(Series 18, ep. 20) No news about Ric and the pain in his side this week. He was briefly glimpsed and he seemed healthy enough – no sign of a “Nnngh!” So maybe he’s fine after all.
Or maybe, if his cancer has come back, it’s just been parked for a while as the ever-circling poo bird of fate prepares to drop its load on poor Digby.
While having a blood test to see if he could donate a bit of his liver to Morven’s dad, Digby took his top off in case he barfed down it. Essie didn’t think to hand him a cardboard sick bowl, because she was too busy staring at
his manly physique a mole on his back.
Essie was worried that Digby might have skin cancer, and there was a very odd scene where he was summoned to Hanssen’s office and commanded to take his top off, and Hanssen ordered Essie to organise an immediate mole removal – without addressing Digby and asking his opinion about it first. This may have been clinically sensible, but it was a totally bizarre way to deal with a colleague and patient.
Major Bernie Wolfe had her first day as a locum consultant on Keller, but as they already had Sacha and Ric available they were a bit over-resourced. Instead she spent the shift putting her trauma experience to good use on Darwin, where she performed the traditional debut ninja level surgery. For the rest of the time she dealt with the physical and emotional wellbeing of a patient who was ex-army. I wonder how many more ex-army people will turn up at Holby now, or whether Bernie has now had enough post-military brains-speak to enable her to get on with civilian life.
The main thing was how would she get on working with Jac Naylor? I know it’s early days, but after a bit of a territorial scuffle they got on very well. Jac likes a plain speaking, no bullshit colleague, and that’s certainly what you get with Ms Wolfe.
It’s also what you get with Serena’s nephew Jason, who is very literal and needed Hanssen’s help to discover that “break a leg” can also be a nice thing to say to someone, as long as that person is in showbiz. Apart from this, and his carer telling everyone he’s vulnerable, Jason doesn’t seem that vulnerable at all – he quite happily wanders round the hospital making friends and charming everyone. All the same, whenever he goes missing, Serena rushes tearfully around the hospital feeling guilty and frantic with worry. Expect more of this, as she’s decided to fully integrate him into her family and is introducing him to her daughter.
And finally – am I alone in thinking the ground is being laid for a Hanssen/Bernie Wolfe romance? Jason noticed that Hanssen is rather impressed by his newest staff member, but is it purely admiration for her clinical skills?