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Trivia - S5E3
Born With a Shotgun
Original Broadcast:  Sep 26, 2011

ACTION MARTIN - Martin runs to treat Mr Newcross in the backyard of his house.

FOOD - Shirley Dunwich offers Aunt Ruth some chocolate biscuits.

FOOD - Penale is eating an ice cream cone when Martin calls to ask him to meet him at the Dunwich house.

INTERRUPTIONS - Louisa and Martin are in bed.  As Martin starts to wake up, she tells him that she and the baby will move to London with
him.  It looks like they are just about to have a nice moment when Buddy charges into the bedroom and onto the bed startling the baby (not to
mention Martin).

MARTIN & JAMES - Louisa is leaving to go out for a drink with Pippa and feels bad about leaving him for the first time.  Martin take James
from her arms and tells her that they will be just fine. ("Apparently, I have some medical training.")  After she leaves, he holds him up in the air
and playfully wiggles him about.

MARTIN & JAMES - Martin is sitting on the sofa writing in a book while James is lying among pillows next to him.  James makes a slight noise
and Martin looks over and gives him a little tickle on his tummy.  He then puts the book down and picks up the medical journal and starts to
read it out loud to James.  He starts by showing him a picture of the author of the article.  James seems very engaged in listening to Martin and
gives him a big smile as he starts reading the text.

PATIENT NAMES - When Martin arrives at Shirley Dunwich's house after her fall, he says, "Do you know where you are?  Mrs umm, oh...thing."

PATIENT NAMES - When Martin arrives in Shirley Dunwich's bedroom and finds her holding everyone at gunpoint, he says, "Now,
uhh…Mrs…uh…"  Aunt Ruth, "Dunwich."  Martin, "Uh, yes."

PATIENT NAMES - A few minutes later, Martin addresses Shirley Dunwich again, "The arsenic has affected your mental capabilities Mrs.
Winchlesea."

PATIENT NAMES - When Martin arrives at Mr Newcross' house as he is having a heart attack, "Can you hear me Mr Dunwich?"

RADIOS - In Shirley Dunwich's kitchen, this appears to be a radio perched on top of a glass container on the windowsill.

RADIOS - This item appears to be a radio on the table in the consulting room.

RADIOS - Another shot of the radio behind Morwenna's desk.  This time it is sitting on top of the file cabinet.

RADIOS - The radio that Morwenna has turned on when she shows up at the crack of dawn and wakes up the Ellinghams.

RUDE MARTIN - After giving Bert his diagnosis and a prescription for his dizziness, Bert quizzes him about boats and seasickness as they are
walking through the waiting room.  Martin just says, "Go away."

RUDE MARTIN - Martin first tells Michael to stop whining, and then when Michael tells Martin that not only is the weed killer non toxic and pet
safe, but also biodegradable, Martin tells him, "Shut up!"

RUDE MARTIN - While old Mr Newcross is lying on the ground waiting for the ambulance, Martin chastises him by saying, "Well, you've given
yourself a heart attack and lost your granddaughter her job.  That's really helpful, isn't it?"

SOCK MONKEY - The Sock Monkey is lying on Martin and Louisa's bed while Louisa is attemptiing the "Stir the Baby" maneuver.  

SOCK MONKEY - The Sock Monkey appears on the table in front of the staircase in the waiting room four different times in this episode.
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A Magical Cornish Village
Doc Martin is
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Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa

Martin
Louisa
Martin
What on earth are you doing?
Well, it worked last night.  
Well, it's not working now.  
No, I know.  Here.  Now…now…  Dance.  Dance.  That's sort of not…no.  Don't…um, it… No, I'm sorry.  I…I think it's
actually making him worse.  
All right.  You take him.  
There you are.  Hey!  Stir the baby, stir the baby.  
Oh, good God.  
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Martin.  
Mmmm?  
I've been thinking…and I, I want to move to London with you.  Well, we're gonna move to London.  
Right.  
Oh.  Just "right"?  
No?  Good.  
Good.  
Martin
Aunt Ruth
Martin

