(Series 14, Ep.30) What do we think of Serena Campbell, then? It’s clear what we’re supposed to think of her. The hallowed names of Anton Meyer, Dan Clifford and, particularly, the goddess Connie Beauchamp were invoked enough times for us to realise that the new consultant on Darwin was being lined up as a legend in the making. Whether she’ll actually live up to her billing remains to be seen, of course, but for now I have to say I rather like her. She’s well named, being in possession of an assured serenity that infuriates everyone around her. Such fun.
It was an amusing episode, what with Serena and her 3D stack (it’s some kind of camera thing that turns surgery into a video game. Malick loves it) locking horns with Ric Griffin and his traditional way of doing things (ie not with a 3D stack). And we also had the fun of Jac Naylor being horrible to an F1 (Tara Lo – or, as Jac calls her, “F1”). I know a lot of people say Jac goes too far in her horribleness, but I’m endlessly amused by it. “Why do you always have to be so unpleasant?” Elliott asked her at one point. “I like to be consistent,” she replied. She certainly does.
You can’t blame her getting exasperated with Tara Lo, who seems to find a new way to mess up on a weekly basis. Just your average junior doctor, then, but Jac has above average standards. Tara is a bit dim. Even I know that showing a patient gory photographs of exactly what his chest is going to look like after you’ve smashed through his sternum to get to the juicy bits beneath, is not the way to calm his nerves. “She wants to cut my soul out with an electric saw!” the fearful patient (Sanjeev Kohli from Fags, Mags & Bags, who was hilarious) fretted. It was up to Elliott to calm him down and get him to sign his consent forms. When Jac discovered Elliott and Tara happily operating away on her patient, she was not best pleased and had a right go at Ms Lo in the middle of theatre, calling her a “foetus in scrubs.” Ok, maybe not Jac’s finest hour, and not her best timing, either, as Hanssen happened to be watching. Note to Holby staff: Hanssen is always watching. Even if you can’t see him.
Tara was terrified. Young Dr Oliver Valentine, a man who can deal with Jac better than most, advised Tara to “go to her happy place” to cope with the scary Ms Naylor. “The library?” said Tara. But she didn’t even need the library when Jac dropped by to utter the most marvellously brief apology, after having her card marked by Hanssen.
With all this going on, Hanssen found time to drop by and tell everyone the Cardiac Trauma Unit is going to close. It was just a toy for Sahira Shah the Registrah to play with after all. Jac looked like she wanted to stab him to death with her cheekbones.
Elsewhere, there was much sexual chemistry between Dr Luc Hemingway and Eddi McKee, but they were pretending like mad there wasn’t. She even flirted with a patient’s brother to try to make Luc jealous, or pretend she doesn’t fancy the scrubs off him or whatever, but we weren’t fooled for a minute. And Luc was positively seething with jealousy. It was a fine sight.
Next time: Frieda makes a decision about her future. And Elliott ponders his.
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