This week, the medic formerly known as Darren was charged with looking after a group of girls, A level students who were thinking about a career in medicine. They were a bit of a handful, at one point practically storming the ward and causing Hanssen to have to use his Cross Voice to sort them out. I didn’t think their behaviour was the most realistic thing I’d ever seen, but it gave Dominic plenty of opportunities to be snippy and sarcastic and put-upon, all of which he does gloriously well.
When the inevitable Curse of the Holby Visitor struck down one of the girls and she ended up as a patient, Dominic came good with a diagnosis. Hanssen said he’d pop by to watch Dominic operate on the girl, and when he got there he found everyone scrubbed up and ready to go – but where was Dominic?
He was on the roof, sorting out a girl who’d been bullying his patient. Very sweet of him, and in the long term probably just as much use to his patient as the surgery was, but not the sort of thing to score brownie points with the world’s scariest Swede. At the end Hanssen staged perhaps his finest loom ever. Dominic was telling Essie that one day Hanssen would “bitterly regret all those times he misjudged me as a complete and utter waste of space.” As he spoke, Hanssen glided around the corner behind him and uttered, “Bring on the day, say I.”
Meanwhile, Lucy Mottica was back on AAU with an infected wound and a pair of souvenir cufflinks for Raf. Cara – given something to do at last – had a word with Raf, telling him gifts from patients could be “misinterpreted,” and suggesting Lucy was getting a bit too fond of him. She was right. It turned out that Lucy had been messing with her wounds so she would have to go back to hospital and be looked after by Raf. He told her that he cared about her, but not in a romantic sense. Will she get the message? Or is Raf going to need a bodyguard?
Up on Darwin, Prof Elliot Hope has been offered a new job. Hanssen wants him to be Director of Research (Adele would have been first choice, but she’s still convalescing). Elliot munched on a doughnut and mused that he could “now make his artificial lung dream a reality.” Everyone told Elliot that this was the job he’d worked his whole life for, and hurrah and everything, but Elliot’s response was to do a 360 degree gaze around the ward in a ‘how can I give this all up, even to pursue my artificial lung dream?’ manner.