(Series 17, ep.28) This was always going to be a transitional episode – last week’s festival of happy-ever-afters tied up so many loose ends and saw so many departures that it feels like Holby is moving into another phase (which thrillingly will involve the return of Henrik Hanssen and Oliver Valentine).
There was already a new arrival in the form of neurosurgeon Annabelle Cooper (Nina Wadia). When she arrived to start her new job at the Self Centre for Brains And That, she was surprised to discover it closely resembled a general surgery ward, namely the ward we usually refer to as Keller. It was a work in progress, explained Selfie to a clearly disappointed Annabelle, who’d been led to expect a facility like the one on Critical. She seems like a can-do sort of person, though, and rolled her sleeves up and got stuck into a day pleasantly filled with taking Zosia under her wing mainly to annoy Selfie. I like her already.
Also on Keller, Sacha approached Dominic for interior design advice, because he doesn’t want his cushions to disappoint Essie. Dominic is normally fairly happy to play up to a stereotype, but on this occasion he was a bit miffed. “You know, I too have a wotsit,” he said. “Please don’t talk about your wotsit,” said Sacha. In the preview version I watched originally, Dominic and Sacha actually said “penis,” but maybe you aren’t allowed to say “penis” on iPlayer, even in a medical drama. Even though it made the line funnier.
There wasn’t much comedy to be had on AAU, where the Holby Finger of Fearful Fate was pointing at Fletch and his struggles to cope as a single dad. A school bus crash gave Fletch the double worry of discovering that daughter Evie is being bullied because he forgot/couldn’t afford to buy her some new shoes for school, and having to care for a malnourished young woman called Roza. He found Roza’s problems easier to deal with, by sending a social worker friend round to check that her family were okay. “You shouldn’t be too proud to ask for help,” he told her. Then he promised Evie that they would manage and he would get her some new shoes. Once again Alex Walkinshaw and Macey Chipping were very sweet as father and daughter.
Fathers and daughters were also on the agenda for Adele, who decided that Mo has been dithering too long (ooh, all of a fortnight) about whether to find out more about her biological father, and started rooting through hospital records. It wasn’t long before she had a name and full medical history, because apparently he’s no stranger to Holby (and it can only be a matter of time before the Finger of Fearful Fate beckons him in again). Mo wasn’t best pleased.
Next time: The episode we’ve all been waiting for – he’s back! Mr T! (MR T!!!) Oh, and so is Hanssen 😉