(Series 19, ep. 32 ‘Project Aurous’ by Claire Miller) I loved Carli Norris when she was last on Holby as Fran, so it was very nice to see her back. Not so nice for Jac Naylor, though. Even though she’d promised to support Fran in that dramatic encounter on the roof, it was like one of those situations where you bump into an old acquaintance in the street, insist you really must meet up for coffee one day, and then spend the next few days hoping they won’t follow up on it. But now here was Fran, ready to call in that favour (to get Jac to help her prosecute the care home they used to live in), and with the added problem of having a super-complex heart condition that Jac was best placed to sort out. As if this wasn’t enough trouble for Holby’s snarkiest surgeon, she was also about to unleash a ground-breaking piece of research on an excited world. Hanssen had his eye on her.
The correct thing would have been to let Matteo do the op, but Fran blackmailed Jac into doing it herself (otherwise Fran would expose how Jac didn’t do anything to help her when she was being abused in the care home). Jasmine, who was helping out on Darwin for the day, was pleased to be asked to scrub in: “It’s about time we stitched and bitched,” said Jac, though she had no such sisterly impulse on her mind. Matteo, feeling sidelined, complained to Hanssen, with the result that Jac has now been demoted and is no longer Queen of CT. This is unimaginable and when Hanssen said, in Latin, “If you want peace, prepare for war,” I suspect war is what he might get.
On Keller, a new agency nurse arrived doing that trolley-riding CPR thing that looks so dramatic. He took his woolly hat off, unleashed his lovely curly hair – and it was Lofty off of Casualty! Like Fletch, he’s been lured to the Hollywood of Hertfordshire to work in the big part of the hospital, and like Fletch it seems like he’s always been there. I liked how he bumped into Robyn off of Casualty on the stairs to ease his transition, and I liked the mention of Cal.
Lofty left Casualty under a cloud after a bit of a fatal accident situation, so naturally his confidence was a bit low. Sacha gave him the “welcome to Keller” speech and even bought some doughnuts. Since when did they ever have doughnuts, Dominic wondered. “The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist sees the hole, Dr Copeland,” said Sacha.
It seemed that Lofty’s shift was going to end in disaster when he discharged a patient whose bowel was about to rupture at any second. You don’t want that happening all over the car park. “Let’s split up and search!” said Lofty. “It’s not Scooby Doo,” sighed Dominic, marvellously.
I liked this patient, Chloe (Letty Butler) and the little heart to heart she had with Lofty. It re-asserted what a caring, compassionate person he is and made him realise he really could cope with being a nurse again. “What you’re most afraid of doing is what you most need to do,” Chloe told Lofty. So he’s going to be a nurse again. What I’m most afraid of is being stranded in space like Sandra Bullock in Gravity, but I’m going to face my fears and file my NASA application immediately.
To AAU now, and patient o’ the week was Coronation Street legend Amanda Barrie. I knew as soon as she said “caravan” that her problem would be carbon monoxide poisoning, but she was really in the episode to talk sweetly about the husband she’d lost only seven months earlier and to help Fletch tease Ollie about his rather reserved approach to presenting Zosia with an engagement ring. Fletch was all for making a cheesy fuss, but Ollie ended up doing it his own low-key way by presenting Zosia with the ring in Albie’s.
And did anyone notice someone in a dinosaur costume in the background on AAU, or do I need to tweak my medication?