|After vying with Jennifer for customer attention, Sally learns that she is finally allowed to practice alone |
and resume her old job so she is keen to see off her rival. Jennifer plans to leave Portwenn but a
marriage proposal from Bert changes her mind. Hypochondriac Malcolm Rayner complains of a cough
which Martin, given that Malcolm is a builder, diagnoses as asbestos poisoning. Malcolm, believing he is
dying, gets drunk and arrested by Joe, who panics posting asbestos warnings around the village. When
he impales himself on his staple gun Martin rescues him but his blood phobia makes him vomit. A bigger
blow for the doctor is the arrival of his mother Margaret, who coldly informs him that his father has died.
Nor is she very good with baby James though she seems anxious to make amends. Martin is wary.