(Series 16, ep.48) Ooh, Arthur Digby! A man of many fine qualities, including being the top F1 in the world (or thereabouts) and having the most beautiful smile in the NHS. He’s not usually what you would call dynamic, though. Indeed, he was seen sporting a rucksack with wee horsies on it in this episode and I don’t think you’d ever see Michael Spence with that kind of accessory.
But in this episode he had a moment which made me go, “Hell, yeah!” in a way I haven’t done since the aforementioned Michael Spence went on sabbatical. It was when he told Zosia to go home and followed it up with, “It’s not a request, Dr March.” Thrilling! The lad is manning up at last.
What had Zosia done to elicit this kind of behaviour? It wasn’t because she was late for work due to doing a visualisation with a random pensioner in the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery. It was because she got heavily over-involved in a case, like she does, and decided what was needed was a muscle biopsy on a young girl, which was both unnecessary and a thing she wasn’t trained to do. Double unethical.
Sacha had left Digby in charge, and when he disagreed with Zosia’s proposed course of action she trotted of to tell Selfie and Sacha, who showed that he is probably not cut out to be in charge of juniors when he relieved Digby of his responsibilities and put Zosia in charge instead.
At the beginning of the episode Sacha had told Digby that he should “Seize the chance to shine,” and he kind of did, in that he worked out a diagnosis and stopped Zosia from doing a career-threatening procedure. He found that shining comes at a price, though, as he felt like he betrayed Zosia to her father, and Dominic was on hand to agree with him via the medium of his best snarky face.
This week’s Darwin patient was the lovely Michael Starke, formerly Sinbad in Brookside and assorted other roles. I always enjoy his appearances – as well as being a Scouser, he always comes across as a lovely warm, genuine man. Darwin is sooo the place to be warm and genuine, too, because it has Adele and she’s always smiling and always has time for the patients. Indeed she’s so good at her job that Jonny Mac wants her to do a nursing degree. The shift seemed to involve more downs than ups, and by the end she’d almost decided to go back to her old job as a holiday rep and had put some holiday trousers on to signal her intent. This is what you have to do on Holby if you want to leave – never mind giving notice or any of that bureaucratic nonsense. Just change into leisure clothing. Sinbad from Brookside helped her change her mind, though, which is good news because one Effanga is good, but two Effangas are better.
On AAU, Fletch started the shift listening to Temples, but things went rapidly downhill from there. It seems that he’s a bit rubbish at doing staff rotas and organising cover and so on, which isn’t surprising because Tess and Charlie did all that for him in his previous job. So when AAU found itself short-handed, Fletch donned the apron of hospitality and served the patients’ meals himself. It’s good to see him prioritising nutrition, but it’s only about the third time I can remember when patients have ever been offered any meals on Holby.
Next time: Selfie gets advice about Zosia. From someone in the mythical Psych department? From Charlie off of Casualty who has mental health nursing experience? From Colette who’s known her a long time? Obvs not. He asks Dr Amy Smug.