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Martin & Louisa
Series 1 & 2
Of All the Harbours in
All the Towns
Martin sees Louisa struggling to carry a surfboard and
equipment through town.  He runs up to pick up something that
she has dropped and they have a short discussion about her
taking over surfing club.  She then tells him it would be great to
see him "out of that suit".  She realizes what she just said and
finishes, "and in a wetsuit", almost knocks him over with the
surfboard and then continues up the street.  He watches her
walk away for a beat but then is distracted by John Slater's
runaway dingy in the harbour.
Blood is Thicker
Louisa is visiting Mark's sister, Sandra, who is an herbalist.  
Unbeknownst to either of them, Martin is standing at the doorway
as he was on his way in to take Sandra to task over her
"prescriptions".  Louisa tells Sandra that someone, a doctor
actually, told her that her breath had a bit of a "tang".  Sandra
figures out she is talking about Martin and says that some
people have a faulty smelling apparatus.  Louisa thinks about it
for a second and then says maybe that could be the case.  She
then conspiratorially tells Sandra about Martin's blood phobia.  
Sandra finds this information very funny, and after Louisa
interjects that he is a very, very good doctor, she joins Sandra in
laughing.  Martin appears mortified that Louisa is discussing this
with the woman he has so little regard for and just at that
moment Louisa spots him in the doorway.  Louisa is rattled and
quickly makes her way out of the room.  Martin has to step aside
to let her through the doorway and stares at her as she retreats
down the stairway.
Martin walks into the pub looking for Mark and runs into Louisa.  
Martin appears upset with her but Louisa gets her back up and
appears to be about to rationalize what he overheard that
morning.  He cuts her off by calling Sandra a "Snake Charmer."  
Louisa gives it right back to him and tells him that he shouldn't
close his mind to alternative medicine.  Martin agrees that there
is a place for it, but that Sandra is not qualified.  Louisa then
brazenly suggests that maybe Sandra could help him with his
blood phobia.  Martin appears stunned by this suggestion and
glares at Louisa and doesn't move or change his expression as
Danny walks in and interrupts the conversation.  Martin
dismisses Louisa and glares at her again before walking away to
talk to Mark.  When his conversation with Mark is concluded, he
walks out of the pub without another word to Louisa.
On the Edge
Martin is in Mrs Tishell's shop when he sees Louisa walk by
headed for the platt.  He makes an excuse to leave and follows
her down the street,  She spots him as she is approaching the
fishmonger's stall and he greets her.  She asks if he is following
her, he stutters that he had been to see Mrs Tishell, and Louisa
sarcastically tells him that she wouldn't want to accuse him of
stalking.  She continues that she knows what it's like to be
accused of something that you're not, like a certain doctor
saying that she was suffering from delusional romantic
attachments.  Martin stumbles over his words to explain himself,
Louisa suggests that he had been rude and asks if that is an
apology.  Martin says that he didn't apologise and shyly hands
her an envelope.  He tells her it's a card and then wishes her a
Happy Birthday.  Louisa seems touched by the strange looking
card and Martin haltingly asks her to have dinner with him.  
Louisa is distracted by something over Martin's shoulder and he
discovers that her father has just walked up.  Louisa introduces
her father to Martin and they have a very short conversation
before Martin stumbles on his words and takes his leave - the
dinner invitation now forgotten.
Martin runs into Louisa in town as she is buying an ice cream
cone and she tells him about how her father always bought her
ice cream as a child.  They seem a little more comfortable with
each other, so Louisa starts teasing him about how he gave her
father's friend a hard time when they visited him at the surgery.  
Louisa continues to tease Martin but she is stopped in her tracks
when he refers to her father as a thief.  Louisa can't believe that
he would join in with local gossip and insists that all the time he
has been in the village he has kept his distance, but now he is
joining the community in malicious rumours about her father.  
Martin insists that it isn't a rumour, that Joan caught him stealing
money.  Louisa is speechless and smashes her ice cream cone
onto Martin's forehead before storming away.
