“Normandy” was Digby’s code word for when he was due to find out if he had cancer. He needed a code word because he was hiding it from Morven, and trying his best to hide it from himself. When Holby doctors are worried about their own health, they tend to fill the time by getting heavily involved with a patient (in the medical sense rather than the romantic, because that would be unethical).
Digby’s patient was a teenage boy who’d been hit by a train, and frankly his chances weren’t good. Despite being in the world’s number one medical facility, he still died. Digby was the last one to give up, even when Bernie, Sacha and everybody else was saying it was time to stop.
The good news for Digby is that his mole has been successfully removed and the cancer hasn’t spread, so he’s fine. Despite a tedious hiccup, in which Morven got the idea that he was going on holiday with Zosia to Normandy, all ended well and Morven gave him a well-deserved hug.
I’m very happy that this was only a blip, because I love Morven and Digby as a couple. He said in this episode that she makes him feel normal, which wouldn’t be a huge endorsement coming from anyone else, but from Digby it is.
Some people find Morven irritating, and I can’t really see why (I’m sure someone will tell me in the comments below). I can, however, see exactly why you would find Adele irritating. I don’t know where the writers are going with this character – surely they’ve had time by now to realise that telling us every week how wonderful and special she is just isn’t working because we’re not believing it? In the days before she was Saint Adele of the Trillion Skills and she was just Mo’s little sister, I rather liked her. Now almost every week we have to endure her being Wise and Right and adding yet more skills to her terrifying CV. Having effortlessly made the transition from being a key player in Elliot Hope’a groundbreaking Kibo project, to being a top quality nurse on Keller, via her part time job for NASA and her consultative role at the UN, this week she made the transition to neurosurgery.
Selfie has very high standards for nurses, because one little slip can make the difference between a happy outcome and not being able to breathe unaided. So when Adele dropped a suction tube in theatre and left him up to his knuckles in a bloody brain, that should have been Adele’s short-lived neuro career over, surely? But no – he only went and offered her a full time job, because he recognises sheer brilliance when he sees it. Did she accept this with suitable humility and a vow to keep improving and do better? She did not. She decided to give the esteemed and experienced neurological consultant and former CEO some ground rules. “It has to be a partnership of equals,” she told him, and he meekly agreed. This was about as plausible as Jac Naylor running a Zumba class in Pulses.
Meanwhile on AAU Raf and Cara were doing that tedious thing of both liking each other but pretending not to, saving their hankering looks for when nobody but the camera was looking at them. Presumably it’s going to take one or both of them to be in jeopardy before they admit what they really feel.