(Series 14, Ep.44) Oh, Mo. Hardly any time at all since she gave birth to someone else’s baby, and she was back at work. Ignoring the fact that she had puerperal mastitis, was in pain and her hormones were in shreds, she battled in to work with her very best “I’m a tough cookie, me” head on to look after a cheese enthusiast who’d had a heart attack. Because the cheese enthusiast had blood that wasn’t suitable to use a bypass machine with (must’ve been all the cheese), Mo had to operate on him while his heart was still beating.
This would be pressure enough for the average person, without also knowing that the baby they gave birth to and haven’t seen since is now called William and is currently in the very same hospital. Mo went to pieces slightly in the operating theatre, and had a heart to heart with Jonny afterwards. “They’re not tears,” she told him, “They’re liquid hormones.” It really works that Jonny is around. Because he’s known Mo a long time he sort of puts her into context, because he understands her like no-one else in the hospital does.
Inevitably, Mo went to visit the baby. Inevitably, it was heartbreaking, but like the birth scenes a few weeks ago it was subtle and not overdone. She held the baby and said hello and told him he was beautiful. Then the baby sneezed and it was a genius piece of acting from Chizzy Akudolu. She said, “Bless you!” while she was smiling and crying at the same time. It was tender and spontaneous and absolutely, heartbreakingly real.
Comic relief meanwhile was supplied by a little man who’d been brought in as Business Manager for Surgery. His remit was to identify potential savings. Wasn’t that Hanssen’s remit when he first arrived? I suppose that was before his looming career really took off – he’s too busy popping up and startling people now to really knuckle down with a spreadsheet. Anyway, young George Binns didn’t exactly get off on the right foot. “You must be Henrik Hanssen,” he said. “I was expecting you to be shorter.” To emphasise their difference in height, George Binns was always filmed from a height, so we had a Hanssen’s eye view of him. “What’s he going to be when he grows up?” wondered Ric.
In AAU, Chrissie had a patient who was a farmer about to lose her farm and her leg. It (the leg) had to come off, declared Max Schneider, in between fag breaks and looking at Eddi with wolfish lust. Chrissie didn’t think so, because she’s idealistic and that, so she insisted that Serena come and have a look at the limb in question. Serena wasn’t keen at first, what with the non-referral policy and so on, but Chrissie had a rant at her. “Every time I hear you speak all I hear is policy, never patients!” she told her. “Oh, that’s really good!” replied Serena, with her best razor blade dipped in honey voice. “I might steal that for a paper I’m writing.” Nonetheless, she was impressed by Chrissie’s passion and agreed to do the surgery. She also asked Chrissie to scrub in and afterwards asked her to apply for a job on Keller. Chrissie wasn’t going to, but after one sarcastic comment too many from Eddi she changed her mind.
Previously it would all have ended with a musical montage, with George Binns staring at his calculator, Chrissie staring in a satisfied manner at the two young farmers with four good legs between them that she’d managed to organise during her shift, Mo looking wistfully at baby William and Eddi gazing out of the Window of Regret at the space where Luc’s camper van used to be parked, before going off with Wolfie for some rebound hanky panky. But they don’t do musical montages any more, according to producer Justin Young. I used to quite like those montages, not least because whoever picked the music had excellent taste and some of the songs used (‘Scale it Back’ by Little Dragon and ‘Till Your Ship Comes In’ by Alexander Wolfe) I now love to bits. But it’s probably just as well there wasn’t one this time. I can remember when they used ‘Fields of Gold’ by Eva Cassidy when Chrissie and Owen’s baby died, and I don’t think I could have coped with sad music and Mo. There’d have been liquid hormones all over the place.
Next time: Michael tries to impress George Binns; Tara tries to impress Jac; and someone tries to undermine Chantelle’s confidence.
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