(Series 13, Ep.22) Young Dr Oliver Valentine, aka Boy Valentine, looked so promising when he first appeared in Holby. He was confident, keen, clever and had a winning way with the ladies (Chrissie, Daisha and even – and you’ve got to be confident for this – Jac Naylor). Permanently in his shadow was sister Penny (aka Girl Valentine, aka Pitstop). Apart from her luscious hair, Penny struggled to stand out. Elliott Hope, who sees more deeply into people’s souls than most, championed Penny, but to most people it was Boy Valentine who was the top sibling.
Recently, however, Oliver has been increasingly rubbish. He makes mistakes, he blunders, he lies and he hides behind Penny to cover up what he’s done. And now, we know why. Following yet another error-strewn shift on AAU, during which he thought his carelessness had cost the life of a patient (it hadn’t, as it turned out), Oliver ended up in the basement clutching a pack of sleeping pills. It took Penny a while to find him – I could have told her he’d be in the basement, because they always are (see footnote here). And he made a shocking confession: back in the early days of the Valentine siblings’ medical career, Olly had swapped their exam papers around. Penny had passed her exam, and he hadn’t, but he made it look like she was the one who had failed. Apart from being a blight on poor Pen’s confidence ever since, the fact that Oliver had never passed the original exam (no matter how many exams he might have passed since) means that he is practising medicine illegally.
It’s all too much for Penny, who has gone on a little holiday, and wants Oliver to have told Michael Spence all about his crime before she gets back – or she’ll tell him herself.
Meanwhile, my theory that Sahira and Hanssen are married has been bolstered somewhat by the fact that the writers are being so very cagey about mentioning her home life, and by the odd little looks that Hanssen gives whenever her children are mentioned. Irish Dr Greg thinks he’s in with a chance with her, but if I was him I wouldn’t be bothering with taking my best suit to the dry cleaners just yet.
The tedious Dan Hamilton, bone expert, has his eye on the lovely Chrissie Williams and spent the episode getting information from Sacha about her. Poor Sacha, he’s the loveliest man but Chrissie is, as we know from her previous sexual history, far more likely to go for a boring man with a firm jawline than a complete angel in human form whose look can best be described as “cuddly.”
Next time: Hanssen and Ric clash. Again. And Jac’s in bother – again.
Posted by PLA (more Holby here)