Trivia - S1E5
Of All the Harbours in All the Towns
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Portwenn Online
A Magical Cornish Village
Doc Martin is
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Literary Reference - from the epic movie "Casablanca".  After his old love, accompanied by her husband, visits
his club, Rick is sitting in the dark closed club drinking alone.  His pianist, Sam, walks in and he utters the famous
line, "Of all the gin joins in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
Connecting the Episode Title to the Storylines
The storylines in this episode all relate to the episode title because they are all about various types of love
triangles.
The main story, of course, is about Aunt Joan and John Slater and how their story echoes Rick Blaine and Ilsa
Lund.  An old love shows up, and while it looks like they might rekindle the flame, one of the pair lies to the other
because a sense of unselfish nobility kicks in.  In the movie, Rick lies to Ilsa to send her off with her husband
because it is the best thing for her and for the cause for which Rick has always seemed mostly ambivalent. In this
episode, although John wanted to be with Joan once he found out she was free, when he discovers his dire
medical condition he lies to her so that she won't be stuck nursing him for the time they have left together.  

In this storyline the love triangle between Aunt Joan, her late husband, Phil, and John was actually in the past.  
The present day triangle is really between Aunt Joan, John and his medical diagnosis.
At the end of the movie we see Rick and Renault standing watching the plane leave with Ilsa onboard.  At the end
of this episode we see Aunt Joan and Martin standing watching the boat leave with John onboard.
Another triangle is between Martin and John vying for Aunt Joan's affection.  Martin finally admits to her that he
was feeling "displaced".
Al, Elaine and the mysterious Greg are also in a love triangle.  Poor Al doesn't realize that he is just the stopgap
while they are arguing long distance.  
Another "love" triangle is between Martin, Melanie and Melanie's father.  Melanie's father has been seeing his little
girl growing away from him and it seems she has transferred her affections to Martin after he fixed her shoulder.
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Original Broadcast:  Sep 30, 2004

Caroline Catz only appeared in one short scene in this episode.  The scene where she encounters Martin on the street while she is carrying a
surfboard.

In the last scene with Martin and Joan watching John's boat sail away:  In the cutaway shots from behind them when you can see the boat with
the red and white sails, a body double was used for Joan.  Not sure why Stephanie Cole wasn't available for those shots, but her husband died
that summer so she may have been away during part of the filming that series..

ACTION MARTIN - Martin sees John Slater collapse and runs down to the beach.

FOOD - Elaine is eating biscuits when Melanie and her brother come into the surgery.

FOOD - Melanie bakes a chocolate cake for Martin.

FOOD - Elaine eating a sandwich in the pub at lunch.

FOOD - John and Joan have a picnic overlooking the sea:  Champagne, strawberries, cheese and pickle sandwiches.

FOOD - Elaine walks out of the kitchen and over to her desk with a plate of biscuits.

HAEMOPHOBIA - Martin holds his breath and looks away as he is taking John Slater's blood.

LOOK BACK - Martin watches Louisa walk away after she almost clocks him with her surfboard.

NICE MARTIN - When Elaine throws a tantrum and breaks a glass, Martin says nothing and just walks out of the kitchen.  

NICE MARTIN - Martin tries to stand up to John for Joan, but she waves him off.

NICE MARTIN - Martin is very gentle and very nice to Melanie all through the episode.  Of course, this gets him into more and more trouble as
she becomes even more besotted with him.

NICE MARTIN - Martin hugs and comforts Aunt Joan as John sails away.

RADIOS - Radio on the windowsill behind Elaine's desk.

RADIOS - Radio on the windowsill in the kitchen of the surgery.

RUDE MARTIN - When Louisa tells Martin that she took the surfing club because the kids said she was too old, Martin should have realized
that his response should have been that she wasn't too old to surf.  He just said that people of all ages go surfing.  Louisa let it go by with no
reaction.
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Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Somehow I've agreed to surfing club, of all things.  I think what clinched it was the kids saying I was too old.  
Oh, nonsense.  People of all ages go surfing.  
Yeah, well, perhaps you should come along.  Be great to see you out of that suit…and in  a wet suit.
Martin
John
Martin
John
Can you hear me?  I'm Dr Ellingham.  Do you know your name?  
Marty?  
Okay Marty.  Do you think you can walk?  
Not me, you.  You're little Marty.
John
Martin
John
Martin
What happened to him?
I don't know, he just died.  
What do you mean, "just died"?  You must know.  
I was probably too busy wetting myself to notice.  Forgive me
Elaine

