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Trivia - S2E3
Blood is Thicker

CLOCKS - Martin is working on a clock at his desk when the Flynt brothers arrive with his "gift".

FOOD - Pauline is eating a sandwich on the porch while talking to Al.

FOOD - Mark is making sandwiches when Martin walks into the Police Station.

HAEMOPHOBIA - Martin holds his breath as he is taking Paddy's blood.

INTERRUPTIONS - Louisa has just stunned Martin, suggesting that Sandra might be able to help him with his blood problem when Danny
walks into the pub.

LOOK BACK - Martin watches Louisa walk down the stairs after catching her gossiping with Mark Mylow's sister.

LOOK BACK - Louisa watches Martin walk away in the pub after insulting him when she suggests that Mark's sister might be able to help him
with his blood phobia.

LOUISA STANDING UP - When Louisa's discussion with Sandra Mylow, a herbalist, leads to her revealing Martin's blood phobia, Sandra finds
it very funny and starts laughing.  Louisa then interjects that he is a very, very good doctor.

MRS TISHELL - Martin comes into the chemist to pick up syringes (she ordered 10mm and they sent 1mm, so he doesn't want those) and he
asks if she has had a lot of requests for diarrhea remedies.  They are interrupted by Sandra Mylow, the new herbalist in town.

RADIOS - Mark's radio in the police station.  He has a battle with his sister over the radio.

RUDE MARTIN - Martin walks up to Pauline's desk, holds out his hand, and says, "Flynt notes."  Pauline says, "Hello.  How are you?  Having a
nice day?  I don't know why I bothered."  Martin responds, "It's your job."
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Bert
Martin
Bert
Martin
Bert
Martin
Bert
Martin
Bert
Hello Doc.  You found a sofa then?
Some idiot left it lying in the middle of the road.  Give us a hand.
(Bert plops down on the sofa) You been to see your Auntie Joan then?
Help me Bert.
A man like you shouldn't be interested in a broken down sofa like this.
Bert, just help me move the sofa to the side of the road.
I'm not surprised it was dumped here.  You know, I knew a man once who caught a disease off a sofa like this.
Oh really?  Enjoy yourself.
Bye.  Proper job.  
Martin
Where's the receptionist?  Mid-20s, cheap looking.
Martin
Al
Pauline
Martin
No!  No, no, no!  Whoa, whoa, whoa!  What the hell's going on?
Uh, she um…  Well, I just came around to fix your printer.
I'm on my break.
This is my kitchen.  That's unhygienic.  I eat there!  Al, please
Bert
Now help me put this sofa into the trailer, eh?  Go on.  Nice bit of furniture, that.
Sandra
Martin
Sandra
Martin
Sandra
Martin
Sandra

Martin
I'm sorry.  I should have introduced myself.  I'm Sandra.  PC Mylow's sister.
Ah.
We're actually in the same line of work.
Right.  Good...
I'm a herbalist.
So, we're not in the same line of work then, are we?
Treating the sick and needy?  I call that the same line.  I might not have all your formal qualifications, but I do know
something about healing people.  I have a clinic in Truro.
Good for you.  
Village Girls
Looking good there Al.  Call me when you dump her.  
Pauline
Martin
Pauline
Martin
Doc, isn't it true that if your parents have brown eyes, then their brat can't have blue ones?
It's, uh  dependent on genetic influences.  There's, a..a number of factors…
You see I'm right.
Thought you might actually be interested in learning something.  
Martin
The Butcher
Martin
The Butcher
Martin
It's very unwise to mix different forms of medication.  You shouldn't have taken these with the ones I prescribed you.
It's okay.  They're herbal.  You know, natural.
Well just cause it's natural doesn't mean it's safe.  Poison ivy's natural.  You wouldn't take it, would you?
No.  It's got "poison" in the title.
Do your shirt up.
Sandra
Louisa
Sandra
Louisa
Sandra

