(Series 14, ep.46) Little pen-pushing, calculator-prodding George Binns has been in need of a bit of lesson-learning. You know, the kind of lesson where patients cease to be statistics and you find yourself with your face shoved up against the grim reality of death.
Trust Michael Spence to take that quite literally. If I’d had a tiny American flag to hand, I’d have waved it merrily at the end of this episode, when our favourite tight-trousered surgeon decided he’d had enough nonsense from Little George Binns for one lifetime and frogmarched him through the hospital to show him exactly what the non-referral policy had meant in terms of human suffering, as embodied by guest artiste David Troughton, a nice man who ended up dying despite Michael’s best efforts to find him a bed. George had been getting rather above himself (not difficult, as he’s only about five feet tall) during the episode. When Michael started to leave a pointless managerial seminar early, Little George had a bit of an edge to him when he said, “I wouldn’t miss it… if I were you.” It was only a matter of time before someone punched him. The thought did cross my mind, “Where’s Joseph Byrne when you need him?” but I think that most weeks anyway. As it turned out, Michael rose to the occasion magnificently. I do love Michael when he’s full of righteous indignation.
On Darwin, meanwhile, Jonny Mac was doing a little bit of matchmaking for Mo. Her former obstetrician (he’s still an obstetrician, but she no longer has need of his services) thinks she’s somewhere north of wonderful. Sadly for him, Mo thinks it’s somewhere south of spooky to go on a date with a man who’s already shone a torch up your private bits. They both have a point, to be fair. Jonny was mainly matchmaking because he felt guilty for not going to a family do with Mo, because he was spending the weekend at a hotel with Jac. For some reason he decided to lie about it rather than just tell Mo why he couldn’t go with her. Not a clever idea.
The non-referral policy wasn’t a clever idea either. Wasn’t it Serena who thought of it in the first place? She’s regretting it now, as she spent the episode in the horns of an ethical dilemma involving one liver and two eager transplant recipients and ended it hearing about the death of Michael’s patient. Not a good day at the office.
Next time: Mo clashes with Jac and Jonny Mac is in the middle. (I just realised, if Jac married him she’d be Jac Mac. That can’t happen). And, not surprisingly, the non-referral scheme is stopped.
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