Holby City: Farewell Joseph Byrne, the world’s most beautiful heart surgeon

(Series 13, Ep.13Yet another “end of an era” for Holby, and a personal tragedy for me, as Joseph Byrne, The World’s Most Beautiful Heart Surgeon (Luke Roberts), decided to become Joseph Byrne, The World’s Most Beautiful GP, and move to Cumbria with baby Harry.

As if to underline what we’ll be missing, the episode was packed full of Joseph goodness. He performed ninja-level surgery (the fabled and risky “elephant graft” procedure); he smiled several times; and he took his shirt off quite a lot. To top it all, there was a scene of him with his shirt off, holding the baby, and smiling all at the same time. Fabulous.

He started the episode by asking Hanssen (who was on top form throughout this episode – sarcastic, witty, odd, almost telepathic occasionally) if he could work part time. Hanssen instead offered him Connie’s job.

Sadly there was a patient around who was just ready to speak Joseph’s brains and remind him that what a boy really needs is a fully present parent. Elliott had heard of a nice GP job in Penrith which would be absolutely perfect for a young family: all that nice country air etc etc. Joseph could just picture what a lovely life he and Harry and Jac would have.

Jac? Well, can you really imagine Jac living a Doc Martin kind of life? Especially when she’s just invested in a pair of “Connie Beauchamp shoes.” Obviously she was going to say no, but you could see how much they love each other and how much it cost her to let him go. “I’d give up my life, my career, my identity, for a man who’ll always put me second,” she said, and asked him to stay. But of course he’ll always put her second, because baby Harry comes first. So Joseph drove away (after first giving the door handle of his car a little polish – his OCD does come back at odd times) and Jac was left at the Window of Regret (the one overlooking the car park), in tears.

Meanwhile, Goth Nurse Frieda was made redundant, and also had a very difficult shift thanks to new registrar Malick, who’d decided she was lazy and incompetent. He’ll have to eat his words, though, as Frieda has now decided to apply for an F1 position – meaning that I’m going to have to start calling her Goth Dr Frieda from now on (yay!). As one era ends, another begins.

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5 responses to “Holby City: Farewell Joseph Byrne, the world’s most beautiful heart surgeon

  1. inkface

    I watched this! And enjoyed it too. You are quite right, the Goth Frieda is fabulous. But I thought the elephant procedure sounded entirely implausible!

  2. pauseliveaction

    There was Joseph with his shirt off every five minutes and you’re pondering the plausibility of the elephant procedure? Get your priorities straight, woman.

    Very glad to welcome you back to the Way of Holby. Did you also love Hanssen? Not a million miles away from the wonderful Anton Meyer, but with his own tall, Swedish charm.

  3. inkface

    Ah, Mr Meyer, how I miss his firm authority and lovely hands. I liked Hanssen very much, but the spelling of his name is troublesome to the non Swedes amongst us.
    I can see what you mean about attractive features of Joseph, but I’m not familiar with his charms, and I found the baby on bare chest bit frankly irksome, in an obvious Athena poster kind of way (sorry),

  4. inkface

    Well you deserve the treat to be fair.
    And marvellous! I’ll do one immediately, now where is that cat?