(Series 17, ep. 41) Digby’s been having a lot of bad shifts recently, and in this episode it culminated in him getting all shouty and unnecessary with a patient. He had to rush out into the balmy night air of the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery to calm down.
What you don’t want to see in these circs is an apparently lifeless hand protruding from said shrubbery, but that’s what Digby saw. It didn’t spur him on to anything resembling doctorly activity, though – he just stood like a panicking plank and left Morven to summon help.
Help for whom, though?
Cue flashback to several hours earlier, and an entire day of setting Mo up to be the victim of ghastly violence. Clifford was being threatened by the Mr Big of the pharmaceutical van robbing world. If Clifford didn’t come up with cartons of Camoxidan on cue, his beautiful daughter would get hurt. Clifford managed to miss the drugs delivery, then Mo refused to lend him the £10,000 which would have kept him in the clear and her out of danger (she didn’t know that bit). So after that, every time someone tapped Mo on the shoulder, or she was summoned to the car park to look at a cake topper or get balloons (it was Jesse and Adele’s engagement party) it looked like she was in deadly danger.
In a twist, though, it wasn’t Mo but Adele who ended up being bludgeoned in the bushes, by someone who couldn’t tell one Effanga from the next. Despite the lack of early first aid from Digby, Adele was soon being treated to the finest service Holby can offer, with Henrik Hanssen and Serena Campbell operating on her to try and save her life. Did they succeed? We still don’t know – Jesse and Mo are keeping vigil by the bedside as we speak.
PLA Jr hasn’t watched Holby for a long while (exams and that), and hadn’t seen Essie before. I explained who she was. “But she looks just like Chrissie,” was her assessment. Acts like her, too. In this episode, Sacha noticed she was “a bit off.” She was quite a lot off, in fact, and has been for a while. She was looking after Ros (Carol Starks), a terminally ill woman, who at one point was trying to line Essie up as a replacement wife for her husband and mother for her children. Ros must have really hated the husband and children. Essie said no to the scheme anyway, because she already had someone and – do you know what? – he just might be “the one.” Everyone knows The One is Keanu Reeves, but nevertheless, Essie is rather fond of Sacha and to show her devotion has taken to copying his tendency to wear shirts that look like wallpaper. Sacha favours florals and Essie likes her geometrics, but the principle’s the same. And she also wants a baby (I told you she’d inform Sacha in due course). Is this going to cause conflict, with Sacha thinking that My Son Daniel, Rachel etc are more than enough of a genetic legacy?