Louisa is sitting with the review board in a meeting room waiting
for Martin to arrive.  She is startled to see him outside disrupting
the pasty eating contest.  When the meeting starts, Martin is
extremely dismissive of the entire process, but Louisa looks at
the complaints and begins to discredit the people who have filed
the complaints.  She says that even she finds Martin frustrating
at times, but that the village is lucky to have him there.  Martin
watches Louisa defending him with a wary look on his face, but
the consultant in charge of the meeting takes over and tells
Martin that he must attend a people skills training course.  If he
refuses,  the consultant will recommend that Martin be removed
from his position.  Martin stalks out of the meeting and Louisa
haltingly interjects that he probably needs time to think about it.
Louisa makes for the surgery and finds Martin in his consulting
room working on one of his clocks.  She doesn't realize that her
father's bi-polar friend is following her.  Louisa gives Martin a
piece of her mind about how he acted at the meeting and Martin
responds in a combative manner.  Louisa asks him if he even
cares that they want to get rid of him.  She continues on about
how Martin has never tried to fit in and that she has tried to
understand that about him.  But she says she thinks he wanted
this all to go wrong and that he wants them to send him away.  
She concludes by admitting to him that she wants him to stay.  
Martin seems surprised by her admission and starts to calmly
explain to her when they are interrupted by Jonathan barging
into the consulting room.  Jonathan grabs Louisa and holds a
knife to her  throat.  This begins a long siege in the consulting
room with Jonathan keeping Martin, Louisa, Pauline and
eventually Al and Louisa's father as hostages.  
When the siege is over and they are all on the cliffs, Louisa
makes the call for the ambulances and then starts to help Martin
clean the blood from his face.  Martin notices her father watching
them and Louisa turns to look at him and leaves Martin to go say
her goodbyes to her father.
Out of the Woods
Louisa walks into the surgery waiting room and tells Martin she
needs a word in the consulting room.  She is a bit angry with
Martin and chastises him for not being a part of the community.  
As she is about to leave, she realizes that she hasn't made it clear
what she was talking about (Martin is standing there looking a bit
bewildered).  She tells Martin that Mark is upset because he was
rude to him when Mark asked Martin to be his Best Man.  Martin
blusters that he is not qualified to be Best Man since he barely
knows Mark.  Louisa points out that he has never tried to get to
know him.  Martin counters that he is not at all interested in
getting to know Mark.  Louisa's parting shot is that Mark likes him
but that Martin has upset Mark.  As she exits the consulting room,
Martin shrugs and seems unfazed by Louisa's speech, but as he
starts to sit down at his desk she opens the door again and
thanks him for saving Danny's life.  After she leaves, he says,
"You're welcome" to the closed door.
Louisa is hanging a banner for the School Fair and Martin walks
by.  She tells him that Al will be Mark's Best Man but that it still
doesn't excuse Martin for how he acted.  She asks for his help
with the banner.  He continues to help her around the fair area
and when Louisa mentions that she has to get the tools back to
Danny, Martin makes a snide comment about him.  Louisa asks
him for some additional help and they seem to be working well
together and then Martin insults the painting of one of Louisa's
students.  Just then, a young boy has an emergency on the
beach and they run down to assist him.  After a harrowing few
minutes, Martin is able to give him an injection and he starts
breathing again.  As Martin and Louisa are walking back up from
the beach, she tells him that she was glad he was there.  Martin
says that makes a change, but Louisa starts to say that of course
she was glad, when Pauline runs up with the phone and an
emergency situation with Mark and Al in the woods.  
After Martin gets lost in the woods, finds Al and Mark and saves
Mark's life, they return to the surgery and their three women
waiting on the porch (Louisa, Pauline and Julie).  As they all pile
into the surgery and only Martin & Louisa remain on the porch,
she tells him she was worried.  He misunderstands and she
clarifies that she was worried about HIM.  Martin seems a little
stunned by her admission and he tries to put off Stewart, who is
calling to him from inside the building.  He continues to stare at
Louisa and seems about to say something to her but Stewart is
going on about bleeding all over his floor so he has to deal with
the problem at hand.  He apologises to Louisa and she motions
that she understand and walks off the porch toward town.  Martin
stands in the door and silently watches her leave and then looks
back at her again as he enters the surgery to attend to his
walking wounded.
Sh*t Happens
Louisa and Roger Fenn are at the Fish Cellars listening to Martin
being interviewed on the radio.  Louisa laughs and smiles at
Martin being "himself" over the air.
