SEEDS OF DOUBT
Written by Jeanne Davis / Directed by Gwen Arner
EXT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE - JANUARY, 1873 - STOCK
WOLF is on the porch.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY ONE
COLLEEN and BRIAN clear breakfast from the table, as SULLY and MATTHEW
spread out a map on the table. MIKE finishes feeding KATIE.
I was thinkin' of takin' the' Senator and his son into the mountains
along the old Cheyenne path --
The one that goes by Ouzel Lake?
That's right -- it's a pretty easy ride, and the scenery oughta
Do you think Senator Dinston will agree to designate a national
park in the Rockies?
He was on the fence 'bout it when I met him in Denver -- but if
we can get his vote, there's a good chance a whole group of senators
who think like him'll vote for it.
So he carries a lot of influence?
(nods) And he's bringin' a photographer to take pictures to show
Sounds like he's leanin' on your side of the fence.
Sure hope so.
Some pictures of Ouzel Lake and the falls oughta convince 'em.
I was hopin' to take 'em further in, but they look pretty green.
I figure ten days on the trail is 'bout all they can take.
Brian, who has been silently waiting for the right moment, now springs
his plan on them:
I'd like to go with ya, Sully.
They're all surprised by that.
But what about school... ?
(he's got an answer ready) I already got my assignments from Miss
Still, you can't do your assignments without your books --
I can fit 'em in my saddlebags -- I made sure. Matter of fact, they're
already packed and ready to go.
They all exchange pleased looks: clearly he's thought this out.
Sully, what do you think?
He'd be a help --
The Senator's son's 'bout my age.
Well Brian, it appears you've given this a great deal of thought...
(with a smile) Take your heavy coat.
Brian breaks into a grin. Matthew pats him on the back.
EXT. LIVERY - DAY ONE
Sully and Brian ride in on their horses. Mike drives the wagon,
in which Colleen holds Katie. Wolf is in the wagon with them. They
stop at the livery, as we hear the train whistle BLAST.
The Senator and his party oughta be on that train --
I'll go put together a medical kit for you to take along.
Mike drives the wagon toward the clinic --
INT. CLINIC - DAY ONE - A FEW MOMENTS LATER
Mike comes in, followed by Colleen, who is carrying Katie. During
the following, Mike starts to put medical supplies in a leather
satchel, while Colleen puts Katie in her play area.
Brian's certainly growing up --
(playfully) He'll be goin' off to college any day now.
(with a smile) It seems like only yesterday the two of you were
fighting over who got to lick the spoon.
We still do that -- but only to make you feel good.
They share a smile, which is interrupted by a KNOCK at the door.
Colleen, closest to it, opens it to reveal --
PATRICK COLLINS, a handsome, well-dressed, formidable-looking man
in his mid-twenties. At present, he has his hands behind his back,
and breaks into a grin when he sees Colleen.
Colleen is totally surprised -- and a little flustered -- to see
Mr. Collins -- I
Patrick laughs at her reaction, very pleased to see her:
Not too unpleasant a surprise, I hope?
No, of course not -- Ma, this is Mr. Patrick Collins -- this is
my ma, Dr. Michaela Quinn.
Mike is curious about him, but has no reason to be anything other
than polite and friendly. She greets him as she continues to gather
Pleased to meet you.
I'm very happy to meet you, too, Dr. Quinn.
Aren't you going to ask Mr. Collins in, Colleen?
Of course, I'm sorry, I'm just so surprised to see you -- what are
you doing in Colorado Springs?
I have some deliveries in the area -- two deliveries, in fact. (then)
He pulls a gorgeous bouquet of flowers out from behind his back
with one hand, to the amazement of Colleen:
And these chocolates.
He pulls out a gold foil-wrapped box of chocolates with his other
hand. Colleen just looks at him, totally taken aback.
(with a smile) They're for you, actually.
(shocked) For me...?
Colleen allows him to hand her the flowers and chocolates.
Mike can't help but smile as she continues gathering supplies: the
guy is handsome and charming, and Colleen is so totally shocked
by his attention.
You might want to put those flowers in water -- it was quite a trick
keeping them fresh on the train.
(still not sure what to make of this) They're beautiful...
Well then, that means it was worth it. (seeing Katie) Speaking of
beautiful, who's this little girl?
Colleen is still not reacting in real time; she's looking at the
flowers and chocolates in her hands with amazement.
That's Colleen's sister Katie.
You certainly are blessed, Dr. Quinn. (he looks back at Colleen,
meaning her, too)
Thank you -- I think so, too.
Well, I'll be going now -- my luggage is waiting at the train station,
and I want to get settled in at the...
He takes a card out of his coat pocket and glances at it.
(reading) "Springs Chateau and Health Resort" -- that's
where I'm staying.
Will you be staying there long, Mr. Collins?
I suppose that depends.
He looks at Colleen. He's clearly infatuated with her.
I hope I may call on you again?
I -- I guess so -- sure...
(sighs, relieved) Good. (then) The hotel carriage is waiting for
me. Goodbye -- a pleasure meeting you, Dr. Quinn.
And he's gone, closing the door behind him.
What a charming young man -- I'm surprised you haven't told me about
(perplexed) I met him at a dance. He brought me a cup of punch.
And he's said hello a couple of times
Well, I don't think a young man brings imported chocolates and hothouse
flowers to someone he isn't interested in.
Colleen allows herself a smile:
All the girls at the boarding house have crushes on him.
I don't even know him.
Colleen doesn't understand Patrick's attentions to her.
