(Series 15, ep.46) If we hold this episode up against my patented PLA Relationship-o-meter™ we find Serena/Edward and Jac/Jonny going up, while Elliot/Sharon and Chrissie/Sacha (especially Chrissie/Sacha) plummet.
In a way, it makes me feel a bit cross that I was so happy about the fairytale Christmas episode where Chrissie failed to get on the ImagineAir flight to Sydney and Sacha hurtled all the way to Stansted on the back of Jac’s motorbike, and it was snowing and everything was romantic and twinkly. Because ever since then, Chrissie and Sacha have not made each other happy. Apart from when he got stabbed and Chrissie fed him quiche in a desperate attempt to keep him alive, Sacha has been nothing but a disappointment to Chrissie and she’s wasted no opportunity to agree with anybody who offered the opinion that she could do far better than him. And despite the thrill of knowing he’s married to a woman so beautiful that it has to be remarked upon by everyone who meets her, Sacha has really had only insecurity and a lack of proper emotional connection throughout the relationship.
This week Chrissie discovered that her cancer is not as bad as she was fearing, and the outlook is reasonably good. I can understand her not wanting to throw a party and scream “Hurrah!” from the rooftops, because obviously she’s still terrified about her future and about Daniel etc. But where my patience runs a bit thin is the way she treats Sacha. Come home, she says. I need somebody there. But on the other hand – don’t think things will be the same as before (i.e. it’s not going to be the same as the first week we were married, before I realised I could have done a lot better and you started going to Fit Club with Mo because she was 100% more fun than me). On second thoughts – don’t come home at all. “I can’t do complicated,” she sighed. Darling, you can’t do anything else.
Meanwhile, up on Darwin, Jonny Mac was getting all assertive with Jac. “The whole biker chick look – you really think that’s going to work for you when you’re an egg on legs?” he said, risking a smack in the mouth. But he’s decided that he’s got to have some say in what happens to Jaccy Maccy Jr, so he told her the motorbike must be mothballed while she’s pregnant. And, do you know what? She didn’t kill him. She actually smiled. This is perfectly consistent with Jac’s character. She’s always liked people who stand up to her (Joseph, Oliver Valentine, even Tara and Sahira occasionally). I love how Rosie Marcel and the scriptwriters are handling Jac’s pregnancy. She’s a little bit warmer and smilier – but not too much. There was a lovely exchange with Psych Sharon, who’d been speaking to a patient. “He’s egotistical, narcissistic, hedonistic, with no moral compass,” said Sharon. “You make it sound like those are bad characteristics,” said Jac.
This patient was a prisoner whose only friend seemed to be the prison warder who was chained to him. The chain proved to be a problem when the patient needed shocking and the key wasn’t available, but there’s always a silver lining and in this case getting a wee electric shock exposed the fact that the guard had a heart condition himself.
This relationship between guard and patient was mainly there to clarify a decision that Elliot had to make. Should he throw caution to the wind and go with Psych Sharon to the USA? “But what about the future of the Herzig?” I hear you ask, as indeed someone did ask during the episode. Jac was more than willing to step up and replace the Professor, but in the end he decided that work was dearer to his heart than Psych Sharon, and she went of to America on her own, after first confessing that she’d run Samson over a tiny bit. Well, she wouldn’t be Psych Sharon if she didn’t get some “closure.”
Where one relationship door closes, another opens. It turns out that Edward Campbell’s relationship with his child bride “Milly Molly Mandy” (“It’s Mindy, actually”) is over. But so was his short stay at the hospital. Except – a trial of the new pet project of Primary Defence (which seems to involve doing a little operation, leaving the patient with a gaping wound then going back to do a bigger operation later) was a great success, so Edward now finds himself with a six week contract to help Ric take the plan forward. Serena pretended to be displeased, but she loves him really. And I must say, after my initial disappointment that he wasn’t being played by Aidan Gillen but the similarly named Aden Gillett, I’m pleased too.