This scene also only involves Louisa.  She is talking to her
coworker, Jean, and they are discussing Martin's appearance
that day on Radio Portwenn.  Louisa starts looking for something
on the table and Jean asks what she is looking for.  Louisa says,
"My Martin...marking.  My marking."  This is the first time we see
that he is on her mind.
Martin is out washing his car when Louisa comes walking by.  
She stops and apologises for the misunderstanding over his
treatment of Roger Fenn.  The conversation is a little stilted, but
Louisa starts talking about the food and drink at the local pub.  
It's obvious that she is trying to get him interested in meeting her
there, but it takes him a little while to catch on.  She says that
maybe they will run into each other there one day and starts to
leave.  Just then, the penny drops for Martin and he says, "I've
got an idea."  He immediately sets a date for them to meet and
Louisa continues walking up the hill with a skip in her step.
Martin meets Louisa on the Platt and they start walking into the
pub.  He is in a very good mood because he has finally gotten
the illness that was running rampant through the village under
control.  He has also publicly exonerated the village's water
supply, covered up for Bert, and saw that Roger seems to be
happily back to work.  But he tells Louisa that his visits to Radio
Portwenn were all painful.  She says that if he continues to carry
on, that she might be able to admit she was on his interview
panel.  He jokingly tells her that she might not want to break
cover just yet.  Things are looking up for this first date.  Louisa
goes to get their drinks while he goes out to the balcony to find
them a seat.  But Mark Mylow is standing alone on the balcony
and is glad to see Martin.  He wants to talk to Martin about his
depression.  Martin tries to tell him that he would be glad to talk,
but not now, but Mark doesn't let him get a word in edgewise.  
When Louisa walks out with the drinks, Mark asks her if they can
have some privacy because they are discussing a delicate
matter.  Louisa is surprised, but smiles at Martin and walks back
into the pub.  She watches them for a minute, smiles at Martin
again, shrugs her shoulders and walks out of sight to another
area of the pub.  It looks like Martin is in for a long session
listening to Mark's problems.
Always on My Mind
Louisa and Danny are sitting on a bench just up the road from the
surgery.  Martin walks by and scowls as he sees them.  Martin,
"Afternoon."  Louisa, "Hello."  Danny, "Afternoon."  Martin doesn't
slow his stride and Louisa watches his back as he continues down
the hill.
Martin has been called to the school on an emergency to remove
a small fishbone from the throat of a student.  After he finishes
and the student throws up all over the front of his suit, Louisa
asks Martin if he would look at Tricia's (new teacher's) severly
chapped hands.  Martin's mood has gotten progressively worse
while he's been there.  It seems to have started with his
annoyance with Louisa at all the time he has seen her spending
with Danny, and worsened because the fishbone was tiny and he
doesn't feel it was an emergency.  The student throwing up on
him and Louisa asking him to look at Tricia's hands are the last
straws.  He squares up to Louisa and starts by saying, "Let me
make a couple of things clear for you Miss Glasson..."  By the time
he finishes, Louisa's annoyance level is approaching Martin's.  
After he leaves, she apologises to Tricia.
Martin has received another emergency call to the school.  This
time it is because Tricia has fainted, but he quickly determines
that it was because she did not eat any lunch.  Once again, he is
really annoyed at Louisa.  When she asks again that he look at
Tricia's hands, he once again tells her that he would be happy to
if she would make an appointment at the surgery.  When Louisa
presses him, he asks Tricia if she uses gloves for washing up.  
When she says that she doesn't, he simply says, "I think you
should."  He turns on his heel and walks out the door.
Louisa follows Martin out to the schoolyard after this latest battle.  