Martin
Elaine
You know reception here's rubbish, don't you?  Yeah, like one bar.  Your stuff's arrived at the pharmacy so you'd better
go get it.  
Uh, no Elaine…
Just don't speak to me now, innit!
Martin
Aunt Joan
Martin
Well, he crashed his dingy in Portwenn.  
Is he all right?  
Yeah, I think so.  Bert Large did his best to try and concuss him, but unfortunately with no success.
Melanie
Martin
Melanie
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Melanie
Hiya.  How are you?
Why?  
You really saved me.  
I was just doing my job.  
I made you a cake to say thank you.  
A cake?  Uh, Melanie…  
I bet nobody remembers to say thank you.  
No, no you're right there, they don't.  
So go on.  I used my mum's best cooking chocolate.  
Well...thank you.  Uh, it looks very nice.  
Well, you're very nice.  
And I'm sure you're very nice too.  
See ya.
John
Martin
John
Martin
John
I don't want Joan to know about this.  You understand?  
It's none of my business, but don't…
What?  Don't upset Joan?  
Yeah.  
You're right.  None of your business.
Al
Elaine
Al
Elaine
Al
You wanna get one of those iPods.  Yeah.  Let me load it up for you.  
Yeah?  
Yeah.  You can groove all day to one of those.  
Don't say "groove".  
Okay.  
Melanie
Martin
Melanie
Martin
Melanie
Martin
Did you know our names begin with the same letter?  
What?  
Martin.  Melanie.  
Melanie...
Got to go.  See ya.  
Oh God.
Elaine
Al
Elaine
Al
Elaine
Al
Elaine
Al
Elaine
Al
How come you never asked me out?  
Well, you was with Greg, weren't you. So…  
Yeah.  Also, you were a bit of a non.  
Yeah, I suppose I was.  
Yeah.  But you're not a non anymore.  
Right.  
So…you could ask me out.  
Okay. D'you wanna go out?  
I don't know.  Are you a good kisser?  
I don't know.  
Elaine
Al
Elaine
Al
Elaine
Al
Elaine
Not bad.  You've got a lush bum.  
Thanks.  
Right.  You can call me.  But I'm not your girlfriend, okay?
Right.  
Right.  
Okay.  
Okay.   
Martin
Melanie
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Melanie
Hello, uh, Melanie.  
I brought Mary.  Thought you could walk your dog too.  That way no one would suspect anything.  
Suspect what?  I don't have a dog.  
You know what.  And you so have got a dog.  
Melanie, I think three's been a bit of a misunderstanding.  
Like what?  
Like that I...could be interested in you.  
But you took my cake.  
I was being polite.  
You said I was a nice person.  Don't worry.  I wouldn't tell anyone.  
Well, that would be because there's nothing to tell.  
Couldn't tell anyone till I was 16 anyway.  Cause all kinds of trouble.  
Elaine
Yeah?  Al, don't call me when I'm arriving at work.  Wait till I'm in.  No.  I said 8:35, not 8:30.
Martin
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Mark?  
Oh, hi there Doc.  All right?  
Yeah.  I just want to run something by you.  
Yeah?  What's that?  
There's a girl, a young girl.  Seems she's become besotted with me.  
Oh, right.  
Yeah.  It's a problem.  
Yeah, well.  A problem I wouldn't mind having.  
Well, you would with this one.  
Huh.  I mean, I mean, why you mention it..  You know I haven't been exactly lucky in that department.  
Mark, it's not a competition.  
Yeah, well why'd you run up an tell me then?  I mean I invite you for a drink, you don't really come.  I've got that single
malt you like still nearly full.  Then there's this girl on the scene, here you are.  I'm not really interested to be honest.  
Mark, she's 15.  
I can't condone that.  
She's a patient.  
That's worse.  
Yes, that's what I'm saying.  It's worse.  And I want to be completely clear.  I have no interest, romantic or otherwise, in a
15 year old girl.  I relocated her shoulder and now I'm her hero.  
Oh, right.  So it's Melanie Gibson, is it?  
Yeah.  
You've told her you're not interested I suppose?  
Well, unfortunately, I told her I thought she was a nice person.  
That was unwise, in the circumstances.  If you don't mind me saying so.  
Well it was before I knew that she was...you know.  She'd made me a cake and I just wanted to be polite.  
You do know, in Portwenn, if you accept a girl's cake, that means you're engaged.  
Oh, very funny Mark.  
Don't disappoint her now.  You know her dad's a martial arts nut?  Tae kwon do.
Martin
Surgery.  Elaine?  We should get a direct line for Greg.
Bert


