Martin watches sadly as Louisa and their baby get in a taxi on their way to Spain, after which he seeks advice from Ruth. She believes his emotional detachment and fear of blood both stem ... See full summary »

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Martin watches sadly as Louisa and their baby get in a taxi on their way to Spain, after which he seeks advice from Ruth. She believes his emotional detachment and fear of blood both stem from his loveless upbringing, and advises him to go after Louisa. He confronts his mother, who has come to stay purely because she is penniless after her bereavement. Discovering that Louisa has a condition that could be fatal if in flight, he gets Penhale to rush him to the airport. Meanwhile, Ruth and Al consider a partnership in a Bed and Breakfast venture, whilst the wedding reception of Bert and Jennifer is a disaster. Written by don @ minifie-1

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[Martin's mother has come from Portugal, begging for him to give her money]
Margaret Ellingham: I have no home to go to. Your father died and left hardly any capital to speak of. I need some money, Martin. Just enough to buy a small apartment in Lisbon. Maybe £300,000. £200,000.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: [coldly] I don't think so.
Margaret Ellingham: You would see me homeless, destitute, cast out in the streets?
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Of course not.
Margaret Ellingham: Well, thank you.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: I *wouldn't* see you. I'd have no further contact with you at all.
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Standing On The Verge Of ...
29 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was a deeply affecting conclusion to a very transitional series for this show. Series 6 of this show took some heat from longtime fans as being too much of a departure from the story as it had been established over the previous five series. You can read such comments in the reviews linked to the main IMDb page for this show.

It's a dilemma many shows in the U-S face in their later seasons. Do we introduce change for the beloved characters, such as normal people would encounter in their lives, or do we double down our bets on fan expectations and lavish on them more of the things they already love and depend on in the show? Most shows choose to cater to the fan base, to their detriment as plots become more boring and improbable. Some shows choose to embrace change in order to keep their original premise intact, and this is how I prefer to view Series 6 of Doc Martin.

I missed a few of the episodes, but I was glad to see something new in the lives of these characters, changes in their outlooks and attitudes, changes in their situation, such as people encounter. I loved the stories I saw, and I was so unprepared for the final moments of this episode. This season finale was filled with unrest and anger, and decisions and new directions. Changing the most: Dr Ellingham, resolving issues with his mother, building new closeness with his Aunt Ruth, and by the end of this episode, fully knowing the content of his own yearning heart for once.

I have hopes for the next series of this show. I'm glad it's in a place where I can't possibly anticipate what's going to happen. Martin and Louisa are the closest they have ever been to finally getting over themselves and getting it right, and that's exciting.


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