(Series 14, Ep.6) By leaving CT for orthopaedics, Young Dr Oliver Valentine has managed to shake off those tedious tasks that Jac used to set him. You know, stuff like learning to juggle coins with his fingers and spending long hours suturing bits of pig in the wet lab. Orthopaedics is so much more exciting. You get to do 3D jigsaws. Ok, so it was a skeleton he was piecing together, but it’s still a jigsaw.
He also got to do a bit of surgery on a mashed-up fingernail, and I have a complaint here. Please, Holby directors, don’t give us close-ups of gory stuff without preparing us with a slightly further-back shot first. I hardly had time to cover my eyes.
I’m waffling about this kind of stuff because, to be honest, it was a bit of a “meh” episode, one of those that comes along every now and again that feels like a bit of filler and doesn’t move the story along too much. We got to see a bit more of Dr Luc Hemingway in action. Still grumpy, still locking horns with The Best Nurse In The Hospital. Sahira spent a lot of time telling Greg to keep the hell away from her, but really she was protesting too much – she knows she can’t withstand that Irish charm and that beautiful nose for very long. And Chantelle sooo fancies Young Dr Oliver Valentine, and they would be the cutest couple on the planet.
With Jac busy at some meeting or other and Hanssen also absent, there was a dearth of witty lines and it was left to The Malick to fly the flag for ruthless ambition. Upon hearing that Michael Spence had resigned, Malick decided he’d be the best man for Spence’s job. As usually happens with these cocky, maverick types, things went tits-up in surgery (not literally – we’ve finished with all that boob business), and Malick was left to reflect that maybe he has a bit to learn before he’s fit to inherit the tight trousers of Holby’s favourite American. He’d never fit in them anyway. Far too tight.
Next time: Sahira needs Hanssen’s help in her trauma unit.
Posted by PLA (more Holby City here)