(Series 18, ep. 34) Still determined to break our hearts one week at a time, this week Holby gave us the sad sight of lovely Arthur Digby arriving at the hospital by ambulance, with breathing difficulties, and the even sadder sight of him in a hospital bed. Symbolically, Dominic had been fiddling with one of Digby’s military figures and snapped it in half accidentally. Was it curtains for Digby?
All wasn’t lost, however. There was always Jac’s prototype removable stent, which would make a huge difference to Digby’s quality of life and send him on his way – if not with a spring in his step, at least being able to breathe unaided.
The aforementioned stent was destined for another patient. By manipulative means, Zosia (who in her turn was being manipulated by Selfie, who has been at her shoulder like a bad angel quite a lot recently) made sure Arthur got the treatment he needed. I think we have to park quietly to one side that Zosia’s actions were unethical. Just the look of relief on Morven’s face when she heard the surgery had gone well was enough for me.
And Dominic glued the little Napoleon figure back together.
The episode had started with Digby giving first aid to a patient, Ruth, who’d collapsed outside, in a lovely scene which was a reminder of everything we love about Digby – his kindness, his skill, his nerdy awkwardness.
Ruth ended up in AAU, where there was a power struggle going on between Serena and Bernie. Serena was even competitive about who should look after Morven. Auntie Serena’s nephew Jason didn’t help this process with his own brand of brutal honesty (Jules Robertson has excellent comic timing and I especially loved his scenes with Jemma Redgrave). Jason also provided something else for Serena and Bernie to compete over – Bernie thought Serena was being over protective of him, and Serena thought Bernie didn’t understand how hard it was to try and manage Jason’s expectations.
It seems possible that Bernie and Serena are being lined up for a romantic relationship, and given the abilities of the two actors involved and the chemistry between them, I think that’s an interesting prospect.
It was a huge week for Dominic. If his best friend being ill and undergoing surgery wasn’t stressful enough, he also had to look after Alison – the partner of Dominic’s nasty ex, Lee. Dominic didn’t want anything to do with her at first, but he was forced to get involved and by helping her he also helped himself to face his feelings about Lee.
Next week – cancel any plans you might have for Tuesday. Even if you have a holiday booked, cancel it if you can’t get BBC1 on the hotel telly on Tuesday night. You are not going to want to miss one second of next week’s episode.