(Series 14, Ep.4) After a seriously arty opening concerning Eddi and a Mysterious Stranger on the roof (more of whom later), the episode settled down to be a true feast for fans of Jac Naylor. And, seriously, what’s not to like about Jac Naylor? The motorbike leathers. The feline eyes. The pithy way with a put-down (loved her calling the paediatrician a “nursemaid in a novelty watch”). The breathtakingly brilliant surgical skills. The way she’s more than a sum of all these parts because she’s vulnerable under the toughness, but you have to look so darn hard to know it.
In short, she’s magnificent – a fact not lost on the aforementioned paediatrician, Sean Dolan, who spent the episode flirting like all crazy with her. Brave or foolish or both? Jac was too busy saving her patient’s life to seriously notice. The patient in question was Freya, the baby from last week whose mother left her. Jac didn’t feel she handled the mother all that well, but she knew she could sort out Freya’s medical problems. “You can live without a dysfunctional mother,” she said, speaking from experience, “But you can’t live without a functioning heart.” Everyone agreed that Jac was amazing in the operating theatre, refusing to give up and literally keeping Freya alive by pumping her teeny heart with one gloved hand.
With all this going on, there was hardly any time left to make Young Dr Oliver Valentine jump through hoops, so he was left to wander the corridors of orthopaedics in search of material for his and Jac’s supposedly joint study. What he found was a future career path. Seduced by the easy-going world of Dull Dan and his amusing antics with a mallet (not a euphemism), Oliver decided Dan would henceforth be his mentor. Dull Dan could see the attraction. “With Jac as your mentor, orthopaedics probably seems like Center Parcs,” he said. Which was exactly Jac’s view when she heard what Ollie had decided – but it’s safe to assume that Jac would rather extract her own eyeballs with an ice cream scoop than holiday at Center Parcs.
And now we must return to the roof, and its panoramic view over Borehamwood, the Hollywood of Hertfordshire. Eddi was up there recovering from a hangover, and just as well, too. You really need the self-styled Best Nurse In The Hospital on hand when someone is about to throw themselves off the roof. Only he wasn’t. Dr Luc Hemingway – for it was he – was merely taking a bit of air before starting his shift. Dr Luc is claustrophobic, and needed a bit of open space before plunging into the murky depths of AAU. Where he again encountered Eddi. Predictably, there was sexual chemistry and predictably they clashed over a patient. Dr Luc has a rather marvellous way about him. He’s like a bit of Linden Cullen with a dash of Dan Clifford and just a suspicion of Joseph Byrne. In other words – I like. I like very much. And I liked the way he saved a child’s life but didn’t feel the need to correct Eddi when she told everyone that she’d done it. Eddi was so busy being the Best Nurse In The Hospital that she didn’t notice Luc is claustrophobic, even though he made every excuse not to go into elevators or cupboards. What’s the betting he gets locked into one or both in an episode soon?
Next time: Remember that agency nurse who had a bit of a thing with Dull Dan? He’s back as a patient. And Mary-Claire is back as a nurse – hurrah!
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