(Series 16, ep.33) Where was Ric Griffin in this episode? He was behind the camera, as Hugh Quarshie had his first bash at directing (there’s an interview about that here).
Content-wise, we were back to Smug/Smug/Posh (which took a not completely unexpected twist) and Custodygate (which didn’t). More amusingly, Mo has gone all showbiz and Adele has gone all Darwin.
The most engrossing storyline was Serena’s. Her mum Adrienne reappeared, this time as a visitor, come to see her friend Roger, who was a patient. It quickly became clear that Adrienne was suffering from the Curse of the Holby Visitor – nine times out of ten they end up having something worse than the patient has. In this case, Adrienne was showing signs of dementia, which Selfie verified with a quiz after Adrienne nearly killed Roger by giving him soluble aspirin, which he was allergic to. It was clear that Adrienne was going to need support, and Serena was soon on the hunt for a nice care home. It’s not that she doesn’t love her mother and care about her – it was etched on her face that she does – but both mother and daughter are feisty, independent types. Serena was left with no choice but to have Adrienne move in with her for now – an arrangement which is bound to take its toll.
On AAU, Dr Amy Smug was feeling queasy, which wasn’t helped by being leered at by Dr Posh every five minutes. It turns out she’s pregnant (I know. Shocker. *blank expression*). Who’s the daddy? Could one of Dr Raf Smug’s inadequate sperms have hit the target? Or is Baby Smug the result of Amy’s one night stand with Dr Posh when she was bladdered? Either way, the news has made Dr Smug go even smugger, but obviously this may be temporary. Meanwhile, Dr Posh is unaware that he may have sired a Smugette, but is busy blackmailing Amy to get her to get Raf to be nicer to him. Amy is so fed up with this she’s considering moving to Denmark.
The best thing about the Baby Smug storyline is that it involved the very welcome appearance of Mr T, who was on AAU for a quick consult, had time to advise Amy on the likelihood of rubbish sperm doing the trick (“Life finds a way”) and then had a little flirt with Mo. He should really try harder at this “flirting with Mo” business, because she really likes him but he’s not very good at reading the signs.
Mo is going all showbiz thanks to her side job as “Dr Mo.” I’m not entirely convinced that a weekly medical slot on a local radio station would seem quite that glamorous for a woman who spends her day job doing heart surgery, but that’s just me and my muddled priorities. Whatever, it gives Mo the chance to swan about in fabulous frocks. Unfortunately, it also makes her very bitchy towards poor Adele, who took refuge in Darwin under the wing of Jonny Maconie. This also brought her face to face with the force of nature that is Jac Naylor. Possibly because she has Mo as a sister, Adele is completely unintimidated by Jac as a doctor or as a person. It’s always funny to see Jac’s face when she comes across someone who hasn’t read the “We’re all terrified of Ms Naylor” script – it’s a lovely mixture of rage, confusion, amusement and respect.
Next time: More Smug/Posh/Smug, more Clash of the Effangas, and Zosia scores 22% for bedside manner. I’m surprised it’s that high, actually.