EPISODE 1 FOR THE LOVE THE CHILD
Tom takes his last look around Joanna’s house as the ‘sold’ sign is put up. Tom
has been filling in as a locum at The Beeches and arrives there for the practice
meeting. Bridget comments to Carol that Tom looks brighter then he has done
recently, but Carol says it’s hard to tell.
In the meeting, Andrew thanks everyone for pulling together during, what has
been, a really tough time. He says now that Sam has been made a full partner and
a new doctor has been found things can only get better for The Beeches. Andrew
explains that the new doctor: army medical officer Alex Redman, will be late in
arriving at The Beeches as her own replacement hasn’t yet arrived. Andrew asks
Tom if he can continue to locum. Tom says he’ll stay for the rest of the week
but then he has to go as he has things to sort out with his move to Scotland.
At Derby County, Tom introduces Alice to baby Joe; his and Joanna’s baby. Alice
comments on how Joe looks more like Joanna every day. Tom is called away and
Alice says she’ll give Joe his bottle.
Kerri's Aunt Jenny arrives to stay with Kerri's parents; John and Jenny’s sister
Sylvia. Jenny has returned from her luxurious life in Spain to spend some time
with the family. During a family dinner, Sam notices that Jenny is in pain and
asks her to come and visit him at The Beeches. Jenny makes an appointment and
Sam examines her. He is concerned by a scar on her abdomen, Jenny says it was
caused by an operation to remove her appendix. When Sam asks further questions,
Jenny is reluctant to let him examine her anymore and she leaves the surgery.
Andrew asks Tom how Joe is. Tom says he’s doing well and has had no more
breathing difficulties. Tom says he doesn’t know how he and Joe are going to
cope. Andrew tells him they’ll be fine.
Sam is not convinced by Jenny’s reason behind her scar and asks Andrew if an
appendix scar could be horizontal. Andrew says he’s never seen one like that
before – Sam says neither has he.
Jenny starts work at John and Sylvia’s bakery. She is determined to prove
herself in the job and whilst lifting some cooking from the oven she collapses.
Jenny doesn’t want an ambulance and tells John and Sylvia to call Sam. Sam
arrives and is adamant that Jenny needs to be taken to hospital. Jenny tells Sam
that the scar was caused by a caesarean. The tests results show there is an
obstruction in Jenny’s bowel. Sam says it could have been caused by the
caesarean scar tissue as sometimes these things take a long time to flare up.
Jenny tells Sam she doesn’t want Kerri to know about her caesarean operation.
The doctors tell Tom that Joe is ready to go home. His chest x-ray is clear. The
consultant asks Tom if he’s ready – Tom says he is.
Kerri walks into Jenny’s room whilst she and Sam are discussing the caesarean.
Kerri asks what the consultant said, Sam tells her he has to go and tells Kerri
to ask Jenny what’s wrong with her. Kerri is confused by Sam not wanting to be
involved in Jenny’s case, especially when he refuses to accompany Kerri on a
visit to see Jenny at the hospital.
Tom gets involved in the plight of a young girl, Sarah, who is covered in
bruises. Her parents Ian and Pam, have recently split up and Tom takes it upon
himself to ask them both if Sarah has come to any harm under their care. Andrew
is not happy with the way Tom has handled the case as Ian is his patient. Tom
tells him that Sarah is very lucky to have two parents and says he wanted to
keep it that way as some children are not as lucky as Sarah. Andrew sees the
case has double meaning to Tom and tells him he knows he misses Joanna, they all
do, but he stresses that he mustn't let his situation affect his judgement. Tom
is offended and tells Andrew he can find himself another locum.
Sam has made the connection and realises that Jenny is Kerri’s mum. Jenny tells
him she had Kerri when she was just 16 years old. As John and Sylvia had a
stable life and had been trying for a child of their own she gave Kerri to them.
She tells Sam they always agreed that Kerri would never find out. Sam explains
to Jenny and John how difficult it is for him to face Kerri now that he knows
this huge secret about her that she doesn’t even know herself.
JENNY: I make a great auntie but I'd have made a terrible
Isn't that for Kerri to judge?
Tom begins to clear out his office at The Beeches. He finds an old newspaper
that has reported on Joanna’s death. From the headline we learn that the farmer
who shot her committed suicide.
On top of the abuse claims, Ian also discovers he has Lenieres disease and
Andrew tells him he mustn't drive until further tests are done. However when
Sarah turns up at his workplace unannounced, Ian is concerned by her high
temperature and rash on her face. He has no option but to drive her to a doctors
surgery. Andrew and Tom soon catch on to the fact that Sarah is missing and go
in pursuit of Ian.
As Ian is driving he has a dizzy spell and loses control of his car. He crashes
the vehicle inches away from Dr Alex Redman who is on the side of the road
reading her road map. As the car begins to smoke Alex drags Sarah from the
wreckage. Andrew and Tom arrive in time to watch the car explode, with Alex and
Ian inside. Alex appears with Ian and introduces herself to Andrew and Tom. They
are surprised to have met their new partner is such bizarre circumstances.
Kerri asks Sam what she has done wrong, she says she thought they were doing
really well. Kerri asks if it is something to do with her family, she says she
knows they can be a bit much at times but says they mean well. Sam says it’s not
her or her family, he just had a problem with a patient which he now knows how
to sort out.
SAM: Kerri is the most important thing that's ever happened
to me. I can't build our relationship on a lie
Ian and Sarah are taken to hospital where tests reveal that Sarah’s bruises have
been caused by a blood disorder.
Tom takes Joe to The Beeches and introduces him to the staff. Andrew tells Tom
that Treeclow surgery wants someone to take over their patients. Andrew says he
thinks The Beeches should do it. He says that in order to handle the new number
of patients The Beeches would need a fourth partner and asks Tom to join he, Sam
and Alex at The Beeches. Andrew tells Tom he and Joe could have a great future
in Cardale. Tom looks around at Joe neatly settled in Carol’s arms and agrees to
stay in Cardale and at The Beeches.