She tells him that she can't keep apologising for his behaviour
and he tells her that she shouldn't - he didn't ask her to.  She tries
to get him to understand that his patients want a good bedside
manner, but he is dismissive of this idea.  He feels that the
patients want a competent doctor rather than a good bedside
manner.  Louisa pleads with him to try and understand what she is
saying.  Martin counters that little that she says or does makes
much sense to him.  All of a sudden, this conversation seems to
have moved from his public demeanor to their personal
relationship and they both become tongue tied.  Louisa suggests
that maybe they should sit down, have a drink, and try to figure
out how they feel about each other and Martin immediately
accepts her suggestion.  She tells him that she can't right now
because she has plans.  Martin sneers, asking if she is going to a
prayer meeting?  Louisa starts to say that she isn't seeing Danny,
but she stops mid-sentence and simply says that she is busy, but
will meet him tomorrow evening.  She angrily tells him that she will
be there and he can join her or not join her.  As she turns to walk
away he says that he will be there.  She turns back to him in
surprise and says, "Really?"  He says, "Yes." and turns and walks
Martin has just arrived home from attending to Phil Pratt's injury
when Louisa walks past the surgery.  She stops and says she
heard about Phil.  She seems to be hinting about the gossip
regarding the outing of his sexuality, but it goes right over his
head and he just thinks she is talking about the accident and tells
her that Phil should fully recover.  He tells her he will see her in
the pub later and Louisa continues on her way with Martin gazing
at her as she walks down the hill.  He looks like he has a slight
smile as he turns to go into the surgery.
Martin is closing up the surgery for the night.  He has changed
into a different suit, shirt and tie.  As he is checking his teeth in a
mirror, the surgery door opens and Tricia walks in.  She tells him
that she does have OCD and wants his help.  He tries to explain
that he can't see her now because he has to be somewhere.  She
tells him that she won't be able to leave the building for another
30 minutes because of her disorder.  Martin looks dismayed, but
knows that he she needs his help.  In the meantime, Louisa is in
the pub and takes a bottle of wine and two goblets out to a table
on the balcony.  Back to Martin in his consulting room listening to
Tricia's recitation of her symptoms while he checks his watch with
a look of resignation.  Then back to Louisa who has been
watching and waiting for him.  Danny walks out onto the balcony
and asks if she is waiting for
someone.  She looks at the two goblets, sets one aside, smiles at
Danny, and says, "Not anymore."
As Martin is about to enter the grocers, he sees Louisa greet
Danny on the street and give him a peck on the cheek.  He
stands there in the doorway, not able to move and not able to
take his eyes off the pair.  A woman trying to get into the shop
finally puses into him and breaks the spell and he goes into the
shop.  A few minutes later, he is leaving the shop and sees
Louisa and Danny walking toward the school with the plants they
have purchased.  Again, he stands there staring at them and
looks like someone has pulled the rug out from under him.  This
time it is Mark's Jeep coming around the corner and honking at
him that breaks the moment, although he sees that Mark has Julie
in the Jeep with him and he seems to be wondering what his
problem is when Mark has this pretty woman riding around with
Not long after he saw her on the street, Louisa comes up to the
surgery as Martin is shooing the dog out of the building. Martin
asks how her new job is going and she explains that she
sometimes wonders if she is really up to the job.  She thinks
maybe everyone feels that way in a new job, but not Martin of
course, because he is a proper professional.  She then tells him
that she has come for some professional advice.  She has a
friend who she feels is drinking too much and wonders how to
approach the subject.  Martin immediately realizes she is talking
about Caroline because he has the same concerns.  The
conversation quickly degenerates, probably because Martin is still
stinging after seeing Louisa and Danny together.  The last time
they had bumped into each other was right after he overheard
her telling Mark Mylow's sister about his haemophobia - another
conversation that did not go well.  This conversation eventually
turns to the subject of giving advice and Louisa angers Martin by
trying to point out that his patients might be more inclined to take
his advice if he would just listen and be more approachable.  
Martin says that if she is so conversant with the finer points of his
job, then she doesn't need his advice on what to say to Caroline,
and he stomps off back into the surgery.
Danny has come to the school while Louisa is watering the plants
in the classroom.  He remembers that they served detention in
this room when they were in school and they both recall it was for
pushing a fellow student into a wheelie bin.  As they continue with
the small talk, Danny tells Louisa that he only did that thing to
Martin because he kissed her.  Louisa is shocked and asks if he
has said something?  Danny asks who she is talking about?  She
says, "Martin.  Didn't you just say?"  Danny then says it was
Martin Ferry who they pushed into the wheelie bin all those years
ago.  The penny drops for Danny and he tells her that now he
understands why she has been cool to him.  Louisa protests that
she hasn't been cool.  And that anyway, nothing actually ever
happened.  It was just moments.  A moment, really.
