(Series 18, ep. 42) At one point in this episode, Morven told recurring character Hugh (Keith Barron), that she thought Arthur’s favourite place had been right there in that very hospital. It’s hardly surprising, really. Is there any other workplace in the world where the staff are so supportive, kind and protective, while at the same time being at least 100% more attractive than the general population? Ok, there’s Selfie, but you have to mix it up with the occasional bad guy and even he has his moments.
The episode dealt a lot with grief and moving on – variants of the old “life’s too short” axiom kept cropping up at regular intervals. It was Morven’s first day back at work after losing Arthur (apart from that time she popped up in the locker room to say goodbye to Cara). “I’m Dr Digby now,” she said, and that little phrase captured a whole world of love, bravery, pain and pride. [Side note: When I was a kid our GP’s were a husband and wife combo, and to differentiate between them everyone called them “Dr Corrigan and Dr Mrs Corrigan.” Now I’m all grown up, again I have a husband and wife GP combo, only now everyone – patients, receptionists – calls the female GP “the lady doctor.” Which (a) makes her sound like she has the same area of specialism as Mr T and (b) makes it sound like I live in Victorian England].
Grief is making Morven wear her hair flatter, and it’s (understandably) made her personality flatter, too. It was a very realistic portrait of grief, as she struggled to bring her focus back to her work and to real life. It was made more challenging by having to deal with the new wife of Hugh. Again understandably Morven felt he’d moved on too quickly after losing his beloved wife, but she was seeing everything through the lens of her own pain and Hugh helped her to realise that future happiness is possible and not a betrayal of the person who’s gone. She was also helped by Bernie, who is marvellous at just being with someone who’s hurting and being a calm, reassuring presence. A little chat with Dominic also helped, and last but not least Arthur had left a little gift in the form of a memory stick with a video of him and Morven doing karaoke Sonny and Cher. It was lovely to see Digby again, and also his rucksack with the horses on it, which Morven took home.
Elsewhere, Oliver Valentine had a job offer. Prof Elliot Hope wanted to lure him to Pakistan to help run a hospital there. Ollie was very tempted, especially when he came up against Selfie in one of his best “I hate you, Valentine” moods and Mo failed to support him in the way he felt Jac would have done (not because she likes him but because she always goes in to bat for Team Cardiothoracics). In the end he did his usual fabulous work in theatre, Mo admitted she was wrong, and I can’t remember if he withdrew his resignation or not, but there are at least three women who hope he did – me, Zosia and Jasmine. I’m enjoying how Jasmine and Zosia are both hankering after him. With Jasmine you can see that it’s mainly lust – he’s available, he’s pretty, so why wouldn’t you? Whereas with Zosia she’s trying so hard not to care, but you can see that she cares really deeply about him.
Dominic is beginning to care about Isaac, too, though it’s taking quite a bit to overcome the barriers he’s put up around his already quite barrier-strewn personality following Lee’s betrayal and Arthur’s death. Essie and Keller patient o’ the week Vince (Syrus Lowe) both helped him to realise that “life goes on” and Isaac is quite a catch. I imagine he could get irritating, because he’s a bit fond of a “prank.” Covering Ric’s car in Post-It notes was quite creative, though.
In other news, Serena, Ric, Sacha and Hanssen all had to participate in a Mindfulness Leadership Course, which hilariously involved yoga in the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery. Mindfulness? The only thing on Serena’s mind was apparently how much she needed a nice glass of Shiraz to get over it.