Aunt Ruth

Martin
This belongs to you.  
I don't want it.  
Bad luck.  You've got it.  It lives here.  Used to belong to Joan.  It smells.  And if it sneaks into my house and hides once
more, I won't be responsible for my actions.  So…umm.  
Well, maybe it might prove to be of some use as a guard dog.  Some shifty young man decided to liberate the hubcaps
from my car.  I've lived in London for 25 years and never had so much as a whisper of trouble.  
I shouldn't worry about it. A lot of the people who live around here are drawn to shiny things.
Aunt Ruth
Martin
Does it have a name?  
What?  No.  Call it what you want.  
Al
Martin
Aunt Ruth
Al
How are you then Doc?  Come up here to get away from all the crying then?  
Mmm.  
He says good morning.  
Oh.  
Al
Aunt Ruth
Al
Well, the Dunwiches live up there.  Most likely Michael.  He's lived up there alone with his mum for years.  
Well,, he's a bit old to be living at home.  
Well, he's always been an odd one, that one.  I live at home.  
Morwenna
Martin
Morwenna
Martin
Morwenna
Martin
Sorry Doc.  I know I'm late, but it, it's a one-off.  
It's your first day.  
Yeah, and my granddad was supposed to wake me, but he never…  
Get an alarm clock.  
I, I will buy one on my lunch break.  And when is that exactly?  
You've taken it.  
Martin
Louisa
Is there any way you could keep the noise down?  
Yes.  No problem Martin.  I'll just flick the switch on the back of his head that turns him off for an hour or so.  
Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Perhaps you could take him for a walk.  
You're telling us to get out of the house?  
No.  Not at all.  But, uh, newborn babies find the feeling of motion soothing.  It's a fact.  
Yes, of course.  It's not you wanting us out.  No.  It's a fact.  
Uh, you should, uh, send in your notice at the school if you meant what you said earlier.  
I did.  Yes.  I've already written my notice.  I just need to post it.  
Good time to go for a walk.  
Come on then...Albert!  
Albert?  
We can't just keep referring to him as "the baby".  
Yes, but "Albert"?  
Well, he needs a name.  Stephen, Paul, Michael, Elton!  Whatever.  
Shirley
Aunt Ruth
Shirley
Aunt Ruth
Shirley
Aunt Ruth
Shirley
Aunt Ruth
Shirley
What do you want here?  
Good morning.  
This is private property!  
And it's charming.  I live at the farm next door.  
No you don't.  That's Joan Norton's.  
Yes.  And I'm her sister.  
I haven't seen her around for awhile.  
Hadn't you heard?  She died.  
Oh.  Yes, of course.  Poor Joanie.  You must be her sister!  
Aunt Ruth
Shirley
Aunt Ruth
Shirley
Aunt Ruth
Those are my hubcaps!  
Are you sure?  Michael's aways finding things.  
He found them attached to my car.  And now I'd like them back.  Right then.  
He says they represent something or other.  I, I forget.  
Probably the fact that I'll be driving around with ruined hubcap.  Lovely to meet you.
Martin
Bert
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.  
Bet you can't say that four times in a row.
Bert

Martin
Crystals and canals in my ear?  The next thing you'll be telling me is that I got a magic castle with a fairy princess up my
nose.  
Why is that?
Bert
Martin
Bert

Martin
Bert
Martin
So I just need to take these pills then?  
Yes.  
But what if I go on a boat?  Cause if I got seasick on a boat and had this ear thingy, would that make it worse or would
the two of them just cancel each other out?  
Are you planning to go on a boat?  
No.  
Go away.
Mr Newcross

