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Portwenn gathers to pay its last respects to Joan at a less than perfect funeral where the hearse is late,young pall-bearer Harry collapses,dropping the coffin and Joe Penhale's phone goes off. Martin's oration is also more of a health lecture. His parents do not show up but Joan's sister Ruth does,and is surprised to find Joan has left her the small-holding. With Al as her farm-hand and much relieved that her supposedly terminal illness was misdiagnosed,she decides to stay a while. Harry's condition worsens but Martin spots its cause as being his keep fit obsession though,with Pauline now moved to Bristol,chaos reigns at the surgery where Louisa and Martin are now living. Exhausted by motherhood Louisa gamely attempts to be Martin's receptionist but it is too much so she recommends yet another flaky local girl,Morwenna Newcross. Martin gets a call from London to say that a locum has been found for his new post there and he can stay in Cornwall until October. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Louisa Glasson: [having just met] So, you're Joan's sister.
Ruth Ellingham: That's right. I'm sure Martin's told you all about me.
Louisa Glasson: Oh, yes, yes, of course, he has.
Ruth Ellingham: Don't lie, dear, but if you must, do it with conviction.
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Decent.
27 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode begins with the funeral for Aunt Joan (Stephanie Cole). Why they killed off the character, I'd love to know as Ms. Cole is still acting and is definitely NOT dead! Regardless, there is a big cock-up at the funeral and Joan's sister, Ruth appears. Ruth is DEFINITELY an Ellington--with the personality disorder to match. However, when Ruth inherits her sister's farm, it looks like she'll be staying a bit--even though she hates animals.

In addition to this, the big theme in the show is the lack of a receptionist. Why she's gone, exactly, is odd and Louisa chips in as a receptionist. However, she JUST HAD A BABY and Doc Martin isn't exactly sympathetic towards her, so Louisa has to find a substitute...and fast.

This is a decent episode but it didn't feel right without Joan or the receptionist. But it is entertaining nevertheless.


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