Al Haskey (played by Ian Midlane) is having second thoughts about his new online romance with the mysterious Starbuck on Doctors (1.45pm - see our TV Guide for listings).
Al's colleague Jimmi Clay (Adrian Lewis Morgan) has the GP worried that Starbuck may not be who she claims to be.
But surgery receptionist Valerie Pitman (Sarah Moyle) loves a good romance and is disappointed when she hears Al is now avoiding his online ladyfriend.
Valerie turns detective and is able to track down a photo of Casey Matthews (aka Starbuck)!
Al is thrilled and delights in rubbing Jimmi's nose in it.
Starbucks is a REAL woman and Al intends to get back in the flirting game!
Bear Sylvester (Dex Lee) is enjoying having his mum Makeda (Angela Wynter) about.
He's excited about pitching his street food plan to her, to boost business at Makeda's Caribbean cafe.
But Bear is in for a SHOCK when Makeda reveals she is shutting-up shop and moving to France!
And that's not the only surprise in store.
Makeda is now stepping-out with rival cafe owner, Clive Hopper (Jim Findley)!
What an unexpected turn of events!
There's panic at midwife Ruhma Carter's (Bharti Patel) latest antenatal clinic, when a pet hamster escapes and goes on the loose!
Mum-to-be Emie Hazel (Gina Fillingham) arrives for her appointment.
But Ruhma is alarmed when she discovers Emie has bought her emotional support pet hamster with her in a cage!
Emie struggles in social situations and desperately wants to keep her furry friend by her side!
What will Ruhma do?
Meanwhile, mismatched couple Kate Lodge (Fiona Sagar) and Jake Sewell (Adam Gillian) also arrive for the same antenatal clinic.
But panic sets in when Emie's pet hamster disappears from its cage!
Kate tries to process the news that she is further along than she thought.
So she's not impressed when Jake disappears from the room to help Emie look for her runaway rodent!
Doctors continues every Monday to Thursday at 1:45pm on BBC One.
Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.
Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?
Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!
Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.
He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.
Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)
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