(Series 28. ep.35) The main action of this episode centred around Dixie borrowing a camper van to transport an ill patient out of the hospital to visit his terminally ill mother for one last time. It sounds like the plot of a weepy made-for-TV movie from the 1970s, especially when they all ended up at the seaside, with Dixie, Lofty and the staff member from the mother’s hospice eating ice cream while the boy and his mother were parked side by side in their wheelchairs on the beach, watching the sun go down. The story was saved from total mawkishness by the character of the mother (Amanda Ryan), who was a former rock-chick biker type who resisted cliches unless she called them cliches first. In the end, it was sweet and sad, but it got Dixie, Lofty and (to a lesser extent) Max into a whole heap of trouble back at Holby.
Max was forgiven fairly easily, partly because he is the living embodiment of charm, but mainly because he’s sleeping with the boss. “The boss” is still Zoe and not Connie, though whenever Zoe is called upon to deal with a situation, Connie seems to be keeping a very close eye on things indeed, almost like she’s already ordered swatches and paint samples for when she has to redecorate the office of power.
Cal’s pursuit of Dr Lily Chao hasn’t progressed very far, though poor Rita was forced to stand at the far side of a patient trying not to gag as Cal employed his best chat-up technique.
Next time: Connie questions Zoe’s judgement (Aha! Is she making her move?) and Dixie is suspended.