(Series 30, ep. 22) After the shift he just had, Ethan is possibly wishing he’d gone through with his resignation. He could have been sunning himself on a beach in Australia – though I expect “sunning himself,” for Ethan, would mean crouching under a beach blanket trying to keep a grip on some learned volume of medical lore with hands slippery with Factor 50.
Instead, he spent most of the day doing standard doctoring – which means being extremely good at his job while at the same time being very lovely with patients. The rest of the time was spent shinning up the side of very high fairground rides without even a safety harness, and discovering that one of the patients is actually his biological mother.
Frankly I could have done without the fairground ride business, which was more than a tad ridiculous. It was a ferris wheel which was the favourite ride of an autistic girl who wasn’t going to let the fact that the ride was closed stop her from having a go. We didn’t see how she managed to get up to the top of it (or how she got back to the fairground in the first place), despite having only recently left hospital after a blunt trauma to her abdomen from a previous fairground mishap.
There didn’t seem to be any staff at this fairground, and nobody had thought of calling the emergency services (police, fire brigade, Sky News). It was only lucky that Ethan happened to have worked out where the girl would have gone, otherwise there wouldn’t have been an ambulance there either. Because the girl was frightened of unfamiliar people etc and Ethan had bonded with her a bit, he was the only choice to climb up the rickety structure and rescue her. It was all very silly.
After an afternoon of heroics, the lad deserved a nice lie down and a cup of Earl Grey, but he had to just bob in and check on the nice patient called Emilie with Huntington’s. Yes, that Emilie. And why was Cal holding her hand? Well, mainly he was apologising because he’d been a total twonk to her up till that point. Ethan wondered what was going on. “Emilie’s not just a patient,” Cal said. “She’s our mum.” So finally he knows.
Elsewhere, Lofty was having to assert himself with Robyn, because he’s now a superior type of nurse and she had to show him respect. He should demand a nice white uniform thing like Jacob has.
Dixie’s replacement was this specimen called “Rocker.” He isn’t in the cast list for next week and I sincerely hope we won’t be seeing him again.
And everyone still thinks Big Mac is a hero. Only not quite as much of a hero as Ethan.