Recap for 'Doc Martin,' Episode 25: 'Perish Together as Fools'
Previously on "Doc Martin"
Louisa is officially back in town and is having a bit of a rough time settling in - especially since Edith is her doctor now. Meanwhile, things are still a bit cold and awkward between her and Martin, who is potentially caught in a love triangle now that Edith is back in the picture. (Read the full recap for "Uneasy Lies the head" here.)
Louisa (Caroline Catz) has entered terrified mom mode is now worried by every movement--or lack thereof--that the baby makes. She decides to consult Martin (Martin Clunes) because she hasn't felt the baby budge, but gets cold feet and back out when she sees him standing outside the practice. Joan (Stephanie Cole) forces her to go back when she finds out. Everything is fine with the baby, though. Just another case of being a protective mother.
Martin and Edith (Lia Williams) go to dinner to discuss her research. For a work discussion, it's a pretty fancy spot. Somehow, it comes up that Martin wrote her a poem back in the day (what?) and she can still recite it word for word (move on, woman). Admittedly, she seems to be a good match for him because she's just as socially inept -- Martin says her perfume smells like cheese, she says his breath smells metallic and could be jaundice. Match made in heaven?
Pauline (Katherine Parkinson) officially lives with Bert and Al and she's irritable as ever. Everything Al does bugs her. Being the good ol' dad he is, Bert asks Pauline if she needs someone to vent to. She takes him up on the offer, and tells him she loves Al, but he's boring, "samey," unromantic and he follows her around too much (the jury is still out in Portwenn on what on earth "samey" exactly means). Naturally, Bert relays the message to Al to save his relationship.
(Note: Who are these annoying girls who wander Portwenn in packs and laugh at everyone like a pack of neon-clad hyenas?)
Penhale's (John Marquez) brother, Sam (Martin Marquez), is in town for a visit. Sam is apparently the golden boy in the family and is pretty good at everything. (Fun fact: Sam is Penhale's brother in real life, too.)
Martin has to paint the place every four years, according to all the notices he's been getting from higher-ups. Being that it's Martin, the four previous letters have been ignored. When Pauline sees the fifth one, she takes it into her own hands.
After Martin gets back from dinner with Edith, Sam is painting the office. As expected, he's not so happy.
Before he has really lay into Sam, he gets a call from an old man named Mr. Routledge (Ewan Hooper), who claims he's dying. When Martin gets to Mr. Routledge's place, the man swears he's having a heart attack.
That's not the case, though (and why would it be?). Routledge wants to be placed in a nursing home so he can be taken care of all day and not have to worry about anything himself.
"That walk from the taxi to the door is treacherous," he says.
Adding insult to injury, Martin gets back from Routledge's to find a caricature of Pauline painted on the wall. He's yelling at Sam, when he notices that Sam keeps asking the same questions and keeps dropping things or knocking into them. Martin takes him into the patient rooms and tests him. He says he most likely has a virus, but there's a slim chance he has a genetic disorder.
Penhale is convinced he has whatever his older brother has and consults Martin. Martin says Sam could have Huntington's Disease, but even then Penhale isn't exhibiting symptoms like Sam is. Despite this, Penhale has a panic attack. Martin draws his blood to make him feel better.
"It looks Huntingtony," Penhale says. He's convinced he's going to die and starts saying his goodbyes to everyone in the practice.
Louisa goes to the hospital for a baby checkup. Unfortunately, something looks off in the ultrasound so Edith comes by to check it out. The baby seems to be too small for its age, which could be no big deal or problematic (seems like that's always the theme with medicine).
Later, Louisa stops by Mr. Routledge's. She's been visiting him so she can take his place if/when he goes to a nursing home.
Martin checks on him yet again because he gets another call from Routledge that he's dying. Of course, he runs into Louisa there. She's (understandably) upset about the ultrasound, and wants to be reassured the baby is ok. Surprisingly, Martin calms her down.
Then she's mad that he's going to talk to Edith about the baby and what could potentially be wrong. When she's done yelling at him, he throws in something to the effect of: "Oh I see, it's your baby - but when you want something it's our baby." Ouch.
Al tries to step things up in the relationship department so Pauline won't be so upset with him. He brings her flowers at work and make reservations for a romantic dinner.
Then he stands her up.
By his strange calculations, he thinks canceling the plans will show he's not clingy and has a life outside of Pauline. Of course, that backfires and it only upsets her more and sends her packing.
Before she can leave, Al explains everything. They make up -- for now, at least.
Penhale wakes up in the middle of the night to find his brother has turned his kitchen into a makeshift crack lab. Mugs filled with powder are boiling in a pot and bags of white powder are all over the kitchen table. Penhale flips out and calls him a druggie. Sam says he's making paint and that those aren't bags of cocaine.
They get into a fight, but Sam has a seizure and Penhale calls Martin for help. He cleans up before Martin gets there, hiding that Sam has been doing drugs and using his kitchen to keep up his habit. Martin can tell something is up, though, and says it looks like an overdose. Penhale finally admits that he thinks Sam has been taking crack cocaine and shows him the bags.
Minor detail: Sam wasn't lying and those aren't bags of crack.
As it turns out, Sam is a forger. For all his talent, he makes his money forging old paintings -- the one he has working on would have been painted with lead paint. He really was making paint in the kitchen so his fake painting would look like a classic.
Sam has chronic lead poisoning. He's a crook, not a druggie.
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