Louisa

Sandra
Louisa
Sandra

Louisa
Martin
Sandra
Louisa
Sandra
I really don't think there's anything wrong at all.
Are you sure?  It's just that someone...it was a doctor actually...
This wouldn't be our friendly local doctor, would it?
Well, they said that I had a...a certain...tang on my breath.
Actually, some people have a faulty smelling apparatus, which means they can falsely accuse others of, say, bad
breath or body odor.
Really?  That's interesting.  Yeah, well that would make sense, because he does have some physical quirks.  I mean, I
don't know if you know this, but, umm, he's got a blood phobia.
No.  A blood phobia? (laughs)  That's great.
But he is, really, a very, very good doctor.
As long as there aren't any cuts and scrapes involved I imagine.  (both laugh)  Now listen, for your other complaint, I
can highly recommend these.  
Oh, thank you.  You know, you have been such a great help.  Martin.
Louisa.
I hope your ears aren't burning.  
Could I settle with you later?
Yeah.  Dr Ellingham, how nice to see you.
Martin
Paddy
I just want to talk to her.  It will only take a minute.
Wallace, are you gonna deal with that dog, or is the Doc here gonna take his chances?
Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Louisa.
Um, Martin…about this morning.
Oh, what?  Your visit to the snake charmer?
Well I'm sorry that you're closed your mind to alternative medicine.  But you know it can be effective sometimes.
Yeah, it frequently is.  Yes, unfortunately for my patients, with this woman it's a lottery.
Well maybe you should just accept that they're adults Martin, and they can think for themselves.  I don't know.  Maybe
she could help you with your blood problem.  
Bird in Pub
Tosser!
Martin
Pauline
Martin
Pauline
Martin
Pauline
Do we have Wallace Flynt's test results back?
Yes.
Can you give me his phone number then please?
No.  Don't have it.
Remind me what your job is again?
He didn't leave a number.  He left in a rush.  Looking like a frightened rabbit.  Like all your patients actually.  
Martin
Wallace
Martin
Your father do that?
Dad's hobby.  He likes to keep things.
Why doesn't he stuff that dog while he's at it?
Martin
Wallace
Martin
That's an old fridge, isn't it?
We collect scrap from around and sell it on.  Sometimes he keeps stuff.
You know these old ones, they leak sulfur dioxide when they wear out.  Would explain the smell.  Or one of them
anyway.  
Martin
Pauline
Martin
Flynt notes.
Hello.  How are you?  Having a nice day?  I don't know why I bothered.  
It's your job.
Martin

Boy's Mother
Martin
All right.  What seems to be the problem?  Apart from the fact that he's getting his grubby little fingers all over my
surgery.  No!
It's his glands.  He's  hyperactive.  Isn't there something you can just give him?  
No!  No, no, no!  No!  Come on.  Sit there.  Hold that
Mark
Doc.  Shhh.  Sandra's sleeping.  Don't want to wake the beast.  
Mark
Martin
Mark
Martin
So, how, how do you want to do this?
I'm a doctor.  You're the policeman.
Right.  Of course.
Let's go around the back.
Sandra
Martin

Sandra
Mark

Martin
Mark
People feel comfortable when they come and see me, which is more than I can say for you.
Right.  Well, the minute I start handing out treatments left, right and center to people I've never met, please feel free to
call me a stupid, arrogant, unqualified charlatan.
Are you really gonna stand there and let him speak to me like that?
Look Sandra.  You're always bossing me around, undermining and insulting me.  You criticise everything I do, from my
personal life to my weight.
You're not overweight.
I could stand to lose a couple of pounds.  
Martin
Wallace
Martin
Wallace
Martin
Wallace
Martin
Paddy
Martin
Wallace.  Paddy.
Brought you summat.
Well, there's, uh, there's no need. Umm...
Dad's gonna be okay because of you.
Did, did you kill that dog for me?
No.  Car hit it.  Can't even see the tire marks.  Want you to take it.
Uh, uh..thank you, but...
You're gonna take it Doc.
Thank you.  Thank you very much.  
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Literary Reference  - From the saying "Blood is Thicker Than Water".  In modern days, we take this phrase to
mean that your blood ties (family) are stronger than the ties you have with others outside your family.  Actually,
when the phrase was first used centuries ago, it meant that soldiers, who shed blood together on the battlefield,
form stronger ties than the ties formed by sharing a womb (water).  This actually works both ways in the different
storylines in this episode.
Connecting the Episode Title to the Storylines
The main story is about the Flynt family.  The boys have such ties to each other and their father that they keep the
secret of his mental health issues for years.  Even people who knew their mother don't know what happened to her
because they also keep her desertion of the family a secret.  Only the courage of Wallace going to see Martin
about his health issues save his brother Paddy, who was so ill that he may not have survived the illness without
Martin's intervention.  Finally allowing the family secret to come to light (due to Wallace's call to Martin and Martin's
persistence) should allow the whole family to live more peacefully in the future.  The Flynt family lived by the
modern version of this saying.
Bert and Al are also dealing with a "Blood is Thicker" situation when Al starts to question both Bert's reluctance to
produce his birth certificate and Pauline's insistence that two brown eyed people cannot have a blue eyed child.  It
turns out that Al may not be Bert's biological son - although the answer is never made clear.  But what they both
realize (with Aunt Joan's help) is that blood doesn't matter.  Al is Bert's son whether or not they share the same
DNA because of the bond that they have formed in all the years that Bert has been raising Al.  So the Large family
now live by the original meaning of the phrase.
Mark's sister has breezed into town and ensconced herself in Mark's home. In the short time she is there, she
continually embarrasses Mark and has no sense of boundaries in his home, his feelings or his personal life.  Mark
finally has enough and throws her out.  In this case, there is no close relationship between the siblings and Mark
feels no compunction to put up with her garbage just because she is family.
There is also a "Nature vs Nurture" thread that runs in all of the various villagers thinking that Sandra's natural
cures are better for them because they are "natural".  Mr Flynt, The Butcher, The mother of the hyperactive boy,
Louisa, all trust Sandra's cures because her potions are labeled as "natural".
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MARTIN & LOUISA
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.
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