EPISODE 8 BEFORE
THE LIGHTS GO OUT
notices that Dawn is beginning to suffer from working at The Beeches during the
day and at the pub at night.
Morgan arrives in Cardale as David’s locum. Whilst settling in at The Manor he
bumps into Andrew, Dawn and Georgie, they introduce themselves as his new
colleagues and Andrew welcomes him to Cardale.
Sam’s first day Joanna tells him he won’t be able to see all of David's patients
as some of them are still affected by his death and prefer to see Andrew. She
tells him she is still new herself and feels that Andrew can give those patients
still grieving for David what they need. Sam is keen and eager to get started
but a flippant comment towards Andrew on how David's death must’ve affected him
more then most, causes tension between the two. Andrew tells Joanna that he
thinks Sam is ‘too young’.
first patient is Alison Sinclair who is pregnant and experiencing cramps. Sam
does an ultrasound and is pleased to see the baby is doing fine. However when
Sam says he would like to do an internal examination Alison declines, telling Sam
that her previous doctor hurt her once during an internal examination. She also
tells Sam that she hasn’t had a smear test for 10 years. Sam uses a gentle
approach and tells her that he’ll take the procedure very slowly and if at any
time she feels pain then they can stop and start again when she’s ready. Alison
agrees and Sam thanks her for not screaming on his first day in his new job!
finds a growth on Alison's cervix, he is nervous about it but Andrew tells him
not to jump to any conclusions until he knows the full result.
goes to the hospital to visit her old colleagues and to ask for a favour. She
talks to a Dr. Sims and asks him to take on the case of one of her patients Mr.
Kappel, who needs a knee operation. She says he needs the operation urgently but
the waiting list is too long. Dr. Sims agrees he will push her patient up the
list. Joanna thanks him but asks him to be sure Consultant Dr. Bentley won’t
mind. Dr. Sims tells her he now has a new consultant – Martin Henderson. At The
Beeches Joanna tells Andrew that she thinks Martin may refuse to do the
operation due to the fact that Mr. Kappel has Alzheimer's disease.
asks Andrew for some advice. He tells him that tests have confirmed that Alison
has cervical cancer. Sam says he is not sure how to handle it because of the
fact that Alison is pregnant. Andrew tells him to present the facts to Alison and
take it from there.
leaves The Beeches early because there is a problem with her childminder. Andrew
tells her that he doesn’t think it is a good idea for her to work at the pub as
well as The Beeches. He tells her most of the customers she serves are Beeches
patients and says he doesn’t think they will feel comfortable with the fact that
she knows about their medical problems whilst serving them a pint. Dawn tells
him she’ll leave and Andrew agrees it’s the right thing to do and says he’s glad
she’s made that decision. Dawn surprises him when she announces she’ll be
leaving The Beeches – not the pub.
tells the Kappel family that her request for the operation has been turned down
because of Mr. Kappel's Alzheimer's. They are disgusted by what she has told them
but Joanna makes it clear the decision was not down to her.
pub Andrew tells Joanna that Dawn quit. He says he thought she was happy at The
Beeches and doesn’t understand why she prefers working at the pub. Joanna
explains that she thinks the reason behind Dawn’s decision is the fact that the
pub is paying her more. Joanna tells Andrew that Dawn has three kids to consider
– she tells him to give Dawn a pay rise and an apology.
goes to see Martin at the hospital. At first he turns her away because she
doesn’t have an appointment but when she says she’ll wait he postpones a meeting
for her. She says she needs to talk to him about Mr. Kappel. Martin explains his
reasons for refusing to do the operation but Joanna is not convinced. She tells him
she really didn’t want to come grovelling to him but didn’t have any choice.
Their stern stand off with each other soon melts and Joanna agrees to have dinner
with Martin later that evening.
tells Alison that she has cervical cancer. He says it’s hard to tell the true
extent of the cancer because of her pregnancy and the fact she hasn’t had a smear
test for 10 years. Sam offers to visit her house and explain to both she and her
husband Rob what will happen next.
visits Dawn at home. He tells her he doesn’t want her to leave The Beeches as
everyone he cares about leaves and he doesn’t want her to go too. He tells her
he thinks she’s done a great job at The Beeches and can’t imagine walking in
every day and not seeing her there. He tells her he is going to give her a pay rise
and Dawn agrees to stay. As she shows her thanks by giving him a kiss on the
cheek, Andrew turns his head and Dawns attempts of a friendly kiss turn into
arrives late for her date with Martin. She refuses to let him drive and says
she’d rather have her own car with her. He says he is happy to drop her back
here after dinner but insists that he drive as he knows the way to the
restaurant he has booked. Joanna tells Martin if he insists on turning this into
an argument then he is going to freeze to death waiting for her to vacate her
car. He eventually gives in and they head to the restaurant. Joanna tells him
more about Mr. Kappel and his need for the operation, as they continue to drive
Martin doesn’t recognise the location – Joanna has brought him to a pizza
MARTIN: If you insist on driving then you'll
just have to follow me
You know I was never any good at that
tells Joanna they need to clear the air before they can talk about Mr. Kappel.
He tells her he is sorry for not speaking up for her when she was scrutinised
for taking the air ambulance out to Ronnie. He says he didn’t support her
because she hurt him when she called off their relationship. Joanna says she had
to end it as Martin wanted too much, he says that’s not true – he just wanted
more then she was willing to give.
drives Martin back to where his car is, as he gets out the car he asks her to
spend the night with him. She is shocked and tells him he can’t be serious –
Martin tells Joanna he is still in love with her.
visits Ali and Rob. They tell Sam that their main concern is for their unborn
baby. They appeal for Sam's honesty and ask what will happen to the baby. Sam
tells them that tests and treatment could damage the baby and possibly kill it.
He also tells them that if Alison were to recover there is little chance of her
getting pregnant again due to the treatment. They thank him for his honesty and
tell him they will not be taking any risks with the baby – they don’t want Ali
to receive any treatment that could place danger over the babies life. Sam tells
them he respects their decision and asks if he could see it through with them.
takes Joanna her favourite sandwich and apologises for last night. He tells her
he has changed his mind about Mr. Kappel and will perform the operation. He
tells her he is doing it for her and not because he believes in Mr. Kappels
tells Andrew he wants to be a part of Cardale to see the pregnancy through with
Ali and Rob. Andrew tells him he and Joanna like the way he has handled things
with the Sinclair's and want him to stay on.