Martin
Mr Newcross
She's probably got a good reason for being late.  Your receptionist.  I have to say, I've heard nothing but good things
about that young lady.  
I know she's your granddaughter.  
Right.  Yeah.  At my age you get a bit forgetful.  
Martin
Shirley
Martin
I need to check your kidney function.  A kidney infection could cause abdominal pain and a confused mental state.  
Oh.  Is that likely to happen?  
It's something to look out for, yes.  
Al
Bert
Al
Bert
How cheap was this?
We're saving 60p a bottle compared to the old house red.  
I suppose if nobody buys it we can repackage it as fragrant paint stripper.  
Oh, it's not that bad.  It's an acquired taste.  
Aunt Ruth
Don't suppose you'd like to feed them while you're over there?  Something about their beady eyes, their arrogant little
beaks.  
Martin
Do you know where you are?  Mrs umm, oh...thing (to Shirley Dunwich)
Martin
Aunt Ruth
Martin
Aunt Ruth
Martin
Aunt Ruth
What did you make of them?  
Well, it wouldn't be the first time a mother and son had come to blows.  It is a strange setup they have.  
Well, this IS Cornwall.  But even so, there's obviously some sign of mental impairment.  
Early dementia.  
I'll see if I can speed up her referral for a psychological evaluation and chase up her urine analysis and toxicology.  
And I'll cross them off my Christmas Card list.  
Village Girls
Get a room you two! (to Martin and Bert as Martin is helping him up from the street)
Morwenna
Patient
Morwenna
Granddad's got a rabbit to cook for tea.  Does anyone know any nice recipes?  
Well, I like to…
I've never cooked one before.  I suppose I could make it into just a stew, I suppose…veg and that.  I could fry it up.  
They're not rodents you know?  Some people think they are.  They're actually game, which doesn't mean they're up for
anything.  Although they do like to shag a lot.  
Morwenna


Martin
Old Mr McIntyre here needs his rash looking after.  Ick.  And don't forget he's going to need a new prescription for that
stuff I can't pronounce.  This lady here has a bad back.  Thinks it could be a slipped disc or possibly a trapped nerve.  
And this gentleman...
Shut up.  
Aunt Ruth
What are you doing?  My farm is not an art supply store.  
Aunt Ruth
Fine.  Take them. I'm too old and too dignified to stand around arguing about chicken feathers.
Martin
Joe
Penhale, I'm looking at the results of a urine analysis on one of my patients.  There's a high concentration of arsenic.  
Arsenic?  Do you have a case of poisoning?  Haven't had one of those in awhile.  Never, in fact.  
Martin
Joe
Martin

Joe
Listen.  I think the son is trying to kill the mother.  It's the, uh, Dunwich family at Cliffside Farm.  
Roger that.  Thanks Doc.  I'll take it from here.  
No you won't.  I need to go to the chemist and get some dimercaprol but I'll meet you there.  And Penhale.  The son is
possibly deranged and has a firearm.  
If I get there first I'll wait for you.  
Aunt Ruth
If you plan to poison someone you could at least try and be subtle about it.
Joe
Martin
Doc.  Doc.  Let's not be hasty.  Caution is nine-tenths of what it takes to stay alive in a potentially explosive situation.  
You've left your lights on.
Joe
Whoa, gun.
Martin
Aunt Ruth
Martin

Shirley
Now, uhh…Mrs…uh…  
Dunwich.  
Uh, yes.  You're confused which is understandable.  You've absorbed a huge amount of arsenic.  You should be dead,
really.  
Oh.  So now you're on his side.  
Michael
Martin
Shirley
Martin
Mum, no.  I…I wouldn't,  I wouldn't do anything to hurt you.  Please.  
Stop whining.  
What are you doing?  Put that down now!  
Oh for God's sake!  What do you think I'm gonna do?  Throw it at you and hope you swallow some?    
Martin
Michael
Martin
Non toxic, pet safe.  
And it's biodegradable.  
Shut up.
Martin
Joe
Martin
Joe
There's a peculiar odor in this room.  
I'm afraid that's the smell of murder Doc.  
It's like garlic.  
And French cooking.    
Martin
Shirley
Aunt Ruth
I think it's copper arsenate.  And I think it's coming from this disgusting green wallpaper.  
Wha...?
Which is lovely Shirley.
Martin
The arsenic has affected your mental capabilities Mrs. Winchlesea.  (to Shirley Dunwich)
Joe
Martin
Joe
Leave it to the professionals, eh Doc?  Now then Shirley.  
What are you doing?  
Taking control.  I'm a busy man Shirley.  Can't spend all day nattering with you.  We both know that the gun isn't
loaded.  So why don't you be a dear…just hand it over.  Am I hit?
Joe
Good work Doc.  I distract her, you get the gun.. Textbook stuff.  Good work people.  Pats on back all round.  Whew.  
Michael
Martin

