as we...
EXT. GRACE'S - DAY TWO
The cafe is bustling. Many seats are occupied by SOLDIERS.
A GROUP OF SOLDIERS enters looking for an empty table. They approach
HANK, who's helping himself to a refill of coffee. In high spirits,
he welcomes and directs them:
There ya go, fellas. There's one right there in the shade...
Stressed and sullen, GRACE steps up to Hank, taking the coffee pot.
This ain't a buffet.
Just helpin' ya out.
Grace rushes away to pour coffee. Hank heads toward his seat, muttering
You should be happy havin' all these soldiers in town. It's good
Overhearing, Daniel glances up from the table he's sharing with
DOROTHY and HORACE.
Been good for The Gold Nugget, too, Hank?
Ain't just that. The army's finally gonna take action, fix this
Injun problem once 'n for all.
Ya think they'll be signin' a treaty soon?
Treaty? They ain't gonna waste their time signin' treaties.
I think the army's gonna find them Injun renegades -- an' wipe 'em
out for good.
The Indians are human bein's, Hank, whatever our differences.
We gotta keep tryin' an' hopin' for a peaceful solution.
You can keep tryin' 'n hopin' all ya like but things've been headed
this way all along.
Let's just say I'll feel a whole lot safer once them Injuns've been...
They all give Hank disdainful looks, then turn away.
EXT. MEADOW - DAY TWO
McKay studies a map outside a tent. Glancing up, he sees Mike heading
his way with a determined stride.
(with courtesy) Dr. Quinn.
She stops in front of him, not sure how to begin. McKay looks at
I'm very pleased that you've returned to town...
You are? Why?
Mike allows a slight smile. Despite the strained circumstances,
there is a genuine connection between them.
I've come to know you as an honorable and reasonable man. And I'm
here to suggest the possibility of a peaceful settlement with the
Before McKay can respond, Major Morrison comes out of the tent and
That possibility no longer exists.
Mike turns, caught off-guard by the intrusion. McKay looks uncomfortable
with his commander's brusque manner.
Dr. Quinn, may I present my commanding officer, Major Samuel Morrison.
Major Morrison, this is --
I know who she is.
Morrison's eyes bore into Mike's. She stares back, having regained
(insinuating) That fine soldier and my good friend, General Wooden,
died while under your care.
(keeping her cool) Yes. And I'm sorry for your loss, Major. But
I believe General Wooden would have recovered from his wounds, had
he not ignored my warnings and consumed an entire flask of alcohol.
This briefly shuts Morrison up, but Mike's response also incites
Have you been charged, Dr. Quinn, with speaking for the renegades?
I am here simply to present the opportunity for an accord.
An accord? With the man whole terrorized your community? Black Moon
has caused the death and suffering of your fellow citizens.
Both sides have endured casualties. I'd like to avoid any further
We will. Once I've apprehended Black Moon, the tribes' unity will
be destroyed and their threat to this town quickly extinguished.
(on a roll) I can also assure you, Dr. Quinn, that your husband's
involvement in the rebellion has by no means been forgotten. The
army has every intention of pursuing his case.
Mike feels besieged, but Morrison makes his final strike against
Need we also remind Dr. Quinn that aiding and abetting a fugitive
remains a punishable crime?
McKay falters and looks regretfully at Mike.
I am well aware of the penalties, Sergeant.
Then take heed, Doctor. We'll be watching you.
Defeated for the moment, Mike glares at Morrison, exchanges a frustrated
look with McKay, then turns and walks away.
EXT. HOMESTEAD - ESTABLISHING - NIGHT TWO
INT. HOMESTEAD - NIGHT TWO
Incensed by her encounter with Morrison, Mike brings a platter of
food to the table. BRIAN carries over a pitcher. MATTHEW and COLLEEN
finish setting plates and utensils. KATIE is in her high-chair.
Daniel stokes the fire, then heads over.
He was infuriating. Obstinate and dismissive. How can we ever hope
for peace with the Indians if the army is unwilling to negotiate?
There's gotta be a way to get through to this... ?
Morrison, Major Morrison. Worst of all, he was very clear about
pressing Sully's case. (to Matthew, hopeful) Have you heard anything
from that lawyer in St. Louis?
(beat) I didn't wanna tell ya tonight, but I got word from 'im today.
(knowing) He turned down Sully's case.
Matthew nods. Mike sinks into a chair, despairing.
There're still other lawyers, Ms.
I know. But even if we do find a strong attorney, I've a feeling
that Sully's case can't be resolved until the Indian conflict is
Then maybe we oughta start lookin' for somebody to settle that conflict
If only President Grant would respond to our letters. I thought
that knowing Sully personally might call his attention to the matter....
Mike sighs -- the future looks grim.
(staying optimistic) Let's think about this. If we could get somebody
who'd sit between both sides an' be fair an' neutral...
