Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Season 4, Episode 6

Dorothy's Book (4 Nov. 1995)

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Dorothy gets her book about the town published, but the townsfolk read her depiction of them differently than she intended.



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Dorothy gets her book about the town published, but the townsfolk read her depiction of them differently than she intended.

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4 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Rev. Timothy Johnson: [speaking to Hank of what is written in Dorothy's book] You didn't quite come off as a saint, Hank! She writes about how you... cheat your customers, water down your whiskey, keep .
Hank Lawson: My reputation stands!
Jake Slicker: Well I wanna knowis why Sully comes off like a hero of a dime novel.
Hank Lawson: I ain't never seen a bigger bunch of cry babies. You're all mad that she wrote the truth.
[Dr Mike walks up]
Hank Lawson: Right, Michaela?
Dr. Michaela 'Mike' Quinn: Dorothy has overcome so much herself. I think that she means this book to be inspirational . I'm sure ...
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Inconsistent and misleading
19 August 2015 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

This episode began with a characterization breach and ended with an incoherent message about the boundaries of friendship and journalistic ethics. I guess the writers wanted a happy make-up scene at the end, but it made no sense.

Dorothy's book MY TOWN was published by a major publisher. In the book, Dorothy revealed private stuff about her friends. She named names, including Mike's fear of sexual intimacy, Myra's prostitution contract with Hank, Jake's illiteracy and alcoholism, Grace's inability to conceive a child, the Reverend's gambling past, etc. etc.

Then what happens?

The town feels humiliated, hurt, and mad. Mike confronts Dorothy, saying she told her those personal things in confidence and now feels unable to trust her anymore. I cheered to hear it.

Dorothy's characterization has always been shaky, but her incapacity to understand why her friends were angry and hurt was totally unbelievable and inconsistent with a woman with even half a brain and half her years. But finally Dorothy decided to stop writing the newspaper and books, because it upset people.

Then in the end, Mike tells Dorothy her family grew stronger by facing some hidden issues revealed in the book, and so Dorothy should keep on writing. After all, she's a born writer and that's what writers do. Write. She says that just as doctors heal, writers write. See? So simple it is!

Big hug. Happy happy joy joy.

What's the moral of this story? Beats me. Maybe this: A journalist is free from the burden of ethics. No need to maintain confidentiality, trust, and discretion. Not even within a friendship.

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