|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 says, "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.