(Series 16, ep.16) New boy Raffaello Di Lucca is known as “Raff” to his friends and to people who can’t be bothered typing out his full name. Raff it is, then. But he’s not riff raff – he’s Top Quality Doctor Material, as he wasted no time in informing Ric Griffin and Selfie, who were interviewing him for the post of new registrar on AAU. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there was no sign of the HR woman from two weeks ago, so appointments are again being made on a nod and a whim and someone can be interviewed and then start work five minutes later.
Ric likes a maverick, and this Raff practically has ‘Maverick’ written on his forehead, just under the words ‘Arrogant’ and ‘Up Himself.’ Selfie wasn’t as keen as Ric, but Raff came prepaid (something to do with the NHS already having paid for him), and what CEO can resist a bargain? Also, what CEO could resist the challenge, “Henrik Hanssen had a vision… I’m gambling on you having a vision, too.”
Raff didn’t employ any kind of dimmer switch to his brilliance once he hit the Ward of Doom, either. The first thing he did was rip into Dr Posh for his rubbish CPR technique. Presumably Dr Posh has been employing this same technique in front of various tutors, mentors, Sacha, Ric and so on for months, but none of them has spotted just how badly he does it. Did Raff take him quietly aside and spend some time demonstrating how it should be done? Nope. Humiliation was sufficient. Honestly, if Raff has been sent as a way of making me side with Dr Posh, he’s succeeded.
He mentioned his wife quite a few times, and I’m absolutely terrified of meeting her. She can do “everything,” apparently, including making croissanty-type treats and packing them into jolly Tupperware, and all of this while shielding her eyes from the dazzling brilliance of her husband. Please tell me she’s not going to appear in a few weeks as an anaesthetist?
A maverick, brilliant new doctor has to have a suitable challenge, and in this case it was a boy whose lungs were pretty much useless as a consequence of eating wild fungi. Never, ever eat wild fungi without Bear Grylls or Ray Mears with you to advise, because this is the kind of thing that can happen. It was all far too messy for Raff and Mo to fix up, and required a special machine called an ECMO. Which Holby didn’t have. Not to worry – with Raff’s maverick brilliance and a few bits of tubing from the supply stores, it was no trouble at all to build one on the spot. Makes you wonder why they’re so rare if they’re so easy to knock together.
To the relative sanity of NICU now, where Baby Emma had done her first poop (which “speaks volumes” apparently) and was ready to be held by her parents. Jonny Mac was up for it, but Jac (“I’m not ‘Mummy,’ I’m ‘Ms Naylor’”) had a little squirt of hand sanitiser and then legged it. She still can’t quite get her head around this whole motherhood thing and no amount of nagging or persuasion from Jonny or Mr Solis would persuade her. What did the trick was seeing That Bonnie Creature holding Emma, and then Bonnie seeking her out for a chat afterwards. “I hate it when I hear you say her name,” Jac told her, looking like she was only resisting decking her because a surgeon has to be careful not to damage her hands.
Back at NICU, Jac demanded to hold Emma. Mr Solis protested a bit that it wasn’t the best time for the baby, but I think he was just making sure she really, really meant it. Then we finally had a very sweet scene with Jac holding Emma and agreeing with Jonny Mac that their daughter smells of toast.
In case we might fear that this would turn her all yummy mummy, there was a brief scene where she was called to deal with a mitral valve replacement and just for a second she seemed like she would rather look at pictures of Emma on her computer instead – but it was just a second, and then she was grabbing her stethoscope and was off out the door.
On Keller there was a silly story about a woman who had a 2,000 year old mummy she needed scanning. As you do. Zosia volunteered to stay with her (and as usual the woman ended up being a patient herself), mainly because she wanted to avoid getting involved in an operation, because she thinks surgery is just plumbing. Selfie had a (somewhat threatening) word with Sacha and told him to get Zosia in theatre, which he duly did and it ended up with blood everywhere. Sacha is trying to be tough and has told the joined-at-the-hip threesome of Zosia, Digby and Dominic that they’re having a test in the wet lab tomorrow and if one fails – they all fail. There’s nothing like a bit of peer pressure.
Next time: The competition between Dig and Dom heats up; there’s a patient with the same surname as Dr Posh (Tressler, not Posh) on AAU; and Jonny wants to be involved in Jac’s plans for Emma.