Quinn Memorial Library
Nitpicks - Season Two
B. and Kara B.
Toward the end of the race, while Sully is supposedly
off checking how Michaela is doing, suddenly we see him
with Colleen and Brian cheering. Then in the next scene,
there he is coming back, running up to Colleen and Brian
who are alone.
In the scene where Matthew and Michaela are talking about
the race with Flash between them watch Dr. Mike's hand
on Flash's back. When the camera cuts to show Matthew,
notice Michaela's hand is holding Flash's reins. When
the camera cuts to show Michaela's face, she is not holding
onto the reins. The camera cuts back and forth as they
talk and in each successive shot she is holding the reins
and then she isn't.
Technically, didn't Brian cheat to win the pie baking contest?
He took a piece of Grace's already made cake and added it
to his pastry to flavor his.
The rolled-wire fence in grass weeds wasn't made until the
20th century. The race is in slow motion when you see the
fence on the left.
Dorothy said she has three children. But in "Having It
Dr. Mike tells Colleen Dorothy raised four children.
In the very beginning, as Dorothy is leaving the clinic,
she and Mike walk out on to the street and Sully comes up
from behind and takes a sip of water out of the horse's
At the end, Mike agrees to allow Sully to add on to the
homestead and it is decided that Colleen and Brian would
each have their own rooms. What happened to the additions?
We never saw them.
We never found out if Dr. Mike ever told her family about
her ghostly encounter with Abigail. If I were Sully, I should
of wanted to know.
Jake gave his ring to the wife of the Indian brave he accidentally
shot and killed. But in the next episode he still had the
ring and still wears it now.
Michaela and Sully were in Bray's Mercantile and had a
Bible wrapped for Grace and Robert E's wedding. Mike walked
out because she saw Kid Cole start heading for the Revival.
Loren handed the package to Sully and said, "I guess you'll
be paying for this." All of a sudden you see Kid Cole
and Michaela at the Revival and who was sitting in the
front? You guessed it....Loren! How did he sprint over
Where Dr. Mike is working on Kid Cole, in a few scenes
the clinic door is open & you can see the street,
but then in the next shot the door is closed!
"Where the Heart Is"
In the beginning, where Dr. Mike is outside the homestead
crying and Sully comes to her, she asks about his parents.
He tells her his pa died before he can remember. In the
episode "Fathers and sons" when Sully and Dr. Mike are in
the clinic and Sully is telling Dr. Mike it is time Brian
knew about the birds and the bees, Dr. Mike asks Sully if
his father told him about this, and Sully says no, but he
wishes he would have. Dr. Mike already knew his pa died
when he was really young and couldn't have possibly told
him about the birds and the bees.
The family is discussing whether to spend Thanksgiving in
Boston. Matthew states that they have been in Boston a month.
However, this episode is 3 episodes after "Halloween" and
according to Elizabeth in "The Visitor" the trip from Colorado
to Boston is a good 2 weeks. So, if Halloween was 3 weeks
before the episode started and they spent 2 weeks travelling
and they have been in Boston a month, it should be New Year's
by this time!
Sully changes his snazzy leather outfit to a more Boston-pleasing
suit that he purchases with part of his fare money home.
Didn't he already have a suit at Dr. Mike's birthday? And
how did he get his jacket back, or did he just make another
and Rachel S.
In the part where Michaela and the kids return home from
Boston and the stagecoach is being unloaded, there is a
certain piece of luggage that is unloaded 3 times.
The town suffers a drought and has no food for Thanksgiving.
Brian says, "No corn, no pumpkins, what are we going to
eat for Thanksgiving?" There were plenty of pumpkins around
at Halloween that year. If they were having a drought at
Thanksgiving, wouldn't they have been having one at Halloween
I would just like to know where all the scars are from all
the accidents Sully has had. In this episode, he is shot
in the back. Don't you think that there just might be a
scar from the bullet wound no matter how good Colleen's
stitching was? Why don't we ever see it?
In the beginning of this episode, Myra is fretting that
she has a boil on her right arm that needs attention. Jake
tries to convince her that he can lance it, while Myra prefers
to wait until Dr. Mike returns. About midway through the
show, when Myra is working behind the bar counter and talking
to Hank, you'll notice that there is no sign of a boil at
all! Is it possible that we over-estimate the need for a
doctor in Colorado Springs?
Dr. Quinn is wearing pants that are made to look like a
dress. It can be found in many of the episodes. Every time
that she gets on a horse you can see it. You have to look
closely but it's when she rides the horse western style.
I always wondered how a women would ride the horse western
style in that dress and I was thinking about that when I
noticed it. Women did not wear pants in those times and
they were obviously trying to make it look like a skirt.