Martin is at the hospital to check on Caroline, and as he stops in
the doorway to her room, he sees Louisa and Danny sitting side
by side at her bedside with their backs to him.  He watches while
Danny puts his hand on Louisa's back and slightly massages her
back.  Martin, again, seems shocked at the sight of them together
once again, and looking very "together".  He stands there stock
still with a look of devastation on his face.  Just then, Louisa turns
and sees him standing there and she slightly shrugs her shoulder
to remove Danny's hand from her back.  Martin continues to stare
at her for another few seconds, and then silently turns and walks
slowly out of the room.  Louisa is a bit flustered, looks down,
starts to look back, and then quietly looks back at Caroline.  We
see a very fragile looking Martin walking down the hospital
corridor.  He looks like he has closed down his emotions and we
watch his back as he mechanically walks toward the exit.
Gentlemen Prefer
Martin goes to the school to see if Louisa can help him identify the
very ill boy when Elaine writes down the wrong number.  Louisa
teases him about all of the people he has been throwing out of his
surgery.  She then tells him that he always has a line and that every
conversation is a competition that he has to win.  She finishes by
saying that it is so "male."   Martin responds, "Thank you."  

They go into the office and Louisa calls the boy's house.  When
they determine that Bobby is the boy he is looking for, Martin grabs
the phone and talks to the mother.  Louisa corrects him on the time
it will take to get to the house, and after he hangs up the phone, he
starts to ask Louisa for directions and she hands him a piece of
paper and simply says, "Map."  Martin looks at her curiously, but
with respect for anticipating what he needed. Louisa watches him
walk out with a look of mixed feelings on her face.
When Louisa visits Roger in the hospital, she expresses disgust that
Martin has not been in to check on him.  Roger looks at her and
asks her why that bothers her so much.  Louisa looks unsure.
Martin is about to enter the church for the wedding when he sees
Louisa walking toward him.  He says to her, "Louisa.  You're
looking..."  She walks right past with no acknowledgement.  Martin
finishes, "...straight through me" and he walks into the church with a
puzzled look on his face.  He confronts her in the pews and asks if
he has done something to offend her.  She responds that it's what
he hasn't done.  Martin muses that it narrows it down a bit.  Louisa
tells him that she can't believe that he didn't visit Roger in the
hospital.  He starts to ask what she is going on about, but he is
shushed by a woman in front of them because the wedding is about
to begin.  

As they are walking into the reception, Louisa comes up to Martin
talking to Roger and tells him it's a bit late for the concerned
routine.  Roger sets her straight by telling her that he did visit him in
the hospital, and that he impressed the hell out of him.  Martin
chimes in that it was mutual.  Louisa is a bit startled that not only
was she wrong about Martin's actions, but that the two men now
seem to have formed a mutual admiration society. She hastily
makes her exit and enters the reception tent.  We see her later
looking a bit peeved when the whole tent sings "He's a Jolly Good
Fellow" after the announcement that Martin has re-hired Elaine.
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Going Bodmin
In the opening scene of the series, Martin is on a commuter plane
flying along the Cornish coast just north of Portwenn.  A beautiful
woman, who we come to know as Louisa, is sitting directly across
from him.  Martin's seat appears to be at the front of the plane and
faces to the rear, while all of the remaining seats face toward the
front and it's just the two of them sitting in this face-to-face seating
arrangement.  Martin drops his newspaper and begins staring at
her, rather pointedly.  She is becoming annoyed and glancing
around and finally starts to return his stare.  He then leans way in to
get a closer look at her.  She leans in toward him, clearly annoyed,
says, "You've got a problem", stands up, grabs her bag and moves
to another seat a few rows back and across the aisle. His eyes follow
her to her new seat and after she is seated she steals another
glance over at him.  He continues to look in her direction for a few
seconds, but eventually looks down and returns to reading his
Martin has arrived at a large hotel on the coast for his interview.  He
is standing in the lobby being introduced to the members of the
panel when Louisa enters and walks up to the group.  Chris Parsons
introduces her as, "Louisa Glasson, the lay member".  Martin turns
to shake her hand and they are simultaneously startled when they
recognize each other from the plane.  They are both clearly
flummoxed over the situation.