Al
Bert
Look son.  I know it's your phone bill. And I know you've got your own money coming in.  Now that's fine and that's
good.  But it's not the point.  You do know that these mobile phones can damage your head membranes.  You know,  if
used to excess.  
Dad, I've got Bluetooth.  
I'm not surprised.  I mean that's exactly my point, if you don't mind my saying so.  Not to mention we're late for Mrs
Braithwaite's soil pipe.  Look son.  Just tell me this, right.  Man to man.  You're not calling one of those internet
sex-change rooms are you?  
Martin
Melanie
Martin
Melanie
Martin
Melanie
Now I want to be very clear.  You're not to come here again.  Do you understand?  
What if I'm ill?  
If you need medical help, then you have to come with an adult.  
I'm ugly, aren't I?  
No, you're not ugly.  You're a patient and you're 15 years old.  
Miss Glasson is a patient.  Don't stop you fancying her, do it?  
John
Have you seen your face?  You're in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and  you look as though somebody
stuffed a cactus up your jacksie.
Melanie
Martin
Melanie
Martin
I thought it would be like Romeo and Juliet.  
Well, yeah.  
Bye.  
No, not through the window Melanie!  The front door is fine.
Martin

Elaine
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Alan
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Alan
Elaine.  Could you cancel my appointments this morning?  I need to go and see Melanie Gibson's parents.  Can you get
me their address too?  
No, her dad's here.  He wants to see you.  
Elaine.  Does he know I'm here?  
Yeah, cause you are here.  
You Ellingham?  
Uh, yeah, yes.  Yes I am.  Please come in.  Take a seat please.  
No thanks.  My daughter baked you a cake.  
Uh, yes she did.  Thank you for coming to see me because...
You tell she was a nice person?  
Yes I did.  
I know she's been back here.  I know she's been in your bedroom.  
If you could give me ...
You know what young girls are like.  I've seen her grow away from me in recent moths.  Classic early pubescent phase.  
And I've been expecting a bit of transference onto another authority figure, and here we are.  You just happened to be
in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I'm sorry.  You fix her shoulder and tell her what a nice person she is.  Next
minute she thinks you're God's gift. Silly girl.  I hope you haven't been overly inconvenienced.  
Oh no no.  No, not, not at all.  No.  
Well, I've spoken to her, and I'll keep an eye on her over the next couple of weeks.  
Thank you.  Thank you very much.  
Nice to meet you.  
And nice to meet you too.  
Just one thing.  Any chance of that cake tin back?  
Aunt Joan
Martin
Well, you hated his guts, so you'll be pleased to see him go.  
What you said before about me behaving like, um…about me being displaced.  Well, perhaps there was uh…perhaps
there was some truth in that.  I'd have said anything to put you off him.  You didn't underestimate me.  But I
underestimated John.
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MARTIN & LOUISA
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.
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John Slater
Fainting spells
Orthostatic hypotension
Rheumatic heart disease
Infective endocarditis
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Melanie Gibson
Dislocated shoulder
Can't concentrate
Extreme crush (erotomania?)
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STORYLINES
Martin runs into Louisa in the village as she is juggling a surfboard, a wetsuit and her teacher's supplies.  She is on her way to surfing club
with her students.
Martin sees a man crash his dingy onto the beach.  He and Bert help him up to the surgery.
John Slater is visiting from Hong Kong, but has a medical emergency.  He recognizes Martin and tells him that he used to live around there
and was a friend of Aunt Joan's.  Martin later finds out that John and Aunt Joan had an affair while she was married to Phil.
Melanie and her brother were fighting over the remote and he Kung Fu-ed her which dislocated her shoulder.  Martin relocates the shoulder,
Melanie develops a crush on him, and he spends the rest of the episode trying to dissuade her, including having a conversation with her
father.
Elaine is fighting with Greg and tells Al that she has finished with him.  Al impresses her with his computer skills and their shared interest in
music and she decides to give him a chance. After sharing a kiss, she gives him permission to call her, but he later overhears her making up
with Greg on the phone.
Padstow - John in boat
The Surgery
(see Main Locations)
Louisa and her surfboard
Martin runs to beach
Aunt Joan meets John on street
Melanie gives Martin a cake
Crab & Lobster
(see S1 Locations)
Aunt Joan's farm (see Main Locations)
Joan and John walking on beach
Elaine and Al kiss
Bert and Al parked up on the hill
Martin talking to Mark about Melanie
Joan and John picnic
Bert's house on lake
(see S1 Locations)
Click photos to enlarge - click again to close
Links to location websites in green
Padstow - John in boat
Louisa and her surfboard
Martin runs to beach
Bert and Al parked up on the hill
Martin talking to Mark about Melanie
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The opening scene shows John Slater getting into his dinghy from his large boat.  This boat is moored in the harbour in
Padstow.  He is seen leaving the harbour and heading out to the sea to travel northeast to Port Isaac.

