(Series 14, Ep.19) Finally, finally we got a glimpse of Sahira Shah the Registrah’s invisible husband Rafi. What have we learned? (a) He’s not invisible. (b) His surname is not Shah, it’s Raza (or “Razzer,” in Irish Dr Greg-speak) and (c) he mumbles. That’s about all we’ve learned, really. “Have you met Rafi?” Sahira said to Jac, by way of introducing them. “I’ve heard almost nothing about you!” said Jac. Having met Rafi myself now (televisually speaking), I can see why he wouldn’t be a major talking point.
Irish Dr Greg was not pleased with the appearance of Dr Razzer, but at least it stopped him wandering the corridors uttering his desperate cry of “Sahira! Sahira!” Instead he was reduced to Gazing Mournfully and rescheduling people’s operations to try and avoid his beloved Registrah. Of course it all went tits-up in theatre, when an under-age patient turned out to have an allergy he hadn’t thought of mentioning to the aforementioned Dr Razzer when he did his pre-op checks. Speaking of which, isn’t it funny how, when we have a main character who’s an anaesthetist (Zubin, Annaliese) they’re always hovering around the wards and ITU. But the rest of the time, anaesthetists are confined to sitting at the head end during operations and not saying much.
Sahira had to pitch in and help save the patient, and Hanssen paid a visit to loom at everyone through the glass, so we had an operating theatre full of Sahira’s admirers. I’m not including the scrub nurse in this, but she can’t be immune to the charms of the Registrah, surely?
At the end of the episode, Hanssen marked Greg’s card about tampering with other people’s relationships – which is rich, coming from the man who schemed to have the invisible Rafi installed in Holby just so he could keep Sahira close by.
Meanwhile, in parts of the hospital where they care less about Sahira, Frieda found herself being mentored by Dull Dan. Her somewhat maverick style and – let’s face it – superior doctorly instincts got up Dan’s nose, but not as much as her closeness to Malick. Our Dan was just an eensy bit jealous, but whether it’s because he’s still hankering after a bit of hot Malick action or whether he’s just jealous of Antoine’s relaxed mentoring style I’m not sure.
And in other news, Michael Spence is going to be sharing the clinical lead job with New Dr Alex. And Sacha has been forced to store lots of his precious bits and bobs in the hospital basement, because Chrissie can’t be doing with his clutter (it doesn’t bode well for the longevity of their relationship, frankly). There’s an armchair down there and a skeleton and everything. It looks so darn cosy he ought to consider renting it out to Dr Luc Hemingway, at least for the colder months. It’s got to be better than a mobile home in the hospital car park.
Posted by PLA (more Holby here)