(Series 19, ep. 25) Thank goodness for Ollie and Zosia and their little misunderstanding (did he sleep with Jasmine? Of course not. They didn’t even cuddle). It was soon sorted out, and he proposed to her in the grey area between the car park and the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery, with a Haribo ring. Sweets for the sweet! It was adorable and happy.
Earlier Matteo, speaking of a patient but also speaking Ollie’s brains, said that “Every egg has their egg cup.” Ollie might have found his egg cup, but Dominic sooo hasn’t found his. Isaac’s nastiness has escalated through low-level bullying to more sophisticated bullying, via infidelity and cruel/immoral/unethical behaviour with a man who became a patient – and has now turned into outright violence. The beating that he gave Dominic at the end of the episode was horrible to watch. Once again Marc Elliott played the iron fist in the velvet glove role of Isaac perfectly.
Isaac’s nastiness is finally beginning to leak out further than Dominic. Zosia is certainly aware of it, and Hanssen this week was on Team Dominic, as Dominic still strives to do the right thing for his patients. The scene in the operating theatre where Hanssen gave Dominic a gentle pep talk was lovely. This kind of thing is likely to be of most use to him, because he’s going to have to stand up to Isaac on his own in the end and he needs all the cheerleaders he can get. Until we reach that point, though, it’s absolutely brutal viewing.
Speaking of which, Catherine Russell and Lucinda Dryzek were also busy putting us through the emotional wringer on AAU. In a gobsmacking twist of events, Serena discovered that patient Jo (Cath Whitefield) was the recipient of Elinor’s heart. Her need to hear Elinor’s heart beating was understandable and so sad, even though her behaviour seemed a bit weird to people who didn’t know what was going on.
The scene in the operating theatre as Jo died, and Serena was forced to endure her daughter’s heart stopping beating for the final time – oh my lord. It was a visceral portrayal of grief, and Jasmine’s eyes above her surgical mask, brimming with tears and wide in sympathy and sadness, and Matteo gently moving Serena away from the operating table made it such a powerful scene.
Jason was back this week, and his straightforward approach to grieving for Elinor worked beautifully. He wanted to visit Elinor’s grave, and Serena admitted she hadn’t been there herself yet. “Then we can cry together later,” he said. He might have to prepare himself for a lot of crying – I think poor Serena has only just started.