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Martin's first official day on the job may be his last when he orders all and sundry, who seem to think the surgery is a town meeting place, out on the street. Having reached the end of his tether, he also fires his receptionist Elaine, only to find that pretty well everyone in village now shuns him. His aunt Joan suggests he should be a little more understanding, but that is not exactly Martin's style. One patient who does remain is Roger Fenn who has a lump in his throat that Martin fears may be cancerous. In a quiet moment, Martin reveals to him the phobia that has caused him to give up surgery and become a GP. Written by garykmcd

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Villagers mad Doc fired Elaine-rudeness is the topic of the day
12 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has lots of angry characters in it with no manners.

Elaine the secretary talks on the phone to long, prepares tea for half the village in the new doctors office which is called surgery, orders the wrong prescription for a patient and then blames the doctor. He fires Elaine and the whole village hates him. They are like bullies, they won't talk with him accept to insult him for firing Elaine. She is very snotty and thinks she is indispensable.

She comes back to get paid and she wants cash. Doc tells her to go to her fathers wedding who would like her there. Doc finds out her mother died when Elaine was young and figures her father getting married makes her hurt and angry.

He has a lot of patients for this snotty arrogant women. He ends up taking Elaine back but she has to change her ways in the office.

Doc Martin is not the easiest person to get along with but he does care about his patients . He notices things about their manner that may be an illness like eye problems, not urinating enough and more. They feel uneasy when he perceives their weakness. His weakness is blood. He is a surgeon and cannot operate any more because of his fear of the site of blood . I saw this series before I like it. There is a lot of unusual people an problems. Sometime there is too much bickering and no respect for Doc Martin the way they talk with him. He is honest to the point that it hurts and people don't want to hear his honesty. There is also unusual humor.

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