Joe Penhale is shocked when his ex-wife Maggie, seemingly amnesiac and believing that they are still married, arrives in Portwenn. Not to upset her, he plays along but eventually has to ... See full summary »

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Joe Penhale is shocked when his ex-wife Maggie, seemingly amnesiac and believing that they are still married, arrives in Portwenn. Not to upset her, he plays along but eventually has to seek Martin's advice. Martin also treats fisherman Paul Hale, an old flame of Eleanor, who has Addison's disease but Louisa is shocked to find her mother is still playing the field. Heavily in debt Bert Large falls in with the local loan shark but at least Louisa and Martin get round to naming the baby - James Henry. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Julie Graham and Martin Clunes appeared in William and Mary together See more »

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Dr. Martin Ellingham: Come back to the surgery this afternoon, and I'll dress this wound properly. And you must stay off work for at least two days.
Paul Hale: I can't do that, Doc!
Dr. Martin Ellingham: [brusquely] Fine. Go back to work. Wait till the soft tissue becomes infected - then I'll gladly amputate your hand when it becomes gangrenous.
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A bit better than normal.
30 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode provides even more evidence that Police Constable Penhale is a pathetic loser. This is because his ex-wife suddenly appears in town and she has no recollection of the last three years...and she thinks she's still married to Joe! As she left him, Joe is very happy to allow her to live a lie--and he realizes something's wrong with her but is too happy getting her back to care!

In addition to this amazingly impossible plot, there is a guy who is friends with Eleanor and he's got SOMETHING wrong with him. As the IMDb summary says he has Addison's Disease, then there isn't a lot of suspense--though what his relationship is to her is a bit of one. Additionally, Bert Large proves to be a bit of a dummy, as he's having financial problems and decides to borrow money from a loan shark! He hides this from his son, Al, who has begun working full-time for Aunt Ruth.

Overall, this is a very interesting episode--perhaps a bit better than usual. While I will admit that the plot involving Joe's wife is hard to believe, it is interesting--and so are the other stories in the episode.


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