(Series 18, ep. 15) There was a moment in this episode when I thought things were turning against Henrik Hanssen in his battle with Selfie for control of the hospital. Selfie was trying his best to line up allies. He had Ric Griffin on Team Self for pragmatic rather than heartfelt reasons, but still, Ric is a very big deal. Selfie also offered Jac Naylor the post of Clinical Ambassador if she would support him and it briefly seemed like she might be swayed. She turned it down, which was obviously the right decision, but it cheated me out of the opportunity to use the phrase, “Ambassador, with these balloon stents you are really spoiling us.”
Firmly on Team Hanssen were Serena, Digby, Oliver Valentine, and just about any sensible person in the whole wide world of Wyvernshire.
The biggest asset to Team Hanssen is, of course, Henrik Hanssen himself, and he was absolutely magnificent in this episode. He has his eye on the big picture of the future of the hospital, and ensured some funding went in the direction of carrying on some old research that Jac and Elliot had been doing. At the same time he’s very aware of his staff and patients, remembering that it was a year since Fletch’s wife died and sending him home to be with the Fletchlings, offering Sacha some wise advice (and giving himself a bit of deep brains-speak in the process), and taking personal interest in the case of a homeless man he found outside the hospital.
We still don’t know what’s been going on in Sweden – why he came back to Holby, why he was thinking of returning to Sweden. This is a good thing, because an air of mystery only adds to his general marvellousness.
Elsewhere, Digby realised that he isn’t cut out for the hurly-burly of AAU and decided to move back to Keller. This is also wonderful news because he’ll get to work with Dominic again.
Essie was worrying about how well a woman with a Nazi grandfather was going to fit into a Jewish family, but eventually she received her answer – that at least she isn’t as awful as Chrissie. Faint praise, but she was happy to take it, and the lovely ring Sacha gave her.
And we learned much about Jac’s attitude to balloons. She puts up with them for Emma’s sake, but hates them because they bring back memories of bleak parties in children’s homes, she told Oliver Valentine – who was a little deflated to hear this. And almost my favourite line of the night among many was Oliver Valentine referring to their balloon modeller of a patient: “I hope you let him down gently.” Ollie is cracking jokes again and Hanssen has seen off a coup by Selfie. All’s right with the world.