Holby City: Trouble for Chracha, Monny and Sedward

(Series 15, ep.44)  Sacha and Mo and Jonny were talking about these conjoined couple names that irritate me so much I generally refuse to use them. You know the ones – Brangelina etc. But it was quite funny when Mo mentioned ones that are commonly used by Holby fans – “Janny” for Jac and Jonny for example. It was like Mo had been reading the Digital Spy forums or Holby fan tweets, which would be weird as she’s fictional (I know, it’s a shock).

Anyway, one of the more apt names she came up with was for Chrissie and Sacha. I suppose it should technically be written “Chracha,” but it’s pronounced “Crasha,” and it really fits their relationship, which has been a bit of a car crash all along.

chrissie michael holbyOver Chrissie’s long Holby career she’s mutated from being the good time who was had by all, to a rather bitter, smug, superior woman who thought she was worth far more than being married to the Nicest Man in the World. It always seemed to be just a matter of time before she swanned off with a better-looking, more suave example of humanity (yes, you, Michael Spence), but the actual demise of her relationship with Sacha  has been much more subtle. Driven away by Sacha’s lack of trust in her and failing to properly talk to her about Daniel being a bone marrow donor for Rachel, Chrissie did turn to Michael Spence, but only as a friend. Even though Sacha believes that it was more than that (because he’s never believed he was good enough for Chrissie), what has torn them apart has been the loss of trust and emotional intimacy (if it ever really existed). When Chrissie had her breast cancer scare, it wasn’t Sacha she turned to and when she found another lump it was Michael Spence she went to again.  

I do have sympathy for Chrissie. When Sacha said they should separate and then asked how her friend was doing (the “friend” being a cover for Chrissie’s own medical tests), she said, “Frightened.” And she really looked frightened and alone and vulnerable, knowing that she most likely does have cancer, and it was sad because Sacha would have been the most loyal, dependable, comforting friend she could have had.

mo nicole holbyTalking of best friends, on Darwin, Mo and Jonny were still dealing with the aftermath of the Poppy/Hattie heart transplant controversy. Hattie was trying her level best not to get better, because she felt guilty for surviving when her brother didn’t. That was sorted out easily enough by Psych Sharon. What was harder to sort out was Poppy’s mother Nicole, who was still haunted by the idea that maybe Mo had been telling a fib when she said it was too late to stop the transplant. Lizzie Hopley was fantastic as Nicole. She reminded me of Olivia Colman in Broadchurch – so emotionally raw that she seemed drenched in tears. Mo and Nicole had a heart-to-heart (that wasn’t meant as a pun btw) in the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery, which was so full of non-speaking extras it was like Kings Cross on a bank holiday. I’m not going to get into the ethical issues of what Mo did (Jonny Mac covered that ground quite well), but there was no doubt her heart was in the right place (gah! another unintentional pun!) and I did feel sorry for her. “At this rate you’ll take my place as the most hated doctor on the ward by… tea time,” Jac told her, and it looked like it might be true. The problem is that Jac can cope with being hated and enjoys playing up to it, while Mo’s toughness is more of a thin layer. It got sorted out eventually via Nicole meeting Hattie and then having a cry with Mo at the Window of Regret.

ric serena holbyOn Keller, Serena was being irritated by the continuing presence of her estranged husband, Edward. He may be an anaesthetist, but he’s certainly woken up Serena’s character, as she’s most fun when she’s annoyed and she’s now constantly annoyed. This week he was writing a speech for a posh medical “do,” which meant he was in her office and in her face for much of the episode. Serena had to find a plus one to take to the same dinner, so she plumped for Ric Griffin, with whom she’s always had a flirt/hate relationship. Ric has just come back from America, where he’s been modernising his thinking and has embraced a concept called Primary Defence. I’ve no idea what this involves, but if it’s as roaring a success as his Zero Tolerance policy was, Serena is going to have her hands full. Particularly as Edward is a Primary Defence fan as well.

Next time: Sacha is suspicious of his wife and Michael Spence; Serena turns to Edward for advice when her mother is readmitted to the hospital; and Elliot Hope doesn’t know where he stands with Psych Sharon.

