(Series 16, ep. 25) Jonny and Bonnie’s wedding day. What could possibly go wrong? Given that the groom’s heart didn’t seem to be entirely in it, there was scope for quite a lot to go wrong. A jilting at the altar seemed the most obvious choice, and when Jac contrived to have Jonny assist her on a tricky piece of surgery on the bride’s brother, of all people, it looked like there was every chance he’d see the error of his ways and decide he wanted Jac.
There was a lot to love about this episode, but one thing bothered me a bit – even assuming that no one wanted to give Bonnie the news that her brother was undergoing heart surgery in case it spoiled the wedding, didn’t she notice he wasn’t there? Didn’t anybody else? And wouldn’t she have rather been at her brother’s bedside?
Anyway… while the wedding party was assembled at the registry office, with Bonnie looking gorgeous (possibly only just outshone by Mo), back at Holby Jac was taking Decisive Action. The action which has worked on Jonny in the past involved pouncing on him and slamming him against a shelf full of bed pans, so she had a go at that and was a bit flustered when he pushed her away. Then we got an insight into their thinking (something which has puzzled me for the last several episodes, I must admit). “What am I to you, other than some kind of twisted security blanket?” he asked her. Her reply: “My whole life, I’ve never had anyone like you.” In other words, even though she’s known the love of the quite remarkable Joseph Byrne, there’s something about Jonny that speaks to her soul. That thing, I think, is the emotional straightforwardness of him. That’s the very thing that finally kept them apart, because in his world view, if you love somebody you can tell them, in words of one syllable. No matter how he tried to get her to say it, she couldn’t say “I love you.” And Bonnie, bless her, was having a hard time stopping herself from saying it (thinking it was bad luck on a wedding day), because she’s one of these uncomplicated types, too.
So he chose Bonnie, and off he dashed by taxi to the wedding. If only he’d had a fiver in his wallet, he wouldn’t have had to ask her for the cash. And if only she’d remembered her Green Cross Code, she wouldn’t have walked into the road while delving into her little bag and not looking where she was going. If only the lorry driver had slowed down in anticipation of a distracted bride crossing the street… It was an absolute shocker and I had to rewind and watch it twice. Thanks to Tumblr, if you’re that way inclined you can watched Bonnie getting run over on a two second repeat, which does lessen the shock a bit and actually becomes quite hilarious.
Jonny’s anguish made it clear he really had loved Bonnie and she wasn’t just a cheap Jac substitute, but my worry is that with Bonnie out of the way, the writers will drag the whole Jac/Mac saga on and on and on. It would be nice for Jac to have a story line that didn’t involve romantic/parenting tussles with Jonny Mac.
Comic relief was supplied on AAU by the magnificent Serena. When Adele told a patient whose life was being ruined by snoring that she’d read in a magazine at the hairdressers that singing was a cure (‘Roar’ by Katy Perry was attempted), Serena did some research. She found that vocal exercises may indeed help, but they had to be quite specific. Her demonstration, which sounded like an operatic version of the start of ‘Living On A Prayer’ by Bon Jovi (“Unga-unga-unga-unga”), was hilarious. She actually has a very pleasing voice, and I think a trio with Sacha and Dr Posh needs to be arranged ASAP.
Keller is where we tend to go these days for a bit of something dark and twisted, but Dominic was more or less behaving himself this week. The twistedness happened to Zosia, who was having a hard day anyway because it was the anniversary of her mother’s death. What you don’t want when you’re drowning your sorrows at Albie’s is for a patient’s socially awkward brother to attempt to spike your drink with something to help you “relax” and “go with the flow.” She definitely didn’t want to go with the particular flow he had in mind, so she swapped the drinks and later found him fitting in the car park. I can’t remember whether she got suspended again or not, because I was still reeling from the double effects of Bonnie’s death and Serena’s singing.
Next time: Having done without a consultant pharmacist for years, AAU suddenly can’t do without Dr Amy Teo. Which is not going to help relations between Raf and Dr Posh.