(Series 15, ep.9) Is it just me, or does Ric Griffin get suspended on a regular basis? When the episode ended with him clutching the obligatory box of personal office items and gazing mournfully up at the hallowed structure that is Holby City Hospital, I had a distinct feeling of deja vu.
The reason for his current predicament was that Lilah had told Imelda about the kiss she shared with Ric in the wet lab, choosing not to emphasise the “shared” bit, but make it sound like he practically pounced on her. I’m still finding it hard to work out what’s supposed to be going on in Lilah’s mind. Is she (a) just a bit of an idiot (b) a troublemaker or (c) a cut-throat careerist? At the moment I’m tending towards a blend of all three. Imelda, full of sympathy for an abused junior (and thrilled to have something to pin on Ric) told Lilah to go home. “To Australia?” she bleated (lending force to theory (a) there). Imelda didn’t mean Australia, she meant Lilah’s Holby home, but Australia doesn’t sound like such a bad plan to me.
Something that was a terrible plan was for Mo to get involved with Albie Who Owns The Bar, what with him being married and a bit creepy-looking and everything. Though, to give him credit where it’s due, he does own the bar. This week he brought his wife (formerly known as Julie from EastEnders – the one who called Billy Mitchell ‘Skidmark’) in for treatment to the hospital, and because it was a lung condition and Mo has suddenly become the resident lung expert, only Mo would do. This whole scenario was 50 shades of unethical, which Jonny Mac persistently tried to point out. His suggestion that he summon Ms Naylor as a more ethically acceptable substitute fell on deaf ears (not surprising in Mo’s case, as she and Jac have been involved in a territorial dispute for weeks now). EastEnders Julie ended up dead, an outcome which I hope doesn’t come back to bite Mo.
There’s all sorts of weird vehicles parked in that hospital car park. As well as Luc’s camper van (of which more later), there was quite a swanky boat parked there this week, the property of a man who used to be Joe Carter in Coronation Street. Chrissie’s head is easily turned by a show-off with a boat, even if he does have a key lodged in his intestine (don’t ask). His tales of Christmases on Caribbean beaches were making her go all twinkly-eyed and breathless, and when he offered to take her (as a crew member – she’d come in ever so handy for splicing the mainbrace and whatnot), she’d have been tempted if only she didn’t have to work, and didn’t have Sacha, and little Daniel etc. Meanwhile, Sacha’s plans for Christmas were coming on apace, and were mainly centred around eating. Chrissie is no Nigella as far as food is concerned. “Whoever thought of making a sauce out of bread?” she winced. It seemed her luck had changed somewhat when she discovered she had several days off at Christmas. “We could do something exciting!” she said to Sacha. His eyes took on a dreamy look. “Like a four-bird roast!” he said, also outlining his plan for a chocolate fountain “so big you could chocolate-coat a small dog.” Chrissie was mentally calling the Calorie Police, and was not cheered further by the news that Imelda had evicted Luc’s camper van from the hospital grounds and Sacha had offered him a parking spot outside their house – plus invited him to spend Christmas. But Joe Turner from Corrie told Chrissie how lucky she was to have such a lovely man as Sacha, so she cheered up a bit. Funny how it always takes someone else to tell her she’s lucky to have Sacha.
Next time: Oli gets wet; Michael gets Ramona into trouble; and Mary-Claire and Chantelle vie for the attentions of Ianto Jones from Torchwood.
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