After Dr. Mike is shot by a man with a hatred of doctors, her family and the town begin to worry that the fear she faces since the shooting will make her stay locked up inside her home for the rest of her life. It is only after a fierce storm that Dr. Mike is able to confront her fear and move on with her life.
When Colleen arrives home after a break from school with a new boyfriend, Dr. Mike and Andrew become worried that he is becoming increasingly possessive towards her. Realizing how he is acting, Colleen tries to call things off, only to get frightened when Patrick threatens to physically abuse her, resulting in Andrew coming to her rescue. Elsewhere, Sully and Brian play host to Senator and his son on the mountain trail; where Sully hopes to convince the Senator that conserving parts of the forest is important for future generations.
When Dr. Mike discovers that a grieving Loren is planning on selling the store and moving away, she tries her best to convince him to stay in Colorado Springs. The town’s residents are having a hard time trying to find reasons to want to attend the annual Sweethearts Dance. Meanwhile, Sully attempts to help Robert E with how to get a brokenhearted Grace to see how her drinking is affecting those around her. Jake works up the courage to ask Teresa to marry him.
After a prominent U.S. Marshall is accused of killing an ex-convict he had been following in cold blood, Matthew is called upon to defend him following his arrest. Things don’t appear to go in the Marshall’s favor when a well-known fiction author announced that he witnessed the incident and said the man was unarmed. Despite the Marshall’s claim that the man was armed, little evidence is found to prove his claim, resulting in Matthew having to turn to Dr. Mike for help in proving his innocence.
Looking for a way to release his frustration over the fact that his marriage to Grace is falling apart, Robert E turns to using his fists in the boxing ring when a well know traveling boxer comes to town. After “Barracuda” Barnes loses to Robert E in consecutive bouts, Dr. Mike examines him and discovers that if he continues to fight, he could lose his sight. When she suggests he retire in order to preserve his eyesight, Barracuda promptly brushes aside her advice and intends to continue with his career. Sully and Dr. Mike search for ways to get Grace and Robert E to patch up their marriage.
Dr. Mike’s happiness about Colleen’s news about being accepted to medical school promptly turns to disappointment when she and Andrew announce that they plan to get married right away. An argument ensues when Dr. Mike suggest they wait until Colleen is finished with school, but ultimately realizes Colleen should do what makes her happy and ultimately gives the couple her blessing. Preston has a difficult time paying back the town after the stock market crashes and ultimately has to sell the resort to pay his bills. Grace and Robert E find out that they’re going to have a baby. Cloud Dancing and Dorothy grow closer.