(Series 14, Ep.31) Regular readers of this blog will know I usually lift the title of the post from a bit of the dialogue in the show that strikes me as particularly apt. Near the beginning of last night’s episode, I jotted down, “Just make sure she doesn’t kill anyone,” which Michael Spence said regarding the new junior doctor, Ella Barnes. Michael was talking to Sacha, who had faith in Ella even if no-one else did. He’s like that, Sacha – he sees the best in everyone, he wants to do right by people, he’s kind and he’s just all-round lovely.
So what kind of a shock was it when the person Ella possibly ended up killing was Sacha himself? Not directly, but via a chain of events that ended with Sacha being accidentally stabbed by a scalpel wielded by an angry boy. Ella rewarded Sacha for all his kindness by freaking out and leaving him to bleed on the floor in AAU, where thankfully he was soon found by Chrissie. I did find it hard to believe that, in a hospital where at least three consultants are only a paper aeroplane’s throw away from any given incident, Chrissie was practically all alone and had no better idea than to ring Michael (who was in theatre) for advice. What about the A&E department downstairs, stuffed full of experts in stabbings etc? But let’s fling that aside – I’m just too worried about Sacha to nitpick right now. Particularly as the last words of the episode were these ominous utterings from Michael Spence: “I’ve done my best, but I gotta be honest – the next few hours are critical.”
Was this all arranged by cunning scriptwriters just to deflect our grief about the loss of Goth Dr Frieda? It’s true. One of the most original, quirky and marvellous characters to ever grace the wards of Holby has left for pastures new, following a dispute with Serena Campbell over the care of an old lady with Alzheimer’s. Frieda got to make a stand for what she believes in and delivered a passionate speech to some money-types who’d come to watch Serena in theatre, but it was a low-key exit. I’m hoping this means the door is open for her to come back at some point. I did love the outfit she wore as she was leaving, though.
Jac went on her People Skills course and ended up sleeping with a Scottish neurosurgeon. Is it true romance for our favourite snappy redhead? Not judging by the speed with which she was out of the door afterwards, no.
Elliott Hope was offered the post of Professor of Darwin’s new Transplant Centre. First, he was required to master the concept of paperless working, which essentially meant iPads all round. There was a bit of a cock up (not his fault – Ella Barnes again) which almost resulted in someone dying, and Elliott lost faith in his ability to deal with new technology. He resorted to good old fashioned textbooks to discover that his patient suffered from a very rare illness. “It’s CIPA,” I told him, five minutes before he discovered it himself. This is because I googled it on the iPad I was using to make notes on. Technology 1, Textbooks 0. Elliott told Hanssen he couldn’t possibly take up the new post, because he was a dinosaur who couldn’t get to grips with the modern world. We’ve learned time and time again that you don’t say no to Hanssen, though, so it was no surprise when the world’s scariest Swede told Elliott he had every confidence and was sure he’d get the hang of it all, with a bit of training.
Hanssen Loom of the Week came quite early on in the episode, when Jac was briefing the staff about the paperless workplace. “When was this decided? Does Hanssen know?” Elliott asked her. “I should think so,” said Jac. “Since he’s standing behind you.” People, when will you learn? Hanssen is always standing behind you.
Next time: Chrissie is “not coping” (nooooo!), but Sacha’s name is still in the cast list (a cautious “Phew”).
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