EXT. GAZETTE PORCH - DAY ONE - CONTINUOUS
Patrick angles himself to get a good view of Colleen through the
clinic window. As she moves to put the bouquet in water, he quickly
adjusts his position so she won't see him, but he can continue to
LOREN passes by, giving him an odd look -- why is he spying through
the clinic window?
Patrick catches the look and quickly picks up a newspaper to excuse
his presence on the porch...
But after Loren is out of sight, he looks back at Colleen through
the window, as we
END OF TEASER
EXT. LIVERY - DAY ONE
Flash powder explodes from a PHOTOGRAPHER's flash bar. He's standing
to one side of the camera.
The tableau he has photographed consists of Sully, Brian, SENATOR
DINSTON (early forties) and his son OLIVER (fourteen). The Senator
and Oliver are dressed in new, store-bought clothes.
I want to ensure that we have a good photograph to commemorate the
start of our expedition.'
Yeah, but we gotta get goin' if we're gonna make it to camp 'fore
As they mount up, Dinston sees Brian cinching Oliver's saddle as
Oliver watches, impressed.
There ya go.
(to Sully) You'll check that, won't you?
He nods toward Brian. Sully's look says there's no need, but he
obliges the Senator.
If ya like.
Sully checks the Ssaddle, then helps Oliver up onto his horse, as
he says to Brian:
Good job -- (a smile) As usual.
Brian smiles proudly, then swings onto his own horse.
The Senator and Oliver move off, as Mike hurries toward Sully and
Brian from the clinic, carrying the medical satchel (which she packs
in Brian's saddlebag during the following):
Sorry I'm late -- but a young man from Denver just came to "pay
his respects" to Colleen.
All the way from Denver?
He seems very taken with her.
Guess we're gonna have to get used to that.
They all share a smile. Sully leans down to kiss Mike goodbye:
And good luck with the Senator.
Take care of yourselves.
They ride off. OFF Mike, watching them go, proud of them
EXT. GRACE'S CAFE - DAY TWO
Breakfast time. Grace's HELPER is in evidence. Colleen and ANDREW
dine at a table, caught up in a conversation which intrigues them
According to this article in The Journal, Dr. Williams has found
oxide of zinc very helpful.
(surprised) For consumption?
So he says. Two or three grains at night seem to relieve the night
IN THE ALLEY BETWEEN THE CLINIC AND GAZETTE
Patrick watches them, standing so that he is in the shadows, unseen
by them and the cafe's other patrons.
BACK TO ANDREW AND COLLEEN
I could loan you the article when I'm finished if you'd like?
I'd love that. (then) I sure miss talkin' with you like this when
I'm at school.
So do I.
They share a loving look but then Andrew shyly returns to his food.
sees that this is an opportune moment to butt in. He heads over
to their table.
Good morning, Miss Cooper.
Colleen is surprised to see him -- she's pleased, but still flustered.
Patrick holds out his hand to Andrew.
Andrew stands, shakes his hand.
Dr. Cook runs the clinic at the Chateau --
Really? How impressive.
There's a slight lull in the conversation -- it's a bit awkward,
with both men standing. Andrew has no reason to be suspicious of
Patrick's intentions (yet), so:
Would you care to join us for breakfast?
Mr. Collins and I met in Denver --
(antennae rising) Really? What brings you to Colorado Springs?
Well, most of my friends travel to Europe at this time of the year
but I kept hearing about all the beautiful spots around here...
Colleen is only too happy to have some topic to latch onto:
That's right, there's Pike's Peak and Ouzel Lake --
I'm embarrassed to say I've lived here almost two years now, and
I've never seen them myself.
Well, you know how it is when you live in a place -- you take it
He said that pleasantly, but Andrew takes his meaning as he watches
Patrick turn his attention to Colleen.
I've also heard that there's a spectacular red rock formation nearby
The Garden of the Gods! It's beautiful, you gotta see it...
OFF ANDREW --
EXT. CAMP ONE - DAY TWO
Sully helps the Photographer unpack his gear, while Brian arranges
twigs and branches for a campfire. Oliver searches the area for
Dinston approaches Brian:
Won't the fire be too close to that tree?
Wind's been out of the South all day. Unless it changes, this is
the safest spot in the clearing.
He moves off to help Sully with the gear.
Oliver approaches Brian, carrying a large green branch.
This one should last a while.
Thanks -- but if they're green, they make too much smoke.
Oliver takes that in, and tosses the branch away -- but as he releases
it, he gets a sliver in his palm. He cries out:
What is it?
(a little embarrassed) Just a splinter -- sorry I yelled.
Brian pulls out his pocket knife:
Sometimes they hurt worse than they look. Lemme see?
Oliver shows Brian his hand. Brian lifts a bit of skin with the
point of his knife, then pulls out the splinter.
There ya go.
Sully approaches them, bringing over some gear for the fire, followed
Brian, why don't ya go down to the stream and see if the fish're
bitin'? It's 'bout half a mile south.
He goes over to the horses to get the fishing gear.
(to Dinston) Can I go?
I don't think that's such a good idea. Your mother told me in no
uncertain terms not to let you out of my sight.
Oliver turns away, frustrated. Sully notes it, and addresses Dinston:
If we climb that hill, ya get a clear view of the stream -- it's
a good place for some of your pictures, too.
Oliver looks back at Dinston, pleadingly:
Well, as long as I can see you...
Oliver takes off at a run --
EXT. TRAIL NEAR CAMP ONE - DAY TWO - MOMENTS LATER
Brian and Oliver head down the trail with their fishing gear:
You got a lot of deer around here, haven't you?
I'd sure like to see one.
Well, keep your eyes open. You never can tell.
At that moment, Oliver's line snags on a branch.