The most obvious part is where she is saying good bye to
Sully in the beginning of the episode.
"Dr. Mike's Dream: A Christmas Story"
"Crossing the Line"
Grace sings the song "Take My Hand, Precious Lord". My hymn
book has the song dated 1938. Could it be a renewal or is
the song really that recent?
In the end, when Sully and Dr. Mike are carrying Matthew
out of the mine, they push him through a small hole in the
side. They push him by his injured leg and bash it against
rocks when Matthew is pulled from the other side, but he
never makes a sound, and walks off. But Dr. Mike is crying
and limping. Strange.
Walks on Clouds couldn't speak English when Matthew tried
to ask him if he could take a blanket from them to give
Ingrid's family, then in "The Abduction" he speaks English
perfectly, must have had an awfully good teacher.
The first time that Dr. Mike and Sully try to leave the
reservation to get back to town, they are stopped by 2 armed
soldiers, threatening to shoot them. Perhaps one of the
soldiers should have been chasing down whoever was BEHIND
Dr. Mike and Sully! Look carefully, right before the soldiers
jump out, and you can see someone riding on a horse in the
trees. Maybe this person could've taken the message back
to town for Dr. Mike!
When Mike, Sully and Brian are listening to Horace read
the Declaration of Independence, Mike said that George Washington
signed it. That was impossible as Washington was at war
the summer of 1776. He didn't sign it at all.
Jake read the "kick me" sign on Loren's back and followed
through on it even though he didn't yet know how to read!
Heart speaks of reading fortunes and quickly flashes a card
to her guests. The card she holds up is from the Waite-Rider
tarot deck, which came out in 1910. Of course, you could
argue that her psychic abilities must have been prodigious
to foresee this deck!
When Mike and Sully are having their "talk" at the end about
Catherine, if you look past Sully when they camera is on
him, you will see two hikers in the background on the hill.
They are very obviously hikers, as they're wearing shorts
and hiking boots, something not worn during the 1860-70's!
Doesn't Colleen get off easy for cheating in school? She
doesn't go to Washington D.C., but Michaela leaves her to
make her own decision about going. She doesn't get punished
at all. I remember thinking she was lucky she didn't live
in Walnut Grove, Minnesota ("Little House on the Prairie")
because the kids there got whippings for cheating in school.
"Luck of the Draw"
"Life and Death"
When Sully is talking to Colleen at the homestead and trying
to comfort her, we see various camera angles that sweep
back and forth as they talk. If you watch behind Colleen
and Sully, and look at the bed, notice that sometimes it
is made (coverlet pulled up over the pillow) and sometimes
not (coverlet pulled down). Gremlins maybe?
When the banker wants to foreclose on Dr. Mike's clinic,
I remembered that in "The Visitor" in season one
that she had gotten her loan money from her Mother. So how
could he foreclose?
"Just One Lullaby"
When Benjamin ran away from Colorado Springs, not one person
went to look for him. What's so special about Michaela's kids?
Here the whole town seeks out to find Brian and not Ben. That's
Sully has gone to find Mike the first time, he sees something
while on his horse. He dismounts, looks at the footprint,
ties his horse to a tree, and continues with the scene.
As he is running back to the horse, he vaults from the
back of the horse into the saddle and takes off. How did
he untie the horse? Did the horse do it?
Jane's wet suit is showing underneath her clothes when
she is getting out of the water with Sully!
Brian is playing pin the tale on the donkey and Matthew
is spinning him around, Joe kicks Shawn in the butt, and
Shawn giggles as he moves towards the target.
Something that bothered me from the episode was the part
at the end of the first part where Sully yells, "Michaela,
I'll find you!" Don't get me wrong I found the line touching
and loved how he used her real name. The thing that bothered
me were his hands. He held his non-tamahawk filled hand
in a way that looked as if Shakespeare was producing this
episode. It looked really fake and cheesy. I liked the
scene but something had to be done about the hands. I
still love Joe and his acting though!
After watching The Abduction a million times I finally noticed
this! At the end of the first part, when Sully goes with
Michaela to go bring that woman with the broken leg back
to town, they get in the wagon. There is no Wolf. Then,
when the Indians start chasing them, Sully grabs the reins
from Dr. Mike and races the wagon. Still no Wolf, either
in the wagon or following it. But afterwards, when Dr. Mike
is abducted by the Indians, and Sully comes out of the house,
he calls for Wolf, who magically appears and he tells him
to follow the Indians. Where'd he come from?
Here's a thing I can't understand. Before Michaela and Sully
jumped into the water, Sully said "It's too far." Dr. Mike
said "I can swim," and they jumped. So, if it was too far,
why did it matter that she could swim? They still could
have died by falling on the rocks.
