(Series 18, ep. 13) For plot reasons, Henrik Hanssen sent Dominic, Digby and Morven to one of these adventure camp places where you get to pretend to be in a video game and make do without comfy beds and nice facilities in exchange for having your character built. Notice that Hanssen didn’t go himself, because his character is already built and he’s got more sense.
Also for plot reasons, the person running this adventure was Morven’s dad Austin (Clinton Blake), who turns out to be so famous he has his own Foundation. He’s also rather scary/thrilling, depending on whether you’re Digby or not.
This storyline was excellent fun, because we got to see Morven being all feisty and gung-ho, we got to see Dominic telling his relationship woes to a hen (marvellously named “Henriketta”), and we got to see Digby manning up and proving that he’s worthy of Morven’s affections and respect. And there was a happily-ever-after ending with Morven and Digby sharing a proper kiss, and Dominic getting himself a date with a posh boy.
As if that wasn’t all heartwarming enough, back at the hospital Oliver Valentine was eventually persuaded to crack and admit he’s in love with Zosia, and the pair of them also ended their shift with a proper kiss. He didn’t even run away after this one.
He took a bit of persuading, though, because he’d spent Christmas mooning about in Mexico feeling all guilty for having feelings for another woman when he was really supposed to be enslaved to the memory of Dr Tara Lo. It was going to take drastic action to stir him, and this came in the form of a twin-pronged attack from Jac Naylor and that nun who pops up sometimes to give him good advice. Jac told Zosia about a fabulous research opportunity in Edinburgh that meant she’d have to leave immediately. This seemed entirely reasonable to Zosia, because the fluid staffing configurations of Holby mean that people can come and go at the drop of a hat and not even have to think about who’s going to pay their share of the rent in Holby or anything practical like that. A word from Ollie would have made her stay, but he was busy being moody and upset. It took a tearful chat with the nun in the Linden Cullen Temple of Anguish to make him see sense. And when Jac walked in on Ollie and Zosia enjoying a Tender Moment, the penny finally dropped that the research job in Edinburgh had probably been made up by Jac just to give Ollie a bit of a motivational kicking. Jac always did employ unorthodox methods with him.
We were also treated to Mr T (MR T!!!) worrying that he would never be good enough for Mo, just to ensure that the sound of Holby fans going “Squeee!” could be heard up and down the land.