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If there’s a wrong end of a stick to get hold of, Portwenn’s blundering bobby, Pc Joe Penhale, will grab it with both hands. That’s what he does when the brother he idolises, Sam (Martin Marquez, real-life brother of John Marquez, who plays Joe), turns up.

Showing off, Joe injures a tourist and Sam helps get the visitor to Dr Martin Ellingham. Later, as the Doc observes Sam, he notices some health problems and, after talking to him, thinks there’s a chance he has a rare genetic disease. Sam tells Joe who promptly decides they’re both going to die…

Also worrying, but perhaps with more reason, is Louisa. Having run away from the Doc, she now runs straight to him when she has a bit of a medical scare and wants to know that everything’s fine with her pregnancy. Will she also want to know about a certain kiss between the Doc and his former lover Edith?

In the Doc’s opinion, one person who is completely wasting his time is Mr Routledge. He says he’s unwell but he always says that. What he wants is a place in a care home so he can be looked after 24/7. If he gets his wish, Louisa would be interested in renting his home and goes to tell him. But when the Doc finds her there something quite unexpected happens…