The panel is sitting in front of a large window in the otherwise empty
restaurant.  There is much laughter and it appears that the interview
has gone well and is wrapping up.  Martin asks if there are any
further questions, Chris gushes over their good fortune at finding
such a qualified candidate, and Martin stands to leave.  But he is
stopped when Louisa pipes up and asks a question about his
interpersonal skills.  Martin responds with a couple of lines of
resume, but Louisa isn't having it.  She questions whether a surgeon
who deals mostly with cases and bodies is equipped to deal with
individuals.  Martin stumbles a bit by saying "My work is with the
patients.  That's nothing but dealing with bodies...people."  Louisa is
not impressed and again states that working in the village will require
a good bedside manner.  Chris responds that he believes Dr
Ellingham is more than qualified, but Louisa is still not convinced.  
We then see Martin standing in the next room, reading a newspaper
while the panel is finishing up their discussion.  Chris opens the door
and calls for Martin to join them.  As he turns to walk into the room,
Louisa is leaving.  She stops, clearly annoyed, and starts to warn
him about crossing the line.  He interrupts her by leaning in to stare
at her face again, just as he did on the plane.  Louisa becomes even
more annoyed but it changes to confusion when he starts asking
about the vision in her eye.  He puts his hand on her cheek and
pulls at her lower eyelid while continuing to question her about
symptoms and then declares that she has acute glaucoma and
needs to see a specialist immediately.  Chris again calls him into the
room and Martin excuses himself.  Louisa stands there, slightly
bewildered and puts her hand up to the cheek that Martin just
touched.  She starts to walk away but glances back at him.  At that
same moment, he glances back at her and runs his head right into
the closed half door.
Martin is walking through the village after leaving the dog at the
Police Station.  As he walks past the school, he is startled to
recognize Louisa (now sporting an eye patch) through the window.  
He stops, backtracks a few steps, and stands there staring at her
through the window.  She turns and notices him and they just stare
at each other for a few seconds.  Louisa looks slightly annoyed and
she finally turns her attention back to the students but Martin doesn't
move until he hears Aunt Joan calling him from across the street.  
Aunt Joan remarks that he was skulking at Louisa through the
window, but he insists he didn't realize that she worked there and
had just spotted her as he walked past.
Martin is walking around the village fair and, as usual, is putting his
foot in his mouth.  He spots Louisa, who is with her students (all
dressed as pirates, taking advantage of the eye patch Louisa is still
wearing) across The Platt, and they wave to each other.  Louisa
walks over to him and it appears that the antagonism has cooled
because she is smiling and tells him about the treatment she is
receiving on her eye.  He remarks that she will need to see her
doctor if she has any additional problems and she says that she
would, but that she got off to a bad start with him.  Martin starts to
assure her that her doctor would handle it professionally, but the
penny drops and he realizes that he must be her doctor.  Louisa
says that she should have told him she lives in Portwenn and asks
how he is finding the village.  Martin responds, "Irritating.  Apart from
the primary school teacher, who's a pirate, it seems."  Louisa laughs
and appears to be flirting with him.  She starts to say that he's not at
all like she thought he was and that he's actually..., but he interrupts
her when he spots Gilbert across the way, says he's got to go, and
rudely barges past her.  Louisa turns to watch him leave and it's
clear that the softening of her attitude toward him may have just
swung back in the other direction.
Martin has made his decision not to remain in Portwenn and, while
his car is being towed for repairs, he is walking through the village to
start packing up his belongings.  As he walks past the school, he
slows and stops to again peer through the window at Louisa.  He
stands there watching her interact with her students and the look on
his face grows more and more regretful.  He finally tuns and walks
away just as Louisa spots him.  She turns and watches him walk
down the hill.  She has a look of slight annoyance on her face, but
her mood is not as clear.
Martin is in the surgery packing his belongings.  Bert has just left
after trying to convince Martin that the village needs him and he
pauses and gazes out the window.  Is he looking across the harbour
at the school?  He suddenly seems to make a decision, grabs a
handsaw out of one of the boxes and marches out to the porch.  He
quickly saws in half the wooden stake holding the For Sale sign,
walks it over to the cliff and heaves it over the edge.  He walks back
to the front door, looks back over his shoulder at the school across
the harbour, and with a slight smirk on his face, firmly closes the
Portwenn Effect
Louisa is on The Platt and purchases two tickets to the Portwenn
Players' Dance just as Martin walks up.  She tells him about the
event and offers him one of her tickets.  Martin declines saying that
doctors aren't allowed to attend social events and he doesn't
dance.  He then tells her he's busy that night, but she teasingly
reminds him that she hasn't told him the date.  Bert tries to entice
Martin to attend the dance, but Martin says it sounds appalling.  He
leaves and Louisa stands there checking him out as he walks away.
