SERIES 6 EPISODE
5 ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE
Nick Goodson arrives as locum for Andrew while he's away.
Erica is called to testify in a child abuse case when young lad Neil accuses
step-father Pete of abusing him. The case stirs up feelings in Cardale as Pete is
a highly respected member of the community. Joanne expresses her view that Neil
has made the accusation up and comments that Erica has been gullible for
believing his story. Erica overhears her but does not retaliate.
ERICA: I hate the position this job puts you in. I'm making
decisions that can break up families
Erica meets a lot of abuse as she goes to the local grocers but Dawn tells her
she has done the right thing by listening to Neil. A female patient also
confides in Erica that she was abused as a child and has never told anyone. She
thanks Erica for believing Neil and trying to help him. During the sensitive
consultation Joanne orders everyone out of the building for a fire drill. When
Erica finds out it was a practice drill and not the real thing she tells Joanne
she was wrong to walk in on her consultation just so she could walk around the
car park with her clipboard. To Joanne's alarm the fire brigade also arrive, she
is told that whenever the alarm goes off they will automatically tend to the
scene. She receives a ticking off because as fire officer she should've known
Andrew's Mum Rose finds out her cancer has spread to her liver. They are told
that they can't cure the cancer and can only aid it with pain relief. The consultant tells Rose she has roughly two weeks to live. Andrew says he
wants to stay in Liverpool to help his mum but she tells his she doesn't want
that. She wants him to go back to Cardale.
The Manor launches Lunchtime Bingo to boost custom. Whilst the gang attend the
first session, Nick tells them he left his last practice because he had to nurse
his wife through an illness. She died and he was left to look after their two
daughters who are currently staying with his sister. As Chloe serves their food
she spills a plateful of it down Erica's court suit. Erica borrows some of
Chloe's clothes but ends up testifying in a dress that leaves little to the
As Erica leaves for court she finds her car has the word
'Liar' sprawled across the bonnet. Erica takes the stand and stands by her physical examination of Neil.
During the hearing Pete's father collapses and the family refuses to let Erica
help, instead Pete's mother gives her a slap before asking her to change her
Erica and Joanne continue to bicker but Erica apologises for shouting at her
about the fire drill. Joanne however continues to bicker and becomes cagey about
Erica's relationship with Andrew. The situation comes to a head when Joanne fails to
pass on an urgent message to Erica from a patient who is labour. The patient is
refusing to have her baby unless Erica is by her side. Erica and David agree
that Joanne is being unprofessional and confront her about it. Joanne quits
and leaves the surgery.
David tells Erica he supports her over the child abuse case, however he thinks
she did act quickly to believe Neil and didn't take any time to think about it.
Pete is later found guilty and his father has a stroke.
Erica breaks down at the surgery, Nick is on hand to offer her comfort. Her day
worsens when she is confronted by an irate mother who has found out that Erica
has prescribed her daughter the pill through hearing Norman gossiping about it in
his chemist. Erica warns Norman that if anything like this happens again she will
report him and have his license taken away.
Rose tells Andrew she doesn't want him by her side as her doctor, she wants him
there as her son.
Erica finally learns that her patient is in labour, and despite complications
delivers a baby girl. When she arrives home she is surprised to find Nick on her
doorstep. She tells him she really wants to be on her own tonight. He leaves and
the phone rings - it's Andrew.