(Series 18, ep.3) Mo was only just getting used to parenthood and she’s had it whisked away again. Not for the first time, she’s had to give little William up just as she was beginning to bond with him.
She was helped in this heartbreaking task by the knowledge that he really was best off with his stepfather, and also by having the counsel of two wise women. One of them was her sister/cousin Adele, who seemed to be constantly at Mo’s shoulder for the purpose of pointing out Uncomfortable Truths. The other was a patient, a rather marvellous lawyer type called Lizzie (Polly Hemingway), who approached death as fearlessly as she’d approached life. “Feisty girls like us don’t give up,” she told Mo.
So Mo brought little William and all his bits and pieces to visit his stepfather, and consoled herself by hosting a much anticipated but poorly attended quiz night at Albie’s.
Talking of feisty women, Nurse Cara Martinez is fairly feisty herself, but you’d really need a Masters degree in feistiness to cope with what she’s had to put up with recently. Just in case she might have been starting to relax, up popped Nasty Sean Brady, the husband of Nicole, the woman who’s just given birth to Cara’s husband Jed’s son. He wanted to find out where Nicole is, so he was a bit menacing to Cara. Then Jed “Alias” Martinez turned up, to inject his own special brand of charm (Phil Mitchell with a quiff) to the proceedings. When Dr Raf Not-Smug accidentally referred to him as “Mr Martinez,” Jed responded by giving him a good kicking – for potentially letting his undercover cover slip, for being too friendly with Cara, or simply for having lovely eyelashes. We may never know. What we do know is that Raf had to struggle bravely on with nasty bruising and possibly worse, because the AAU Patient of the Week needed him in surgery.
Afterwards, Raf and Cara had a little Moment in the locker room. She winced at his bruises while trying not to admire his manly physique, and told him from now on she’s going to keep well away from him for his own good. He blinked his lovely eyelashes at her in a manner that suggests he doesn’t want Cara far away from him, and he doesn’t care if it’s for his own good or not.
I’m worried that there’s an anaesthetist void elsewhere in the hospital, because Jesse is now being a surgeon on Keller. I know there are other anaesthetists about, because we see them – but they don’t speak, and I always think speaking is a useful skill for a doctor to have.
Jesse was approaching his new role with his usual cocky confidence, and it made Sacha go all introspective. Essie kept giving him pep talks, because he needs to be confident if he’s ever going to be a consultant. She also helped by being a bit rude and undermining to Jesse, because she’s the consummate professional. She needn’t have worried anyway – Jesse was really trying to run before he can walk, surgically-speaking, and Sacha had to save the day with a diagnosis. Then Sacha and Jesse bonded by forming a team for Mo’s quiz night, while Essie went home to make voodoo dolls of anyone else who may be considering applying for the consultant job.
Next time: Digby’s back, and he’s struggling.