In Digby’s case, I’m still not exactly sure what’s the matter with him. He did say that Morven is “driving him mad,” plus he was super-keen not to have to summon on-call back up, who happened to be Connie Beauchamp (Morven thinks with that name Connie must be like a little mouse nibbling cheese. She’ll learn). During a day spent totally ignoring the machines when they went beep and staring into space with a look of terror, Digby mentioned a time when he was the cause of an accident which really hurt someone he loved. Is the car crash that he, Hanssen, Malick and Chantelle were involved in still haunting him? I need to know, because he’s popping pills and he’s just not himself.
Fletch is still himself, in the sense that he’s a very good and competent nurse and a loving father, etc etc. He isn’t a criminal, but he is desperate for cash, so he was going along with Clifford’s scheme to rob a drugs delivery van. This was bad enough when Fletch thought the drugs were going to the needy and the van driver was the unpleasant Alan, but when he found out the drugs were going to the criminal underworld and the driver was the pleasant Vince (Ray MacAllan) – who even offered to help Fletch out with some money – Fletch just couldn’t do it. He thinks that’s the end of it now, but Clifford’s already had a warning kicking from the crims and there’s certainly more trouble heading Fletch’s way.
Maybe he should think of promotion, which is exactly what was on Essie’s mind this week, when she wasn’t bitching about Chrissie (with her on that one) and being self-righteous about a patient. She went for an interview for the role of Transplant Coordinator, but she wasn’t very well prepared because Sacha never passes on her post so she didn’t know about the interview, and she’d only brought a pair of jeans that Chrissie’s “My Son Daniel” had scribbled on. The best part of the interview was when she got a phone call. “I’m being harassed by a satsuma,” she explained to Hanssen. “Sister Williams, I presume?” he replied.
The thing is, I’m convinced Essie is turning into a less orange version of Chrissie herself, in the sense that she has a rather superior, condescending, bossy manner with people in general and Sacha in particular. This annoys me even when she’s supposed to be right, as she was in this episode. It doesn’t annoy Hanssen, though, who finds her very convincing and gave her the job after she pitched herself to him again.
She’s not a million miles away, personality-wise, from Adele Effanga and her million skills and “You know I’m right, babe” attitude. Maybe it’s a double case of opposites attract, because Jesse, like Sacha, is rather laid back and calm. He was a bit less calm when Adele forged his signature on a petition because she was convinced her opinion was right and his was wrong. I think we were supposed to side with Adele, but if I was Jesse I’d be packing my surf board and heading for Anywhere But Holby about now.
Next week: Digby finds something upsetting in the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery