(Series 14, Ep.37) He’s not confused. He’s not experimenting. He’s not bisexual. He’s not even Dull. He’s gay! And he’s proud of it! Hurrah! It’s been a long time coming, but finally Holby’s most incompetent orthopaedic surgeon got the backbone to admit to his father, a small crowd of onlookers and, most importantly, himself, that he’s finally out of that closet and he’s not going back in. Poor old Smouldering Simon had to suffer first, though, as we discovered just what a homophobic old bigot Papa Hamilton was and just what kind of conditioning Dan has been struggling against for all these years. Simon almost lost his job over Papa Hamilton’s behaviour, but managed to keep it because he’s a fab nurse, as did Chantelle because she’s a fab nurse too, and Ric reckons her smile really ought to be available on the NHS. Which it is, obviously. So Dan is out and proud, and Simon is proud that he’s out, even if he did it with n’er a hint of a show tune. I do like Simon.
I do like Tara, too, which is why it was a bit of a shock to discover the poor girl has a brain tumour. It wasn’t a shock to her, as she already knew but had been keeping it quiet so it didn’t ruin her chances of a medical career. One wonders, then, why she was quite so keen to jump into a CT scanner. It was supposed to be to allay the fears of a patient who was supposed to be having a scan herself, but would the radiographer really just allow staff members to pop themselves in for high doses of radiation willy nilly? Call me cynical, but it looked like a fairly lame way to get Tara’s brain tumour out in the open. Well, it got as far as the wide open spaces of Hanssen’s luxurious office at least, and Sweet & Lo soon found herself being suspended pending medical reports. All I could think about was how gutted poor Oliver is going to be when he finds out. I’m going to do a sponsored something or other immediately and get her sent for the very best treatment money can buy, because Oli can’t take any more suffering in his young life. He’ll start to get frown lines and that.
Two people who were practically born with frown lines are Dr Luc Hemingway and Best Nurse Eddi McKee. They were getting serious this week – Eddi even gave Luc the key to her house, so they didn’t have to spend every night in the bunk bed in his camper van, with Chrissie peering through the window. Bad luck, though – Luc’s contract was up. Yet, good luck – Hanssen offered him a permanent contract. Hurrah! Time to bust out some champagne and a few more show tunes!
And yet… when Eddi skipped merrily to the Camper Van of Dreams after work, it had vanished. Has Luc taken fright and fled? Maybe being in possession of the McKee key was too much for his gypsy soul to bear.
Next time: In the absence of Luc, Michael Spence (yay!) has to sort AAU out. Elliott is busy mentoring comedian Andi Osho again. And Chantelle is still out to prove she’s more than just a sunny smile.
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