Michael
Martin
You have no right to send her away.  I need her here.  I can take care of her you know?  
Your mother needs to go to hospital.  She will recover.  And as soon as she's discharged you can pick up your
dysfunctional relationship where you left off.  
Well, no thanks to you.  
What?  Unbelievable.  
Aunt Ruth
Is he actually a policeman or just pretending to be one?
Martin
Can you hear me Mr Dunwich? (to Mr Newcross)
Mr Newcross
Martin
Mr Newcross
Martin
Doc?  
Yes.  
If you don't give the child her job back, I'm gonna be waiting for you at the gates with a big stick.  
You've just had a cardiac arrest.  You're in no position to threaten me.  
Mr Newcross
Martin
I was just trying to help.  
Well, you've given yourself a heart attack and lost your granddaughter her job.  That's really helpful, isn't it?
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
Martin
Louisa
How do I look?  
Uh… bit flushed.  
Oh.  
Pulse is fine.  Regular.  
Suppose that's the closest I'm gonna get to a compliment.  Me and my regular pulse.  
Louisa
Martin
Feels all wrong going out and leaving the baby.  
You've nothing to worry about.  Apparently I have some medical training.  
Martin
Uh, this is an article by a Dr Henry Wolfstein of the need to focus on cytotoxic therapies for cancer patients.  There's a
picture of Dr Wolfstein there.  "Patients with advanced liver cancer…"  (reading to the baby)
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Literary Reference - This episode was originally titled "Boho With a Shotgun."  It was not just changed for the US
DVDs (as were the episodes in S3) but also for episodes shown in the UK.  Jack Lothian (the writer) confirmed that
it relates to the cult film "Hobo With a Shotgun", a very violent movie.  "Boho" would be an anagram for "Hobo" and
is slang for "Bohemian".  Shirley and Michael could certainly be considered living a Bohemian lifestyle.
Connecting the Episode Title to the Storylines
There aren't many good, solid ways to connect the episode title(s) with the storylines, but in 2012, "poorrichard54"
posted some really good ideas on the Digital Spy forum. Here are her suggestions:
Boho is short for Bohemian and, among other things, is a style of clothing.  It's all peasant blouses and ratty crinkle
cotton skirts, maybe even crocheted bits and pieces with feathers hanging.  This fits with the aesthetic of Michael's
hub-cap-and-chicken-feather art.  Both Shirley & Michael could be considered "Bohemian".
The fact that "Hobo" is dyslexically spelled "Boho" might refer to the off-kilter way that several of the characters act
in this episode:
  • Shirley Dunwich with her confusion, paranoia and intestinal problems.
  • Bert with his positional vertigo.  
  • Morwenna with her grandfather's "energy pills".
  • Martin, Louisa & the baby as they struggle with the baby constantly crying and trying to settle in as a family.
All are settled by the end of the episode:
  • Shirley has been diagnosed and take to hospital
  • Bert did his Epley Maneuver and was given a prescription for his vertigo
  • Morwenna found out what was in the energy pills and looks to have her job back
  • Martin found that the baby settled by reading to him and Louisa looks on with love
Of course, the shotgun plays an important role in the episode.  Michael is shooting at things in his yard and makes
him appear threatening to Aunt Ruth, Shirley uses the gun to take everyone hostage for awhile, Penhale proves
that he doesn't understand how to handle a gun.
The new title, "Born with a Shotgun" could relate to a song by Bad Company "Five Finger Death Punch".
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MARTIN & LOUISA
It's nighttime and the baby won't settle down.  Louisa is trying a move that worked the night before (she calls it "stir the baby"), but he just
keeps crying.  Louisa hands him to Martin to try to settle him and instructs him to dance.  Martin looks at her skeptically, but gamely tries a
side to side dance move.  Louisa tries to tell him that he's not really doing what she envisioned and then decides it's making him worse.  She
takes him back and starts her "stir the baby" move again.  Martin mumbles, "Oh good God" and turns away.
It's morning and Louisa is sitting up in bed with the baby on her lap.  Martin is lying beside her still asleep.  She says his name to wake him
up and before he seems completely awake she tells him that she and James will move with him to London.  His eyes slowly pop open and he
turns toward her and says, "Right."  Louisa hesitantly asks, "Oh.  Just 'right'?"  Martin responds, "No.  Good."  Louisa softly says, "Good."
and smiles lovingly down at Martin.  Just then, she is distracted by a scratching noise and Buddy comes charging into the room and onto the
bed.  The baby is startled and starts crying, Martin jumps out of the bed to chase the dog and the lovely moment is over.
