The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Doctor Pat 

TV-PG | | Western | Episode aired 1 March 1967
Dr. Spaulding decides to hire another doctor to help share the load but he is unsure whether the attractive female doctor he is sent will work out. The Virginian takes a strong interest in her and her problems as she tries to adapt.


Don McDougall


True Boardman, Owen Wister (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bickford ... John Grainger (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Clu Gulager ... Emmett Ryker
Don Quine ... Stacey Grainger
Sara Lane ... Elizabeth Grainger (credit only)
James Drury ... The Virginian
Jill Donohue Jill Donohue ... Doctor Patricia O'Neill
Mari Blanchard ... Marie Coulter
John Bryant John Bryant ... Doctor Spalding
Don 'Red' Barry ... Charles Coulter (as Donald Barry)
Jean Inness Jean Inness ... Mrs. Anderson
Walter Coy ... Mr. Bates
Jacqueline Mayo Jacqueline Mayo ... Nora Spalding
Bobby Buntrock Bobby Buntrock ... Tim Bates
Ed Prentiss ... Jensen


Dr. Spaulding has requested a doctor to be sent by his mentor at medical school to help with his practice. When he doesn't see Dr. Pat O'Neill on the train, he leaves but The Virginian meets the new doctor when she comes to the aid of young Tim Bates who knocks his shoulder out of joint when he falls off a wagon. Unknown to Dr. Spaulding Dr. O'Neill is really Dr. Patricia O'Neill. Dr. Spaulding is unsure whether a female doctor will be accepted but his wife pushes him to hire her. She encounters resistance from the community being a woman especially after Tim Bates continues to fake a continuing injury to get out of school and chores. The Virginian gives her some insight on how to treat Tim's condition. Her job is on the line when she does an emergency operation on a woman with a burst appendix and dies. Dr. Spaulding had earlier said she should go to Cheyenne for an operation before her condition became so grave. The doctor is kidnapped by a couple to treat a man with a gunshot ... Written by Anonymous

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1 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Halfway into the episode, Dr. Pat crosses the street heading toward her office. You can see the shadow of the camera crew following her across the street. See more »

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