(Series 30, ep.8) If you hadn’t seen the red button episode last week you might have been a bit bewildered to see Cal and Ethan now living with a very tiny baby. The baby is apparently the offspring of Taylor, and I say “apparently” because you can never be sure of anything with Taylor. Though she did had a spot of postpartum bleeding last week to prove she hadn’t just found the baby on a skip.
Ethan, who is extremely sensible and cautious, wants Cal to have a DNA test to find out if the little girl – named Matilda by Cal, after their late mother – is really a baby Knight, as Taylor claimed before scarpering.
Meanwhile, Cal had a difficult shift owing to not getting a place for Matilda in the crèche and having to palm her off on Big Mac, Dixie and assorted others. But by the end of the episode he was bonding beautifully and coping admirably. He even had time to knock up a lasagne in between nappy changes and bath time. All of this has made Ethan frown even more and repeat his advice that a paternity test is needed.
I still can’t help wondering whether it’s Dixie who’ll be left permanently holding the baby when all this has settled down. She was so sweet with her when she had to look after her, and she’s so disappointed that the adoption panel rejected her application. It’s because she isn’t over Jeffrey, she explained to the baby. Bless.
The two big medical storylines in the episode were really good. Charlie employed his wisdom to help a widowed father cope with his own grief and that of his young daughter (a touching performance from Abbie Vena). And a woman with a rare, progressive illness found happiness with a slightly eccentric man who was given to big, romantic gestures. It should have been annoying, but it was different and sweet.
Elsewhere, Dr Lily Chao was struggling to carry on following her father’s funeral, and Dr Dylan Keogh finally took the hint and told Lofty he’d be moving out of his and Robyn’s house and back to another houseboat. But the bromance is set to continue, as Lofty was invited round for soufflé later. “You’re very welcome to join us” (i.e. Dylan and Dervla). “It’ll be cheesy.”