(a tall order) Somebody both the army an' the Indians could trust?
I don't know any white men the Indians trust 'sides Sully.
They all think for a moment. Mike brightens a bit.
What about Welland Smith?
Welland Smith. Sully knows him. He works for the Department of the
Why do ya think he could help?
Smith helped establish Yellowstone National Park. I believe the
Indians would respect a man who cares about the land.
An' the army would respect a man who works for President Grant.
Smith's a good idea, Michaela.
I'll send 'im a telegram first thing.
Mike nods, but remains uncertain, not eager to face more disappointment.
EXT. BLACK MOON'S CAMP - DAY THREE
Cloud Dancing greets Sully and Mike as they ride into camp. Sully
sees his worried expression.
Black Moon. He is worse.
They react and dismount quickly.
INT. BLACK MOON'S TEPEE - DAY THREE
Mike checks Black Moon's ragged breathing with her stethoscope.
He appears weaker. Sully and Cloud Dancing look on.
He refuses his share of the food.
There are men much sicker than I.
Black Moon, you must eat. A strong constitution is the best way
to resist the disease.
But Black Moon already seems resigned to his illness. His only interest
now is freedom for his people. He looks at Mike.
Will the army negotiate?
Mike hesitates, glancing at Sully, who reassures Black Moon.
We're hopin' that somebody'll come to help both sides agree. His
name's Welland Smith. A good, honest man.
Black Moon sighs in bitter disappointment. He knows the score.
But for now -- the army does not want peace.
What do they want?
Black Moon sees the answer in Mike's eyes.
They want me.
Mike's uneasy silence confirms his suspicion. A beat.
Then they shall have me.
Mike, Sully and Cloud Dancing are stunned.
If my people are promised safe passage North, I will surrender.
There's gotta be some other way.
No. I have already considered this plan.
But let's wait and see. Perhaps Welland Smith --
(interrupting, resolved) I am dying (in Cheyenne) Medicine Woman.
(in English). In this way, my death will have purpose. (beat) But
the army will not see the value in the surrender of a dying man.
They must not know I am sick. For this, I will need your help.
Black Moon turns to Mike, who feels everyone's stare. A beat. She
nods, accepting the assignment.
There are ways to mask your symptoms temporarily.
Black Moon sits back, exhausted but pleased.
OFF Mike pondering the consequences of her decision...
EXT. CAVE - DAY THREE
Mike and Sully ride up and dismount at the entrance. He turns to
her -- it's time for another goodbye.
Sully is optimistic, but Mike looks at him, then lowers her eyes
-- the strain of their plight is wearing her down.
(puzzled by her mood) Michaela... with Black Moon willin' to surrender,
the Indians have some hope now. An' the army may be satisfied.
But what about you?
We'll deal with me when the time comes.
When? When does the time come for you, Sully?
Sully is quieted by her sudden intensity.
I want freedom for the Indians, I want peace in our town, but you...
more than anything, I want you home with me and with our children...
There's nothin' I want more.
Distraught, Mike moves into Sully's comforting embrace, clinging
to him, the tears coming.
Sully, we can't go an like this... stealing moments together...
all the time, worried and afraid... praying that a soldier hasn't
Sully holds Mike close, moved by the depth of her fears.
If the army accepts Black Moon's offer... I'm turnin' myself in.
(shifts back, shocked) No...
This ain't a life for us, Michaela, you're right.
But they'll prosecute you. We haven't found an attorney...
Matthew can keep lookin'.
We need more time.
(firm) No. (beat) Been time enough.
Mike quiets, upset. Sully looks at her calmly.
Sooner or later, we're gonna have to face this. We'll face it together.
Mike nods, struggling to control her rising anxiety as we...
END OF ACT ONE
EXT. TRAIN STATION - DAY FOUR
Mike, Daniel and Matthew wait as the train pulls in.
ANGLE - THE DOORWAY OF THE TRAIN
The CONDUCTOR steps down, followed by the PASSENGERS and finally
emerges, scanning the platform.
Mike, Daniel and Matthew notice Smith seeking them out.
(stepping forward) Must be. Mr. Smith?
Smith looks Daniel's way and approaches with an alert, personable
manner. He holds out his hand.
Yes, I'm Welland Smith, Sheriff.
(shaking Smith's hand) Daniel Simon, sir. This here's Matthew Cooper...
(shaking Matthew's hand) You sent the telegram.
(turns to Mike) And you must be Dr. Quinn.
Mike grasps Smith's extended hand with both of her own.
Thank you so much for coming.
Left Washington as soon as I could.
Mike smiles, feeling a welcome boost of hope and confidence.
INT. CLINIC - DAY FOUR
Smith questions Mike, Daniel and Matthew.
And the army's been stationed in town since last May?
Yes, they set up camp right after the revolt at the reservation.
Matthew hands a file to Smith, who leafs through it.
