(Series 17, ep.47) Thought we’d seen the last of Clifford? No chance. Back he came to AAU, this time as a patient, with a black eye, some broken ribs and intestines full of little packages of drugs. Oh, Clifford. This is what happens when you mess with Nasty Men.
Speaking of whom, on the next bed we had the Nasty Man himself, the very one who threatened to harm Clifford’s daughter and then got it a bit wrong and harmed her sister/cousin instead.
This gave Fletch, and then Mo, opportunities for Revenge. Fletch had an encounter with Nasty Man in the lift, in which Nasty threatened him and his lovely children. “Threatening the bloke that gives you the morphine isn’t the best idea,” said Fletch through clenched teeth, making it quite clear where the balance of power lies if you happen to be lying on a trolley with tubes stuck in you.
Later on Mo had her chance when she went to confront Nasty and spotted that he was bleeding profusely. Mo actually looked extremely kick-ass in this scene and looked well ready for a fight, but both she and Fletch are good people and medical professionals first and foremost.
Nasty Man ended up dying in theatre anyway, so that’s him out of the way. And the legal system will be dealing with Clifford, but not before he had a father/daughter bonding moment with Mo.
Fletch, meanwhile, has taken a job at the mythical The Grange. Maybe this is the new brand name for The Hadlington. The main thing is it will get him some regular shifts and get him away from the disapproving gaze of Mo.
So there was drama on AAU, but for a proper fight we need to go to Darwin. Sexual tension simmered all episode long between Ollie and Zosia. At one point they found themselves in The Zone – the one where two people get their faces fairly close and then they go a bit still and their gaze flutters between eyes and lips and a kiss looks imminent. She actually pounced on him (only a little pounce because they were sitting down. It wasn’t one of those lunges she used to do to Digby) but he jumped away like a scared wee beastie because he’s not yet ready for That Sort of Thing.
There’s the additional problem of Slimy Seb, who is still officially Zosia’s boyfriend. This week he wanted to take her to New York to meet his father, or “Pops,” as he’s known. Throw all of this together and add in a disagreement about the way to best approach a patient who wants a gender reassignment but doesn’t want her father to know, and you have an explosive situation. This culminated in the funniest fight, with Ollie and Seb grappling like schoolgirls. If I tell you the cry of “Not the hair!” went up, you can guess just how brutal the encounter was. It was Seb who was worried about his hair (snork) and he ended the encounter moaning, “That’s an £80 shirt!” I think we know who claimed the victory there.
Unfortunately Seb is still the official boyfriend, and Zosia is going to New York with him to meet “Pops.” The way Seb ostentatiously kissed Zosia at the end of the episode and waved Ollie away with a flutter of his fingers was totally creepy, and I think Ollie should spend the time while they’re away in New York taking martial arts lessons, so he can give the £80 shirt a good kicking when it returns.
In other fight club news, Selfie and Jesse faced the wrath of Hanssen for last week’s scrap in Albie’s. Selfie whined that it wasn’t a hospital issue because it had happened “off-site.” “There’s no such thing as ‘off-site,’ Mr Self,” said Hanssen. For the rest of the episode Selfie and Jesse stayed on-site and bickered.
Next time: Selfie and Fletch in deadly danger! Ollie and Zosia in life or death situation!