In several later scenes we see Martin talking to John in the harbour.  In the screenshot below you can see the building
behind Martin matches the one picture of the harbour on the right.
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Louisa is lust leaving Rose Hill and turning up Fore Street
with a surfboard when Martin greets her and runs up to
help with the items she has dropped.

After a short conversation she continues up Fore Street.
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After Louisa walks away with her surfboard, Martin
looks out over the harbour and sees John Slater
crash his dinghy onto the beach.

Martin sees this as he is standing at the wall the runs
from the pub.  He starts running down to the beach,
but instead of running down to the bottom of Fore
Street and around, he takes a shortcut.  There is a
small walkway next to the pub that leads down to the
patio behind - the village cannon is on this patio.  From
the patio he runs through a passageway that exits
right onto the Platt next door to The Mote.  This
passageway is the one with the "Crab and Lobster"
sign and is where the characters in the show usually
walk to enter the pub. The doors to the real pub are on
the other side of the building right near where Martin
was standing when he saw John's accident.  
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Martin runs into Aunt Joan on the street
where she is unloading her vegetables at
the grocers.  He tells her about meeting
John Slater.  As she is telling him to
say she's out of town, John comes
around the corner behind her.  

They are standing near the corner of Fore
Street and Back Street and John walks
around the corner from Back Street.
Elaine and Al kiss
Aunt Joan meets John on streeet
Joan and John walking on beach
Melanie gives Martin a cake
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After Martin leaves Aunt Joan and John, he walks a little way
down Fore Street and stops next to the tall wall just past the
entrance to the school parking lot.  As he turns back to look
at them, Melanie comes up the hill to give him the cake she
has baked.
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Aunt Joan and John walk on the beach talking about their lives since they last met.  The circles below show
the approximate areas where they are walking.  The tide was out and they walked among the fishing boats.
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We see Al walking down Rose Hill, turning down into Dolphin Street and running into Elaine standing there
between the two houses (the one on the left is Louisa's house - we see her living there in Series 2).  The girl
pack walking up Rose Hill sees them kissing as they stop at the metal rail at the top of Dolphin Street.
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After Al starts his relationship with Elaine, we see two different telephone calls that he makes
to her while his dad sits in the van on the outskirts of the village.  This was filmed on a small
winding lane that leads from the top of Church Hill to the Port Isaac Mill.
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Martin walks up to Mark while he is changing a tire on his police vehicle.  He discusses the problem he is
having with Melanie and the crush she seems to have on him.  The vehicle is parked right across from the
police station and next to the row of cottages that open out at the back to the harbour. Louisa lives in two of
these cottages in Series 3 and Series 4.
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Joan and John picnic
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Two different scenes were filmed at this location near
the sea on Aunt Joan's farm:  The scene with Aunt Joan
and John having their picnic, and later Martin
comforting her as John sails away.

These were both filmed at the same location they have
always used for the farm, but across the fields and
near the bluff overlooking the sea.  

An interesting note is that in the last screenshot where
Martin is hugging her, a stand-in is playing Aunt Joan.  
Stephanie Cole was there for most of the filming, but in
the scenes where the boat with the red sails is visible,
the actress must not have been available, so they use
long shots so that you cannot see her face.
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On the map at the right, the
two yellow circles show the
farm and the spot near the
bluff.  

The red circle at the top is
Gull Rock, which can been
seen in the distance.
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Cufflinks
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Yes
#14
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Cufflinks
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#03
#13
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  • White on white textured blouse
  • Blue jeans
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