Al Haskey (played by Ian Midlane) is in one of his grumpy moods on today's episode of the BBC daytime drama Doctors (BBC1, 1.45pm - see our TV Guide for listings).
Al tells surgery receptionist Valerie Pitman (Sarah Moyle) how he was asked to speak at a LARP (live action role-playing) event the night before.
But the evening was ruined by a newbie who kept making lots of annoying suggestions.
Little does Al know, but that very same newbie Gerry Glover (Dominic Geraghty) is about to turn-up at the Campus Surgery!
TRIVIA: Dominic Geraghty previously played Fiz Stape's solicitor on Coronation Street when she got arrested and was accused of being her dodgy husband John's criminal accomplice!
University handyman Gerry has managed to cut himself on a saw.
Al is horrified as Gerry loudly announces himself.
The GP can't wait to stitch-up Gerry and send him on his way!
Meanwhile, Al tries to help student Lulu Ronson (Emily Dewett).
The shy first year student has just moved to Letherbridge against her mother's advice who wanted her to stay closer to home.
Al prescribes Lulu with an inhaler and is concerned her asthma is being made worse by the state of her student accommodation.
But when Al complains to the Housing Officer Ellen Croft (Michelle Moran) about Lulu's mouldy student accommodation, Ellen practically hangs-up on him.
But it seems there's prior history between Al and Ellen.
Valerie seems to remember that Al was forced to apologise to Ellen in the past.
Didn't Al try to seduce Ellen with a sausage on a stick and she complained he was harassing her?!
Al is not amused with Valerie for stirring-up the past and is determined to help Lulu one way or another.
Will mean and moody Ellen pay attention when Al confronts her with photos of Lulu's room and threatens to take legal action...
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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