I wrote up a history of the dispute, Mr. Smith. You should find
all the facts ya need right there.
Yes. Of course, President Grant has already supplied me with all
the information you'd sent to him.
Matthew, Mike and Daniel perk up, surprised to hear of Grant's involvement.
Ya mean the President knows what's been goin' on aroun' here?
Certainly, he's been very concerned.
But he's never responded to our appeals.
(compassionately) Dr. Quinn, I understand in light of Sully's involvement,
that this matter is most pressing to you, but you can imagine the
number of concerns with which the President must become involved.
Yes, of course.
However I must assure you that as soon as I received your request,
President Grant dispatched me here to settle the dispute with the
full force of his authority.
Mike shares encouraged looks with Matthew and Daniel.
I understand that Major Samuel Morrison will negotiate for the army.
And who is the Indians' representative?
Mike swallows -- suddenly, her significance in these events feels
overwhelming. She straightens her spine.
Smith considers Mike -- and nods. She looks up to the task.
Very well then. Shall we?
Mike smiles agreeably, but she's getting extremely nervous.
As they head out, Matthew whispers words of encouragement to her:
Wouldn't want anyone else speakin' for me.
Mike appreciates his support, but she still feels uneasy.
EXT. CLINIC - CONTINUOUS - DAY FOUR
Clusters of TOWNSFOLK have gathered to witness the peacemakers approach
to the meadow. Hank, Grace and ROBERT E are among them.
Welland Smith, Mike, Daniel and Matthew come outside. Mike stops,
surprised to find an audience.
There she is, folks, the voice of the Redman.
Grace and Robert E frown at Hank, then step toward Mike.
Go on, you settle this thing, Dr. Mike.
Whole town's countin' on ya.
This only heightens Mike's anxiety.
I'll do my best.
Mike moves around the onlookers and reaches Dorothy, needing her
encouragement. They confer quietly:
Dorothy... what am I doing? Who am I to speak for the Indians?
Who better to speak for 'em? You've always treated the Indians with
compassion 'n respect. (grasps Mike's hands) You can do this.
Mike smiles her gratitude, then takes a breath and strides toward
the meadow with Daniel and Smith.
Dorothy and Matthew look after them.
EXT. MEADOW - DAY FOUR
Beside McKay on one side of a table, Morrison reads Smith's written
orders from President Grant. Mike and Daniel watch from the opposite
side. Smith is positioned between the two parties.
(to Smith) It's your mandate from President Grant that's brought
me to this table, sir, but you're wasting your time -- this sorry
state of affairs has long passed the point of negotiation.
I believe it's never too late to negotiate, Major, as long as both
parties are willing to listen to each other with consideration and
Morrison frowns, but Mike and Daniel look pleased that Smith won't
be pushed around.
We're here today to work toward an accord between the United States
Army and the Indian tribes led by Black Moon. Will both parties
please state their positions?
(instantly) Their surrender.
Mike is disturbed by his response, but stays composed.
I would like to state Black Moon's proposal, sir, rather than a
A proposal? Good. Very good.
Morrison watches Mike warily.
Black Moon is willing to surrender...
Morrison leans forward, his eyes widening at the prospect.
(clarifying) To surrender himself --
I'm not finished, Major.
Morrison grumbles. Mike continues, choosing her words with care:
Black Moon will surrender himself in exchange for the army's guarantee
that all of his braves receive safe passage to freedom in the Northern
Morrison scoffs, sitting back.
But you said yourself, Major -- without Black Moon's leadership,
the Indians' unity will be broken.
They're givin' ya what ya said you want.
I want to ensure the safety of our citizens, Sheriff -- a duty you
should find easy to support.
Major, let's take a moment to examine this proposal before dismissing
The proposal is unacceptable. Black Moon's warriors would remain
free to continue their attacks.
They don't want to attack, they want to leave the area and live
Your soldiers can escort them to the Tongue River Valley.
And once my soldiers leave, the braves can return.
Here? To what? A life of bitter struggle and destitution?
Oh spare me your sad tales. Those Indians are ingrates. The government
provided them with food and shelter --
The government stripped them of their land and worse, of their dignity.
The song of the Indian sympathizer.
(impassioned) Yes, I do sympathize Major. Because I've seen their
lives on the reservation... proud men and women, children, confined,
forced off land they once owned. Land they treated with reverence
and respect. (driving her point home) The braves don't want war
-- they want to live with honor again, as free men. And you have
the power to give that to them.
Daniel, Smith and McKay look impressed with Mike's plea, but Morrison
remains coldly quiet.
Or... you can refuse, Major -- and send more of your men to die
in a battle they didn't have to fight.
Morrison is unmoved.
Maybe you don't care 'bout that, sir, but I don't believe President
Grant would want anybody -- soldiers or Indians -- dyin' needlessly.
Morrison gives Daniel a cutting look, then turns to Mike..
