SERIES 8 EPISODE
9 THE FIRST STONE
With Andrew and Dawn on holiday, Kelly fills in as receptionist.
Joanna tells Martin he looks like he could do with a night out and suggests a
film might help to ease his problems. He tells her he doesn’t have any problems.
She says in that case he can just keep her company whilst she watches the film.
Joanna, Sam and Kelly go to the pub for a drink. Joanna is cornered by patient
Grace who wants a home visit. Joanna tells her she is having a drink with her
friends and will see her at the surgery tomorrow. However Grace talks Joanna
round and Joanna agrees to visit her house the following day.
When Joanna arrives at Graces house she is horrified to see the filthy
kitchen, rat problems and her cats roaming the kitchen surfaces. Joanna
suspects that Grace has Weils disease, a disease caught from rats urine. Joanna
calls public health but is challenged by Rita who feels Joanna is judging Grace
based on evidence of her poor hygiene and an un-kept house. Joanna tells Rita she is
concerned for the welfare of the children next door.
JOANNA: I could just be stabbing in the dark
Joanna Graham? Never.
Joanna later receives the results of Graces test which reveal she doesn’t have
Weils disease but chickenpox – caught from the child next door! She apologises to
Grace and Rita but luckily they see the irony in the situation.
Sam rallies around taking on the diet clinic as well as doing surveys on all The
Beeches asthmatic and diabetic patients. Kelly comments that he is trying to
Joanna and Martin spend the evening in. He tells her that he is having some
time out from the hospital but says it has nothing to do with what happened with
Rachel. He says he is tired of the hospital bureaucracy. Joanna says he deserves
the time off and he agrees to join her watch her film.