(Series 14, Ep.41) This week we found out why Mo wasn’t planning to be taking much maternity leave. It’s because she wasn’t planning to keep the baby, on account of the baby not being biologically hers.
When she went into labour, she tried at first to ignore it and then dispatched Jonny Mac to track down one Sorcha – who turned out to be Jonny and Mo’s former teacher, and the mother of the baby Mo was carrying as a surrogate. So cue Jonny rushing around old hospital buildings and Mo trying to ignore contractions (no easy task). When Jac noticed that Mo kept screwing her face up, grabbing at counter edges and going “Oof!” every few minutes, she tipped off Hanssen who, rather unfairly I thought, assumed Jac was just trying to get Mo out of the way so she could grab her patient, who somewhat tiresomely was supposed to be involved in the Olympics opening ceremony. As if Jac would be that calculating and ruthless. Oh, wait…
The upshot was that when things got critical for Mo there was no one around to help apart from Jac. This meant the birth scenes were absolutely blissful from an audience point of view. Jac doesn’t fit easily into a nurturer role: “Please can we get some help? She’s going Gollum on me!” but she went into bat for Mo anyway, blagging a bed in an over full maternity ward by pretending to be matey with Hanssen (her phone call disturbing him in the middle of his sushi), commandeering a wheelchair (“Leave that!”) and dealing with a bossy midwife. Watching Mo completely ignoring Jac’s discomfort because her own was far, far greater was a beautiful thing and their scenes were full of brilliant lines, my favourite being Jac’s “Excellent hand crushing, Maureen. Not like I’m a surgeon or anything.”
Birth scenes can easily be either overly dramatic or overly sentimental or both, but because of the feisty characters of Mo and Jac this one was perfect. I don’t know whether Chizzy Akudolu has ever given birth, but she acted it brilliantly and there was just enough doubt in her face after the baby was born and she was faced with giving him away to Sorcha. It brought up some of Jac’s feelings about her past and her mother, and she was keen for Mo to hold the baby and bond. Babies, she claimed, knew when they were being rejected. The bossy midwife didn’t make the process easier, but Mo still didn’t give in to tears and hysterics. She just went quiet and contemplative, which for a character like Mo said more about how she was feeling than a lot of weeping and wringing of hands would have done.
Talking of weeping etc, Eddi was in a “frankly horrific mood” according to Sacha and anyone else watching her. Still having trouble getting over Dr Luc Hemingway. That man must have been hot stuff beneath the camper van covers. This week she deleted him from her phone contacts, the modern equivalent of going to Nevada for a quickie divorce.
Serena, meanwhile, was once again trying to take on too much and this time Hanssen had to mark her card when she failed to spot a potentially serious Condition. She was doing twice the work, to be fair, as Ric Griffin was having a check up. Please don’t say his cancer has come back.
Next time: Oli and Tara try to keep things professional. Again. And Michael is unimpressed by Serena’s latest initiative.
Posted by PLA (more Holby here)