(with difficulty) If Black Moon surrenders, then... yes -- the army
will grant his men safe passage.
Mike exhales with relief. Daniel grins, McKay looks pleased and
Smith is satisfied.
I'll draw up the documents outlining the details, but first let
us shake on the agreement...
Morrison begrudgingly offers Mike his hand.
hesitates and stares at his outstretched hand.
Morrison is annoyed and the others are curious.
Mike looks at Daniel and sees his confusion. She glances at the
others. They're all expectant and perplexed.
There is... one additional detail, Mr. Smith... that we must agree
Smith and the others raise their eyebrows.
Very nervous, Mike takes a big breath, preparing to gamble everything
with her next move:
This pact must include the full and complete pardon of my husband,
Daniel and the other men are incredulous, stunned -- this is the
last thing any of them expected.
(ignoring him, forceful) All charges currently held against him
must be permanently dropped.
Your husband's a traitor.
No, he's a man who fought injustice and stood up for the rights
of his friends.
Friends? He freed the very men who assaulted your town.
Sully was never party to the Indian raids.
He committed treason. And his crime is a separate matter entirely.
I will not include his pardon in this deal.
Mike struggles to maintain her resolve, fully aware of the great
risk she's taking.
Then, Major Morrison, we have no deal.
Mike holds Morrison's fierce look. It's a standoff, which Smith
is determined to resolve.
President Grant wants this Indian matter settled. (to Morrison)
It's your move.
Morrison narrows his eyes at Mike, who waits anxiously for his decision.
Before we can hear it we...
EXT. WOODS - DAY FOUR
Mike tears through the woods on Flash, her face flooded with excitement.
She calls out as she gets closer to the cave:
AT SULLY'S CAVE
Sully emerges, alarmed by Mike's shouting. Mike barely stops before
dismounting. She throws her arms around him.
The army -- they've agreed to our terms...
Sully smiles. Mike looks at him, beaming.
And you're coming home.
Tomorrow, Sully. You're being pardoned. Full and unconditional.
Sully processes the news, his grin broadening.
You'll be free.
Sully kisses Mike, spinning her in a joyous embrace.
EXT. BLACK MOON'S TEPEE - DAY FOUR
Cloud Dancing looks up solemnly as Mike and Sully arrive and dismount,
energized by her triumph.
The army's --
Cloud Dancing holds up his hand to quiet him. He turns toward Black
Moon's tepee. They follow his distressed glance.
INT. BLACK MOON'S TEPEE - DAY FOUR
Black Moon is stretched out on blankets, perspiring heavily and
very short of breath.
Mike and Sully enter and react, greatly dismayed. They hurry to
Black Moon looks up at her.
Has the army agreed?
Black Moon smiles weakly, relieved.
My braves will go free.
He is struck by a wave of coughs. Mike quickly takes out a bottle
of chloroform and pours a small amount on a cloth.
The chloroform will relax your breathing. Inhale it slowly.
He does. His coughing subsides and his breathing becomes more even.
He looks at Mike beseechingly.
I must stay well enough to surrender. You must keep me alive.
Mike looks at Sully and Cloud Dancing, then starts taking supplies
out of her bag, knowing that the Indians' fate -- as well as Sully's
-- rests with the success of her procedure, as we...
END OF ACT TWO
INT. BLACK MOON'S TEPEE - DAY FOUR
Black Moon is asleep. Mike checks the bandage on his ribs, then
lifts the blanket over him. She watches his steady breathing for
a moment. Satisfied, she moves for the exit.
EXT. BLACK MOON'S CAMP - DAY FOUR
Sully turns to Mike as she leaves the tepee.
I drained the fluid in his lungs. He's breathing more comfortably.
Sully is pleased, but still concerned.
Will it last through tomorrow?
It might. I'll leave some more laudanum to suppress his cough. He
should take it just before he surrenders.
Black Moon's consumption is very aggressive, Sully. The relief is
'Fraid "temporary's" all that Black Moon's hopin' for
Mike nods. The mood is solemn.
EXT. GRACE'S - DAY FOUR
Hank and Robert E stand by as Grace clears empty tables.
All I know is, them Injuns got off easy.
Robert E and Grace give him a look.
Well, you ain't the one still findin' bits a your hotel all over
Robert E tries not to smile.
It ain't so funny when you been blown across the street by Injun
I'm sorry 'bout what happened to you, Hank, but we were livin' in
a time of war.
That's right. Just thank God it's over now.
It shouldn't be over, not like this. Them Injuns oughta pay for
what they done -- an' so should Sully.
Sully's already paid a high price.
(agreeing) All this time, away from is family, forced to hide out
in the woods...
He likes it out in the woods. An' far as I'm concerned, he can stay
there. He ain't welcome in this town anymore.
Speak for yourself.
Grace and Robert E leave Hank irritated.
