EPISODE 2 FLESH AND BLOOD
Bridget and Tom go on call to
Sandy. She is married to Bridget's school friend Dave. Dave is a haemophiliac
and Bridget believes that Sandy is faking her own illness to gain some sympathy
and attention from Dave. Since suffering from Glandular Fever a few months ago
Sandy has persisted to complain of being ill, yet Tom can find no evidence of
ill health when he examines her.
Drugs trial manager Paul visits Sam at The Beeches, he wants the practice to
take part in a trial to test a new asthma drug. Tom and Alex are too busy to
take it on but Sam says he could do with the extra cash and agrees to do the
trial. Tom and Alex tell Sam they must get Willís approval first as he is away at
at conference. Sam tells them that heís called Will and Will has said itís fine.
Tom tells Alex heís sorry for the other day when they kissed. He says he really
enjoys having her as a friend and says he doesnít want to spoil tings. She tells
him it's fine - it was just a kiss.
Bridget visits Dave and Sandy and finds Sandy asleep with Dave waiting on her.
Bridget tells him heís the one who needs looking after - not Sandy. She tells
him he deserves better then this. They talk about how Dave used to have a crush
on Bridget at school and they kiss.
Sam starts one of his patients, Pat, on the trial drug. She welcomes it as she
has bad asthma and needs to cope with her twin toddlers.
Sam introduces Paul to The Beeches crew. Paul wants Sam to invest in the asthma drug but
Tom thinks Sam should be careful as they donít yet know if the drug will be a
success. However Sam is convinced that he is on to a good thing and visits his
bank manager to transfer cash from his and Kerriís joint account to the drugs company.
He also takes out a mortgage extension which will set him back a further £1900 a
An accident at work causes Dave to bleed deeply into one of his limbs. It means
he will need a knee replacement operation. Tom tells Sandy, Dave will now need
her support. Bridget tells Dave the kiss between them shouldnít have happened
as he is married and is her patient. However they can't fight their feelings and
arrange a date together.
Bridget cooks dinner for Dave at her house and gets
dressed up. However he phones her and cancels and says he has to stay with Sandy
as Tom has told her she has a brain tumour. Bridget later tells Tom she feels
really guilty for saying that Sandy was faking her illness. She says she had no
idea it could as serious as a brain tumour. Tom is stunned and says he never
told Sandy she had a brain tumour - all her tests came back negative. Bridget is
furious that Sandy has lied to Dave about something so important and despite
Tomís wishes she storms round to their house and announces in front of Dave that
Sandy has been lying about her illness. Dave packs his bags and moves in with
BRIDGET: I'm sick of being 'Miss everybody's friend, up for a
Alex discovers that one of her new patients has registered with Brassel Health
Clinic as well as registering with The Beeches. She goes to Brassel and talks to Dr Mark Kershaw
about the case. They realise the patient is setting them up against each other
to see which practice performs the best. Alex and Mark confront the patient and
make him decide which practice he wants to register with - he chooses The
Beeches but his wife wishes to stay on Markís list at Brassel.
Samís drugs trial patients experiences some stomach pains. Sam is concerned when
Pam is taken ill and
asks Paul if any other patients on the drugs trial have reported these symptoms.
Paul tells Sam not to worry, half the drugs distributed are not the asthma
drugs, they are sugar supplements. They are distributed so that the trial can
get an accurate result without patients 'inventing' symptoms. He tells Sam that Pat was on the sugar
supplements and these could not have caused her stomach pains.
Sandy calls Tom and makes an official complaint against Bridget. Tom goes to
Bridget's house and is horrified to find Dave staying with her. As Bridget and
Tom discuss Sandyís complaint, Dave shouts from upstairs. Bridget and Tom rush
to him and find he has had another bleed. Dave is taken to hospital where
Bridget tells Tom she'll leave The Beeches if she has to as she is not giving
up on Dave. Daveís bleed means he canít have the knee operation as there is
chance of him haemorrhaging during the operation. He tells Tom to call Sandy. He says heís not much of
a catch for Bridget now that he is likely to end up in a wheelchair.
Paulís story that Pat was on sugar tablets proves to be false when Sam rushes
her to hospital with a perforated ulcer. He tells Paul to pull the trial and
says he wants his money back. Paul tells him to keep his mouth shut about what
SAM: I'm not investing in something that could kill people
Bridget arrives at the hospital and sees Dave and Sandy together. She runs out
crying. Tom finds her standing alone at The Beeches and tells her he is sorry
about Dave. She says sheís missed her chance with Dave and doesnít want to be
alone. Tom tells her sheís an attractive woman and will find someone soon.
Sam tells Tom and Alex that heís pulling them out of the drugs trial as it
too many risks. Tom tells Sam itís a good job he didnít invest in the company -
Sam agrees, before retiring to his office and calling Kerri - hiding the terrible
truth that heís lost all their savings.
Tom visits Alex at home. She is dressed up and he asks her if sheíd like to go
for a drink. She says she canít as Mark is taking her to dinner. Tom says maybe
they can go for a drink another time and watches as Alex sets off on her date with Paul.