(Series 16, ep.43) This week we discovered that Serena’s mother, Adrienne, has “a penchant for a silver fox.” Luckily for her, a thrilling example of the genre had just arrived back in Holby in the form of Ric Griffin. Apparently he’s got Jess all sorted out and safe somewhere, and now he’s back.
His presence was good news and bad news for Serena, under fire from Selfie who thinks her role as a carer for her mother means she can’t give her best, medically-speaking. She thought Selfie was only trying to edge her out because Ric was back, but on the other hand Ric is an enormously reassuring, calm presence. This is just what you need when your mother’s dementia has reached the stage where she’s smashed every mirror in the house and most of the mirrors in the AAU toilets. “At least 21 years of bad luck,” calculated PLA Jr.
Speak-your-brains patient of the week was, kind of disturbingly, the copper who is currently investigating Lucy Beale’s murder on EastEnders. She was an alcoholic (which is possibly why she’s not made much headway finding out who killed Lucy) and also a psychologist, who had plenty of advice about dealing with dementia. Serena has, as a result, decided to be more proactive and get a grip on the situation. Selfie looked doubtful, but he always looks doubtful unless the subject under discussion is his own magnificence, so no change there then.
The whole storyline is lifted (and made even more sad) by the sensitive performances of Sandra Voe and Catherine Russell, and the scene where Adrienne was dancing with Ric was very touching.
There was a female patient on Darwin with “problems down below.” Never before has this phrase been much of a call to celebrate, but these days it means that the glorious Mr T will be summoned. His visit coincided with Mo being in a very grumpy mood. It wasn’t just because in the absence of Jac and Elliot she’d been landed with an entire department to run. It was because it was two years ago that she gave birth. Mr T remembered, which of course he would because he’s (a) lovely (b) an expert in matters “down below,” including births and (c) crazy about Mo.
Digby is also apparently crazy about Marine Biologist Maria, so when she appeared in Keller with possible appendicitis, he wasn’t keen on his all-kinds-of-crazy flat-mate Zosia being responsible for her care. Zosia was particularly distracted by a new F1, who found himself being pounced on in the linen cupboard in what must have been a memorable first day on the ward. Unfortunately for Zosia the main emotion he experienced was fear. She can be a bit full-on, as Digby knows only too well.
Next time: Is Essie cheating on Sacha? With Mr T? Surely not! And Casualty’s Fletch makes the transition to AAU.