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Series 5 - Episode 4
Mother Knows Best
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Louisa’s thoughtless, feckless mother (Louise Jameson) arrives in Portwenn to meet her new grandchild. But granny isn’t welcome as it becomes obvious that Louisa and her mum have Big Issues from way, way back in Louisa’s childhood.
But that doesn’t stop Louisa, who seems to spend a disproportionate amount of time pushing that unwieldy pram around the village, from asking mum - who is smoking a fag at the time - to babysit. Yes, of course, it all goes a bit wrong. Meanwhile the Doc continues to change his new son’s nappies while wearing rubber gloves.
The only sane note is struck by splendid Auntie Ruth (the divine Eileen Atkins) who is very gamely making a go of the farm.
Louisa's hippie mother Eleanor (Louise Jameson) arrives in the village, immediately taking over Martin's kitchen to prepare a herbal tonic, which she later gives to the baby to stop his crying. A culinary rivalry develops between Bert and Mark Bridge, the landlord of the Crab and Lobster pub, at Portwenn Fun Day, with both keen to take advantage of the event by providing food for the spectators.
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