(Series 15, ep.51) Talk about emotional rollercoaster! I don’t mean Serena’s birthday, though I dare say it’ll be one that she won’t forget – and she doesn’t even know (or care) about beloved Tim dying in AAU or Mo and Sacha kissing in the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery. She doesn’t even know yet about the car crash right at the end, but obviously she’s going to, as half her colleagues were involved and there’ll quite probably be some life-saving surgery to get stuck into next week.
Phew. Let’s rewind a bit. It was the day of the Young Doctor of the Year award ceremony, and Digby was practising his speech – or his “rambling love letter to the Swede,” as Zosia put it. And this would be a good place to mention that I really, really like Zosia. I think there’s going to turn out to be a lot to her, and given time she could be one of the great Holby characters.
I also really love Digby and find him laugh-aloud funny. My favourite line was when his patient had just informed him that she was planning to call her unborn baby Destiny. Digby was explaining why she was in pain. “The appendix is being pushed up by the… by Destiny,” he said.
He also has a beautiful smile, which he deploys less frequently, and therefore to even greater effect, than Chantelle. She didn’t have a lot to smile about in this episode. Having blundered by suggesting to Destiny’s mother that antibiotics were a useful option to surgery, she found herself on the receiving end of Hanssen’s anger and teetering on the edge of a disciplinary. She got into even hotter water when she took a message from Maja that Hanssen was now a grandfather. Hanssen did not want one of Holby’s chattier nurses communicating the happy news to all her mates and half the patients. He’d have had no chance with Mary-Claire, who’d have had it up on a web page before you could say “It’s a boy!” (Which it was).
Digby drove Chantelle, and Hanssen drove Malick (could they not have all fitted in one car, or did I miss something?), and off they went. Digby decided it was time to tell Chantelle how he felt, but while doing so he took his eyes off the road, and Malick, on the phone to Chantelle from the car behind, could only yell uselessly as Digby’s car aimed for the back of a truck. And – blackness. Cue end titles.
Oh. My. Lord. Since we already know that three of those four characters are leaving soon, I’m going to be on pins till next week.
That would have been enough drama for most episodes, but down in AAU Paul O’Grady turned up, as a patient this time. He wasn’t in Venezuela after all (yes, we had guessed) and had only pretended he was to keep Chrissie’s spirits up.
Tim has been a sympathetic character mainly because Paul O’Grady is so popular and always comes across as being a lovely man. His deathbed scene was genuinely moving and proved once again that, whatever fans think of Chrissie as a character (not a lot, thanks to her terrible treatment of the glorious Sacha), Tina Hobley is a wonderful actress.
What was Sacha doing while all this was going on? Well, he was mainly trying to do his best for Chrissie as usual, and getting knocked back, as usual. So he went for a little stroll in the LCMS with Mo. Sacha and Mo’s friendship has been built up well over the months, since their “Holby Fit Club” meetings actually took place over pasta at Rodolfo’s. So it was no surprise when a comforting hug turned into a proper kiss. They both felt awful about it afterwards, but they really shouldn’t. They’d be the most adorable couple, and the only thing that stops me from wanting them to get together is knowing how horribly the Holby scriptwriters treat anyone who’s in love (see poor Digby this week). They wouldn’t just let Mo and Sacha be happy and get married and have gorgeous babies and go to work cheerfully every morning with a spring in their step.
Look at the hoops Jac and Jonny have had to jump through – though, admittedly, being in a relationship with Jac was never going to be easy. This week, Jonny had taken himself to a support group in That London for parents with children with the same condition as Jaccy Maccy Junior. Jac wasn’t happy about that at all, but these days Jac does see Jonny’s point of view a little more than she used to. Jonny has now taken the bold step of suggesting they move in together, so they can support the baby better. I can’t imagine that will be easy, for either of them.
Next time: One of the people in the car crash has to operate on two of the others. That’s all I’m saying about that. And an old friend of Jonny’s turns up.