EXT. WOODS - DAY FOUR
Cloud Dancing waits pensively, hidden behind some brush. He hears
a rider approach and looks hopefully toward the trail.
HIS POV - ON DOROTHY
as she trots up, scanning the area.
sees that it's Dorothy and brightens, stepping onto trail to reveal
Dorothy stops. They smile at each other, but there's an uneasy,
pained tension between them. With peace at hand, it's time for them
to say goodbye.
You have heard the news?
'Course. The whole town's talkin' 'bout it. (making sure) You're
free to go North with the braves?
Yes. We will leave in the morning, after Black Moon surrenders.
Dorothy nods, fighting her tears. Cloud Dancing is distraught, feeling
just as torn as she. She looks at him, her eyes full of tender longing
You 'n your people... finally free. I'm so happy for ya, Cloud Dancin'.
He steps forward and takes her hand. They stand, staring into each
You will stay in my heart.
Dorothy smiles, her eyes misting.
An' you'll stay in mine.
They slowly embrace, savoring their last moments together.
EXT. HOMESTEAD - MORNING - DAY FIVE - ESTABLISHING
INT. HOMESTEAD - MORNING - DAY FIVE
Mike bustles downstairs and hurries across the room, scanning around
to make sure everything is just so. She passes the table, then doubles-back
to adjust the position of the centerpiece.
(from the kitchen) Ya baked two pies?
Mike perks up, alarmed that he might taste and ruin them.
Don't touch those, Matthew. (quickly heads over, explaining) I couldn't
decide between pumpkin and apple.
Brian enters from outside, holding Katie.
Did you sweep the porch?
And clean up the barn?
(considering Katie) Perhaps the blue dress for Katie...
She looks fine.
(turns to him) Wood. Do we have enough firewood?
(smiles, good-natured) Chopped a whole bunch more when ya asked
me the first time. Dr. Mike, it's Sully. None a this stuff'll matter
to 'im. It's Sully comin' home.
Mike pauses, apologetic, amused by her fussiness.
You're right. (starts to grin, loving the sound of this) Sully is
The boys smile. Mike takes Katie from Matthew and hugs her, beaming.
EXT. MEADOW - DAY FIVE
Smith goes over the day's agenda with Morrison and McKay.
Black Moon will divulge the location of his warriors when he surrenders.
If he surrenders.
McKay looks at him, puzzled.
You can't trust the Indians, Sergeant.
We've got an agreement.
A piece of paper.
McKay sighs, dismayed by Morrison's attitude.
For the sake of peace, gentlemen, let's hope Black Moon is a man
of his word.
McKay agrees, but Morrison remains stern and doubtful.
EXT. BLACK MOON'S CAMP - DAY FIVE
Black Moon emerges from his tepee, shaky and ashen. He coughs blood
into a cloth. Sully offers him the laudanum.
It'll help keep that cough quiet.
Black Moon nods and drinks the medicine. Cloud Dancing comes over
with the black face-paint that he prepared.
Black Moon dabs some on his fingers, hesitates wistfully.
My warrior paint... once it showed my strength -- now it will hide
Sully and Cloud Dancing watch the proud warrior spread the black
paint on his face, then share a somber look.
EXT. CLINIC - DAY FIVE
Mike, Colleen, Brian, Katie and Wolf drive up in the wagon. Matthew
rides alongside. Daniel is waiting for them, on his horse. Dorothy
comes over from the Gazette and they all exchange greetings.
What a wonderful day.
A GUNSHOT jolts everyone. They look toward
THE GOLD NUGGET
where Hank has just fired his gun in the air. He glances at them
BACK TO MIKE, DANIEL, AND THE OTHERS
who are not amused.
Last time Black Moon rode past here, I was dodgin' dynamite. This
time I'm gonna be prepared.
Hank glances toward the TOWNSMEN with rifles and guns who are stationed
on and around the hotel's porch.
Mike looks concerned. Daniel reassures her.
I'll meet Sully 'n Black Moon at the edge of town, make sure they
ride through here safe.
Thank you, Daniel.
Daniel nods and rides off.
EXT. WOODS - DAY FIVE
Sully, Cloud Dancing and Black Moon ride toward town. Cloud Dancing
stops. The others turn to him.
I cannot go further. I must stay here and watch from the woods.
Me 'n the family'll see ya b'fore you go North.
Cloud Dancing nods. He looks at Black Moon.
Go in peace, Cloud Dancing.
Because you go with honor.
Black Moon appreciates the tribute.
Black Moon summons his strength and nods once.
Cloud Dancing remains behind as Sully and Black Moon ride on.
EXT. MEADOW - DAY FIVE
Smith checks his pocket watch.
Morrison and McKay look toward town, waiting for Sully's and Black
EXT. TOWN - CLINIC/GOLD NUGGET - DAY FIVE
Hank and his gunmen are poised with their weapons, watching the
road from the train station.
