(Series 16, ep. 29) I’m going to start with Darwin, because frankly I’ve had enough. I get that the essence of drama is conflict. I get that Rosie Marcel is a brilliant actress and Jac Naylor is a wonderful, complex, contradictory character the fans love. I understand that, for these reasons, Jac has to suffer.
But please, enough already. Jac has gone through a pregnancy that had a high possibility of ending with the death of the baby. Her relationship with the baby’s father has been volatile, to say the least, and for most of the pregnancy he was with another woman and the pair of them were hardly the essence of tact and sensitivity. The baby was born early, endured surgery when she was still tiny, but has survived. Jac had problems bonding with her but now seems to be fine.
Apparently Jac still hasn’t suffered enough, so now we have Jonny Mac, becoming more odious by the week, threatening to take the baby away from her. And then last week her mother turned up.
“What’s the scam this time? Have you come back for the other kidney?” Jac asked her. Paula said she’d come back to show Jac some photos of her alleged father, who is now dead, and to have a quick check-up because she’s been having breathing problems. She turned out to have incurable lung cancer (which was initially missed because for some reason Elliot Hope was being bumbling and useless). Was this a chance for mother and daughter to bond before it was too late? Paula seemed willing to give it a go, but from experience Jac knows that Paula only bonds when she wants something. In case she was in any doubt, a patient’s daughter was on hand to speak her brains. Against the current evidence, this woman’s cuddly-seeming brain-damaged dad used to be abusive and violent. “You can’t build a better future by denying the past,” the daughter told Jac. So Jac gave Paula £20,000 to go away. Money which Paula promptly gave to Jonny to help him win the custody battle and take Emma away from Jac.
I honestly don’t think I can watch any more scenes with Jonny in them. The sight of his gleeful triumph at the end of the episode made me want to do all sorts of violence to him, and the fact that he’s acquired a sidekick who has the capacity to hurt Jac more than anyone else in the world has made him worse. Watching Jac basically being bullied (at the start of the episode it seemed that all the nurses were deliberately ignoring Jac to show solidarity with the pathetic Jonny) does not make me feel entertained. It makes me feel cross and irritated, but not entertained. Where’s a rampaging patient with a scalpel when you need one? I just want Jonny gone so that Jac can concentrate on kick-ass surgery and riding her motorbike and being brilliant.
Parenting issues were also to the fore on AAU, where Mr and Mrs Dr Smug got the news that they’d been accepted by their private IVF hospital of choice – hurrah! – but the appointment was three months away – boo! This led to a lot of bickering in side rooms and corridors. Raf is allegedly the love of Amy’s life, but I can’t actually picture them ever having fun together. They look like they’ve spent every day since meeting each other being snappy and hostile and having joyless “trying for a baby” sex. Raf thought having a three month break from the trying for a baby thing was a good idea. They could concentrate on “finding themselves” again.
Wherever the Smugs are, Dr Posh is not far away, stirring the situation with his little silver spoon. “What are you looking so smug about?” Amy asked him at one point, perhaps confusing him with her husband. Posh pulled some strings and got their appointment brought forward, so the relentless grind of trying for a baby can recommence without the finding each other break that Raf wanted. Raf was not happy about this, and Amy was not happy that he wasn’t happy. He was looking all cute and fatherly as well, getting on brilliantly with a little girl who’d spent her early years chained to a radiator and was therefore understandably a tad apprehensive about strangers – apart from strangers who were required to dramatically demonstrate that they’d be a brilliant father.
The upshot of this was that Raf had to go away on a business trip, and Amy ended up in Albie’s in the willing arms of Dr Posh. Is this going to result in a Posh-Smug pregnancy shock-type situation? I expect so.
Amy is a man-magnet, but she’s a mere amateur compared to Zosia, whose date from the previous night turned up on Keller in a bit of an embarrassing situation. Not only had he done his back in during his encounter with Dr March, but he also had a perma-stiffy thanks to taking too much Viagra in order to keep up with her demands. Even Dominic, “the world’s leading authority on men’s bits,” had never seen anything like it. He actually fainted while it was being fixed (which involved a large syringe). Between having his man-parts syringed and his back operated on, this unfortunate patient had the chance to observe the body language of Zosia and the man she refers to as “Uncle Jesse.” They fancy each other, he reckoned. They had a laugh about that in the locker room afterwards as he tried not to notice that her bra was showing and she pretended she wasn’t admiring his manly frame when he took his shirt off. She really is going to have to stop calling him “Uncle Jesse” very soon, or it’s going to get all types of weird.