(Series 14, Ep.28) Malick had himself a weird, slightly stalkerish fan this week. It wasn’t Dull Dan, it was one Spike, a rather annoying medical student who somehow had the idea that The Malick was the greatest doctor since doctors were invented. Previously this has been very much Malick’s opinion of his own worth as well, so surely having an adoring fan would only make him worse? Well, it didn’t, because Spike was just plain annoying. He also went the maverick route by suggesting surgery to a patient after Hanssen had already decreed that surgery was not a viable option for him. Malick agreed with Spike, and sharpened his scalpel. Naturally everything went tits-up and Malick was forced to admit that sometimes there’s nothing that can be done. And his acolyte was forced to admit that heroes were fallible and this doctoring lark was more complex than he’d first realised. The highlight of this storyline was a world-class loom from Hanssen. Having been missing for most of the episode, he materialised in spectacular fashion behind Spike to shake a sorrowful head at the eager young Clinical Skills Tsar.
Irish Dr Greg threw himself into his work as a way to get over the loss of his favourite Registrah, and found himself with a patient who was a bit of a madam, throwing herself at any man who happened to wander by (when you have the likes of Young Dr Oliver Valentine wandering by, why the hell not?). And she was only 15. It slowly began to dawn on Greg that maybe she was being abused by her father, but she wasn’t saying anything. This is a topic that’s been lurking in Greg’s background for a while, biding its time in the usual Holby way. You think they’ve forgotten about an issue and then it comes back in dramatic fashion. Greg realised he had to stop the girl’s father taking her from the hospital, so since he’s still on crutches he despatched Oli to leg it down to the car park to bring her back. When is poor Oli going to get a storyline of his own and not just spend episodes hanging around waiting for someone to ask him to run somewhere? Anyway, he succeeded and brought the girl back and Greg resorted to popping her in a CT scanner so he could speak to her alone for a minute. And he admitted that bad things had happened to him when he was 14, so she admitted that bad things had happened to her since she was 9. It was an intense scene, beautifully played by Edward MacLiam and particularly Antonia Clarke as the girl – she conveyed so much with just the expression in her huge eyes that the script didn’t have to be at all graphic – we knew exactly what she’d been through. It was also well directed, with the nasty dad looming in a CCTV screen behind Greg in a most sinister manner.
Ric Griffin got the all-clear from his cancer – hurrah! And he’s also got the all-clear from the lollipop-headed Annalese. Their relationship has “run its course,” apparently. So now Annalese has decided to move to Florida for 6 months with her kids. Who are also Michael Spence’s kids. He wasn’t happy, but he received wise counsel from Ric, who advised him to take it on the (still stubbly, I’m pleased to say) chin and keep on friendly terms with his former wife and Ric’s former girlfriend.
And there was a lovely big moon over Holby. I live just down the road, and I never saw it.
Posted by PLA (more Holby here)