Brian goes to release it, while Oliver tries to free it by jerking
the pole. The hook scratches the back of Brian's hand, leaving a
thin line of blood.
It's all right -- just broke the skin a little.
Brian pulls his kerchief out of his pocket, and wraps it around
Doesn't it hurt?
(friendly smile) Yeah, but I try to save my yellin' for when I really
Oliver, more and more impressed by and fascinated with Brian, nods
as he takes that in.
INT. ANDREW'S OFFICE - DAY TWO
Andrew is making notes as he looks through a microscope, when there's
a KNOCK on the door.
Patrick opens the door and comes in:
Dr. Cook -- I was hoping I might see your clinic.
Oh. Of course.
What a splendid-looking microscope.
Yes -- and it's very useful. Colleen and I were just discussing
the other day what wonderful advances science is making for medicine.
That was a bit of turf-establishment on Andrew's part -- and it
opens the door for Patrick.
It must be nice for Miss Cooper to have... a friend to discuss her
(gives him a look) We're more than friends.
Patrick gives him a shocked look; that wasn't a gentlemanly thing
Andrew realizes he may have inadvertently overstated his relationship
with Colleen. He stumbles over a definition:
Well, that is to say, we hope to be colleagues one day.
(putting a dead-dry spin on it) Colleagues?
Andrew can't help but respond to the tone: he knows that he's not
saying this right. Flustered, he spots a journal on his desk; it
seems a way out:
We share a great many interests -- medicine, research...
Patrick knows he's got control of the situation, that Andrew's in
a death spiral. So he can afford to make it sound flattering:
Colleagues. That's wonderful.
Meaning, wonderful for me. He looks at his pocket watch:
Look at the time. Will you excuse me? (as he leaves) Very impressive
clinic, Dr. Cook.
Andrew is very frustrated with himself. He looks down at the journal
on his desk, gets an idea.
INT. CLINIC - DAY TWO
Mike and Colleen work on re-stocking medicines when there's a KNOCK
on the door.
Patrick comes in.
Good afternoon, Dr. Quinn -- Miss Cooper, I was hoping I could impose
on you to show me the rock formation we were talking about earlier.
Colleen hesitates, looks at Mike, who smiles: it's obvious Patrick's
asking her on a date, no matter how he couches it:
You obviously know a great deal about the history of the area...
I have a picnic lunch -- it's enough for two.
I don't know, we're just in the middle of...
Not much, clearly. But Patrick doesn't put it down:
Perhaps you could see your way to allowing Miss Cooper to act as
guide for a couple of hours, Dr. Quinn?
(to Colleen) I can finish this myself.
All right, then.
Patrick beams. He holds the door open for Colleen, as she takes
off her apron, and grabs her coat.
EXT. CLINIC - DAY TWO - MOMENTS LATER
Wolf is sitting on the porch. Patrick holds Colleen's horse for
her as she mounts up. He then jumps on his own horse:
And off they go. Mike comes out, watching them leave with an amused
Which is tempered when she sees Andrew approach in his buggy, his
head swivelled around, watching Colleen and Patrick ride off. He
pulls up in front of the clinic, looks at Mike, feeling frustrated:
I came to bring Colleen the journal we were talking about...
He feebly holds up the journal that was on the desk in his clinic.
Mike feels for him.
You just missed her.
Andrew's crestfallen expression says, he hopes not, but Mike is
unable to give him any reassurance. On this uncomfortable exchange:
END OF ACT ONE
EXT. WOODED PICNIC AREA ONE - DAY TWO
Colleen stands near the horses, contemplating the trail through
the woods. She turns to Patrick, who's spreading a picnic of tinned
foods, fruit, and a loaf of bread on a damask table cloth.
If you like, we could ride a few miles North. There's a beautiful
view of the cliffs surrounding the river...
Miss Cooper, I'm more than content to enjoy the beautiful view right
Colleen smiles shyly. He gallantly gestures for her to sit, and
she settles on the table cloth, impressed and curious about the
assortment of food. She picks up a wrapped piece of cheese.
She smells it and recoils a bit.
It's imported from France. Only the best for the most beautiful
girl in Colorado Springs.
(shyly) Mr. Collins --
And -- caviar. Russian.
He opens the small bottle of Beluga caviar.
What is it?
(an indulgent smile) You're so sweet. It's fish eggs.
But I've saved the best for last.
He reaches into the bag, pulls out a wrapped gift.
Colleen sees it, surprised, hesitant. He reassures her:
A gesture of friendship from a gentleman to a lady. Please...
He moves his gift closer. Colleen opens it curiously, smiling when
she reveals a handsome copy of The Canterbury Tales.
The Canterbury Tales. We're readin' it at school.
I know. The girls in your class told me you've all had to share
Yes, that's true.
I thought it would be nice if you had a copy of your own.
He looks at Colleen. She smiles, blushing.
This is very thoughtful of you. Thank you, Mr. Collins.
You're welcome, Miss Cooper.
Colleen searches his eyes, pondering the unexpected feelings that
he's stirred in her.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY TWO
Mike reads to Katie in a chair by the fire as Wolf dozes at her
"The little dog laughed to see such sport, and the dish ran
away with the spoon..."
She looks at Katie. Off Katie's look:
(a smile) It's not supposed to make sense.
Mike looks up as Colleen arrives home, holding her new book.
Hey, Ma. Katie.
Mike smiles at her. Curious about Colleen's day, she doesn't want
to sound nosy.
Did you have a nice time?
Colleen considers this, almost surprised by her response.
Yes. I did.
Mike wants to hear more, but tries to remain casual.
Mr. Collins seems like an affable young man.
Oh, he's very kind, considerate. He gave me this book... (shows
Mike the gift) He knew we've had to share copies at school.
