(Series 15, ep.11 & 12) Since I was too busy being Christmassy to write about last week’s episode, here are a few random thoughts about it. Serena was in full Connie mode (looking sooo A/W 2012 in a furry hat), manipulating away with the result that Imelda was somehow lured off to do Ric’s job with Big Pharma in Las Vegas. All a little lame, plot-wise, though Serena was rather magnificent. I couldn’t help thinking Las Vegas wasn’t ever going to be the cleverest idea for recovering gambling addict Ric, anyway.
There was also some wonderful stuff between Jac and Jonny. I’ve thoroughly abandoned the idea that Joseph is the only man for her. He may have been the only man for Jac’s younger self, when she was all about the career, but now she’s older and more or less where she wants to be work-wise, she needs someone like Jonny to bring out the more playful side of her. Yes, she does have one. It was so sweet when she admitted she’d never decorated a Christmas tree before. I’m constantly impressed that the writers and the wonderful Rosie Marcel keep finding new sides to Jac and evolving her character and it looks like there’s quite a bit of evolving to come in the next few weeks.
On to this week, then, and despite featuring a new year party with a Hawaiian theme, it was all rather intense. Luc had been working round the clock since Boxing Day on a new drug that would stop people bleeding to death. Sacha had been sweating blood bringing him blood to experiment on, but when the supply ran dry Luc started using his own. The lack of blood and lack of sleep was making him look like Eddi when she was withdrawing from the Camoxidan – all bug-eyed and shivery. Then a patient turned up with a tattoo that Luc recognised. It turned out that this patient and Luc had both (separately) been involved in the war in Sierra Leone and had seen terrible and gruesome sights. So Luc is not just weird and quirky – he’s post-traumatically weird and quirky. He used his new drug on his patient when he was at risk of bleeding to death and it worked, but since it hadn’t been tested and licensed etc, Michael Spence was not happy and marched off to read the riot act to Luc. He and Sacha found Luc in the wet lab in his undercrackers having a full-scale breakdown.
Gosh. We needed a bit of light relief, but it wasn’t really to be found on Darwin, where Oli was still struggling to come to terms with Tara’s brain tumour and she was still pushing him away at every opportunity. Oli was casually chatting to a patient when he suddenly realised he’d spoken his own brains by telling him you just know when you’ve found The One. He duly trotted off to propose, but she didn’t make it easy for him and I was left not entirely sure whether they’re now engaged or not.
I’ll tell you who doesn’t look in danger of getting engaged any time soon – Chantelle and Ianto Jones off of Torchwood. No sooner was her back turned at the party than he was off snogging that minx Mary-Claire. Chantelle attempted to pick up a consolation nerd, but he wandered off, leaving her dancing round her handbag with Lilah.
Lilah had finally shown a more pleasant side to herself by helping to organise the party when Chantelle’s original venue fell through (guess where it was finally held? Albie’s! The very bar where every party has been held since Hippocrates was a lad). Lilah hadn’t been best pleased to find that Ric was in Holby instead of Las Vegas. Luckily, after being a bit snappy and undermining Lilah’s diagnostic skills, Ric eventually conceded that she’s a fairly good doctor and she eventually conceded that he’s not a predatory molester, and they agreed to let bygones be bygones. As an added bonus, Ric passed her on her next assessment, which means she can move on to the next stage of her career in the neurology ward. Since neurology is a place we don’t normally visit, it’s basically goodbye to Lilah.
Line of the episode: Oli telling consultant oncologist Nathan Hargreaves (who we might see again because he was getting cosy with Malick at the party), “I’d shake your hand, but I’m holding a rather heavy tumour.”
Next time: The episode is called ‘Hanssen/Hemingway.’ I think that’s all we need to know.
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