Holby City: Learning from experience

(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)


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15 responses to “Holby City: Learning from experience

  1. HolbyNut

    Greg was brilliant and the scene was both delicate and powerful.
    Loved when Jac was dismissed as ‘Ging’
    Plus love it when Elliot is ‘wise’ as per this episode.
    Great commentary as usual.

  2. Dreamer

    Another good episode this week, fingers crossed it doesn’t go downhill. As for choosing a doctor, I’d go with Jac, because redheads are cool. 😛 Well, sexy, but I hope you got the Doctor Who reference.

    Formerly, To the Right, To the Left.
    (Sorry for changing the name again, but I promise it’s the last time. :D)

  3. Corumba Love

    Embarrassingly sycophantic paean of praise follows. It’s two fingers down the throat stuff, so avoid if you want to keep your teeth well enamelled.

    Have to say, PLA, when it comes to perceptive writing your review this week is up there with the best and easily on the top tier of your output on here. I was wondering how you were going to handle the shift from your usual light teasing to doing justice to the grim brilliance and slow burning terror of Greg, the girl and her abusive dad. I shouldn’t have though, should I? Wonder that is.

    You noticed the direction (Jamie Annett) as well: Greg’s intimate confession parting the shrouded loneliness of the CT scanner while the abuser paced and gurned fit to burst through the CCTV. Then there’s the writing (Martha Hillier) – minimal, as it should be in such instances.

    I’d like to mention Tom Butcher, the father, as well. I recognised him from his vaguely nazi cocksure cop, Steve Loxton, in The Bill during the 1990s (in those days it was 30 minute self-contained stories with little room for the actors to flesh out their roles – really efficient and often gripping TV). He was good then and excellent this week.

    There’s other stuff but I don’t want to dilute this post. Best leave it there for now.


    • pauseliveaction

      Aw, thank you for that, CL, and thank you for giving proper mentions to the director, writer and the actor who played the dad. I thought the episode was going to be one of those “filler” episodes we sometimes get after the high drama of last week, but that scene at the end – wow. And the storyline is carrying on next week, which will be interesting.

  4. holbylover819

    I laughed so much at the “not you ginge” comment. I also thought this was going to be a filler episode but it exceeded expectations. I would’ve chosen Ollie of course.

  5. Jeffiner

    I’m inclined to agree with the patient on this one, I’d have gone for Greg too (It’s the Irish accent!). That said, my mum said when they were walking alongside each other that they could pass for brothers. Really good episode this one, continuing in the same vein as last week. Fantastic acting performances from Ed MacLiam and Antonia Clark in that final scene, as well as Tom Butcher’s suitable looming in the background. It’s a bit sad though, as we finally see Greg get a decent storyline when we know he’s leaving soon. Be interesting to see where this story leads and glad to see it back again, after seemingly being swept under the carpet for so long.
    I enjoyed the storyline on Keller as well, although Spike was far too JD from Scrubs to Malick’s Dr Cox for my liking (hmm, would that make Hanssen Dr Kelso?). Fantastic performances from all there too.
    The Ric/Michael/Annaleese (and like I said on Twitter, if she appears in 6 months time I’ll be watching her and thinking “look at that lollipop head”) was a bit meh. Laura Beale annoyed me with her refusal of surgery. Seriously, have a scar or lose a leg? No brainer.

    Another fantastic review PLA as always.

  6. Mrs H

    I would like to say I loved this episode…I loved it artistically but it was hard to watch. Very well done though.

    Greg…oh with your lovely Irish Brogue and your beginnings of a bald patch…was fab as was the young girl. And very creepy dad. I would say I can’t wait until tomorrow night’s ep but it will be another heart wrencher and yet I shall be glued.

    The Malick…well he is proving himself to be a little too fallible at the moment. Lord Hanssen will not be pleased! Spike annoyed the living doodoo out of me on the one hand and then you actually did feel for him at the end. Of course confusing me Holby Husband with a member of the public was rather amusing. How very dare he! He Who Looms, loomed beautifully and although we have yet to see him return to full BAMF mode he was at least not mooning over his dearly departed ungrateful cow eyed Sahira. “Twas sad when the man’s wife was pleading with him to ignore the DNR and he just put the wall of professionalism up. I guess that’s why he’s got to where he’s got…over emotional sorts beware!

    As for Laura Beale…the highlight for me was when me real life husband (yes he was allowed to speak to me whilst Henrik was on the telly) said “that’s funny because Nigel from Eastenders is in Holby and she was his wife” I of course waited until the end credits to throw cushions and berate him via the medium of wikipedia so he could see the error if his ways! The only good thing about this story was Michael looking rather splendiferous!

    Once again PLA your review has brought happiness to my coffee break. I thank you!

  7. WaterlooVamps

    I learned three things this week: 1. Eddi’s a really good singer, 2. Ollie’s a pretty fast runner, and 3. People can ACTUALLY tell Jac’s going to be mean before the even meet her.

  8. sue

    Could anyone tell me why it appears compulsory for jagged facial hair to be worn by most men in this so-badly-acted soap?

  9. sue

    … and another ‘please’ … why is the character/actor playing the miserable Irishman always on crutches? Was there an accident or did he trip over his accent?

    • WaterlooVamps

      The actor is really on crutches. I think the soap is very well acted and his accent is lovely. And, hey, what’s wrong with facial hair?

  10. catherine.miller

    Superb acting from Ed MacLiam as usual, i thought the closing scene from tonights ep was really moving and i thought that Antonia Clarke portrayed the abused victim perfectly. A fitting exit storyline for Greg given his dark past. There is something confusing me, though. Please note i am referring to next weeks ‘Coercion’ ep, Greg mentions his abuser was called Jim Logan and thinking back to a previous episode when old school friend Andy appeared on the ward, they were referring to the football coach then and his name was Niall. Has anybody else noticed that the writers have used 2 different names?

    • Jeffiner

      I noticed that too, maybe it’s like Sahira’s children constantly changing age, gender, number etc.

      • Corumba Love

        Actually it’s because Sahira was always so busy and in a bit of a tizz that she never really remembered which children were hers to pick up when it came to the school run. Said run being so rare that she found it saved time if tykes were collected at random from whichever school she happened to be passing.

        Rafi would smooth out any trouble from the police and social services through his calm demeanor and way with an anaesthetic, until such time as the kids were re-distributed in a manner acceptable to all parties, be they school, children, parents or authorities.

        Sahira need never (and indeed, did not) know or notice that she was giving birth … sorry, drifted off there … giving birth to possibly the greatest experiment in social engineering that the country will ever see.

      • pauseliveaction

        If only that had been incorporated into the storyline, the whole Sahira Saga might have been a tad more compelling.