That is considerate.
And Ma, he invited us all to tea tomorrow.
At the Springs Chateau. He said he wants the family to get to know
Mike raises an eyebrow -- this guy certainly moves fast.
I see. Well... if you'd like us to go...
Mike hesitates, gauging Colleen's attitude.
He invited us. I s'pose it'd only be polite.
Then... (to Katie) Katie? We're having tea tomorrow.
Colleen smiles, turns to go.
Oh, Colleen? That journal...
Colleen pauses as Mike indicates the medical journal on the table.
It's from Andrew.
(smiles uneasily, reminded of him) Andrew.
He brought it to the clinic for you.
That's right, he said he was going to. Thanks, Ma.
Mike watches thoughtfully as Colleen takes the journal and heads
EXT. CAMP ONE - DAY THREE
(NOTE: Same camp as Scene 11)
Sully, Dinston and the photographer break camp. Brian finishes up
some schoolwork, then packs his books. Oliver heads over with his
bedroll, limping. Brian notices.
Blisters. But don't tell my father.
Oliver takes another step, winces.
Brian opens a saddlebag, searches through it, and takes out a small
My ma packed us this salve. Rub some on your blisters, they should
feel a lot better.
He hands the ointment to Oliver.
Oliver limps over to a fallen log and removes his boots.
Brian proceeds to bury the camp fire, then "sweep" the
surrounding area with a leafy branch. Dinston approaches curiously.
Hiding our tracks? (off Brian's look) From Indians.
No, I'm just makin' sure we leave it the way we found it.
Sully comes over.
That way, folks who stop here after us can enjoy this place the
way we did.
Sully looks in the distance. Dinston follows his glance.
THEIR POV - STOCK FOOTAGE
A beautiful shot of the Rockies.
BACK TO SCENE
Dinston takes it in, then turns to Sully.
An impressive view, Mr. Sully, to be sure, but I'm afraid many of
my constituents are more concerned with this area's resources than
This ain't just about scenery, Senator. We all got a responsibility
to protect the land.
Industries are thriving. They demand more coal and lumber each day.
I know it's important to provide those things -- (beat) But if we
keep cuttin' down trees without settin' some aside, one day these
woods are gonna be as flat as the Plains.
Dinston scans the seemingly endless amount of trees.
That ain't gonna happen in our lifetime, or in Oliver 'n Brian's
-- but maybe by the time their grandkids are around...
This settles on Dinston. Sully hits his point home:
There's gotta be a way to make use of the land an' preserve some
of it, too. We gotta work toward some kinda balance.
OFF Sully, pleased that he's made some headway.
EXT. SPRINGS CHATEAU AND HEALTH RESORT PORCH - DAY THREE
Mike, Matthew, Colleen and Patrick sit at a table set with a silver
tea service, finger sandwiches and a plate of petits fours. Katie
plays on the floor beside them.
Were you born in Denver, Mr. Collins?
No, I'm from New York. But when Father opened a branch of the business
in Denver a few years ago, I moved out here to assist him.
Mike and Matthew nod. Patrick is determined to impress them.
I should be more precise -- I no longer "assist" Father.
Now that he's retired, I'm President of Collins, Limited.
Running a business -- that's quite a responsibility for someone
I see it as a challenge, Dr. Quinn. And I've always met my challenges
-- and conquered them.
Mike smiles politely, but she's not taken in by his showmanship,
and neither is Matthew. He wants specifics.
ANGLE ON ANDREW
as he rounds the corner from his clinic. He spots them having tea
and stops short.
The group continues their discussion.
watches, surprised and a little hurt. He slips back to his clinic
before they notice him.
Matthew questions Patrick.
Collins, Limited. What kinda business is that exactly?
We're an investment firm.
Investin' in what?
Colleen gives Matthew a look.
It's rather complicated to explain, but... we're highly profitable
in a wide variety of interests.
Matthew and Mike share a look -- why his vague response? Changing
subjects, Patrick reaches for a plate of petits fours.
Miss Cooper, you haven't tasted these -- marzipan dipped in dark
Oh, I don't care much for marzipan.
But they're my favorite.
I'm sure they're very good.
You must try one. I insist. I know you'll love it.
He keeps the plate in front of her. Feeling cornered, Colleen tastes
the petit four.
There, you see?
She chews and nods, trying to smile. She doesn't love it. Mike and
Matthew exchange disturbed glances. Patrick smiles at them. They
smile back awkwardly.
EXT. WOODS NEAR WASHED OUT TRAIL - DAY THREE
The trees are thicker here, leaving only a small pathway on the
side of the hill.
Brian and Oliver ride up front. Sully and Dinston follow. The photographer
(calling ahead) How's it lookin', Brian?
Brian scopes the terrain, then glances back.
Clear through the next bend.
Sully nods. They continue riding. Dinston is curious about the easy
manner between Sully and Brian.
You and your boy seem... so comfortable with each other.
We spend a lot of time together.
(nods, then) Yes, well, that's difficult for me -- what with my
responsibilities in Washington, and Oliver away at boarding school...
Oliver was always sickly as a child. And you know how mothers are
-- my wife babied and coddled him. I thought boarding school would
help make a man out of him.
Dinston quiets, troubled. Sully is sympathetic.
You must be real glad to have this time with your son.
Dinston looks ahead at Oliver for a moment. He nods.
BRIAN AND OLIVER
stop their horses, looking ahead at the trail.
Sully, Dinston and the photographer ride up to the boys.
A landslide has obstructed the trail.
BACK TO SCENE
Sully explains the situation:
Hard rains last month musta washed everythin' downhill.
What do we do?