Mike (holding Katie), Matthew, Colleen, Brian and Dorothy gather,
edgy with anticipation.
Suddenly, Wolf perks up, sensing something. He barks.
Wolf barks more excitedly. To the family's puzzlement, he dashes
off toward the train station.
ROAD IN FRONT OF THE TRAIN STATION
Wolf darts around the corner and races toward the edge of town.
He stops at a horse and barks up at the rider as we lift to reveal
on horseback, pleased by Wolf's greeting.
Sully glances at Black Moon on the horse beside him. Black Moon
smiles faintly. They ride toward Daniel, who waits on horseback
and trades warm looks with Sully.
Sully glances at the train platform. Horace is standing there, open-mouthed,
his delight at seeing Sully overshadowed by his awe of Black Moon.
SULLY, BLACK MOON, DANIEL AND WOLF
Curious TOWNSFOLK line both sides. A few stragglers nervously dart
across the road to make way.
Sully rides proudly, very composed. Black Moon stares ahead with
unflappable strength and dignity, a powerful presence, hiding his
They pass through town with all eyes trained on them. Their reception,
clear in the townsfolk's faces, is a mixture of wonder and hostility.
scans the crowd, alert and wary of any trouble.
stays focused, never once fazed by or acknowledging the stares or
sneers of the townspeople.
glances toward the livery.
SULLY'S POV - MOVING - ON ROBERT E AND GRACE
standing together, staring up at him, their eyes welling.
BACK TO SULLY
who struggles to keep his feelings in check, moved at seeing his
old friends. Rounding the corner, he nears the Gold Nugget.
SULLY'S POV - MOVING - ON HANK
He and his GUNMEN clutch their weapons, glaring with resentment
Sully gives Hank a cool glance, but Black Moon ignores him and looks
where Mike, Matthew, Colleen, Brian, Katie and Dorothy watch the
nods at Mike with appreciation -- this is the only time he breaks
focus to acknowledge a townsperson.
is relieved to see him looking well. She nods back respectfully,
then glances toward Sully.
MIKE'S POV - MOVING - CLOSE ON SULLY
as he rides closer, overcome with happiness, his emotions close
SULLY'S POV - MOVING - CLOSE ON MIKE
as he passes. Her loving eyes brim, never leaving his face.
Mike and the family watch Sully, Black Moon and Daniel ride into
the meadow. Townspeople spill into the street and trail after them
to witness the surrender.
EXT. MEADOW - CONTINUOUS - DAY FIVE
A row of SOLDIERS stands at attention. Daniel guides Sully and Black
Moon past them and stops at Smith, Morrison and McKay.
Smith stops forward, holding the official document.
Black Moon, in accordance with the terms of this agreement signed
December 13, 1872, by your representative, Michaela Quinn, M. D.
and Major Samuel Morrison, are you here now to surrender yourself
to the United States Army?
And the location of your men?
They are now leaving the first canyon north of Willow Creek.
Morrison's eyes gleam with this information.
Morrison nods at FOUR PRIVATES, who move forward and post themselves
around Black Moon's horse.
You will be hereby detained until transported to Fort Leavenworth.
Black Moon hesitates for a moment, then dismounts.
Sully and Daniel look on solemnly.
McKay watches with respect while Black Moon's hands are pulled behind
his back and cuffed.
Sully can't bear it.
Ya don't have to do that.
Morrison shoots Sully a look, but McKay understands.
(compassionate, but bound by law) Handcuffs are army regulation.
Black Moon turns to Sully, his eyes telling him that he is without
protest, at peace with his situation.
The privates whisk Black Moon into a tent. The flap closes.
Sully stares at the tent, dazed. The surrender is complete, a man's
freedom vanquished in an instant.
Byron Sully? You're a free man now.
Sully turns to him, still reeling.
You're free to go.
Sully glances at Daniel -- they share a look of triumph.
Sully rides toward Smith, reaching down to shake his hand.
It's good to see ya, air. Thank you.
You're most welcome.
Sully rides past Morrison's cold glare and gallops out of the meadow
EXT. CLINIC - CONTINUOUS - DAY FIVE
Mike is now gathered with Matthew, Colleen, Brian, Katie, Dorothy,
Robert E and Grace.
Sully and Daniel ride over and dismount. Sully moves into Mike's
embrace and is then deluged with handshakes, hugs, and shouts of
watches derisively from his porch.
grins and lifts Katie in the air.
Let's go home.
Mike beams, right by his side.
EXT. WOODS - LATER - DAY FIVE
On horseback, Cloud Dancing hears horses approach. He veers off
the trail. Hidden, but within eavesdropping distance, he peers through
the brush at
MORRISON, MCKAY AND A GROUP OF SOLDIERS
who ride up. Morrison reins his horse to a stop, to McKay's puzzlement.
The other soldiers slow down.
We'll split up here.
Split up, air?
