Just about everyone in this episode got emotional at some point, and none more so than Zosia. Oh, but it was sad. Zosia got it ito her head that Anita Dobson off of EastEnders was her mum, come back to her for Christmas. Anita played Betty Stern, and she wasn’t stern, she was sweet. And anyway, Stern is German for star, and through a random selection of star-based stuff, Zosia decided Betty was her mother. And, like Zosia’s mother, Betty had cancer. Zosia was on a mission to save her, even if that meant some rather frightening fundraising on the ward and at the staff Christmas party.
Digby and Dominic tried to be helpful, but Digby was run off his feet with doctorly duties (dull, but someone has to do it) and Dominic was busy being terrified at the prospect of Christmas with Kyle’s alcohol-free family.
Things got even sadder when Zosia visited a post-operative Betty, who now didn’t recognise her, and then tried to find her mother under the Christmas tree next to the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery (looking spectacularly festive). It was like that scene in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, when Kevin’s mother finds him under the Christmas tree, but without the happy ending. “Mama’s dead, isn’t she?” Zosia said to her father, who had no option – finally – but to put her in the care of mental health services. Once again Camilla Arfwedson was brilliant – Zosia’s pain seems so exposed that it’s sometimes hard to watch. Even Selfie was very touching, and Zosia has a real friend in Digby who always does his best to help her.
Mo thought she was on to a good thing when Jesse said he wanted to duet with her at the Christmas party. That’s got to mean more than just singing ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside,’ right? It made her go all flirtatious in theatre, but luckily she’s such a good surgeon and multi-tasker that she can sort out a heart valve while still making eyes at the anaesthetist. The patient was Margie, who was in the episode in which Mr T dressed as an elf. In this episode, Mr T dressed in his finest going-out waistcoat to accompany Mo to the party – at the request of Adele [Memo: add “matchmaker” to increasingly long list of Adele’s Skills]. Margie had advised Mo to “follow her heart,” and Jonny Mac also gave her the same advice – dump Mr T kindly, to clear the way for Jesse.
Mr T may dance like he’s being tasered, but he’s the sweetest, nicest man in the world. He told Mo she was far too good for the likes of him – and then went outside and failed to start his little car, he was that upset. Meanwhile, Mo had spotted Jesse and her sister kissing. Ouch.
There were tears on AAU, caused by baby Callum Teo, the new baby of Dr Amy Smug-Teo and… well, who? Amy decided it was time everyone found out. Serena sorted out the paternity test (and had a little eyes-filled-with-tears moment at the sight of wee Callum, who was extremely cute). In my best Jeremy Kyle voice (picture me perched on a step at the front of the stage) I can now reveal that the father of the child is… Dr Harry Posh. Yes, Callum is semi-Posh. Harry told Amy he wanted to support his son in every way possible, but she said she and Callum were moving to Singapore. This made Harry cry.
Dr Raf Previously-Smug didn’t cry, but he said that’s because he’d told himself that it couldn’t be his baby anyway because of his rubbish sperm. He and Serena decided to swerve the Christmas party and go for a few consoling bottles of Shiraz instead. Probably a wise decision.