Look for another trail. Brian, ride down that way. I'll go west.
We'll meet back here.
May I go with him, Father?
Dinston looks wary, but, seeing the trust that Sully places in Brian,
doesn't want to disappoint Oliver.
Just be careful.
(grins) Thank you.
Dinston is pleased. The boys pick their way down the slope.
EXT. WOODS - DAY THREE
The undergrowth is thicker, the trees even more dense.
No sign of another trail. We'd better head back.
Brian turns his horse, but Oliver spots something ahead. His eyes
widen and he breaks into a grin.
THEIR POV - STOCK SHOT
A young deer bolts at Oliver's shout.
BACK TO SCENE
Oliver kicks his horse and takes off after the deer.
Brian turns his horse, but hesitates, looking first in the direction
from which they came, then toward the fleeing Oliver.
Brian charges after him.
EXT. SPRINGS CHATEAU AND HEALTH RESORT GARDEN - DAY THREE
Colleen and Patrick stroll.
I had a lovely time with your family this afternoon. And it's important
they approve of me.
What do you mean?
He takes a jewelry box out of his pocket.
I brought this for you.
He opens the box -- it's a bracelet.
Patrick. It's time you call me Patrick.
Patrick... you're very generous, but I can't accept another gift.
Especially somethin' like this.
Of course you can. I know that we've only known each other a short
time, but my feelings for you are so strong and true -- Colleen,
I love you.
And I know that once you search your heart, you'll see we were meant
to be together.
He clasps the bracelet around her wrist, holding her hand in his,
his eyes locked with hers.
OFF Colleen, her thoughts and feelings swirling as we
END OF ACT TWO
INT. CLINIC - DAY THREE
Mike cleans instruments as Katie plays in the background.
Colleen enters. She is slightly distracted. Mike looks over at her
and smiles as she comes in.
Can I talk to you, Ma?
Mike puts the instruments down and comes over to sit by Colleen.
Patrick gave me this bracelet.
Colleen gives her the bracelet.
It's very beautiful.
I'm not sure if I should have accepted it. It all happened so fast.
(beat) It looks expensive, doesn't it?
Yes, it does.
He said he had -- great affection for me.
I see. (beat) And how do you feel about him?
Well, he is awfully handsome.
Yes, he is.
And he's -- interestin' to be around. And... I guess it's nice to
have someone show you so much attention.
I agree. But You still haven't told me how you feel about him.
(the truth emerging) I don't know, Ma. All jumbled up. I mean, with
Andrew -- Andrew's so easy to talk to and be around. But with Patrick
-- I get confused.
That's certainly understandable.
You think I should give the bracelet back?
Mike considers what to say.
Well, what I think is that you need to decide how you feel about
Mr. Collins and then you'll know what to do about the bracelet.
Colleen nods, giving it some serious thought, when a KNOCK is heard
at the door.
Mike opens the door. Andrew stands in the doorway. He's the picture
of self-confidence and grace -- even though it's completely manufactured
at this moment.
Ah! Colleen! I was hoping to catch you here. Michaela.
She moves to one side as he enters. Colleen seems relieved to see
Andrew. But she misunderstands his reason for being there.
Oh! Andrew! I haven't had a chance to read the journal, yet.
Oh. That's not why I stopped by.
The truth is, I was hoping I could interest you in a picnic. If
you're not too busy.
That would be nice. If you don't need me, Ma --
Not at all. Have fun.
Colleen smiles and she and Andrew hurry off together.
EXT. WASHED-OUT TRAIL - DAY THREE (SAME AS SC. 26)
Sully, Dinston and the photographer sit next to their horses on
the upslope of the narrow trail. All seem to listen attentively
for any sound, but only the trees rustle.
Dinston can't take the tension any longer. He stands up and starts
We never should have let them go. It's been nearly an hour.
Sully nods, having his own doubts right now about having let the
boys go off by themselves.
There's a clearin' bout a quarter mile back. (to the photographer)
Take the gear and set up camp there. I'll go find the boys.
I'm coming with you.
Sully nods and the men mount up.
EXT. TRAIL NEAR A SLOPE - DAY THREE
Brian comes upon Oliver's horse grazing on grass adjacent to the
trail, but there is no sign of the boy.
He dismounts and looks around at the ground until he finds some
tracks, then remounts and follows them slowly.
EXT. PICNIC AREA TWO - DAY THREE
Colleen and Andrew sit on a large checkered table cloth spread out
on the grass beneath a tree. Andrew pulls little wrapped parcels
from the picnic basket and sets them in front of Colleen as they
Grace's meat loaf sandwich.
(surprised and pleased) That's my favorite.
He knows. But he strings her along for a minute. Acting completely
Really. What a lucky coincidence. Lemonade?
(still playing innocent) Fresh squeezed. I hope it's all right.
All right? I love lemonade. (she starts to get it) Wait a minute.
My favorite sandwich, my favorite drink -- did you pack my favorite
pie for dessert?
Andrew grins, looks at her.
You've never cared much for pie.
She laughs with delight. It was a trick question and he passed.
I believe your favorite dessert -- if I'm not mistaken -- is --
He "unveils" the dessert.
ANDREW AND COLLEEN
She's tickled pink. Oatmeal cookies beat the gold bracelet.
(touched) Oh, Andrew.
He's embarrassed by the sudden intimacy of the moment. He attempts
to change the subject, but he's about to jump from the frying pan
into the fire.
He pulls a book out of the basket.
I -- uh -- here it is. I brought this book -- sonnets. Shakespeare.
I thought you might like it. This one in particular -- Sonnet 116.
It's -- well
He hands her the thin volume of sonnets. She looks at it briefly,
then hands it back to him with purpose.
