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After vying with Jennifer for customer attention, Sally learns that she is finally allowed to practice alone and resume her old job, so she is keen to see off her rival. Jennifer plans to leave Port Wenn, but a marriage proposal from Bert changes her mind. Hypochondriac Malcolm Rayner complains of a cough, which leads Martin, given that Malcolm was a builder, to consider his possible exposure to asbestos and to order X-rays of his lungs. Malcolm, believing he is dying, gets drunk and arrested by Joe, who panics, posting asbestos warnings around the village. When he impales himself on his staple gun, Martin rescues him, but his blood phobia makes him vomit. A bigger blow for the doctor is the arrival of his mother, Margaret, who coldly informs him that his father has died. Nor is she very good with baby James, though she seems anxious to make amends. Martin is wary.
Martin's insomnia continues and his blood phobia is seemingly getting worse. Louisa suggests that he go see the psychiatrist Ruth suggested. Martin treats Malcolm Rayner for a possible lung infection, possibly caused by the asbestos he used to insulate homes in the area. When Malcolm tells Joe Penhale about it the police constable starts distributing posters with a health warning. He even manages to staple his hand to a post necessitating Martin help. The sight of blood sickens him however. To top it all off, Martin's mother arrives unexpectedly. Elsewhere, Sally Tishell has received permission to work without supervision meaning Jennifer will now be leaving. Bert has a plan to keep her in the village.
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