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Cats and Sharks 

Bert Large's restaurant business is in financial trouble. He can't even afford the food and drink for a charity event to raise money for Florence Dingle's cat sanctuary.


Paul Seed


Richard Stoneman, Dominic Minghella (series created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Clunes ... Dr. Martin Ellingham
Caroline Catz ... Louisa Glasson
Eileen Atkins ... Ruth Ellingham
Joe Absolom ... Al Large
John Marquez ... PC Joe Penhale
Selina Cadell ... Mrs. Tishell
Ian McNeice ... Bert Large
Jessica Ransom ... Morwenna Newcross
Louise Jameson ... Eleanor Glasson
Anne Reid ... Mrs. Dingley
Alan Williams ... Alastair Tonken
Marcus Cunningham Marcus Cunningham ... Norman Tonken
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas ... Mr. Bell
Judy Norman Judy Norman ... Mrs. Bell
Angela Terence ... Angie Grappy


Al is shocked to hear that his father is in debt to loan shark Alistair Tonken and his menacing son Norman, and lends him the money Ruth gave him to buy a new fence. When the Tonkens demand interest, Bert plans a money-making Spanish evening suggested by Eleanor. But Eleanor not only annoys Louisa and Martin by farming their baby out to an irresponsible young girl, she also keels over with a hernia, requiring Martin to perform emergency surgery. Eccentric Mrs. Dingley, who runs a cat sanctuary, is also in debt to the Tonkens but Penhale proves himself to be an unexpected hero in getting the greedy pair to back off. Martin, meanwhile, is more perturbed than he lets on about Louisa's decision after their row to stay in Cornwall with James and not accompany him to London. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Ruth Ellingham: [about Doc moving alone to London] Your parents stayed together for your sake. No one got out unscathed. We don't want a repeat of that.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Well, this has been fun.
Ruth Ellingham: [Concluding the office visit] If you want to discuss it further, Martin, you know where I am.
Dr. Martin Ellingham: Thank you.
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See it just to see Joe Penhale show some guts!
30 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The main problem in this installment of "Doc Martin" is Bert Large's problems with a nasty loan shark. Al eventually learns about this but foolishly tries to help his dad somehow pay off the shark-- stupid because the shark is not going to let them off easily. To raise money, Al uses Aunt Ruth's money to pay the loan shark--but the guy STILL demands more money as interest! It's surprising how this is resolved, as Joe Penhale unexpectedly shows some strength in dealing with these parasites.

Additional plots involve a weird cat lady as well as Eleanor showing that she truly is a horrible grandmother. When Eleanor agrees to watch the boy, she becomes interested in a business venture with Bert and soon farms out the child to be watched by various irresponsible teenage girls--the sorts that call the Doc nasty names throughout many of the episodes. By the end of the show, Louisa is angry at Eleanor and Martin.

Nothing super-memorable about this one but again a consistently entertaining episode from a consistently good show.

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