Would you mind reading it out loud?
Andrew takes the book back, nervously. He clears his throat. Looks
at Colleen. Looks back at the sonnet. It's now or never time.
Let's see. Mmmmm. Uh -- "Love's not Time's fool, though rosy
lips and cheeks/Within his bending sickle's compass come;/Love alters
not with his brief hours and weeks,/But bears it out even to the
edge of doom./If this be error, and upon me prove'd... "
He reads the last line very quickly and almost inaudibly.
"I never writ, nor no man lov'd."
He closes the book and glances around at the scenery, changing the
subject as quickly as he can.
You know, Sully is right. This countryside is incredibly beautiful.
I'm sorry, what was that last line again?
The last line of the sonnet. It went by kind of fast.
He picks the book up, but can't find the sonnet immediately. Nevertheless,
he cops to the meaning of the last lines:
Yes. Well, it just says, really, that love lasts through time and
place and --
He stops thumbing through the book and looks at her directly.
And lets nothing get in its way.
She nods and smiles at him.
His heart sings. Tentatively he reaches over and takes her hand.
She smiles at him. Never were two more tenderly or honestly in love.
INT. CLINIC - DAY THREE
Mike puts some files away. Katie is not there. Mike picks up the
bracelet Colleen left when she went off with Andrew. She looks at
it. Her expression shows concern about such an expensive gift.
A knock on the door and Matthew enters.
She's gone on a picnic with Andrew.
I think we got a little problem -- with Patrick Collins.
Mike is surprised. Matthew pulls a telegram out of his coat pocket.
I prob'ly shouldna done this -- but there was somethin' about the
guy I didn't trust.
Shouldn't have done what?
I sent a wire to Collins, Limited in Denver, askin' a coupla questions
about 'im. They sent me this telegram back.
She glances at it and can see that it's not good news.
Looks like he's done nuthin' but lie to us since he got here.
(quietly) We're going to have to tell Colleen.
Mike picks the bracelet back up and looks at it in this new light.
EXT. EMBANKMENT - DAY THREE
Brian locates an indentation in the earth where the vegetation has
been crushed near the ledge where Oliver could have been thrown.
He dismounts and scans the hill below.
EXT. HILLSIDE - DAY THREE
Brian begins the treacherous climb down the slope. He loses his
footing and slides a couple of yards, but grabs the branch of a
shrub which halts his descent. Finally, just below, he spots...
lying on his side, trying to inch his way up the hill.
cups his mouth with his hands.
looks around excitedly, finally sees Brian.
Brian! Over here.
Brian climbs down, sliding still, but with more surefootedness than
before. He makes his way over to Oliver.
My arm -- I can't move it.
Brian gently feels his arm for breaks. As he does, he notices how
the arm is oddly lower beneath his shoulder.
Your shoulder's out of its socket.
Brian can see that it's taking all of Oliver's courage not to cry.
Can you fix it?
Maybe. Somethin' I saw my ma do once --
The pain Oliver is trying so desperately to manage sounds in his
Whatever it is, just do it.
Brian looks around, not wanting to but knowing he must. Oliver winces
as Brian gently lifts his arm. He places his heel just beneath Oliver's
This is one of those times when you're really going to need to yell.
Oliver nods weakly.
Brian grasps his arm tightly and jerks it with all his strength.
I think it went back in.
Oliver moves his arm slightly, still in pain.
(relief) It feels a little better.
Come on, let's get you back up so we can make a camp before it gets
We should try to find Sully and my father.
Naw, we could pass 'em in the woods and never know it. Best way
to meet up with them is to stay put and let them find us.
Brian hoists him up by his uninjured arm and the two young men struggle
up the hill.
EXT. COLORADO SPRINGS - DAY THREE
Colleen and Andrew come riding back into town. They're in a buggy.
Colleen sits close to Andrew. They're talking and laughing.
ANGLE ON PATRICK COLLINS - AT THE GOLD NUGGET
watching Colleen and Andrew.
HIS POINT OF VIEW
They are oblivious to him as they ride up to the Clinic.
slips into the Saloon to avoid being seen. His expression is dark.
INT. CLINIC - DAY THREE
As Colleen comes in. Mike is quiet and disturbed about what she
has to talk to Colleen about. Colleen is bubbly.
She starts looking for the bracelet she left on the desk.
Colleen, I'm glad you're back.
Before she can tell Colleen she needs to speak to her:
Have you seen my bracelet? I've figured out what I want to do.
I was going to talk to you about it. (beat) I'm afraid there's something
you need to know -- about Mr. Collins.
What do you mean?
Matthew sent an inquiry to Denver.
An inquiry? About what?
It turns out Mr. Collins does not run a company for his father.
As a matter of fact, he bankrupted a small business his father gave
Colleen is angry -- but not at Patrick. She's angry at Matthew.
I can't believe that Matthew would sneak around behind my back --
He wasn't sneaking, Colleen.
What do you call it?
I call it concern for his sister. And I must confess, I share his
Which only serves to make Colleen angry at Mike as well.
You said I should decide for myself how I felt about Mr. Collins
-- and then you checked up on him without tellin' me?
You couldn't trust me to make the right decision on my own?
This isn't about trusting you! --
That's exactly what it's about.
She storms out of the clinic. Mike feels terrible, but she lets
EXT. STREET NEAR THE GAZETTE - DAY THREE - CONTINUOUS
As Colleen comes running out of the Clinic, Patrick reaches out
and grabs her, pulling her into the alleyway between the GAZETTE
and the Clinic. Colleen is startled.
I told you to call me Patrick.
Colleen tries to catch her breath.
I've been waiting all afternoon to see you.
