Following Connie Beauchamp’s recent-ish manifestation on Casualty, this week it was the turn of staff nurse Adrian “Adrian” Fletcher (or “Fletch”) to don the attractive dark blue scrubs of The Big Hospital Upstairs. He took to life on AAU very readily – he’d even heard of Albie’s, though no one from Casualty has ever gone there. Ric Griffin wasn’t that pleased to see him – Ric and Tess Bateman go back a long way, apparently, so obviously Ric wasn’t that impressed by the married man who messed Our Tess around. Ric has apparently forgotten the old saying about “two to tango” and that Fletch only recently saved the life of the blessed Tess, but still… At least by the end of the episode Fletch had won the admiration of Ric via the medium of some nifty work with a Sengstaken tube. Even Dr Smug was impressed by that one.
Harder to impress was Colette, who only had to clap eyes on Fletch and she would go all snarly. It turned out that she’d once turned down the opportunity to become Mrs Adrian “Adrian” Fletcher, presumably before he got married to the one he was married to when he was being a married man dallying with Tess. Who knew?
Before I move swiftly on to more dallying on the wards, I just want to say that Fletch on Holby works just fine, in my opinion. Not sure the history with Colette was entirely necessary, but as a character he just seems to fit and it’s like he’s always been on Holby.
I can also say the same for Mr T (I feel I know him well enough to start calling him Derwood now, but Mr T suits him so well), a character who is rapidly turning into a legend. This week the legend was added to when Sacha suspected him of being a two-timing love rat, and we discovered that not only (a) is he nothing of the sort (he’s actually single – information which made Mo’s day), but (b) he has his own corset and likes dressing up as Frank N. Furter. If we don’t see some of that at the staff Christmas party this year, I’ll be sorely disappointed. It would totally eclipse last year’s elf costume.
On Darwin, Elliot Hope was back at work. He’s recovered well from his brain operation, but he may recover less well from being stabbed in the back. This latter injury is metaphorical rather than actual, as Jac Naylor has signed the contract which puts her at the head of Darwin and the Herzig project, and it’s going to hurt.
Next time: It does hurt.