(Series 14, Ep.42) Just how damn cute were Oli and Tara in last night’s Holby? I swear they’re the sweetest thing since Joseph Byrne’s smile. There’s a proper on-screen chemistry between them – the looks they were exchanging while Jac was approving of Tara’s ninja-level diagnostic work (“Nice work, St Trinian’s. Not so useless after all”) were so funny. Beautiful work from Jing Lusi and James Anderson, who is excellent at delivering comic lines. I still fondly remember his line about Mr Geddes: “Is he really that small, or is he just far away?” Last night’s classic was, “I haven’t seen Naylor that excited since…” with his voice dwindling away in some embarrassment as he no doubt recollected a certain locker room encounter.
It’s just a shame the passage of true love is not running smoothly for these two. Some work-related Thing always gets in the way when things are going well – last night it was Tara having to stay back so Jac would help her with a study project, when she’d promised to meet Oli for a drink. I couldn’t help thinking if she’d phoned him and explained, or sent a more explanatory text rather than “Got 2 bail,” (Ugh! Txt spk!) he’d have understood. But that’s not how romance works in telly land. Aside from that, there’s always the spectre of her brain tumour to worry about. She had a CT scan this week and Hanssen assured her there’d been no change, but I can’t help but be concerned.
Meanwhile, Serena was annoying all and sundry with some mad scheme whereby AAU wasn’t allowed to refer patients up to Keller. No idea how this was meant to achieve anything positive, but Hanssen was convinced. Another person who’s convinced is Mr PLA, who has happily accepted Serena as The New Connie Beauchamp. I tried telling him that Connie had passed the ceremonial kick-ass shoes to Jac, but he likes Miss Campbell’s style. This is more than we can say for Michael Spence and Ric Griffin, whose feathers have been well and truly ruffled since Serena appeared. Ric was upset to see that Serena’s “Bish bash bosh” approach to getting patients fixed up fast and sent on their way was rubbing off on Malick. “When did you become so blasé about patient care?” he sorrowfully asked him. Ric showed the young ‘uns how it was done by sorting out an elderly man whose problems weren’t so much medical as social (he couldn’t read and had relied on his late wife to look after him). Ric can be so soothing when he’s in this mode, but it’s not that long since his zero tolerance policy was every bit as annoying and controversial as anything Serena has managed to devise.
Devastating loss of the episode: Michael’s beard has gone AWOL. I’m going to start a petition to get it to grow back.
Hanssen Highlight of the Week: The sight of the World’s Tallest Surgeon singing to a baby in Swedish. Förtjusande!
Next time: A standard range of ethical dilemmas for Malick, Eddi and Jac.
Posted by PLA (more Holby here)