It seems that there were several problems with the whereabouts
of Wolf in this episode. I found it completely laughable
that after Sully and Dr. Mike jumped off the cliff, as they
exited the water, Wolf was standing right there waiting
for them! Why wasn't Wolf with them after Sully rescued
Dr. Mike? If Wolf had just been absent from that chase scene,
we would have never noticed the difference, but to have
him just standing there at the exact spot they got out of
the water was really ridiculous!
When Sully and One-Eye are fighting on the cliff, One-Eye
throws his knife to the ground and knocks Sully flat on
his back. After the next cut, he is holding the knife to
Sully's throat. Magic? Another knife? Also, how can Michaela
stroll away from the hanging ground at the end when she's
made it clear for the last half hour that she can't walk
Custer states that Mike has to be retuned by noon or the
prisoners would be hanged. Sully and Mike came galloping
around noon (I guess), but by the sun, one can tell it was
late afternoon. Change in time or was it really not noon?
Look very carefully at the ribbon used to tie Grace's bonnet
when she argues with Robert E. about why he won't support
Dr. Mike in her bid for mayor. In one shot the ribbon is
tied neatly and securely with both loops of the ribbon showing
and then in the next cut to her face, the ribbon is loose
and one end of the ribbon is waving in the breeze.
There is a scene towards the end where all of the women
are coming to vote (Sully has given them each a part of
his land). They all must sign their names in a book. Myra
comes a little later and when she is asked to sign her name,
all she does is pick up the pencil, touch the paper, and
put it down. I'm sorry but I don't think that anyone can
sign their name that fast!
a scene that takes place in the church. Before they show
what's going on inside, they show an outside shot of the
church. If you look at the sky, you will see heavy, heavy
smoke and dark clouds. This footage was taken during one
of Agoura/Malibu's big fires in 1995. It was the first big
fire in the area. I live in Agoura and we had to evacuate
our school. The cameraman was actually taking this footage
for the news but they decided to use it for the episode!
Look how quickly Myra signed her name. I believe it
was understood that since she could not write, she signed
her name with an "X"
"Man in the Moon"
In every scene where Hank is in a coma, he is in a different
position, it seems to me that a man in a coma wouldn't move
In the first segment of this episode, as Myra is leaving
the saloon (and leaving Hank for good), keep your eyes on
Horace's arms. When he first approaches with Doctor Mike,
he is wearing those black telegraph-operator sleeves, then
as Hank proceeds to come out of the saloon and throw all
of Myra's things in the street, the sleeves disappear and
reappear about 3 times before the scene is finally over!
This was the most notable blooper I ever saw in the series!
The picture David was carrying of Michaela in "Return Engagement"
was the same picture of Jane from the movie "Somewhere In
While getting things ready for Myra and Horace's wedding
in the homestead, Colleen tells Dr. Mike that Myra has something
old, Dorothy's dress, something new, her boots, but she
needs something borowed, so Mike gives her an old lace handkerchief.
Earlier, Myra tells Colleen that she would rather wear a
different dress that she likes better than Dorothy's dress.
When we see her at the ceremony, Myra is wearing the other
dress, not Dorothy's. This means that she never had something
There is a scene where David is at the house at the beginning
of part 1. He is telling the kids about the glaciers and
we see Brian reach for the bowl of whatever is being served.
We see him take a few spoonfuls then he moves the bowl off
to the side. The next shot is of David and if you look to
the left of the screen, you see Brian's hand taking more
spoonfuls of whatever's in that bowl. He must have been
When Dr.Mike is tending to Sully in the middle of the woods,
and he wakes up during the night, the sound editor must
have had an hard time trying to erase that Joe Lando is
rolling over his microphone.
I may be mistaken, but I thought when a person loses an
eye, he or she loses some of his/her depth perception. Therefore,
it seems odd that Michaela insists that David do the eye
surgery on Grace because he's done eye surgery before. It
seems like it would be dangerous for someone with diminished
depth perception to perform such delicate surgery.
Sully suffer from severe migraines. After this episode though,
he apparently never has them again. I know from personal
experience that migraines don't just disappear. Once you
start having them, they usually never go away completely.
So, what happened to his?
In the scene where David is eating with Michaela and the
kids and Sully walks in, Michaela is talking to them and
has her hands resting very still on either side of her plate.
Then the camera switches angles to show her from behind,
and Michaela's hands are suddenly in her lap!
In the first part, when Dr. Mike invites Andrew over for
supper, Brian is asking Andrew about his adventures while
spooning out some food for himself. He puts the spoon back
in the bowl, and the shot cuts over to Sully. Here, we see
Brian once again putting the spoon back in the bowl. He
must have been really hungry!