(Series 17, ep.33) Following last week’s Whisper With The Dangerous Edge, this week Hanssen showcased his mastery of the Long Scary Pause. He gave Elliot a little talk along the lines of needing to have everyone working well because a team was only as strong as its weakest link. Elliot tried a bit of humour with “You are the weakest link. Goodbye.” To which Hanssen replied, “I beg your pardon?” followed by that LSP. Not an Anne Robinson fan, then.
The weakest link on Elliot’s sadly depleted team is currently Oliver Valentine, because he’s still being O. Negative and his “gap yah” (as Jesse insisted on calling it) hasn’t really helped him sort his post-Tara life out.
His gloomy mood didn’t go unnoticed by his patient, Derek Winger. “Took an O-level in nihilism did we, Blue Eyes?” he asked him, and not in a flirtatious way either. Later on he referred to Ollie as a “teenybopper,” and suggested he’d never known the heartache of losing the things you most love in life. Oh, if he only knew. Ollie was so distracted by the heartaches of life that he failed to notice Derek’s heart was occupied by “vegetation.” I was rather relieved to hear that “vegetation” in the heart means bacteria, and not ferns and moss and stuff, but apparently it was still a thing that should have been spotted and dealt with. “Buck up, Oliver – I expect more from you,” Elliot chided him, but the situation was so bad it required a high level loom and some enigmatic advice from Hanssen. “You can give up, or you can take the same gamble as everyone else,” he said. Go on, Ollie – choose life!
Down on AAU, Raf spent most of the hour trying to persuade last week’s patient, Lucy, to consent to some of his fabulous face-fixing surgery. We discovered that her injuries were the result of domestic violence, when her mother-in-law turned up and Lucy eventually told Raf that her partner was in prison for what he’d done but was about to get out. Lucy was less scary this week as she gradually allowed herself to trust Raf. Raf is doing that classic Holby maverick thing of getting too involved, ignoring his superiors (Serena was very cross for most of the episode) but achieving good outcomes against the odds.
On Keller, Essie was whingeing because she didn’t want to meet Sacha’s children and she feared she couldn’t relate to teenagers. Then she found herself relating brilliantly to a teenager on the ward who’d managed to get locked in some handcuffs, and on the strength of this agreed to go bowling with the Little Levys after all. Patients and their relatives, eh? Always handy for a life lesson. The best part of this story was Dominic’s little shudder when Essie took home the handcuffs, presumably for fifty shades of fun with Sacha later.
Finally (so that isn’t the last image I leave you with) some exciting news from Darwin. Adele has been taking mindfulness classes! I knew you’d be thrilled.