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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 

With Louisa back at work, the Ellinghams hire nanny Mel; but, she keeps scratching; and, when Martin tells her she has an infection caused by obesity, she leaves. Fortunately, Mike Pruddy ... See full summary »

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With Louisa back at work, the Ellinghams hire nanny Mel; but, she keeps scratching; and, when Martin tells her she has an infection caused by obesity, she leaves. Fortunately, Mike Pruddy steps into the breach, impressing Martin and allowing him to take Louisa to the school play. Here, they meet chair of governors Dennis Dodd, and his younger wife Karen, and ask them to dinner. The dinner party is awkward, as Martin believes Dennis is drunk, and tells Louisa so when they have to tend to baby James, unaware that their guests can hear them on the baby monitor. Whilst Morwenna inherits a house and takes Al in as her lodger, Ruth is roped into doing a phone-in for local radio; and, takes a call from Joe Penhale, under an assumed name, worried that he has no friends. She advises him to be nice to everybody; so, he takes her at her word, reluctantly arresting Dennis, who has crashed his car. But, when Dennis later has a fall, Martin discovers that his slurred speech is due to his having ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Dr. Martin Ellingham: [after his examination indicated that her skin irritation was caused by a fungal infection] Hope this doesn't reflect the level of care you're giving to our son. Looking after him may seem easy, but it still needs to be done to a standard.
Mel: I have standards.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: You also have skin fungus.
Mel: Well, you mind him then. I only come here 'cause no one else would and Louisa begged me.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: And we pay you. Right, well, I have other patients.
Mel: Well, you'll have to multi-task then, won't you? Shouldn't be a problem, ...
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Spoofs Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) See more »

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
Music by William H. Monk Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
Performed by Caroline Catz and Class
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That's what you get for trying to be nice....
8 May 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

As usual, Louisa is trying to get Martin to be a nicer person--and as usual it doesn't work out well. As part of his efforts to be nicer, Martin invites Dennis Dodd (one of Louisa's bosses) over for dinner. But he didn't tell Louisa and she cannot stand Dennis. Oddly enough, while Martin is a terrible host, in the end it's Louisa that turns out to be the abrasive one and offends Dennis.

Along the same vein, Ruth does a guest appearance on a local radio program and the pathetic Police Constable calls in and begins talking about his personal life--but it's NOT that sort of show! Later, Ruth sees PC Penhale and gives him some advice, as she knows it was he who called the station. Unfortunately, like Martin's case, Penhale's efforts to be nice just backfire.

A few other plots that come up in this one include the Ellingham's difficulties with getting a good sitter, the strange solution they come up with as well as a patient with a disease that is hidden by the man's drinking.

Overall, this is a pretty typical sort of episode for the series-- well written, quirky and fun.


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