(Series 25, Ep.6) Warning: this review contains some nudity. And a bit of violence. And Bing Crosby.
Jeffrey, officially The Paramedic With The Nicest Teeth Ever, was supposed to help with Nick Jordan’s latest scheme – convincing the world in general and the Holby regional press in particular that Holby A&E is fabulous – by picking up an award for his heroic actions at the college siege, and by demonstrating CPR on local telly.
You’d think this would give Jeff ample opportunity and reason to demonstrate his lovely teeth by grinning in a proud and happy manner all day long, but not so. In fact Jeff was decidedly grumpy and tense throughout the episode – he even punched someone (who did deserve it). And while Dixie and Big Mac were left to do the CPR demo, Jeff was at home, curled up in the shower in a foetal postion having a good cry.
I’m guessing it’s post-traumatic stress because of what happened at the siege (which apparently we’ll discover more about next week). Despite the soothing presence of Charlie, Holby A&E really aren’t very good at dealing with upset staff – hence we had weeks of Polly being freaked out after Alistair’s suicide, and months of Adam behaving in all kinds of wacky ways after his baby died. They have an occasional staff counsellor (Toby’s boyfriend), but he seems neither use nor ornament.
Meanwhile, Adam and Maverick Nurse Kirsty are circling ever closer to each other, as they bonded over Simone (who was hurt in the siege and shot in the hospital and whose mother, Cindy Beale, is a bit of a pain).
Nick and Zoe watch: He had a little dig at her about her smoking, but otherwise no Nick & Zoe action to speak of. But as she sat at the bedside of a dying man, was she thinking about Nick? I’d like to think so.
Posted by PLA (more Casualty posts here)