(Series 16, ep. 30) Jules Knight (Dr Harry Tressler-Posh) must get quite excited when he gets a new script. Which Dr Posh will he be this week? The up-his-own-bum self-important rich kid? Or the misunderstood wants-to-be-a good-doctor-and-forget-I’m-rich version? My personal favourite, the one who likes a bit of banter with Mary-Claire and has a sly sense of humour? The sleazy loverboy perving around after confused pharmacists and just about anyone with a pulse? Or just a tosser? At least he’s never going to get bored by some tedious old linear character development.
This week we got the tosser version, when Dr Dominic “Possibly Psycho Yet Adorable” Copeland was assigned to AAU. Everyone bears a grudge against Dr Dom for the Malick business, but Dr Posh went out of his way to be snarky and unpleasant. I forgot to mention that in most of his guises he’s competitive anyway, so he wasted no time in trying to get Dom into Serena’s bad books. Flatter her by mentioning she’s wearing Chanel perfume, he advised. Dom did. “It’s Dior. Any gay man worth his salt would know that,” Serena said.
She had a point, and maybe it was a lesson for Dominic to follow his own nose rather than what other people were telling him. Unfortunately when he tried to put this into practice literally, he ended up with said nose being broken by an angry patient who was trying to escape in a waiting taxi.
By the end of the episode, Serena had rather warmed to our Dom, and even got a bottle of wine out and kicked off her shoes. “Jimmy Choos?” said Dom, wisely using his observational skills and reading the label.
While Dominic was away, Zosia and Digby were left to play on Keller without him. For some reason Digby has taken up magic tricks and was trying to impress Selfie (I think it was all part of this Rat Pack bonding thing with Selfie and Uncle Jesse). Zosia, meanwhile, had a patient to look after who was an old Polish war hero. Or was he? There was a possibility he’d been in the SS (I confess this made me giggle – I know it shouldn’t, but I kept thinking of the episode of Friday Night Dinner where the eccentric Jewish dad gives his son a book about the SS for his birthday. “Weapons of the SS… heroes of the SS… It is a bit SS-y”).
Zosia is supposed to have this fascination for psychiatry that makes her want to delve into the minds of her patients, and being half Polish herself she was more interested in this patient than most, but she really has no clue how to handle people and invariably ends up upsetting them on a scale from mildly miffed to seriously traumatised. This particular encounter ended up in her failing to get a DNR properly signed and acted upon, so that Sacha ended up resuscitating the patient in theatre against his wishes. This made Sacha go particularly shouty and Zosia was once again sent home early. I don’t think she’s done a full shift for months.
On Darwin, Jonny Mac was bonding away with Paula, who is biologically if not socially and emotionally the mother of the glorious Jac Naylor. However, it seems that he was unaware of most of Jac’s history and accepted Paula’s version of events. When he found out that Jac had given Paula one of her kidneys, he thought it must mean they used to be close. Jac soon put him right. As she told a patient, “The only person who cares about you is you.” That could be – and probably is – her life motto.
Jonny, however, is still willing to take Paula’s money if it means getting Emma away from the evil influence of the terrible Jac. *Bangs head on desk* There may be a glimmer of hope next week though – the episode preview hints that there may be an “end to hostilities.” Every digit I possess is crossed.