Doctor Doctor Season 1 Episodes

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Season 1 Episode Guide

Episode 1 - Doctor Doctor

Knocked off his pedestal and on to the Impaired Registrants Program, Hugh, now a mere GP, returns to his childhood home of Whyhope, where he unwittingly gatecrashes the 40th anniversary party of his parents, Meryl and Jim. This awkwardly reunites Hugh with his ex-girlfriend Charlie (Nicole da Silva) and his brother - now her husband - Matt. Reporting for work at Whyhope Hospital, Penny - the Head Doctor - makes no bones about telling him she will be watching him like a hawk. But Hugh makes an even bigger enemy of Ken - the Administrator - when he sees to the pharmaceutical rep. Ken then rosters Hugh on everything from a remote case of nits to an overweight FIFO with hemorrhoids. It's only when Hugh helps nurse Aoife with emergency heart surgery that Hugh feels more like himself. And that is worth celebrating - with Aoife and a bottle of Scotch. Old habits.


Episode 2 - Home Sweet Home

Hugh wakes up in a house he doesn't recognize, littered with the remnants of a big night and Aoife face down on the floor. Thankfully, she's alive. Upon seeing his hungover state, Penny, however, is not amused and orders him to provide yet another urine sample. Hugh extracts one from a young patient in return for a doctor's note - but unfortunately, it tests positive for cannabis. Hugh's mood is boosted by a call from a Sydney surgeon in need of his help, but the respite is only fleeting as a 16-year-old pinned under a tractor tragically bleeds to death on Hugh's watch. This moment, along with a D&M with his old friend, Joey , who is facing a potential cancer diagnosis forces Hugh to reflect on his life choices. Meanwhile, tensions rise in the Knight family, as a family dinner sparks old flames and tests new dynamics. In an effort to do something right, Hugh bails up his schoolfriend-turned-mining-magnate 'Big Nathan' for $40K and hands it over to Penny for much needed MRI machine, to her delight and great surprise. Giving him a second chance, Penny decides to not test another urine sample.


Episode 3 - San Francisco

Hugh is concerned about Jim's health but as per usual, Jim doesn't want to talk about it. Penny reapportions the MRI machine funds - which is frustrating and untimely given Hugh's next patient has a head trauma. This frustration quickly turns to excitement, as Trevor, a colleague and co-pioneer in artificial heart research, turns up to show Hugh their new prototype. They trial the product on a pig they steal on a hunting trip and with the surprise help of Penny, they test its capability. Meryl ,meanwhile, is caught up in a heated political battle to be Mayor, and at risk of scandal, she sets free the stolen pig , containing the $500K artificial heart. While Ajax and Trevor attempt to track down the prized pig, Hugh assists at a B&S Ball. Fueled by alcohol and impulse, Hugh makes moves on Charlie (Nicole da Silva) and goads Meryl's political opponent into a violent resolution. A revelation with his head trauma patient, causes Hugh to recalibrate his approach to life and medicine.


Episode 4 - I Need Another Drink

When Hugh is sued for malpractice he must travel back to Sydney to defend himself. He drags Matt along with him in an attempt to bond with his brother but it backfires when Matt is found in a comprising position with another woman. Charlie is pushed to the limit by Meryl and takes revenge with a goat and Penny is put in a tricky position while safeguarding Hugh's complicated life. In misguided honesty Matt 'comes clean' with Charlie - while Joey delivers a shocking and life changing revelation to Hugh. In a last ditch effort to pacify Henry's threats of suing, Hugh returns to Sydney with Ajax in tow and offers up his ocean view bachelor pad as compensation - big city life is getting further and further away.


Episode 5 - We Don't Need

Hugh becomes the town hero after footage goes viral of him saving a promising young footballer from a booby trapped paddock-turned-minefield. He is swiftly brought back down to reality after being accosted by Ajax for not being able to fix the footballer's hand, and also by Meryl for letting Ajax search the minefield for his friend's fingers. Matt, Charlie, Hugh, Aoife, Joey and Tugger all blow off some steam and get back to basics - a country style lock in with plenty of booze. Charlie has a revelatory kiss, and tries to re-energise her relationship with Matt, only to collapse in pain. Hugh gains a deeper understanding of Penny and what it means to be a parent, while she grieves the anniversary of her husband's death. With Penny AWOL, Hugh must operate on Charlie's ectopic pregnancy. As she and Matt grow closer, Hugh turns to Aoife for some distraction. Hugh-style.


