(Series 15, ep.34) Due to house moving etc, I’m still forced to watch Holby City on iPlayer with very poor bandwidth. Maybe it summarises my feelings about this episode when I tell you I didn’t especially mind the regular pauses for “buffering.”
What was wrong with it? No Darwin, hardly any doctoring, and two, rather tedious, storylines. I hate being critical, honestly I do, but once in a while a dud episode happens along and this was it.
The Coroners Court scenes were dull and even the presence of the sublime Guy Henry failed to lift them. It was only at the end when it really came to life. Dominic put his bunny-boiling scheme into action by claiming that Malick had given Amanda Layton a drug to suppress her respiratory system. Digby saved the day with a wodge of research to show the aforementioned drug would have a completely different effect (wouldn’t Hanssen have known this?). It looked like Dominic’s career as a doctor was in ruins and he’d have to fall back to being a hair model, but Malick stepped up to the witness-box and came clean about his “error of judgement” in ripping the jeans off his junior colleague. Understandably, Nathan was none too happy and left the courtroom, but it was the first time Malick has really shown much of a backbone.
Meanwhile, police had failed to turn up the body of Simone Harris, which Amanda Layton had told Malick had been “taken home.” At the point where she said that, was there a single viewer watching who didn’t think, “Hang on – that’s a bit vague. Why not ask her whose home she means?” Malick was apparently satisfied with the obscure answer, basically so a bit of sleuthing could finally track down the remains of Simone Harris – conveniently including a necklace that said “Simone,” just in case we were in any doubt. There was no suspense or drama about this at all, because it was all so contrived. Or has the “buffering” annoyed me more than I thought and everybody else was on the edge of their seats?
Back at Holby, there was even more nonsense featuring Dr Honey and her annoying child, Finn. This involved Dr Honey and Dr Posh chasing around the hospital after Finn, accompanied by a patient who couldn’t be left alone for a second because she had a rifle (she was a deer hunter who’d been gored) and it wasn’t allowed to be out of her sight until a policeman with suitable gun training arrived. Nobody noticed she was quietly bleeding everywhere because they were too focused on Finn. It was all just an excuse for Dr Honey and Dr Posh to kiss on the Walkway of Wisdom, which is being heavily used these days. Frankly Drs H and P make a lovely couple, because they both seem as dim as each other. The dumbest moment of the entire episode came when Drs P and H finally noticed the deer hunter woman was bleeding. Dr Honey fished around in the wound and came out with a sharp object. “What’s that?” she gasped. At least Dr Posh was able to put two and two together and deduced that a woman who’s been gored by a deer could well have a bit of antler sticking in her. Why, he’d even noticed there was a bit broken off when he saw the deer in a skip earlier! If there’s a CT1 Prize, it should surely be his.
Next time: Sounds more promising, as it involves Sacha and Michael. And Ollie and Dr Posh have to work together.
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