(Series 19, ep. 22) Jac and Jasmine seem like chalk and cheese, but it was no coincidence that the day of this episode was supposed to be their mother’s birthday. The legacy of Paula lives on in both of them. They both push themselves ridiculously hard in order to prove that they’re worth love, or respect or – well, just worth their place in the world. In Jac’s case she has a core of steel and the independence borne of having to more or less bring herself up. Jasmine, who had a lot more contact with the toxic Paula, tries hard both in work and (unlike Jac) to get people to like her, makes some bad decisions due to her inexperience, and then blunders on into more mistakes. It just occurred to me that what a person like that needs in a mentor is someone calm, wise and relaxed. Someone like Elliot Hope.
What she really doesn’t need is a mentor who’s going through the toughest time of her life and is acting out her grief all over the place. Serena and Jasmine are, as Bernie and Jac pointed out in this episode, a terrible mis-match at the moment, each making the other’s situation worse without meaning to.
This was compounded by a spot of blackmail from the nasty Alex Lambert, back as a patient’s brother and almost as horrible and manipulative as Isaac (from whom we had a rest this week). Poor Jasmine is a total wreck. But what’s going on with her and Morven? Is Jasmine really “Nathan,” the man Morven believes she met on a dating site? Is she catfishing Morven? Is it that something that started out to prop up Morven’s confidence on the dating scene has now turned into an emotional crutch for Jasmine?
On Keller we were treated to a magnificent new manoeuvre from Hanssen – the Seated Loom. He materialised in the staff room as Essie sat down at the table and noticed she had Parker’s lunch instead of her own. We were then treated to Hanssen’s reaction to tomatoes (which he’s previously said he only likes in soup because “a tomato pulverized is a tomato punished”). “What are you doing here?” Sacha asked him. “Spying,” said Hanssen.
Essie found last time she looked after Parker that he was a bit of a mixed blessing, and she found the same this time. Not only does he get into fights at school and turn up his nose at quinoa, but he also stole from her purse. She hadn’t helped the situation by not being honest with him about Kim being in jail.
On Darwin, Ollie was being all zen about letting go of his grudge against Jac for dumping his research project in favour of the Digby Naylor Stent. It didn’t last long.