(Series 25, Ep.38, 39) I just watched Saturday’s episode, and it’s sapped my blogging energy. But I shall stagger on to that in a minute. First a brisk stroll through last week’s episode, the one where Mads came face-to-face with the cabby who tried to rape her (I say “tried,” because it’s not clear whether he succeeded – the suggestion seemed to be that she fought him off).
Previously, I’ve liked Mads. She’s been a really original character – shy, conventional, but with an independent streak and a subversive sense of humour. There was a lovely episode where a patient from Pakistan reminded Mads of her culture, and particularly told her not to be led astray by the likes of that strumpet Dr Zoe Hanna, but Mads went to the pub after work anyway, with that wide-eyed expression on her face that looks like she’s just arrived on a time-and-culture machine but she thinks she’ll fit into this new world just fine.
Sadly I didn’t feel sorry for her as much as irritated by her in this episode. It wasn’t Hasina Haque’s fault – she was given little else to do but employ her trademark wide-eyed expression, only this time denoting fear. There were too many scenes where the screen was just filled with that rabbit-in-the-headlights visage. And I was irritated that you apparently can’t have a female Muslim character without at some point involving her in a “bringing shame on the family”-type plot.
Last week also reintroduced Christine Tremarco as Linda Andrews, who previously pitched up as Jess’s free-spirited best friend. This time she looks set to stay a bit longer, because she’s now employed in the ED as a nurse.
This week saw her acting a bit like she’s the new Dr Zoe Hanna – sleeping with unsuitable men, coming into work with a hangover and a bag full of the unsuitable man’s clothing. A shame, this, as she was supposed to be in charge of the whole department. No-one wanted to take over Tess’s job – they all hope Tess will change her mind and do it herself – so Nick Jordan appointed Linda. ″With you at the wheel, we can expect the hospital to be on its knees by lunchtime,” was his vote of confidence, but the plan was to force a more competent pair of hands to take over when Linda messed up.
She wasn’t helped by locum doctor Simon turning out to be her former fiance. You could see why she jilted him if his bedside manner was anything to go by.
Anyway, the plot, such as it was, revolved around an injured boy and his dad, who was supposed to have died in a train crash but who’d used the opportunity to do a Reggie Perrin and disappear. Only now he was back. Only Linda believed him. Also lurking was the very annoying Dr Dylan Keogh, who hasn’t worked in the ED since Polly died.
Wherever Dylan goes there’s an accident (it was a car crash this time). The citizens of Harrogate, where he was due for a job interview, will be no doubt relieved to know that, with a little encouragement from Dr Zoe Hanna, it looks like he’ll be staying in Holby.
A pretty “meh” episode, then. Too much Dylan and Linda, not enough Nick Jordan. No Henrik Hanssen at all, and just the merest glimpse of Ruth. But never mind – episodes are like trains at Holby Station, which looked very small and rural for the seething metropolis that is Holby. There’ll be another one along next week.
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