(Series 16, ep.32) What’s wrong with Elliot? He’s making mistakes and forgetting things and generally behaving like the bumbling old incompetent he briefly turned into when he was almost shipped off to The Mythical St James’s. A quick blood test revealed it was only a bit of a virus, so phew – but at the end of the episode Elliot looked, frankly, worried. There’s more to it than just a spot of man-flu, it seems.
He was under pressure, too, thanks to Selfie’s insistence on selling the Herzig 5 to the world. Not in an online store sort of sense (“Dragons, I’m here today to ask for a million pounds in exchange for a 5% equity share in my new online artificial heart business”), but more in a “great PR for the hospital” type of way. Anyhoo, Elliot was pencilled in to pop a Herzig 5 into Mandy Jordache from Brookside (Sandra Maitland), who had a dicky heart and had started being relentlessly happy since she had a TIA. Anyone old enough to remember Brookside would know that relentlessly happy is quite an unnatural state for Mandy Jordache, so everyone was concerned.
Elliot promised her husband that he wouldn’t go ahead with the surgery without consulting him first, given that Mandy was perhaps not in the most sensible frame of mind to give consent (Psych Sharon would have been there like a shot in former times, but the Psych department is currently being run by invisible non-speaking extras). Swayed by Selfie, Elliot went back on his word and also made a few more big mistakes during the episode. Luckily, Jac and Jonny had his back (apart from when he forgot to do a broncoscopy he’d promised to do for Jac).
This was the first episode in months in which Jac and Jonny shared a lot of scenes and didn’t once mention Emma or get snippy with each other. It was quite like the old days, in fact. Some of their scenes were really funny – such as Jac’s advice to Elliot: “Mr Self might require a little more… thrust, if you’re going to be his poster boy,” and Jonny telling the patient’s husband that Elliot was the Lionel Messi of cardiac surgery. This set up the line, “I thought you said he was Messi.” “He is.”
We’re going to need them to pull together if there’s something properly wrong with dear Elliot. They might even have to lure Mo back to the department she specialises in. This would come as a relief to Adele, because this week Mo was getting a bit full of herself, what with being a proper doctor with her own stethoscope and a proper radio agony auntie with her own headphones and everything. She was quite looking down her nose at lovely Adele, who is occupying the position formerly held by Chantelle as The Sunniest Staff Member in the NHS.
Serena had to juggle the demands of Selfie (who wanted a report on his desk by the close of play, like he usually does), her mother (who wanted a cup of coffee and a chin wag) and her patient (who wanted more access to his son). When there’s a child running around the corridors of Holby, tragedy can’t be far behind, and it ended up with the father on the roof being talked down by Serena, Colette and the child’s mother – until the son dashed up to give his dad a hug and they both toppled off. Luckily it wasn’t the big roof, it was one a bit lower down, so the son was okay once Serena had sorted his spleen out, but sadly the father will never walk again. On the upside, it did mean he got to stay in the family home, so every cloud has a silver lining.
I really loved this episode. It was a departure from some of the more tired recent story lines (Custodygate and Smug/Posh/Smug) and had plenty of Jac, the Effanga sisters and Serena. Serena blew on her coffee! Everybody does that in real life but nobody ever does it on a soap, and for that alone I love her.
Next time: Are we about to hear the pitter patter of tiny Smug feet? If so, will they be Smug/Smug, or Smug/Posh? Serena’s mum causes chaos, and Adele has a shift on Darwin.