(Series 16, ep.20) Thanks to the fluid staffing configurations of Holby, Jonny Mac is now King of All the Nurses on Darwin. That’s him, Bonnie and a handful of mostly non-speaking extras (though the one with the blonde ponytail gets to say “Thank you” or “Yes” when it’s her birthday). It’s a hefty responsibility and with it comes a new set of scrubs in “hunter green.” “Straight from the garden centre,” according to Jac. Jonny thought she just couldn’t handle the fact that he was now at the same level as her – and anything she can do, he can do better. Let’s have a parachute stitching contest and we’ll see if he’s right about that.
The thing is, he can actually be helpful when he gets the chance. He had an excellent idea involving a diathermy loop in theatre, and when he and Jac work together on either work things or baby-related things, they’re a very good team. The problem is, with Emma just about ready to leave hospital, they haven’t quite negotiated how life is going to be. At least they admitted as much by the end of the episode.
I hate to admit it, but I felt a bit sorry for That Bonnie Creature. She can see that her hold on Jonny’s affections is a bit precarious, but she still gives the occasional bit of good advice about him having to work as a team with Jac for Emma’s sake. As a nurse, I’m less impressed with her. When two patients went AWOL, Bonnie’s response was that she was a nurse and not a security guard. “We don’t assume our patients are going to run out on us.” Hello? Has she not noticed that hardly a week goes by when a bed isn’t suddenly and mysteriously empty and nurses have to jog from toilet to car park to basement to Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery to retrieve their patient? In this case the patients only got as far as the grassy interface between the car park and the LCMS, which is a shame because it’s been a while since we saw the Tara Lo Memorial Water Feature.
On AAU, Dr Posh was acting all posh again and booking himself a trip to Cuba with his mother’s air miles. Raf, who is apparently intent on waging a one-man class war against his privileged colleague, pointed out that Posh had missed 17 basic skills from his log book. Posh said he’d done them all, but he hadn’t written them down. Obviously this wasn’t good enough, so he had to enlist Adele’s help to get all 17 ticked off by the end of the day so he wouldn’t miss his flight. In return, he promised to take Adele to dinner. The fact that he had no intention of doing so (“She’ll take a rain check”) possibly proves that I was a bit previous last week in deciding he was quite nice really. Raf called him a “Lazy, inconsiderate, over-indulged prat,” which I think is a bit harsh, but only a bit. I’m wondering what Raf’s deal is. Is he harbouring secret romantic yearnings for his junior colleague? Or has his past been blighted by Dickensian maltreatment of his poor-but-honest family by some rich baron or other? I’m sure we’ll find out eventually.
On Keller there was some kidney transplanting to do. Despite Ric and Serena being perfectly handy at this sort of thing, someone called Catherine O’Malley was drafted in to do it and Zosia was drafted in to help her. This was basically so Selfie and Zosia could have another run-in, when it turned out that Catherine was (a) of the cut-them-up-and-ask-questions-later school of surgery and (b) was having a romantic “thing” with Selfie. Last week I said that brain surgery was really horrible to watch. I’d like to add now that it isn’t as bad as having to watch Selfie snogging. Ugh.
Next time: Jac’s motorbike! Bonnie’s birthday! And Jess Griffin!