(Series 16, ep. 28) I know I overuse the phrase “fluid staffing configurations,” but they were once again at play in this episode, as Selfie’s best mate Jesse Law was given a consultant anaesthetist job despite the fact that he had a dodgy CV and Serena didn’t like him at all. He was the Sammy Davis Jr to Selfie’s Dean Martin, and that was the main thing. “Get yourself up to HR,” Selfie told him, hilariously trying to pretend they actually do have a HR department. Even Jesse, who’d only been in the hospital for five minutes, looked like he wasn’t buying that one.
I wanted to like Jesse, because Don Gilet is very attractive and I loved him in EastEnders, but it may be difficult because his character is a bit of a prat, on first glimpse. Though he does call Selfie “Selfie.” When Digby disagreed with Selfie and Lawsy about a patient’s treatment (and Serena agreed with Digby, so obviously he was right), Jesse blindfolded Digby and frightened him on the Parapet of Persuasion (it’s that elevated walkway we haven’t seen for a while). This was some kind of macho initiation test thingy, and the upshot is that Digby now fancies being a neurosurgeon and being Frank Sinatra. RoboNurse2000 and Sacha agreed that this would be a short-lived phase and I can only hope they’re right.
The big shock on Darwin was that Jac’s mother turned up. This didn’t happen till right at the end, though. For the rest of the time there was the far less shocking – indeed tedious – Jac v Jonny tug-of-love (you never hear that phrase any more, do you?) for baby Emma. Frankly, I don’t care. Jonny is so spitefully loathsome that anything that gets him out of the way is fine by me. It would almost be the best outcome if he got sole custody, as long as he promised to be a stay-at-home dad and not bother the hospital ever, under any circumstance.
To get out of the way of her warring colleagues – and who could blame her? – Mo volunteered to spend the shift on AAU, where she had to cope with her sister Adele and a radio DJ patient. The DJ had the best line of the night – saying that he preferred to be treated by Serena rather than Mo he said, “It’s nothing to do with your ‘ethnicity.’ I’ve been on tour with the Four Tops.” He liked Mo’s voice and said it had a “soft, velvety timbre” that would be good for radio. As luck would have it, he had a mate who was looking to fill a slot for an on-air medical agony aunt. Mo was quite tempted – and she’s going to be very cross when she finds Adele got in ahead of her. Especially as Adele is about as qualified to be a medical agony aunt as I am.
Next time: The Smugs are having another go at IVF; Jac hopes her mother isn’t going to ask for her remaining kidney; and Zosia’s personal life follows her to work.