Mark has come to the surgery to talk to Martin about his "size"
concerns and shows him the "Big Boy" pills he bought on the
internet.   He reveals to Martin that the sense of urgency is because
he has a date with the woman of his dreams - Louisa.  Martin at first
misunderstands him and thinks that Mark has guessed that Louisa is
the woman of Martin's dreams, but when he realizes what Mark
actually meant, his gaze starts to wander and you can see that his
mind is now elsewhere.  He snaps out of it and escorts Mark from the
consulting room and then sits back down at his desk with a faraway
look in his eyes.
Louisa is at the dance and is starting to realize that Mark has made
some incorrect assumptions about her interest in him.  Mark shows
off his dancing moves with Louisa and she is very excited for him
and tells him what a great dancer he is.  But as she tries to explain
to him that she in not interested in him romantically, she gets close
so that he can hear her over the loud music.  Martin has just arrived
at the hall looking for Mark to talk to him about Stewart and he sees
the end of their dance and what appears to be an embrace.  Of
course, he misunderstands what is happening, and with a
disappointed look on his face turns and leaves the hall.  Louisa
notices him just before he turns to leave and she has a look dismay
at his reaction.
Martin and Al are trying to calm Stewart down as he is destroying the
birdhouses when Mark and Louisa arrive.  Mark also tries to talk to
Stewart but he has run off.  Louisa looks tentatively at Martin as she
arrives and then realizes that they had been blaming Peter Cronk for
the destruction of the birdhouses.  She says she will go see him in
and morning and says that it's awful to have misunderstandings.  As
she says that, she looks over at Martin hoping that he will
understand her double meaning.  As she walks away with Mark,
Martin watches them leave and she briefly turns to look back at him.  
Martin stands there for a few more seconds and then turns and
walks away.
When Martin and Mark are driving out to Stewart's the next morning,
Mark tells Martin that he realized last night that he doesn't fancy
Louisa.  Martin seems a little startled by the news.  Later, after they
have found Peter trying to run away from home, Martin and Louisa
stand next to each other watching Peter's reunion with his mother,
but they seem a little awkward around each other.
Louisa is sitting in the pub reading a newspaper and sees Martin,
just outside the pub door, annoying a woman over her sunbathing.  
She attempts to convince him to leave the stranger alone and then
offers to go outside and explain that he's a doctor and that's why he
is concerned.  Martin tells her that he doesn't need to be apologized
for and walks away leaving Louisa annoyed.
Martin is summoned to the school to check on Peter after his fall in
the playground.  He has just come from the pub where the patrons
played a joke on him to test his aversion to blood, so his mood is
even more surly than usual.  Peter tries to impress Martin by
diagnosing himself and Martin asks Peter if he has a medical
degree.  When Louisa tries to reason with Martin and remind him
that Peter is nine years old, Martin says, "Obviously, nine year olds
and nursery teachers know better than I do." and he storms out.  
Louisa tells Peter that it's not his fault - she believes Martin is still
upset with her over the sunbather incident. As Louisa and Peter are
heading to the hospital he asks, "Do you love him?"  Louisa blurts
out, "No.  Who?"  Peter gives her a smirk and she tells him to mind
his business.  It is a callback to part of a conversation that Louisa
and Peter had before his accident when she told him that he is her
special project.  Peter asked, "Is that cause you've given up with Doc
Martin?"  So Peter has an idea that there is something going on
there, even though neither Louisa or Martin are ready to admit it.