He's slowly maneuvering her up against a wall. She tries to get
to the decision she's made about him.
I've been doin' some thinkin', and I realized I've been a little
confused the last few days.
Don't be confused.
He continues to back her up against the wall.
I'm going to ask you not to call on me, anymore.
Not to call on you?
I know you'll respect my wishes.
(slightly amused) I see. And would this have anything to do with
your friend, Andrew?
As a matter of fact, it does.
Oh, Colleen. I know your family wants you to marry safe, quiet,
ordinary Andrew. But you'll never be satisfied with that kind of
You and I are passionate people who see what we want in life and
go after it. You don't love Andrew. You love me. I can feel it.
He pulls her into an embrace.
Please, Patrick, you're frightening me.
He kisses her. She struggles. He won't let go.
Does Andrew make you feel like that?
Let me go!
She pulls free from him and runs off.
EXT. CLINIC PORCH - DAY THREE - CONTINUOUS
Mike has ventured outside, having heard some commotion. Colleen
runs up the steps in tears.
Colleen! What is it?
Is it Mr. Collins?
I don't want to talk about it.
She disappears into the clinic as Mike looks after her, troubled.
END OF ACT THREE
EXT. BRIAN'S CAMP (CAMP TWO) - DAY FOUR
The morning sun slants through the trees and casts long shadows
on the small clearing.
Brian has found a sheltered area where he has propped Oliver to
keep him out of the wind. Oliver's arm is bound to his body by strips
of bedroll in order to immobilize it. Brian checks his handiwork.
How's it feel this mornin'?
Better than last night.
It ain't real doctorin', but that'll keep ya from movin' your arm
while it heals.
What are we going to do now?
I'm gonna turn our campfire into a signal fire.
As Brian turns his attention to the campfire, Oliver rises with
difficulty and moves to a nearby green shrub. He pulls a lush branch
from it and takes it to Brian.
Maybe this'll help.
He throws it on the fire.
That'll make it smoky, right?
(nodding appreciatively) You're gettin' to be a pretty good woodsman.
Oliver smiles at the compliment.
EXT. TRAIL NEAR A SLOPE - DAY FOUR (SAME AS SC. 37)
Sully, on foot, leads his horse along the edge of the embankment
where Oliver was thrown by his horse, while Dinston rides his.
(calling out) Oliver! Oliver!
Sully stops and bends down to survey the ground.
We've been searching all night. Where could they be?
Lotta tracks here... (indicating tracks) Goin' down the slope, then
back up again.
What does that mean? Are we close?
Sully continues to study the tracks, figuring out which way they
Dinston's losing his patience with Sully.
Maybe? (getting angry) What were you thinking? Allowing them to
go off alone. (looking around) And you want me to preserve this
hell-hole that swallows up children?
But Sully is looking beyond him now, excited by something he has
Sully points, and Dinston turns to discover:
Puffs of smoke from the boys' signal fire can be seen not far off.
BACK TO SCENE
as Sully turns to Dinston, a smile forming on his face.
That's a signal fire. (proudly) And a good one.
OFF Dinston's hopeful expression:
EXT. BRIAN'S CAMP - DAY FOUR
Brian and Oliver watch the fire as they chew on pieces of beef jerky.
Brian hands Oliver the canteen after first removing the cap for
How'd you learn so much about the woods and medicines?
I don't know... some from Sully, and Cloud Dancin' -- he's an Indian
friend a ours -- 'n a course my ma.
Oliver drinks from the canteen as Brian quiets a beat, gazing off
at the surroundings.
But I s'pose most of it comes from just bein' out here. You can
learn a lot about the woods just by walkin' through 'em.
Oliver also looks off at the woods encircling them, beginning to
understand what Brian is talking about.
The peaceful moment is broken by the sound of RUSTLING. Brian takes
the cold end of a burning branch as a weapon and turns toward the
After a moment, Sully and Dinston emerge from the foliage.
Brian throws the burning branch back on the fire, then runs up and
Dinston runs to Oliver and wants to hug him, but then, seeing his
arm, stops short.
Son, you're hurt.
It's all right, father, Brian fixed it.
Oliver's words pour out one atop the next:
I chased after a deer and got lost. My horse threw me down a hill,
then Brian found me and pulled my arm back into place and made this
(laughing) -- Hold on, not so fast. The first thing we must do is
to get you back to town so that Dr. Quinn can see to that shoulder.
But father, I want to keep going.
Dinston is hesitant. Sully kneels down, feels the bandage and manipulates
the shoulder socket.
Looks like Brian fixed it pretty good.
(to Oliver) Doesn't it hurt?
Oliver exchanges a knowing look with Brian.
Not enough to yell about.
Brian beams at Oliver with pride.
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY FOUR
Colleen, still visibly troubled by the events of the previous day,
looks at the bracelet Patrick gave her. Mike comes down the stairs.
Colleen turns to her. The mood is still slightly awkward between
I want to apologize to you for yesterday...
There's no need.
Yes, there is. When you came into the clinic yesterday, you had
already made your decision about Mr. Collins. But I was so worried
you would make the wrong decision, I didn't give you the opportunity
to even tell me what it was. I couldn't help but feel the need to
protect you. (beat) I'm afraid I just can't seem to stop being your
(after a beat, quiet) I don't want you to stop bein' my Mother...
Mike looks at Colleen. Colleen finally looks up at her, fighting
Mike realizes there is something deeper troubling her.
Colleen, what is it? What happened?
She takes Colleen's hand, and Colleen sits beside her.
Patrick kissed me. I didn't want him to --
He forced himself upon you?
I told him to stop, but he wouldn't listen to me.
