(Series 19, ep. 21) There was ninja-level acting in AAU this week, as Serena’s “what doesn’t kill you makes you a better F1” mentoring of Jasmine reached critical point. Catherine Russell showed yet again what a great range she has as an actor – there was no sign of cheeky, Shiraz-swilling Serena as grief for her daughter has made her more angry, upset and confused than she knows how to deal with. Some of her scenes were heartbreaking – especially the little moment when she looked at her sleeping patient and you knew she was picturing Elinor, her meltdown in front of all the staff and her speech to the counsellor at the end.
Lucinda Dryzek has also been excellent in this storyline. Jasmine’s whole body language has changed – she’s tired, worn down, stressed out. But you never lose the feeling of who she essentially is – the perky, lively, optimistic person who seems to be the opposite of her sister.
Speaking of her sister, we haven’t seen Jasmine and Jac together that much recently, but a brief encounter between them in this episode led to Jac alerting Hanssen that Serena’s behaviour to her sister was unreasonable. This was good in all sorts of ways – finally Serena had to own up to how she was feeling, and also it opens up possibilities for how the Jac/Jasmine relationship might progress in the future.
Jac’s other relationship, with Matteo, looked like it was going well following their weekend away. Jac even kissed him in Pulses (not a euphemism). Then Matteo mentioned meeting Emma, and Jac immediately put the shutters down. “Not exactly Ross and Rachel, are they?” Oliver Valentine observed. But it seems that Matteo has A Secret. Well, it wouldn’t be Holby if he didn’t have at least one, and those who’ve seen the recent casting news may have an inkling about what it is. Hanssen certainly seems to have an inkling, and he warned Matteo off, saying, “Lies have a way of catching up with you.” Hanssen was being quite the mother hen with his chicks this week, wasn’t he? So just as Jac was about to let Matteo meet Emma, he pulled back from her.
Love was not going smoothly for Raf, a man who is too nice for his own good. Indeed, I might even go as far as to call him gullible. Yes, I am going to go that far. Anyone with eyeballs could see that Kim (Louisa Clein) was trouble, and I don’t think many people believed that her twins were his, what with his rubbish sperm and the way she got a bit flustered about the date of conception. So it was no huge surprise when a patient (Rene Zagger) said that he was the twins’ father. He hadn’t been a patient when the conception happened, I hasten to add. He’d been an accountant. It all came as a surprise to Raf, who’d been busy looking at houses with Kim. He was even considering transferring to The Mythical St James’s to be nearer to Parker’s school.
When the truth came out that Kim was (gasp) a con artist, Raf called the police. She evaded capture, but paused long enough to write a note for Essie asking her to look after Parker, thus ensuring that at least someone gets an ongoing storyline out of all this.