(Series 18, ep. 46) Jac has apparently been away on some happy-clappy retreat thing with Emma (can you imagine it? No, me neither). The short-term effect was to make her smile a lot and be all co-operative and amenable with her colleagues, and it didn’t last long. There was no long-term effect.
Any thought of peace and good will to all got blown out of the water as soon as she discovered the identity of her new F1. Jasmine, who’d been bouncing about like a medically-trained puppy and impressing Jac with her knowledge and her keenness, didn’t wait all that long before telling Jac who she really is – her half sister. Jac’s reaction was about what we’d expect, given her relationship with the toxic Paula. “If anyone finds out we’re related, you’ll never work in medicine again,” Jac told her sister.
It’s going to be fascinating to watch how the relationship between these two evolves. Jasmine said that she hadn’t had an easy time with Paula – including not knowing that she was dying. I can’t imagine Jasmine giving up easily, either, even though Jac has gone into her usual state of emotional armour-plating. Meanwhile, Jasmine is consoling herself with Oliver Valentine.
In what was a very well-crafted episode, Selfie was at the same time struggling with his own issues with his mother. Valerie died in the operating theatre, and in the conversation that followed it was clear that Jac and Selfie have more in common than either of them would like to think. It’s part of what attracted them to each other (though I didn’t really buy that attraction at the time, but that’s because I don’t think anyone but Joseph is good enough for Jac) and it’s part of what makes Jac hate him so much. In fact she hates him so much that even though he offered to leave (having said he would to try and persuade Jac to do a Herzig procedure on Valerie), Jac said she didn’t want him to. She wants him gone, but on her terms: “I will get rid of you, and it will be painful.”
On AAU, Evie was trying to prolong her stay so she didn’t have to go back to her role as Lead Fletchling. It’s all a bit much at Di Lucca Towers, what with Fletch being tired all the time, Mikey kicking off, and the core diet being jacket potatoes. She even asked if she could live with Serena, which was understandable given that Serena was being absolutely lovely with her. Obviously Serena said no, but Evie would be a lot more fun than her own daughter, who let her down at the very last minute before they were due to go on a spa break.
Sacha and Essie, meanwhile, had the spark restored to their relationship thanks to Mel the Pharmacist, who organised a picnic for them in one of Holby’s many empty rooms. It seems that the strain of trying for a baby hasn’t been taking its toll as much as the strain of being on a reproduction-enhancing diet – particularly as it was Fajita Tuesday at Pulses.