Mike's concern is now turning to anger.
Did he hurt you?
No. Maybe I misled him.
Mike is angry at Patrick. And upset at herself.
No, Colleen. You didn't. (beat) But I should have seen it coming
-- the way he insisted on you eating the marzipan when you didn't
want it. The way he insisted you go for a walk with him when you
wanted to ride back to town with your family. The book -- the bracelet.
(passionate) Don't ever think you have to let a man press his affections
on you just because he wants to.
I just want him to go away. I don't ever want to see him again.
Come on. We're going to settle this right now.
Mike starts for the door, but:
Mike stops, looks back at her. Colleen stands, her determination
I can take care of this myself.
Mike sees the strength in her daughter and realizes this is something
she must do alone. She nods quietly. Colleen steps toward her and
hugs her, then Mike steps aside, and Colleen goes out.
Mike watches her go, fighting the overwhelming urge to follow.
EXT. CHATEAU - DAY FOUR
Patrick sits on the veranda, reading the Denver Post. He looks up
riding up, moving with a sense of unwavering purpose. Patrick stands
and moves toward her as she dismounts.
Colleen, I am so glad to see you.
I need to talk to you --
(quickly) And I need to talk to you as well. I just wanted to say
how sorry I am for yesterday. I've never done anything like that.
it was appalling behavior.
Yes, it was.
But it just shows the depth of my feelings for you. The passion
you elicit in me is --
She cuts him off, handing him the bracelet he gave her.
I can't accept this.
Patrick quiets a beat, looking down at it... but he won't take the
bracelet from her.
Colleen, you have every right to be angry --
She takes his wrist and places the bracelet in his hand.
I don't want to see you again.
Colleen turns back to her horse, but Patrick suddenly grabs her
arm, spinning her back to him.
(sharp, menacing) Don't walk away from me.
Colleen, stunned by his sudden anger, tries to break free from his
Let me go.
... but Patrick's grip is too tight.
I said I was sorry. What else do I have to do --
(struggling) Stop it! You're hurting me!
Other guests react to the sound of Colleen's raised voice, but the
first one on the scene is Andrew.
Get your hands off her!
Patrick gives him a threatening look.
Stay out of this.
Patrick tries to turn back to Colleen, but Andrew grabs his arm
and yanks it free from her.
I said, let her go!
Patrick immediately swings, connecting a punch to Andrew's face,
rocking him backward.
Andrew recovers in time to dodge Patrick's next punch. Andrew's
pent up rage suddenly erupts, and he lets fly with a barrage of
punches that sends Patrick staggering backward.
Patrick manages another weak punch, but Andrew's clearly winning
this fight before the DOORMAN and a few other HOTEL EMPLOYEES move
in to pull the men apart.
Colleen hurries to Andrew, whose lip is bleeding. She casts a cold
look at Patrick, who finally turns and walks off in defeat. Colleen
turns her attention back to Andrew, helping him over to the clinic.
INT. ANDREW'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER - DAY FOUR
Andrew sits on the examination table as Colleen dabs at his bleeding
lip with a cloth. The mood is quiet, intimate.
Does that hurt?
He winces, pulls back a little.
(bravely) A little. How bad is it?
She hands him a small mirror for him to look.
The laceration is fairly superficial. I don't think sutures are
Andrew examines the cut, nods.
The two share a smile and fall silent... which only enhances the
intimacy of the moment.
Andrew... I'm sorry about all this.
(gently) It's all right.
Andrew pauses a moment, settling his nerves with a deep breath.
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately... (off her look) About
my feelings for you... and how I never seem to be able to say the
right words... The words I've been wanting to say for a long time
He falls silent a beat. Colleen looks at him, waiting for those
words... and hoping they're the words she's been wanting to hear.
I love you, Colleen.
Hearing Andrew finally say it brings a huge smile to Colleen's face.
Her heart pounds with the thrill and pure joy of the moment.
I love you, too.
Andrew smiles back, a wave of relief washing over him. He lifts
his hand and caresses her cheek. Colleen responds by gently kissing
him, being careful to avoid the cut on his lip.
EXT. CAMP THREE - DAY FOUR
Sully, Dinston, Brian and Oliver have rejoined the photographer
and his assistant. They're breaking camp (all except Dinston, who's
stepped away from the camp for the moment), preparing to ride on.
Sully looks around, sees:
standing off a ways past the edge of the camp, surveying the picturesque
Sully steps over to him.
We're just about ready to go, Senator. I'm hopin' we can make it
to the falls 'fore sundown.
Dinston turns to him and nods.
First a photograph. (off Sully's look) To commemorate a new understanding.
Sully smiles and nods his agreement. The two start over to the photographer,
who's just beginning to put away his camera.
Don't pack that camera just yet, my good man...
As the group prepares for the photograph:
INT. HOMESTEAD - DAY FOUR
Mike is at the stove, stirring some soup for dinner. She turns to
the table to chop some carrots, but stops when something outside
catches her eye:
HER POV - THROUGH WINDOW
of Andrew's buggy riding up to the homestead. Andrew is at the reins,
with Colleen seated beside him.
BACK TO MIKE
as she takes a few steps closer, curious.
HER POV - THROUGH WINDOW
The buggy stops, and Andrew climbs down. He steps around and offers
his hand up to Colleen. As she takes it with a smile:
smiles too. She starts for the front door to greet them, but quickly
stops when she sees:
HER POV - THROUGH WINDOW
Andrew helps Colleen down from the buggy and pulls her close to
him, kissing her. Colleen wraps her arms around him, savoring the
CLOSE ON MIKE
at first startled by this... but then she smiles, happy for Colleen
as we slowly: