(Series 19, ep. 3) That was such a dense episode – “dense” in the sense of there was a lot packed into it, rather than it was stupid, which it certainly wasn’t.
Much of it centred on Henrik Hanssen, which is always a marvellous thing. In this case, though, it led to him taking a period of “gardening leave,” which isn’t a good thing, because it means he won’t be around for a while. He’s drafted in Ric Griffin to deputise, because Holby needs its moral compass. “When will you be back?” Ric asked Hanssen. “When you most need me, I imagine,” was the response, which was a fabulous reply because it already has me thinking of some future episode when everything is looking dire and dreadful, and suddenly – there he’ll be, looming and magnificent in a nice suit, to save the day. I also loved what Simon Harper said on Twitter: “Hanssen is Aslan to Holby’s Narnia, he comes and goes and sometimes has other lands to attend to.”
The other land he’s currently attending to is Sweden, where the man who brought his son Fredrik up (Fredrik’s stepfather, if you will) has just died, leaving Fredrik as grieving CEO of his company. I had the impression that Hanssen and Fredrik were all reconciled now, after he went to visit last time, but apparently more has been going on that we’re not aware of. That’s Hanssen for you, though – there’s always more going on that you’re not aware of. It took a patient who was also a psychiatrist (Jeff Rawle) to identify that Hanssen was suffering from depression and OCD, and also to tell him it was okay to let go of the hospital for a while to sort his personal stuff out. “It’s just a hospital, it’s not Ragnarok,” he said, a beautiful line which made Hanssen smile.
So Hanssen (temporarily) bowed out, but not before pulling the rug from beneath Slimy Tristan’s shiny shoes by taking responsibility for the whole Jasmine/Ric business, and making sure Ric was poised to take over.
He also had time to pass on Bernie Wolfe’s email address to Serena. She wasn’t having a great shift, what with having to cope with no Bernie and no Raf or Fletch. Instead she had the presence of former CEO Imelda Cousins, who’d been brought back by Slimy Tristan as part of an audit of the hospital. Jason was also on hand to provide his own particular brand of truth-saying (“Do you kiss girls now?”).
On Darwin, the reappearance of patient Alex Lambert (Jack Hawkins) made Ollie reassess how he feels about Zosia. He loves her, he told almost everyone apart from Zosia. He doesn’t love Jasmine, he told almost everyone apart from Jasmine. This made me want to give Ollie a bit of a shake, because there’s nothing more frustrating than a situation which would sort itself out if only people spoke honestly to each other.