A Sydney-based family dentist who enjoys SCUBA diving and aquarium tending. Has a niece named Darla that shares his interests in a less gentle manner.
Winner of a Giant Gold Tooth Award.
Dr. Philip Sherman is a family dentist with an office overlooking the Sydney harbor. His mailing address (either of his home or his dental practice) is 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. Dr. Sherman has an aquarium with a variety of exotic fish bought or procured from a variety of places. He is extremely proud of his aquarium, despite it being a large tank of bacteria in a sterile, medical setting. He meticulous tends to the aquarium, cleaning it and sparing no expense to keep it looking beautiful. It is the show piece of his dental offices as it separates his exam room from his waiting room. He shows equal devotion to his young niece Darla who has a tendency to kill fish. Dr. Philip Sherman is an able dentist. At some point in his past he wins some kind of golden tooth award for oral excellence. For some reason, he keeps a picture of himself with the trophy rather than the trophy.
His name P. Sherman is a pun on the word "fisherman." P. Sherman (Peesher Man).
Taken. If This Fish's Father was a Liam Neeson Fish, Dr. Sherman would be in Trouble.
Philip Sherman is an avid scuba diver and takes a vacation to the Great Barrier Reef. He and his diving partners explore the edge of the Reef and admire the colorful fish and coral. Dr. Sherman also spots a small clownfish that he believes his niece Darla will appreciate. He takes the fish in a bag (an act that is illegal) and returns to his boat. As the boat gets underway, he accidentally knocks his goggles with his address written on them into the ocean. He sails back to Sydney with his group and resumes his normal life as a dentist. He places the small clownfish in his dental office aquarium where he hopes it plays nice with the other fish.
Dr. Sherman sees patients, performing a variety of dental procedures from routine check-ups to root canals. Occasionally he has to force a wayward pelican out of an open window. He considers buying a pelican-proof lock and perhaps locking his window every once and while. At one point, Dr. Sherman is surprised by a pelican flying into his dental office window. The shock startles the doctor into extracting a tooth from a patient rather suddenly and painfully. Dr. Sherman apologizes but points out that at least it was the right tooth.
Philip Sherman prepares for the arrival of his niece for her check-up. He traditionally gives her presents upon her visits to encourage her maintain good oral hygiene. He plans to give her the clownfish child he stole from the Reef. Dr. Sherman normally cleans his aquarium by hand before the arrival of his niece, placing the fish in individual sealed bags while he drains the tank. However, this time he buys an AquaScum 2003 automated filth eliminator. It employs laser technology and science of some kind. Dr. Sherman allows the machine to keep the tank clean for him.
His niece Darla arrives, and Dr. Sherman prepares her for her dental exam. He plies her with the gift of the fish. He walks over to the clownfish, which he packaged earlier, and notices it is apparently dead. He tries to covertly throw the bagged fish away and claim that her real gift is still in the car. In the process, that odd pelican with an interest in dentistry arrives in the dental office window. It flies into the room and causes a fracas. Dr. Sherman chases and subdues the pelican, forcing it back outside as he closes the still unlocked window. He soon hears his niece screaming as his angelfish is flopping around on top of her head. He questions why all the animals have gone crazy before knocking himself senseless on a piece of medical equipment. He recovers and places the angelfish back in his aquarium. He marks the clownfish as a loss as it jumps into a draining basin. He cleans up his office and gives his niece her dental exam.
Now That Shouldn't Be.
The next day, Dr. Sherman is surprised to find his aquarium is filthy and covered with a layer of slime and algae. He complains to his assistant Barbara that the AquaScum 2003 was supposed to be a time saver. He states that it has a lifetime guarantee but breaks almost immediately. He decides to clean the aquarium by hand and places all of his fish into individual bags. He cleans the tank but discovers the fish have rolled away through the open window and into the Sydney Harbor. Dr. Sherman needs new fish and a lock on his window.
Personality and Traits
The Best of Both Worlds: Dentist and Amateur Marine Biologist.
Dr. Philip Sherman is a generally affable dentist. He tries to put his patients at ease with a calm setting and a cool bedside manner. Some of his sanitation practices are in question such as having a large fish tank in his exam room. He fawns over his niece, complimenting her for her dental hygiene practices and showering her with presents. He tries to keep his fish happy, but he does not realize fish can never be happy unless they are free. In other words, he is like any other Human who keeps pets. He feels his office is secure despite numerous break-ins by rogue pelicans. Still, he prefers to spends hundreds of dollars on a robot aquarium cleaner instead of a twenty-five cent lock for his window.