(Series 19, ep. 19) Unusually for me, I’m going to start with a patient storyline. I usually whizz over them as just a backdrop to the regulars’ stories, but I really loved the Darwin story about Sandy, who was terrified of surgeons. Erin Shanagher previously appeared in an episode of Casualty in which the patient story knocked my socks off, and she was equally good here. Sandy was justifiably upset, angry and fearful about the way she’d been treated as a baby, and I liked the way her story was used to highlight aspects of Jac’s and Matteo’s personalities and relationship.
It was Valentine’s Day, as if we would ever be allowed to forget. Darwin was full of (appropriately) heart-shaped balloons, courtesy of Mr T, but Jac wasn’t feeling the love as she’d dumped Matteo last week. But then how to resist a romantic Italian who presents you with a ticket to Rome? Jac had a good try, but between Matteo’s cheeky charm and a bit of business with Mo and a voice recorder, all was well that ended well.
Mo and Jac are brilliant together, and I loved the scenes where Jac tried to get Mo to drive her to the airport to catch up with Matteo and then locked the car keys in the boot. Things we learned from Mo: Matteo smells “better than warm banana bread,” and Jac is like an Arctic shrew which, if it exists, must have “a very tiny, very cold heart.”
A ticket to Rome is a very wonderful and thoughtful Valentine’s gift. Isaac Mayfield had also put a lot of thought into his gift for Dominic – and it was absolutely brutal. Dominic’s face as he opened the parcel was so sweet and almost childlike, and then he saw that the “gift” was a set of dumbbells and a calendar of beefy men, the subtext being that Dominic is not good enough for Isaac in his present form. I found it as shocking in its calculated ruthlessness as when Isaac stamped on Digby’s medal a while ago.
Elsewhere on Keller, That Kim Woman was back yet again, and this time she’s pregnant with twins, which she claims are baby Rafettes. Despite Raf being previously known for having rubbish sperm, they’ve obviously perked up a bit recently. Or have they? Is Kim telling the truth? For now Raf is all smiley and excited and I can’t begrudge him that, bless him.
To AAU, where it seems that Serena has been hitting the Shiraz in a massive way to help her cope. Her mentoring of Jasmine was less sinister this week, but Jasmine tried to cover for her when Bernie found a stash of empty wine bottles, so once again Jasmine is leaping into situations with good intentions but not thinking things though. Luckily Bernie is wise and sensible and is there with a supportive hug. I just hope Serena takes her advice and gets herself some help. And I also hope Dominic and Bernie soon have one of their chats on the roof so Bernie can tell Dominic he should get the hell away from Isaac.