(Series 18, ep. 47) For those who watch Holby but not Casualty, the ‘Previously’ segment brought us up to speed on Connie’s accident and Saturday’s helicopter crash. Then we saw Fletch, who’d been a part of the helicopter mayhem, giving us a little talk about what a difficult but rewarding job he had. Directly to camera he said, “You just gotta remember, a hospital’s a dangerous place.” Nobody who’s watched Holby for very long would doubt that for a minute, but it added an extra twist of tension.
Fletch had the unenviable task of looking after Stephanie Simms, the woman who’d caused Connie and Grace’s car accident. She was under police guard, because there was a chance she’d try to escape. She spent most of the time trying to get inside Fletch’s head by asking him about his children. She’s a manipulative one, but Fletch was on to her. “If you get a chance, give that bitch a morphine overdose,” Connie told him, which in hindsight might have been the best course of action, but he’s way too professional for that sort of thing.
To add to the general worries on AAU there was also a patient who’d been sort of stalking Bernie, and he thought that Stephanie Simms was out to get her. Fletch thought he needed a psych consult, but Bernie wasn’t convinced until she saw the patient’s somewhat disturbing sketch pad.
The next thing we knew, we were in the basement. Nothing good ever happens in the basement, and when it also contains the evil Stephanie trying to escape and the disturbed sketch pad man trying to stop her before she can harm Bernie, you’ve got a perfect storm of basement trouble. Bernie wasn’t even there, but Fletch was, just in time to see the man threaten Stephanie with a screwdriver. Then the screwdriver ended up embedded in Fletch.
Not Fletch! He’s so absolutely lovely, and he looks like he gives such good hugs (he’d hugged Morven earlier, because the poor love was shattered after a double shift looking after the post-Casualty casualties). Serena and Bernie did their best for him in the operating theatre, but it’s not looking all that good for him.
Serena and Bernie sat outside the operating theatre, deflated and emotional. Bernie said it was all her fault because she hadn’t taken sketch pad man seriously enough. Serena said that was stuff and nonsense because Bernie was just about the most wonderfulest doctor since Hippocrates (or words to that effect) – and then Bernie kissed her. Serena only looked a tiny bit surprised, and then kissed her back. A nation of #Berena fans threw their hats in the air and shouted “Hurrah!” We’ve seen those meaningful looks and extended eye gaze moments and knew this was always on the cards – but what I really want to see is how they’ll both react now. Will Serena start flirting madly with Ric Griffin in an attempt to prove her heterosexual credentials? Will they both try to pretend nothing happened (like Ollie and Zosia after their first kiss)? Or will they woman up and accept that #Berena is a Thing? We’ll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, Morven had been home, cleaned the house from top to bottom and done several days of volunteering at a homeless shelter, where she met Bernie’s lovely son Cameron. Jasmine was doing a stint riding in an ambulance with Jez and Iain off of Casualty (the latter fairly well recovered from his helicopter ordeal) and they all went for a night out together. They didn’t go to Albie’s though, because Casualty staff are not allowed in there.