Moment of Truth: Part 1 

After Cloud Dancing is beaten almost to death, Sully organizes an escape for him and the others on the reservation, which turns deadly. Sully flees with a price on his head.


James Keach


Beth Sullivan (creator), Carl Binder


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Episode credited cast:
Jane Seymour ... Dr. Quinn - Medicine Woman
Joe Lando ... Byron Sully
Chad Allen ... Matthew Cooper
Jessica Bowman ... Colleen Cooper
Shawn Toovey Shawn Toovey ... Brian Cooper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Leland Adams Jason Leland Adams ... Preston A. Lodge III
Jonelle Allen ... Grace
Barbara Babcock ... Dorothy Jennings
Orson Bean ... Loren Bray
David Beecroft David Beecroft ... Sergeant McKay
Michelle C. Bonilla ... Teresa Morales (as Michelle Bonilla)
Chris Branham Chris Branham ... Soldier #1
Jerry Cobleigh Jerry Cobleigh ... Corporal
Frank Collison ... Horace Bing
Billy Daydoge Billy Daydoge ... Arapaho Elder (as Billy Daydodge)


Sully becomes a wanted man when he defies a government order banning him from the Cheyenne reservation and organizes an escape for Cloud Dancing, which turns deadly. The savage beating of Cloud Dancing at the hands of a brutal cavalryman makes Sully realize that life on the reservation for his friend is no longer tolerable. Even Michaela realizes that drastic measures must be taken. But Sully's intercession has deadly repercussions. During the escape, long-repressed dog soldiers go wild, exacting revenge against the Army and local families, and the result is a massacre for which Sgt. McKay holds Sully responsible. Now with a price on his head, Sully convinces Michaela that it's safer for the family if he disappears for awhile, and so they say a tearful goodbye.

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Drama | Family | Western





Release Date:

10 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At baby Katie's birthday party, many members of the crew made appearances, along with the many children born to them during the course of the show. Jane Seymour and James Keach's twin boys, John and Kristopher, as well the show creator, Beth Sullivan, with her and Jim Knobeloch's twins, Tess and Jack, made appearances. See more »


Loren Bray: [refering to Katie] I can't believe it, a year old already.
Jake Slicker: Still ain't got a lot of hair considering the parents.
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