Morrison shows McKay on a map:
Send four of your men to meet the braves and escort them to the
Tongue River. Lead the rest to Elmwood Canyon, we'll intercept the
(confused) Intercept them?
I've studied the site. That canyon's perfect camouflage, it's heavily
wooded. The braves can be taken completely by surprise.
McKay suddenly realizes Morrison's lethal intention and looks at
him, chilled and disbelieving.
is equally stunned.
BACK TO MCKAY AND MORRISON
With all due respect, air, you signed an agreement -- a peaceful
accord mandated by the Commander- in-Chief of the United States
Armed Forces --
Do you think President Grant cares how the Indian problem is solved,
Sergeant? This solution will eliminate the problem, with no possibility
listens with increasing alarm.
BACK TO MCKAY
looking Morrison in the eye, seething with anger.
I refuse to lead my men or to follow any orders you give in violation
of the accord.
You won't have to, Sergeant. (to his soldiers) Take Sergeant McKay
The TWO SOLDIERS nearby hesitate.
That's an order!
The soldiers move to McKay, who resists.
You can't do this!
The soldiers pull McKay off his horse.
What you're orderin' is murder!
Morrison is unfazed.
looks staggered by the turn of events.
EXT. TRAIL TO THE HOMESTEAD - DAY FIVE
Sully drives Mike, Colleen, Brian and Katie in the wagon, his horse
tethered behind them. Matthew trots alongside. Sully slows and looks
ahead a few hundred yards.
It's the homestead, nestled in the woods.
stares at the inviting haven.
Ya can't imagine how long I been dreamin' bout this.
(smiles) Oh, I believe I can.
Sully returns her smile and they drive on.
Suddenly, Cloud Dancing cuts into their path on his horse. The family
reacts with surprise and concern.
(with urgency) The army -- they plan an ambush, Sully.
Sully and Mike share a shocked look.
But the accord...
(shakes his head) I heard them in the woods. When McKay refused
the Major's commands, he was arrested. The Major leads his soldiers
now to massacre the braves.
Sully jumps out of the wagon and unties his horse.
I gotta get to 'em first, take 'em another route to the Tongue River.
Mike nods, but this is all happening very fast.
I'll go with ya.
I'll ride back to town to inform Welland Smith.
Sully climbs onto his horse and looks at Mike, ready to leave. She
looks back with dismay. Once again, their life together has been
disrupted by a dangerous event. But Mike knows that they both have
an obligation to intervene.
Go, Sully. Hurry...
Sully nods and spurs his horse on. He gallops into the woods with
Matthew and Cloud Dancing.
OFF Mike, watching with great apprehension as we...
END OF ACT THREE
EXT. TOWN - DAY FIVE
Mike races up Main Street on Flash, meeting Daniel as he rides back
from the train station. Surprised to see her, he reads the desperation
in her expression.
Daniel, where's Welland Smith?
He just left. I saw 'im off on the train a few minutes ago.
No... (explains, distraught) Major Morrison's broken the accord.
He's ordered an ambush.
(takes this in, beat) We gotta stop the train.
Daniel tears out toward the tracks. Mike briefly hesitates -- stop
the train? She gallops after him.
EXT. MEADOW - DAY FIVE
TWO SOLDIERS guard the prisoners' tent.
INT. PRISONERS' TENT - DAY FIVE
McKay and Black Moon are seated on opposite sides with their hands
cuffed behind their backs. They do not interact, but both men are
very aware of each other's presence and of the strange, grave turn
their lives have taken.
McKay seethes, frustrated and disillusioned. Black Moon is exhausted.
He begins to cough harshly.
McKay glances over at him. Black Moon looks back and controls his
cough, unaware of the BLOOD trickling from his mouth.
McKay sees it and sits up.
Black Moon keeps quiet, but we can see McKay struggle for then slowly
grasp the truth behind Black Moon's surrender.
They hear a GUARD pulling aside the tent flap. McKay responds quickly
and turns to Black Moon with a hushed warning:
Black Moon understands and wipes his chin on his shoulder.
The guard enters. The two prisoners look solemn and composed.
Everythin' alright, Sergeant?
Yes, everythin's fine. (beat) I'd like some water, Private.
(turning to go) Yes, Sergeant.
An' some for the Indian.
Black Moon reacts. So does the guard, who hesitates, glancing back.
Then he nods reluctantly and exits.
Black Moon gives McKay a relieved, grateful look. McKay looks back
EXT. CLEARING - DAY FIVE
Morrison leads his brigade through the clearing and pauses to check
his map, peering at the woods before them.
The canyon's a few miles North. when the braves pass through, we'll
be right there to greet them.
The soldiers nod and ride on.
EXT. ANOTHER TRAIL IN THE WOODS - DAY FIVE
Sully, Matthew and Cloud Dancing race their horses along the trees.
Sully slows and stares up at a steeper trail.
