(Series 17, ep.39) O. Negative has finally started to veer back into the positive (neutral, at least), and it’s all thanks to a rather wonderful combination of Elliot, Hanssen, Mr T, Zosia and especially a lovely patient called Jade (Anna Krippa).
The day didn’t start well for him. Does Zosia really not know about his dead Chinese wife? Was she being entirely thick asking him about his Chinese tattoos, or is she just distracted by Slimy Seb? Either way, she and Ollie were soon sparring away like a proper rom com couple. He hasn’t had that much fun since Jac Naylor had him juggling coins.
The glorious Mr T (Mr T!!!) was required for a consult when patient of the week Jade said she had period-style cramps. He diagnosed fibroids, and then there was a stand-off between him and Ollie about which bit of Jade should be treated first to give her the best chance of (a) survival and (b) the ability to have children. Mr T pulled rank, which was a rather fabulous thing to behold, but it was Jade herself who convinced Ollie to take her childbearing future as seriously as her heart. She also got him, for the first time, to talk about Tara, with whom he liked to share a Twirl (it’s chocolate) for elevenses. “It was the best part of the working day, seeing her smile,” he said. Bless.
Elliot told Zosia about Tara and Penny, and in her heavy-handed way she told Ollie she was available if he ever wanted to talk. “Never have, never will,” he snapped, his defences all back up – but then he went to find her in Albie’s. And they were starting to get a bit close, too, till Slimy Seb turned up. Darn you, Slimy Seb!
Ollie left them to it and went back up to the ward to check on Jade and enjoy a little Twirl (it’s chocolate) on his own. On seeing this, Hanssen permitted himself an enigmatic smile, because despite his scary Scandinavian exterior he likes his staff to be happy.
Line of the week was Hanssen’s reply to Elliot (the whole scene between the two of them at the beginning was beautiful), who said that Oliver kept himself to himself these days. “You see this as some kind of issue, do you?” said Hanssen, flying the flag for introverts everywhere.
You couldn’t accuse Dominic of being an introvert. He probably gets it from his mum, who has now got herself a job in Pulses. You know how gossip rages around Pulses. It wasn’t long before Carole was fully up to speed on the Malick/Dominic situation. Dominic’s patient was Mandy (Josie Walker), who seemed ever so nice but turned out to be someone who specialises in “curing” gayness. This brought out the tiger mother in Carole, who was furious on her son’s behalf. Dominic, however, showed a lot of self-restraint and maturity in rising above it all. Sacha was almost as proud of him as Carole was.
Digby topped off a difficult day by getting home to find Carole and Dominic in matching onesies in front of the telly – but worse than that, Carole had tidied Digby’s bedroom and put all his little soldier figures away. He’d just got them in proper battle formation as well. Ouch.
I’m not sure what’s going on with Digby. He’s having panic attacks and easily feels undermined in a way he didn’t on Keller, even despite AAU being a rather nurturing environment these days. Is it because Morven hero-worships him and he can’t live up to it? Not sure, but I’m worried about him.
Meanwhile, Fletch and the little Fletchlings have been evicted and eventually found themselves sleeping in the hospital basement (watch out for serial killers, scalpel-wielding maniacs and the remnants of Sacha’s furniture). It’s a desperate situation and it’s led to desperate measures – Fletch has told Clifford (whose apparent niceness has actually been a type of grooming) that he will get involved in his planned crime.
Next time: Fletch isn’t really suited to a life of crime; and it looks like we may be seeing more of Essie’s “Chrissie face.”