(Series 14, Ep.2) Last week a little bird injured itself by flying at Henrik Hanssen’s window. We thought it was dead, but it wasn’t, and it wasn’t just a bird, either – it was a metaphor for the very health and survival of the hospital.
This week we found that Hanssen was keeping the metaphorical health and survival of the hospital in his desk drawer and giving it water from a small pipette. This is how much he cares about and nurtures the hospital. He even cut up pieces of bread into small cubes with scissors to feed to it (the bird, not the hospital). So what he didn’t need was some jumped-up management type irritating him and the rest of the staff with evacuation drills.
This management type, Mr Swann, was a man so irritating that I found myself actually liking Sahira Shah the Registrah because she stood up to him. Hanssen stood up to him, too, with the best speech of the night. When Swann asked him if he was serious (about the hospital) he said, “I have a level of seriousness beyond your four years hands-on experience in health sector strategic planning…” (tiny pause for maximum sarcastic effect) “..and your diploma in hospitality management.” Yowch! That told him. Only it didn’t, because people like Swann have a massively inflated idea of their own importance. No wonder all the stress made Hanssen accidentally cut himself later on when trimming bread for his bird. A drop of blood fell on the bread – yes, Hanssen will actually give his own blood to keep that bird/hospital alive.
I am slightly alarmed about the bird in the drawer, though. Having once hand-reared a baby blackbird (I used to live with a lot of vet students), I do wonder whether bread is the best diet and whether Hanssen shouldn’t be out in the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery digging up worms. Also I worry that one day he’ll open that drawer and the bird will fly out and go smack straight into the window again. That would be bad news for the bird, and dreadful news for the metaphor.
Elsewhere, the glorious Sacha had to resort to trying to pretend a patient wasn’t really ill, so she could go to another hospital and get better treatment. Thanks to recent cuts, Holby isn’t doing laparoscopic procedures anymore, apparently. This poor girl would have had to have the full surgical shebang and long recovery time, but if Sacha signed her off as fit and well, she’d be able to get sorted out elsewhere. The plan was almost scuppered by Chrissie, who thought Sacha was being inept/unethical. How very dare she think that of The Sweetest Man In The World? Anyway, as soon as she found out what was what she was back on side, because Chrissie is a Good Sort, despite her strange infatuation for Dull Dan.
Look out, New York! The city that never sleeps might just be about to be put to its sternest test. Funny Little Nurse Tait is on her way, and she’s planning to stay for some time. She had a leaving party and everything. Presumably people were bribed to attend by Chantelle, because Elizabeth has been the epitome of antisocial miserableness since she set foot in the hospital. Ric Griffin said he’d miss her, but that’s because in recent months he’s only ever been in a scene if it involves peering over her shoulder. Maybe he’ll get a storyline of his own now.
Next time: Good news for fans of tight trousers – Michael Spence is back and his fate is in the hands of Sahira and Jac. And the wedding plans aren’t going smoothly for Chrissie and Dull Dan.
Posted by PLA (more Holby City here)