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On the Edge Parts 1 & 2
Having failed to restart his relationship with Louisa Glasson, Martin is forced out of the picture with the arrival of her dad, Terry Glasson. Terry has hatched a scheme with a colleague, Jonathan Crozier, to smuggle in some explosives which they want to use to help them in a robbery. Terry decides to back out of the smuggling, and things get even worse for Doc Martin. As he finds himself held hostage, along with Louisa, by a paranoid Jonathan as he attempts to force Terry to carry out their plan.
The Apple Doesn’t Fall
Portwenn has a new police officer following the departure of PC Mark Mylow after his doomed marriage. His replacement is PC Joseph Penhale, who appears to have an odd affliction which causes him to fall asleep suddenly at strange times. The doctor discovers that he has narcolepsy brought on by a kick to the head from a horse suffered two years earlier. Village plumber Bert Large is having a midlife crisis. His son Al has left the village on his travels round the world and Bert feels left out in the cold. Doc Martin offers no help.
In a life-changing decision, Bert Large abandons his plumbing business to open his own restaurant. The opening of Large’s restaurant is far from a success, when Doc Martin, who has a phobia about blood, finds a spot of blood on his plate. To make matters worse for Bert, the following day, the doctor’s office is inundated with patients with symptoms of food poisoning, and all claiming to have eaten at his restaurant.
The Oakwoods, a family of city slickers seeking a new life by the sea, set out to disrupt the tranquility of Portwenn. They manage to gatecrash an intimate dinner Louisa has prepared for her and Martin. With their romantic dinner plans ruined, the disgruntled doctor decides to make a hasty exit leaving Louisa to deal with the neighbors from hell. A car vandal is on the loose in Portwenn. Cars belonging to the doctor, his Aunt Joan and Bert Large have all been damaged. The doctor reports the vandalism to PC Penhale, but he seems strangely reluctant to investigate. He has to confess he is suffering from agoraphobia and can’t leave the police station.
Portwenn looks set to become a hotbed of passion. Louisa Glasson is furious to discover she has a rival for Doc Martin’s affections: glamorous divorcee and hotel owner, Carrie Wilson. Can Louisa contain her jealously and claim Martin as her man before Carrie’s flirty tactics take effect? On his way to PC Penhale’s birthday party, Martin accidentally reverses his car into Carrie’s dog, killing him. Carrie is distraught by the death of her dog and slaps Martin across the face when he hands her the dog, and tries to apologize.
The Holly Bears a Prickle
It has taken three seasons, but Doc Martin and Louisa are finally going on their first date. However, in typical fashion, the clumsy doctor manages to ruin the moment with an inappropriate remark, and Louisa ends their affair, leaving Martin shell shocked. The break-up hits Martin harder than he anticipated. But there’s one more chance to redeem himself when he gets an urgent call for help from Louisa to treat her friend Holly. As Martin leaves Louisa’s house, he realizes he could lose her forever. He pauses on the doorstep and asks her to marry him.
Nowt So Queer
Portwenn is buzzing with the news of the engagement of Dr. Martin Ellingham and Headmistress Louisa Glasson. Mushrooms are the cause of an outbreak of aspergillosis in the village. Bert Large, postman Dave and restaurant chef Mick Mabley are among the victims. Bert Large’s ill health is not his only problem. His restaurant is in financial trouble. Son Al decides it is time to take action to save the business.
Happily Ever After
Martin manages to offend the local vicar who is due to conduct Martin and Louisa’s wedding ceremony by suggesting he has a drinking problem. In a struggle over a bottle of whisky, the vicar stumbles and fractures his pelvis. As the ambulance takes the vicar to hospital, Martin is left with the dilemma of finding a replacement vicar with just three hours to go to the wedding. With less than an hour to go to the ceremony, pregnant bridesmaid Isobel goes into labor. Martin is summoned by Louisa, and on a windswept hill top above Portwenn he delivers a healthy baby boy. Now it’s a race against time for Martin and Louisa to get to the church on time….