SERIES 5 EPISODE
11 STATE OF MIND
David and Claire go to see Emma and Tom's school play. Erica is
covering David's shift but she is tired and asks Andrew if he can do the shift
for her - he says no.
Claire is called into her bosses office and is told her contract will not be
renewed by the school. They ask her to stay till the end of term but she leaves immediately, going on a rampage and clearing out all of her stuff
instantly. She shocks the students and her colleagues by giving away all of her books to
students as she leaves. Claire arrives at The Beeches and tells David she is
making folders for all the her students to prepare them for their exams. Andrew
gives her some spare folders but he and Erica are concerned by Claire's erratic manner.
David arrives home to find Claire preparing a picnic whilst all her books are
laying on the front lawn. Claire tells David she has lost her job. He asks her
why and wants to know what happened but she is preoccupied and he receives a phone call.
Erica gets an early morning visit from Eddie and his dog Kim. Eddie has taken a
shine to Erica and asks her if she wants to go with him on a dogs trial - she
accepts his offer.
Gina Johnson comes back to The Beeches, she is not happy with the state of the
fund as The Beeches have overspent. Andrew tells her there is only so much he
can do when his partners don't listen to him about cutbacks. Andrew and David
come to blows when David says he wants The Beeches to pull out of fund holding,
Andrew and Erica disagree with him.
Claire takes one of David's patients Sylvia, on a picnic. Sylvia is recovering
from an eye operation and Claire wants to cheer her up. However Claire confuses
Sylvia by talking Spanish for the majority of the car journey. When they stop to
look at the peaks Claire gets over enthusiastic and wants to look at Sylvia's
eye. Erratically moving her hands, Claire pokes Sylvia in the eye and causes
Sylvia a lot of pain. As they leave to return home Claire crashes the car into a
wall and takes her anger out by shouting at Sylvia. The situation causes Sylvia
to have a asthma attack. They return to Sylvia's house where her husband Keith
calls out Andrew. Andrew says Sylvia is having a panic attack not an asthma
attack. However he calls an ambulance as he thinks Sylvia has done damage to her
David goes to see Claire's boss and asks why Claire has lost her job. He tells
David that Claire begins too many crusades and tangents and the students have
begun to complain about her. He says he really thinks Claire is not well.
Andrew goes looking for Claire and finds her by the side of the road selling
books and guides about Spain. Andrew talks to her about the accident, Claire
tells Andrew she thinks he is her only friend. She asks him to come to dinner
tonight with she and David. Andrew says no, as he and David are not getting on
too well at the moment. Claire says in that case they must have dinner together
to sort things out. At which point David arrives and tells Claire to pack up her
stall and tells Andrew to leave.
Andrew looks at Claire's medical notes. He finds that Claire's mum was sufferer of manic depression. He tells David he thinks Claire is ill. David tells him
she's not, he would know if his wife were sick. Erica and Joanne are concerned
when Claire calls Andrew for the 5th time in one day. She is phoning just to
explain that she and the children are painting pictures of eyes for Sylvia.
ANDREW: Your wife is desperate for help David. Why don't
you do something about it
At the hospital they find the bang to Sylvia's head has dislodged the lenses of
her eye, Keith tells David Claire is a lunatic. David goes home to Claire and finds
the paintings all over the house. Claire tells David she is lonely as his
job takes him away from home so much. She says he drives all her friends away
like Andrew and now Sylvia. David tries to clam her down but Claire walks out.
She goes to Sylvia and Keith's house and places all the eye paintings outside their
It is decided that Paul Kelsey will need a bone marrow transplant. His sister is
tested but she is not a match. Linda and Brian are also tested and it appears
that Brain is a match. The hospital give Paul a strong dose of
chemotherapy in order to get rid of all his remaining bone marrow before he can
have the transplant.
Andrew talks to Erica about Claire, she has missed her appointment with him. He
tells her that change and stress can bring on bouts of reactive depression.
David walks on as Andrew and Erica are discussing Claire. He tells Andrew he
doesn't like him nor does he respect him and tells him to keep out of his and
Kim, Laura and Joanne tease Erica about her date with Eddie. Kim and Laura
follow them to the dog trial and spy on them all day! Erica finds sleeping
tablets in Eddie's pocket and realises he has been giving them to the dog and
then betting on the opposition to ensure himself a win. She confronts him about
the tablets, he admits he has given them to the dog but says he has won lots of money!
Claire packs her suitcase and tells the children to pack theirs, they are going
to a play a surprise on David, they are going to Spain. Claire stops at the
supermarket and empties all their belongings in a shopping trolley. She then
returns to the house and piles the remaining belongings on a fire. She calls David
at the hospital and asks him where one of his shirts are because she can't find
it. David is concerned to hear Emma and Tom shouting in the background and rushes
home. When he arrives the children are hysterical and Claire has a container of paraffin
in her hands. David begs her to give him the paraffin but she throws it
onto the fire, the fire explodes and she and David are thrown to the ground.
David calls Andrew, he says he needs some help. Andrew arrives and gives Claire
some diazepam. Andrew tells David that Claire has manic depression and needs to go to
hospital. David says he won't section his wife. Andrew says he has to, with the
right drugs and therapy Claire will be fine. David goes upstairs to Claire and
tells her she is not well and has to go to hospital. The ambulance arrives and
David travels with Claire to the hospital. When he arrives home Emma and Tom ask
if Claire will be ok - David says yes.
DAVID: If we can't help each other through this Claire,
then everything we've built together is useless