In Darwin Jac found an ideal patient to practise her exciting Japanese surgery on. It quickly became obvious that the patient was less than ideal, as she had a phobia of hospitals after being in an accident in which her son died. Then it was discovered that she was pregnant, but it wasn’t until she was in theatre and the cry of “We’ve got a bleed!” went up, that Jac realised she’d taken some medication to make her miscarry, as she thought having a new baby was betraying her dead son.
All complex enough, but made even worse because Jac was suffering from severe pains herself and had to leave the operating theatre. She tried to pass it off as period pains, but Jonny Mac wasn’t buying that. “Come on,” he said, “You’re the woman that never blinks.” He’s actually wrong about that, as Jac has the most sarcastic blink I’ve ever seen. He was worried that the problem might be her remaining kidney, but Jac gave herself a quick ultrasound scan and ran the results (anonymously) past Serena, who said it was probably something gynaecological. Oh, typical. No sooner do we get Jac and Jonny happily back together – she even allowed him to be seen arriving at the hospital with her – and there’s a spanner in the works. Not literally, as that would have shown up on the ultrasound.
On Keller, things weren’t looking good for Anna and it was urgent for Malick to find Jake. Jake was understandably upset and angry when he found out his mother was dying, and most of his anger was directed at Malick, who seemed to be doing very little to help. Under pressure from Jake, Malick tried to perform surgery on Anna but was stopped by Ric Griffin. Ric’s main role used to be hovering behind junior staff members (FLNT, Chantelle) in a kindly and reassuring way. His current role is to heave into view just as a colleague is about to inappropriately operate on a family member and tell them to stop. “You’ve lost your clinical judgement and you’re about to lose your patient on the table!” he said, in what must have been the highlight of his week’s script.
Meanwhile, in the House of Fun known as AAU, Dr Gemma had to bring her son to work and hide him in a side room. This happens at least once to every parent in Holby, and it’s guaranteed that the child will go missing at some point. Wee Finn Wilde didn’t go missing for very long. Basically he was just bored with his babysitter, Digby (or “Sniffles,” as Gemma calls him), who tried to wow him with an exciting computer game about the Napoleonic Wars. “It’s quite a pivotal period in history,” he explained. If Roy Cropper from Coronation Street had had a previous existence as a junior doctor, he would not be that dissimilar to Digby.
In between running about after Finn, Gemma had to look after a young girl who turned out to have chlamydia. It was just as well she had an embarrassing illness, because otherwise Gemma was facing a formal complaint from the girl’s father for being distracted and running off a lot. It looked like the game might be up anyway, when she found Michael Spence chatting to Finn. But he’s a dad himself, and he’s been at Holby long enough to know the thing about every parent having to take their child to work at least once, so he was in a forgiving mood.
Next time: Relationship traumas – Jac and Jonny, Nathan and Malick, and Chrissie and Sacha.
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