Louisa walks up to the surgery to see Martin to tell him that Peter
was checked out at the hospital and is fine.  She finds Martin
sweeping the porch and brings up the discussion on Radio Portwenn
where she discovered that Martin has a blood issue.  This annoys
him and he starts to go off on the village and their gossiping.  Louisa
stays calm until he asks if "you people have anything better to do
with your time than gossip?"  Louisa says, "You people?"  That sets
her off and she lays into him about the fact that she was on the
panel that hired him and his blood issue was never brought up - and
refers to it as negligence at best.  She immediately realizes she has
gone too far and backs down saying she didn't mean it.  Martin
tersely informs her that before the interview he wrote to the head of
the PCT and explained the issue in full.  Louisa again apologises
and says, "I don't know why every conversation we have is so
combative.  Do you?  Martin?"  Martin seems a little flummoxed and
says, "No, when I speak it just makes things worse."  Louisa
responds that it's not an answer and is so childish. She tells him that
just like Peter, he deliberately stands outside the crowd and then
wonders why he feels isolated. She finishes by telling him it is very
selfish and storms off the porch and down the hill while Martin stands
there watching her leave.  He then goes back to his sweeping, but
now with a vengeance.
When Louisa receives a call in the middle of the night and realizes
that there is something wrong at the Cronk house, she immediately
calls Martin.  As she is leaving a message on his answering
machine, he must hear her voice in his sleep saying, "Martin.  
Martin.  I need you, Martin." because it becomes a dream that she is
in his bed seducing him.  He wakes up to discover that he is kissing
the shaggy dog and hears the end of the message from the phone
downstairs.  Martin and Louisa work together at the Cronk house to
get Mark there and to call for an air ambulance.  When the air
ambulance can't get there, they are loaded into an ambulance and
sit on either side of Peter as they speed to the hospital in Truro.  
Louisa watches Martin apologize to Peter and then he tells her the
very personal story about how he developed the blood phobia.  
When Peter starts bleeding out, they again work together to stabilize
him and Louisa watches Martin fight through his nausea to save
Peter's life.  At the hospital, they run along with the emergency team
through the hall and are stopped when Peter is rushed through the
doors to the surgical theatre.  Louisa grabs Martin's hand as Peter
and the doctors disappear through the door.  When they turn to walk
away, Martin looks down, sees their locked hands and shyly breaks
the connection.
In the morning, Martin, Louisa and Mrs Cronk are sitting in the
hospital waiting area and Louisa is asleep with her head on Martin's
shoulder.  Martin is looking down at her and seems very content with
the arrangement.  Just then, Mrs Cronk gets up, Louisa wakes up,
and the surgeon arrives.  After they are assured that the surgery
was successful, Martin realizes that the surgeon, Adrian Pitts (a
former pupil of his), was the one who told the villagers about his
blood issue.  As they leave the hospital, Louisa asks Martin to wait in
the taxi for her and she goes back into the building, walks up to
Adrian Pitts (who is surrounded by other hospital staff) and gives
him a severe dressing down over his treatment of Martin.  She tells
him that Martin is ten times the man he will ever be and finishes by
warning him to never do anything like that again or he will suffer her
wrath.  As they drive home in the taxi, Louisa tells Martin that he did
a very special thing.  Louisa talks about Peter and how he, and
others like him, will never quite fit in and will never be ordinary.  She
concludes that maybe it's not such a bad thing and maybe that's why
we love the Peters of the world, and then she trails off embarrassed
because she realizes she is talking about Martin.  Louisa sets her
hand on the seat between them.  Martin looks down and starts to
move his hand toward hers, but loses his courage and pulls it back.  
A minute later, his courage returns and he moves his hand to touch
hers.  At the instant they touch, Louisa turns and grabs him for a
passionate kiss.  They break apart for a second and this time Martin
grabs her and they have a second, even more passionate kiss.  As
they break apart and stare into each other's eyes, Louisa is smiling.  
Martin seems to want to say something and Louisa urges him to say
what's on his mind.  He asks her if she has a regular dental hygiene
routine?  Louisa realizes that he is trying to tell her that she has bad
breath.  He tries to salvage the situation by saying he needs to rule
out any infections in the aerodigestive tract, but that a dietary
explanation would be the happiest outcome.  Louisa can't quite
believe what she is hearing.  Just then, the taxi stops, the door is
pushed open and Martin steps from the car.  Louisa slams the door
shut and as the taxi speeds away, Martin can't quite believe she has
left him in the middle of the road.  He pulls himself together, climbs
up the embankment on the side of the road, finds the shaggy dog
waiting for him, and starts walking across an open field toward the
village in the distance.