(Series 19, ep. 18) Hanssen was back, but he wasn’t wearing the tie of authority. he was wearing the open-necked shirt of civilian life. “Avante garde for the NHS,” according to Dominic. Hanssen wasn’t there as CEO, but as a patient’s relative. His son Fredrick (William Postlethwaite – son of Pete) had been in an accident, and needed surgery.
There was a strange drug in Fredrick’s system, the fictional Oxamorol, manufactured by Lovborg, the family business now run by Fredrick. It was a magic bullet for depression, according to Fredrick. Hanssen was devastated to think that he might have passed his own depression to his son.
The truth was actually even more devastating than that. Fredrick was using himself as a guinea pig to test the drug, which had already been shown to have nasty side effects including possible and actual death. He was willing to risk his own life, but also to cover up the negative trials that had already been done. And he didn’t even have depression, dismissing Hanssen’s condition as a weakness.
We know that Henrik Hanssen is a man with very high moral standards, but Fredrick tried to tempt him back to run the family company and when that didn’t work he threatened that he would never see his grandson again. Hanssen had to face the fact that his son was actually rather a nasty piece of work, so for the sake of his grandson he let the relevant authorities in Sweden know about the problems with the drug. Not seeing his grandson again was the price he’d have to pay for his humanity, he said.
Earlier, he’d had a discussion with Essie and she said that “home is where you’re needed the most.” When Hanssen ripped the temporary “Ric Griffin, Acting CEO” notice off his office door, the tiny smile on his face suggested that he agreed with her, and Holby needs him most right now. I just hope he puts his tie back on before we see him next because I felt quite unnerved by the informality.
Before we leave Keller, I really am thinking of getting up a small-to-medium posse to swoop in to Holby and rescue Dominic from the grip of Isaac. Last week I said Isaac was a wolf, but this week he reminded me more of a cat. He plays with Dominic the way a cat plays with a mouse, letting it almost escape then putting out a casual paw and batting it flat again. It’s not nice and it’s making Dazzle lose his sparkle. This can’t be allowed to continue. Who’s with me? We ride at dawn!
There wasn’t much sparkle to be seen on AAU (apart from the beautiful smile of Ms Bernie Wolfe), because even Jasmine has had all the pep wrung out of her by trying to live up to Serena Campbell’s exacting mentoring demands. Serena’s treatment of Jasmine is somewhere between (a) punishing her partly for her perceived role in Elinor’s death and just because Serena needs someone to blame, and (b) using her as an Elinor substitute, but trying to mentor her so closely that she doesn’t get out of hand and make the same self-destructive life choices that Elinor did. If that makes sense.
One thing that didn’t quite make sense to me was whether Jac dumped Matteo at the end of the episode. If she did, I can’t imagine he’ll stay dumped for long – he’ll just refuse to believe it – which is a good thing because it’s so much fun when Jac lets her guard down for a man. She’s behaving like she did in the early days with Jonny Mac. Her face when she let slip about the relationship to Ollie and Zosia, thinking they already knew about it was just a picture.