(Series 29, ep.44) This episode was the exit of beloved senior nurse Tess Bateman, a woman who has endured much during her time in Casualty, including being impaled on a spike for a whole episode and an affair with Fletch – two experiences that are in no way comparable. Personally I’ll remember her most fondly for her dancing partnership with the wonderful Abs. They were so sweet.
But with all of that activity, and keeping her head when all around her were losing theirs episode after episode, she deserves a rest, so it was nice that she had a happy ending. Her son Sam appeared unexpectedly, but even more unexpectedly he had a baby with him. Tess is a granma (as Zoe and Charlie were eager to point out at every opportunity), and Sam needs her help with the baby in Leeds. So reluctantly she’s hanging up her uniform and heading for Yorkshire. An emotional Charlie assured her that the Holby world will keep on turning – only a bit less efficiently.
It’s a shame Tess and her special brand of calm firmness will be absent, because Holby A&E is in need of placid types. There’s new Jacob kicking off all over the place (still being kind but shouty), and most worryingly Dylan seems to be in the throes of a breakdown. His dog is still missing, and Dylan is not his usual self. He left the department in a blood-stained shirt, with everyone turning to gaze at him silently in a way that never happens in real life.
Someone who had a perkier day of it was Ethan. A bit of brains-speak from Robyn to the friend of a patient made Ethan realise that he had to be a bit bolder in pursuing the radiant Honey, so he did what any self-respecting 19th century suitor would do and went to ask Noel for his permission to ask Honey out. Noel was thrilled (a doctor for a son-in-law? Hurrah!), and luckily for Ethan, Honey overheard the conversation so there was no need for him to repeat himself by asking her out directly. Even luckier, she likes him too and they were last seen going for brunch, lunch and possibly dinner if they eat very slowly. And breakfast if Ethan is feeling very brave.
Catering and romance were also on Max’s mind, as he’s got a wedding and a stag do to plan. This raised the inevitable question of who would be best man. Actually it was Big Mac who raised that inevitable question and volunteered himself, but Lofty is really Max’s best mate and he’d had a bad shift, so Big Mac generously stepped aside.