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10 responses to “Holby City: Trouble for Chracha, Monny and Sedward

  1. Rose

    I continued to be slightly confused by the transplant story this week. And try as I might to feel sympathy for Poppy’s mother she just annoyed me (as did Hattie’s mother actually). Why was she THERE again? I would have preferred to see just Jonny and Mo dealing with the fallout and how it affected their relationship without the emotional rehashing from the mother. Yes, I know, I’m a cold B!

    As for the Chrissie story all I can say is – is she gone yet? When does she leave? Can we just throw her a farewell party now and deliver her to the airport or wherever her little heart desires?
    Sacha as usual was lovely and I enjoyed his interaction with the AAU patient. ALWAYS enjoy his scenes with Mo and the Monny, Sedward stuff gave me a giggle.

    As for Sedward… I can’t remember the last time I instantly liked a new character the way I do Edward. He does brighten Serena up as they have been in danger of turning her into a bit of a dull paper pusher lately and you’re right, she’s much better when she’s annoyed! The Edward/Serena/Ric treble act was fun. And my goodness if Ric didn’t need lightening up recently! All three have great chemistry and I’m looking forward to seeing more of them. Hopefully they get to stay on Keller – it’s much nicer than dreary dark AAU!

  2. Vaudelin

    Brilliant review as always and I especially agree wholeheartedly about what you say about Mo’s toughness and Serena being most fun when irritated – I was thinking EXACTLY the same thing when I was watching it! I’m sorry to say I love the conjoined names, especially “Janny” and actually squeaked when Mo said it!!!!

  3. Emma

    Ah, the fan names. Utter brilliance.
    Chrissie, on the other hand, not so much. Should I feel sorry for her? Most probably, yes.
    Who do I actually feel sorry for? Her “my son Daniel”. Considering this comes out of her mouth every five seconds, you’d think he wouldn’t be constantly getting injured/ill/abducted by aliens in the crèche (which now has an outdoor facility, I’m pleased to announce).
    Brill review, as per 🙂

  4. holbylover819

    I have to admit when Edward said he wouldn’t go if Serena didn’t want him to, I was thinking ‘Of course yo have to go! You’re the keynote speaker, they’ve already had one cancel!’. I think it’ll be interesting to bring their daughter into it, I don’t know if I missed it but I don’t think it was made clear if he has contact with her or not, but I’d like to see how she feels about him.
    Also, how could they leave out JacxSacha? Jacha FTW.

    • pauseliveaction

      Jacha is better than “Sac,” I suppose!

      I’m looking forward to next week’s episode. The reappearance of Serena’s lovely mum will be interesting.

  5. I always thought Serena had a “flirt-hate relationship” with Michael to be fair but ok. And on the Chrissie and Sacha trust thing you mentioned, I think that went out of the window with this whole bone-marrow transplant thing when he decided not to tell her about Daniels heart condition. And as much as you’re gonna think I’m mad for saying it, Sacha being loyal and dependable maybe, but I’m not too sure about comforting, because he strikes me as the type of person who over thinks things and makes things seem worse than they actually are, so I think he might just make her fears worse. This is why I’m actually glad she turned to Michael, cause he’d probably deal with it a lot better than Sacha would. I’m only stating my opinion here, I’m not saying you have to agree. xxx

    • pauseliveaction

      Maybe you’re right about Sacha over-thinking things, though he managed to keep it in check and put on a positive attitude for Rachel, so he could probably do it for Chrissie. When I said he’d be comforting, I was thinking he probably gives great hugs, because he seems so cuddly. A hug from Michael Spence would also be a wonderful thing.

      • Fair point, and I have to agree yes it would be a wonderful thing to get a hug of Michael *goes slightly dreamy for a second* And yeah, he did put on a brave face for Rachel, but also ended up risking his son’s life to try and save her, which in my book strikes as panic, so I’m just not so sure how he’d handle it. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.

  6. HolbyNut

    My fave bit was when Serena suggested that Ric be her plus-one, and he asked ‘Is this a date?’ with so much aghast, that even-ever-aloof-Serena had to be a little afronted

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