It's a tricky climb, but it'll get us to the braves 'fore the army.
Matthew and Cloud Dancing agree and begin the careful ascent.
EXT. TRAIN TRACKS/COUNTRYSIDE - DAY FIVE
The train rattles along.
Ahead of the train, Daniel and Mike gallop at full clip from the
brush and dismount quickly at the tracks.
roars their way, steam billowing.
DANIEL AND MIKE
rush onto the tracks and face the train, hands outstretched, urgently
signaling for it to stop.
gapes at them incredulously and sounds the whistle in warning.
DANIEL AND MIKE
hold their ground in defiance.
DANIEL AND MIKE
swallow hard, but do not budge.
yanks on the brake.
ANGLE - THE WHEELS OF THE TRAIN
screech and grind the tracks, sending up a spray of sparks as we...
EXT. WOODS - DAY FIVE
Having reached the Indians before the soldiers, Sully, Matthew and
Cloud Dancing are imploring them to move on. But the braves are
angered by the army's betrayal.
You can still make it to Cheyenne Territory if we go now on another
We will stay here and fight.
No. Black Moon does not want more bloodshed.
That's right. He surrendered his freedom so you could have yours.
He surrendered his freedom in vain -- to those who would betray
him! We must avenge the white man's deception.
Enough fighting. You should have gone North after escaping the reservation.
Now, you have another chance to live in peace.
But ya gotta leave 'fore it's too late.
It is too late.
Sully and the others swing their heads to find themselves surrounded
as Morrison and his brigade ride out of the woods with their guns
Morrison, we have a deal.
Morrison glares contemptuously at Sully, who glares right back.
And you just won your pardon, Sully. You'd best stay out of trouble.
You got two witnesses to worry 'bout.
Witness to what? An Indian insurrection?
What're you talkin' about? These men were headin' North, accordin'
to the pact.
But Morrison has a self-serving description prepared.
And during the trip, they suddenly turned on my soldiers and attacked.
That's a lie!
You can't get away with that.
(cool) Who would question the deaths of two Indian sympathizers,
traitors who assisted the braves, rebellion? After all, you've helped
the Indians revolt before... haven't you, Sully?
Sully and Matthew trade tense glances, but hold their ground. Morrison
signals his soldiers. They raise their guns.
Sully and Matthew brace themselves. The soldiers take aim, when:
Put down your weapons!
Smith and Daniel (with guns raised) ride up with Mike, who exchanges
relieved looks with Sully, Matthew and Cloud Dancing.
(to Morrison) Perhaps you were unclear, Major, as to the terms of
our treaty. Your soldiers are meant to escort the Indians, not slaughter
You are hereby relieved of command.
You don't have the authority.
I have the full authority given me by our Commander-in-Chief. Now
step down, air.
Morrison bristles -- and buckles.
ANGLE ON - MIKE
as she rides over to Matthew and Sully, all of them grateful to
ANGLE - SMITH AND DANIEL
Sheriff, would you please detain the major in your jail and release
Sergeant McKay once you return to town?
Be my honor, sir.
Daniel moves toward Morrison.
I'll go with ya, Daniel.
And this time, I'll accompany the braves to ensure their safety.
I'd hate to be yanked off another train.
He glances at Daniel, who smiles.
ANGLE - SULLY AND MIKE
(quietly) I'd like to ride up North with 'em.
Mike nods, understanding. She turns to Smith.
Mr. Smith? Two more riders...
Sully reacts with surprise.
(to Smith, but glancing toward Sully) If you don't mind the company.
Sully smiles at her -- on the contrary.
I'd be delighted.
As everyone around them organizes, Mike and Sully don't take their
eyes off each other.
INT. PRISONERS' TENT - DAY FIVE
Black Moon stares off with a faraway look, drained of energy. McKay
looks up, surprised, as Daniel enters with the guard.
Sergeant, you've been reinstated.
The guard releases McKay, then exits. McKay and Daniel look toward
Black Moon. He lifts his eyes weakly toward them.
Your people are safe now.
Black Moon smiles faintly, grateful. An awkward beat. McKay and
Daniel leave Black Moon alone.
lets out a long sigh, finding great comfort in his braves' safety.
He leans back, slowly closing his eyes, his head falling to his
shoulder as the life flickers out of him...
EXT. HILLTOP - DAY FIVE
Leading the line of braves on horseback, Cloud Dancing, Mike, Sully
and Smith ride to the crest of the hill and pause.
Cloud Dancing admires the beautiful valley below and the hills in
the distance. He turns to his people.
(in Cheyenne) Beyond those hills lies freedom.
The Indians ride after him, inspired.
(turns to Smith, translating) He said beyond those hills lies freedom.
Smith nods, pleased, then moves on.
Sully looks at Mike. He reaches out his hand. She grasps it tightly.
Tears of relief and happiness well in her eyes.
Together, they ride down into the valley, joining the others as