Season 1, Episode 2
Despite his disastrous introduction to the sleepy village of Portwenn, the former surgeon decides to give life there a go. His practice's waiting room is full of patients enjoying tea and biscuits served by his kooky assistant Elaine. It seems the previous doctor allowed his patients to treat his office as a drop-in cafe to share their ailments, but not necessarily to seek medical treatment.
Elaine's inefficiency pushes Martin over the edge, giving him no other choice than to fire her. News of the dismissal spreads around the village like wildfire, and Martin becomes universally shunned. Restaurants won't serve him and patients begin canceling appointments left and right. To top it off, Elaine leaves town before Martin can woo her back.
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