(Series 16, ep.19) My opinions about Holby characters don’t remain static. A case in point is Dr Posh. In fact, I might actually start referring to him as Harry now and again, that’s how fond of him I’m getting.
His character has become much more interesting since he had Raf to antagonise him. Raf is a man who thinks your medical qualifications are worth nothing if you haven’t at least got an NVQ Level 1 from the school of hard knocks. He dismisses Harry because he grew up with the advantages of having a rich dad, and in Raf’s eyes this means he hasn’t earned the right to very much respect. In some ways, he’s right – Harry still expects opportunities to fall in his lap and still feels he can get what he wants with a dazzling smile and a bit of smooth talk, but he’s increasingly finding that’s not the case and there’s some doubt and anger in him which is making him much more interesting. I found myself actually rooting for the lad, despite his terrible treatment of vulnerable bariatric patient Annie Hinkley.
I’m not rooting for Jonny Mac, however. Oh Jonny, what have the Holby writers done to you? Jonny used to be a sweet, genuine, no-hidden-agenda kind of guy. And now his whole focus is on this childish game of one-upmanship with Jac and at the centre of it, as Jeremy Kyle would say, is an innocent child. I thought both Jac and Jonny were out of order this week, though I felt there was no intentional malice in the way Jac behaved by hiring a nanny without consulting him. It was initially thoughtlessness, which turned to aggressive defence when challenged. Jac can be as spiky as a hedgehog when threatened and it’s not nice and it does sometimes teeter on the edge of bullying (saying she’d hired a male nanny because Emma needs “a strong male role model in her life” was a low blow), but Jonny’s response was dreadful. Basically he tried to frame her with Colette and portray her as a monster, so he could be given a promotion which five minutes earlier hadn’t existed in the fluid staffing configurations of Holby. Now apparently he’s going to use his new job as Acting Clinical Nurse Manager to make Jac’s life difficult in ways which sound like they would contravene the Sex Discrimination Act.
Meanwhile, on Keller there was a bit of movement in the fractious relationship between Dr Zosia March and her father, Selfie. Sacha gave Zosia a bit of psych evaluating to do, with a patient who thought she could smell her dead husband. “Ewwww!” said Digby. Burnt toast and coffee rather than decomposing corpse, though, so not all that bad. Zosia got into trouble for not seeking a psych assessment for the patient and getting consent for a procedure while there were doubts about her mental health. This led to a showdown in Selfie’s office which turned into a heart-to-heart about Zosia’s mother. Zosia ended up in tears and Selfie gave her a hug. Later on she called him “Dad” in theatre and was impressed by his brain surgery skills. So that was all very heartwarming and lovely, but – ugh – brain surgery is disgusting to watch, even when it’s only pretendy.