(Series 17, ep.30) The new CEO was going to be introduced at a specially convened meeting. Everyone sighed and looked a bit bored or cross as they trundled towards the board room. Many of them expected to see the mythical Olivia Sharpe installing her shoes under the table of corporate power (though Elliot had bumped into Olivia and she hadn’t mentioned anything), or some tedious pen-pusher in a suit. Nobody noticed that Serena Campbell was wearing a Knowing Expression. Then the door opened to reveal… an empty table.
It just wouldn’t have been dramatic enough to have had Henrik Hanssen being reinserted into the hospital at a boring meeting. Instead, a riot and a scaffolding collapse in Holby kicked off a full-scale emergency situation – and who was there to direct the troops with a brief, no-nonsense pep talk (“Let’s to it!”)? Obviously it was the once and current CEO of Holby City Hospital, Henrik Hanssen – who also had time to introduce his deputy CEO, Serena Campbell. That’s a dream team right there.
It’s wonderful to see that Hanssen still has the power to unnerve. He’d learned everybody’s names before he even set eyes on them (“Don’t ask me how, but he does that,” said Dixie off of Casualty, who was there delivering casualties to the episode and interfacing with former colleague Fletch).
Hanssen also staged a couple of perfect looms, on one occasion hilariously spotting Dominic trying to hide from him. Most magnificently, he left Selfie under no illusion about who’s boss by taking away his Self Centre and his delusions of grandeur. “My agenda is to restore the moral compass of this hospital,” he informed Selfie. It’s an agenda we can all sign up to, I think.
Also back where he belongs is Young Dr Oliver Valentine, who is less young now, biologically-speaking, and a lot less young in terms of life experience. He’s gone all snappy and cross. Indeed I wrote in my notes, “He’s a bit more Jac,” and then Jesse (who was being less than helpful with the new/old boy) spoke my brains by asking Adele if she was quite sure that Jac hadn’t just gone away for gender reassignment. This assessment would have made Jac extremely proud of her mentoring skills, I’m sure, but if Ollie carries on in this manner I’m going to start calling him O. Negative.
I’m not sure where the loss of the Self Centre will leave new neurosurgeon Annabelle Cooper, but we – and now Zosia – know that she has more personally riding on it than just career prospects. Zosia isn’t happy knowing that Annabelle has a brain tumour, but of course she can relate to people hiding medical diagnoses for the sake of their career so she hasn’t said anything to anyone yet. It can only be a matter of time before Hanssen finds out, though, because he Always Finds Out.
In other news, Fletch got Dixie to put a bet on for him because he’s strapped for cash. The horse didn’t win, but luckily Dixie hadn’t put the bet on anyway (does Fletch have a history of a gambling problem that I missed when I wasn’t watching Casualty? It seemed to be implied). Raf loaned him the money he needed anyway, because he’s not very smug at all these days and his moral compass is nicely calibrated.
Next time: Zosia is increasingly worried about Annabelle; Adele meddles in Mo’s business; and there’s another dog on AAU.