Doctor at Sea: Season 1, Episode 10

Physician, Heal Thyself (23 Jun. 1974)

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Whilst Dick beats the captain at cards, Duncan has a day on the beach with the charming Rosita, only to find himself in extreme agony, clutching his side. He is sure he has appendicitis but... See full summary »

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Robin Nedwell ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
Ernest Clark ...
Elizabeth Counsell ...
Lilita De Barros ...
Rosita (as Lilita Barros)
Tony Cornford ...
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Christina Halstead ...
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Whilst Dick beats the captain at cards, Duncan has a day on the beach with the charming Rosita, only to find himself in extreme agony, clutching his side. He is sure he has appendicitis but, now the Begonia has sailed, there is only one other person on board - discounting the vet - who can operate - Dick Stuart-Clark. Duncan is most reluctant to let his friend loose on him though fortunately it transpires that his affliction is food poisoning from the ice cream he ate on the beach. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Dick Turns Surgeon!
11 September 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Loftus invites Dick to a game of poker. Ignoring the advice of Nurse Wynton, Dick goes along. After being stung by insults from Duncan concerning his medical prowess, he decides to prove he is good at something, and cleans Loftus out.

Duncan uses his day off to visit sunny Medeiros, where he is reunited with his old flame Rosita. They spend some time in each other's company, eating ice creams amongst other things, before he goes back to the M.S. Begonia.

A terrible pain in his side strikes him down. Dick diagnosis the condition as appendicitis. As they are out at sea, the anaesthetist has no recourse but to operate...

One of the best 'At Sea' episodes, penned by Layton & Lynn. Some very good continuity, as events as far back as 'In The House' are referred to. Duncan and Dick are at loggerheads for most of the time; the latter wishes to remove his friend's appendix, but the former is horrified at the thought of Dick coming at him with a scalpel in his hand. "I have never lost anyone during an operation.", Dick tells him. Duncan replies: "That's because you've never been allowed to do any!".

Duncan's agony is matched only by Loftus' - though it is down to gout, rather than appendicitis. Poor Duncan has to stagger round the ship, asking passengers whether or not they are medically qualified. He is relieved to find one such man - alas, he turns out to be a vet.

Nice location filming here. Robin Nedwell clearly enjoyed himself on the shoot. As it turns out, Duncan has not got appendicitis after all, but food poisoning caused by one of Pedro's famous ice creams.

Funniest moment - Duncan and Rosita running towards each other in slow motion. Then a waiter carrying a dinner tray blunders into their path, and the food goes everywhere,


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