Episode 6 - Golden Harvest

When a brawl at the local pub turns fatal, Hugh learns that they can't save them all. But things only get worse when the transplant team arrives from Sydney, and it's led by Hugh's ex-colleague and long term rival, Daniel. Hugh desperately attempts to hide the fact that he is now working as a country GP, but it's not long before Daniel has exposed him. In the process, Hugh ridicules Whyhope Hospital, and inadvertently offends Penny, Betty and Ken. When Hugh and Penny go to give vaccinations to a rural family they have a run-in with Craig - a farmer with a shotgun. Forced to talk his way out, Hugh is given a fast lesson in what's involved in being a country doctor. Which is lucky, for when Hugh realises that Betty's friend has a subdural haemorrhage, it calls for some low-tech fast thinking, and he drills a bore hole into the man's skull to reduce the pressure. Meanwhile Charlie and Matt are dealing with the aftermath of Charlie's ectopic pregnancy, and Meryl begins on a series of well meaning, but misguided attempts to comfort her. The family gets together for Ajax's sixteenth birthday dinner, complete with an outlandish present from Hugh: a Ducati. During dinner Hugh is outed by a tweet from Ken, and the whole family discover why he is really back in Whyhope.


Episode 7 - This is Not a Love Song

Hugh gets a running start to his day, when a FIFO worker named Jazz goes on a meth-fuelled psychotic break outside the hospital, and ends up chopping off part of his penis. And that's not the only thing thrown his way - Aoife, tells him she loves him... and gives him 24 hours to say it back. Meanwhile Meryl prepares to unveil her latest contribution to this town - a large statue of a wine bottle and grapes, with an unfortunate resemblance to something else. Gossip soon spreads throughout the town, as Meryl's work becomes famous for entirely the wrong reasons. Back at the hospital, Hugh discovers a cancer trial that's having positive results, and he pulls a few strings to get Joey admitted. But while on a trip to the mines, he and Penny get diverted and end up having to stay overnight in a small farm house. While there, Penny and Hugh have a bonding moment - that is, until she finds out that Hugh's been sleeping with her best nurse. Hugh denies that he'll leave Aoife broken-hearted, but on his return, a serious conversation between the two ends their relationship for good.


Episode 8 - The Truth Is Out There

When Hugh gets licence to perform minor surgeries, he's desperate to find a patient who needs to go under the knife. Unfortunately he gets interrupted when Floyd climbs on the roof of his school and will only listen to Hugh. He's able to talk Floyd down, but Penny starts to worry about how much time Hugh is spending with her son. At a family dinner, Meryl announces that she's going to run for Mayor, but no one is too thrilled about the idea. Meanwhile Hugh decides he wants to tell Ajax that he's his father, while Meryl and Jim are adamant that Ajax shouldn't find out. Determined to have his way, Hugh lets Charlie (Nicole da Silva) in on the secret, and before long it's leaked throughout the entire family. Meryl reluctantly agrees to tell Ajax, but insists they'll do it her way. However things don't go to plan - Hugh winds up getting his hand caught in the motor of the Ducati, and blurting it out in the worst way possible.


Episode 9 - Say Sayonara

After the accident, Hugh is left without any feeling in his hand, and his future as a surgeon is suddenly in jeopardy. He's also left to deal with his badly-timed revelation to Ajax - that he's his father. Ajax hasn't taken the news well, fleeing the family homestead and setting up camp at the old family cottage. Meryl is particularly on edge, as she's desperate for all the family to pull together for her political debate today. They manage to get Ajax there in time - but Meryl gets caught out when Rod Eagle challenges her about him, and whether he left high school illegally. Meanwhile, Joey has been sent home early from the cancer trial. Hugh is soon discovers the truth - Joey's cancer has metastasised to his brain, and there's nothing further they can do to treat him. Joey's made up his mind, he wants to go out on his own terms, and they hold a wake so that he can be surrounded by his friends one last time. Hugh finally accepts that he is unable to save him, and gives his friend the death that he deserves.


Episode 10 - Mash

When Hugh discovers that Penny is taking a new job in Sydney, he attempts to remain professional and supportive. However Penny struggles to tell the rest of the staff that she's leaving Whyhope for the big city. Hugh is soon confronted by Tugger who is desperately trying to find out if he played a role in Joey's death. But the results of the toxicology report come in, and it appears Joey was killed by snake venom, exonerating Hugh. Meanwhile, in the midst of her election campaign, Meryl discovers that all of her money has been stolen by Hugh, who argues that he took it for Joey's treatment. Back at the hospital, Penny's replacement arrives - the formidable Nora Gumbleton. But before Penny leaves, the team has one last trauma to face together: there's been an accident and a full load of bus passengers are driven into emergency. Hugh is relieved to finally get some feeling back in his hand, if only to realise what's really important to him - Penny. He goes to tell her, but it's too late, and he watches her drive out of Whyhope without him.


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