Martin is about to start surgery, Morwenna has arrived late on her first day on the job, and the sound of the baby crying upstairs is adding to
his stress in the waiting room.  Martin goes up to the bedroom and asks Louisa if there is any way she can keep the noise down.  She turns
from the crib and sarcastically tells him that of course she can - she will just flick the switch on the back of his head that turns him off for an
hour.  Martin tries to explain that it's not ideal for the surgery and that maybe she could take him for a walk.  Louisa sarcastically responds,
"You're telling us to get out of the house."  Martin attempts to defuse the situation by telling her that it's a fact that the feeling of motion is
soothing for babies.  Louisa remains combative over him throwing "facts" at her.  He starts to walk toward the door but hits on a new tactic
and suggests that she should send in her notice to the school if she was serious earlier.  She turns and sincerely says that she did mean
what she said, but then gets her back up a bit when she tells him that she has already written it but just needs to post it.  Bingo!  As Martin
leaves the room he matter of factly says, "Good time to go for a walk."  Louisa sighs, goes to pick up the baby, and says loudly enough for
the retreating Martin to hear, "Okay.  Come on then...ALBERT!", turning her head toward Martin as she says the name so he won't miss it.  
Martin slides back into the doorway and says, "Albert?"  She tells him that they can't just keep referring to him as "the baby", an he says,
"Yes, but ALBERT?"  Louisa says he needs a name and sarcastically throws out a few suggestions, ending with "Elton".  She uses her hand
to dismiss him and tells him he has patients waiting and they won't be in his way as she grabs a blanket and throws it over her shoulder.
It's early morning and the baby is crying in his crib.  Both Louisa and Martin are still sleeping.  Martin sits halfway up and kneads Louisa's
shoulder a couple of times and says "Louisa, Louisa".  She opens her eyes and turns to look at him.  He points to the crib and sleepily says,
"The baby", and plops his head back down on the pillow.  She stares at him for a couple of seconds and just as she starts to turn toward the
crib they both sit up as they have heard a noise downstairs.  Martin gets out of bed and slowly starts toward the bedroom door when he
hears a song playing on a radio.  Martin walks into the living room in his pajamas and sees Morwenna starting her working day early (half
past six) in the kitchen.  Louisa follows, also in her pajamas holding the baby.  Louisa explains to her that there ARE boundaries and Martin
throws her out.
Martin is closing up for the day in his consulting room when Louisa walks in with the baby in her arms dressed to go out to meet her friend
Pippa.  Fishing for a compliment, she asks him how she looks and he says she looks a bit flushed.  He checks her pulse and says it is fine
and she sarcastically replies that it is the closest she's going get to a compliment - her regular pulse.  Martin seems a little bewildered - he
didn't pick up on what she was asking.  She then says that it feels wrong to go out and leave the baby.  Martin takes the baby from her arms
and quietly tells her she has nothing to worry about and then actually makes a small joke.  "Apparently, I have some medical training."  
Louisa reminds him about checking his diaper and reading him a bedtime story.  She says that he especially seems to like the one about the
talking fire engine.  Martin scoffs at the notion that he would understand what is being read to him.  This time Louisa throws out the line about
"studies have shown..." regarding reading to babies and their development.  Martin agrees with her.  Louisa haltingly say "Bye" to her men
and heads toward the door with a look that says she is uncertain about leaving.  Martin sort of playfully holds the baby up in the air and
wiggles him about.
It is evening, and Martin is sitting on the sofa in the living room with the baby lying next to him with pillows all around supporting him.  Martin
appears to be writing in a book and stops to reach over and tickle him on his belly.  He looks back at the baby and decides to put the book
away and picks up a medical journal.  He quietly tells the baby about the article, the author's name, and what the article is about.  He then
turns the magazine and shows him a picture of the author and the baby looks interested in what Martin is showing him.  Martin starts reading
the article out loud and the baby breaks into giggles as he watches Martin.  As Martin is quietly, but expressively reading the article to the
baby, Louisa silently walks in the back door.  As she quietly closes the door, she stops to listen and then softly walks over to the opening to
the living room peeking around the wall to see Martin engaged in reading the article and the baby's rapt attention on his father.  She smiles.
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