(Series 14, Ep.39) Didn’t we learn last week that we mustn’t make promises of good outcomes to our patients? We’ve also learned over the months we’ve known him that Dan Hamilton and “good outcomes” aren’t often to be found in the same operating theatre. Hence it would seem reckless for the man we know as Dull Dan to promise 100% success to a man with a broken neck who needs ever such delicate surgery, when Dan is the man who’s going to be wielding the scalpel.
It was surgery of such a delicate nature that Serena wanted nothing to do with it in case everything went pear-shaped and she could remain all smug. The pressure was intensified by being under the watchful, worried gaze of the patient’s best mate and Serena herself. No pressure at all, then, but it was only about two seconds before an artery was nicked and there was blood everywhere. What does a man need under such trying circumstances? He needs the love of a good man, that’s what. And Dan had Simon, a very good man indeed.
Sadly, Simon was a man who was heading north (or north east if we’re still pretending Holby’s actually Bristol, but I think they gave that up ages ago, about the time Jac starting nipping to and fro St Pancras in five minutes flat). Simon had been offered a job in Leeds and was planning to take it. Dan was understandably upset. He didn’t want his Mr Right being a Right Long Way Off. There was only one thing to do – he would relocate to Leeds as well. “Throwing his career away for a hot nurse,” said Serena with something like a twinkle in her eye. I had a twinkle in my eye and a lump in my throat as Dan and Simon headed off for the wuthering heights of Yorkshire, I must admit. Dan and I haven’t always seen eye to eye and I’m not completely sorry for calling him Dull Dan and worrying that he might be a bit of a danger to Chrissie with his barely repressed violent self-loathing, but he’s been a bit of a sweetheart since Simon arrived.
On the subject of Chrissie, she spent most of the episode tutting and meddling and treating Sacha like he’s about seven years old. Dan definitely upgraded by swapping her for Simon. Can you imagine what kind of helicopter parent Chrissie must be to Young Daniel? She’s a helicopter girlfriend to Sacha. Only she was feeling too old to be called a “girlfriend.” They tried various other descriptions during the episode: partner, lover, significant other, blah blah. You just knew the one they’d end up with. Wife. Yup, blow the cobwebs off your fascinator, dear reader, there’s a wedding on the way.
Meanwhile, Tara’s future hung in the balance, according to Hanssen. While she was officially declared fit for work despite her brain tumour, Hanssen remained to be convinced. Tara managed to convince him by a cunning mixture of being all sparky and cute and taking the credit for a clever bit of diagnosing which had actually been Oliver’s work. The aforementioned Oli, who doesn’t know that she has a brain tumour and just knows she’s helluva cute, was happily going for a post-work coffee with her, until Hanssen happened to mentioned her marvellous diagnostic work. Oli got all hissy and decided he would rather drink his coffee alone. Before he gets all self-righteous, he should remember all the times he took the credit for something Penny did.
Next time: Oli tries to shut Tara out; Ric gets Serena into trouble with Hanssen; and Eddi is still moody about Luc.
Posted by PLA (more Holby here)