SERIES 8 EPISODE
Joanna clears out her book shelf to help with Alice's book drive. Running late
and caught in the middle of traffic, Joanna collides with another vehicle.
Joanna and both passengers in the vehicle are fine, but local fruit picker
Amanda interferes and says Joanna was at fault. Despite Joanna’s pleas for Amanda
to keep out of something that doesn’t concern her, Amanda vows to report her and
puts Joanna in a bad mood for the rest of the day.
When Joanna arrives at work, Dawn tells her that Martin has called twice.
However Joanna, still stressed from the accident, ignores Dawn’s request to call
Martin back and retreats to her office. Dawn later tells her that Martin has
called a third time and asks Joanna why she doesn’t want to see Martin. Joanna
tells Dawn she doesn’t need or want a man.
DAWN: What's wrong with him apart from the fact he's rich,
successful and single
Alice calls Joanna’s house and leaves a message on her answering machine. She
asks Joanna if she’d like to stay for some supper after she has dropped the
books around. Alice hangs up the phone when there is a knock at the door,
assuming it’s Joanna she freely opens the door and to her horror lets in a
As Joanna reaches Alice’s house her mobile rings – it’s Martin. He is surprised
that this time he has reached the real thing instead of her answering machine or
Dawn! As Joanna and Martin chat on the phone the intruder smashes up Alice’s
house. He turns over her table and chairs and then reaches for her treasured
photo of her husband Eric, she screams at him to leave it alone but he kicks her to
the floor. Joanna hears the commotion and tells Martin something’s wrong and
that she has to go. Joanna heads for Alice’s house and when she looks through
the kitchen window she sees the intruder and calls the police. She tries to get
in the house but the door is locked. As she moves round to the the window she
sees the intruder repeatedly kicking Alice – she shouts at him to leave her
alone and tells him she has called the police. The intruder runs out of the
house knocking Joanna over in the process.
Alice is rushed to hospital with Joanna by her side. Martin appears and tells
Joanna he was worried something had happened to her when she hung up on him like
that. Joanna brushes off his comfort and goes to see Alice. Alice is scared and
traumatised and is shaking with fear as Joanna sits by her side.
Joanna arrives home to find Alice’s message on her answering machine, feeling
guilty at knowing that Alice expected her when she answered the door, Joanna
heads to bed.
The whole of Cardale is shocked by the brutal attack on Alice. Andrew tells Dawn
he’s upset about what has happened and says he is going to get security locks on
her house. He tells her if anything ever happened to her he doesn’t know what
he’d do. Dawn tells him she’s not used to someone looking after her and says it
is going to take some time to get used to.
DAWN: I'm not used to people
looking after me
ANDREW: You better get used to it
Joanna spends the day staring into space and shutting out Andrew, Dawn and Sam
when they try to talk to her about Alice. The police come to visit her and are
surprised when she reveals that the intruder knocked her over before running
away. The police press Joanna for a description but she says it all happened so
fast she can’t remember anything. The police officer tells her there was no sign
of forced entry and says Alice must have opened the door to her attacker. Joanna
says she knows – Alice thought it was her.
Rita visits Alice at the hospital and is shocked by the state of her injuries.
Rita sits beside her and tries to talk to her but Alice becomes hysterical and
starts screaming. Rita is ushered out of the way whilst Alice is calmed down.
Joanna calls Martin but his phone is answered by his secretary who says he is in
surgery. She asks Joanna is she wants to leave a message but Joanna says no and
hangs up the phone.
Joanna goes to see Alice. She tells her that the police are here and would like
to speak to her. Alice is distraught by memories of her ruined house and the
smashed picture of Eric. As Alice becomes more and more hysterical
she cries out in pain. Joanna examines her and discovers that Alice is bleeding
internally, it wasn’t her spleen that was damaged in the attack - it was her liver.
Joanna waits anxiously as Alice is taken down to theatre again. Martin arrives by
her side and tells her he has performed the surgery on Alice himself. He tells
Joanna he is sure Alice will make a full recovery. Martin tells Joanna that what
happened wasn’t her fault but Joanna snaps back at him and tells him that whilst
they chatted cosily on the phone Alice was being beaten up.
Joanna later feels guilty and calls Martin to ask if they can meet up. She asks
where he is and says she would like to meet up now if he’s not too busy. Martin
tells her to look over to her right. As Joanna looks over Martin is standing by
his car, he tells her he couldn’t go home knowing she was still at the hospital
JOANNA: Where are you? Can we meet?
MARTIN: Look over to your right
Joanna and Martin go back to her house and quickly fall into bed. The following
morning Joanna gets ready for work and acts as so nothing has happened. Martin
tells her this is ‘vintage Joanna’, treating him like some casual pick up who she
regrets the next morning. They are interrupted by the phone and Joanna leaves.
At The Beeches practice meeting Joanna relieves the others by saying she will
be reducing some of her community duties. Andrew and Sam are glad and say she
needs a break.
Joanna arrives back at the hospital and is touched when she sees Martin talking
to Alice. Martin is cold towards Joanna but she tells him she doesn’t know how
to go about ‘starting them up’ again. He tells her as far as their relationship
is concerned the next move is up to her.