(Series 19, ep. 38 ‘Paper Wishes’ by Patrick Homes and Ailsa Macaulay 27.6.17) Jac Naylor looked so sad all through this episode. Diminished, almost, like a little bit of her had gone with Jasmine. She put a brave face on it (“Stop looking at me like I’m about to break!” she told Zosia and everyone else who was gazing at her in sympathy), but it was just there behind the mask the whole time. She tried to work and be her usual snippy self, but Jasmine was on her mind all day. Her patient was a woman (Roisin O’Neil) who believed her illness was caused by karma because she’d had an argument with her mother, and her mother died before they could make up. Karma-woman liked to write wishes on paper planes – well, it’s nice to have a hobby. Jac wrote a wish on a paper plane too: “I wish I’d told Jasmine I love her.” Too, too sad.
I think Fran almost confessed her part in Jasmine’s death a couple of times. She isn’t a monster, she’s just a very damaged and confused person. But the moments passed, and it looks like it’ll be Morven who cracks the case. She was doing a bit of detective work and found a note at the place where Jasmine died, saying “I’m sorry.”
From the sad face of Jac to the beautiful smile of The Radiant Donna, back at Holby where she belongs. That little scene where Fletch said he wanted her in the store cupboard and she said, “Cheeky!” then realised he wasn’t in the mood for flirty banter was perfect Donna. It was almost like she’d never been away, but she has and some of Holby’s procedures have moved on without her. This almost led to a catastrophe, but in the end no-one died, Fletch realised that under the ditziness she’s one of the best nurses in the history of Holby, and all was right with the world.
On Keller, Ma Levy (sadly not seen, just spoken about) set Sacha up on a date with A Nice Jewish Girl. “I thought Carole was bad,” Dominic said. Essie and Dominic had a lot of fun winding Sacha up, which is almost too easy. When Hatty appeared she wasn’t the wart-nosed gorgon they were all expecting, so that’s a result at least. But will she be the one to put a spring back in Sacha’s step?
To find out how Rosie Marcel felt about this storyline, and to discover what Jaye Jacobs missed about Holby while she was away, you’ll be needing the Official BBC book Holby City: Behind the Screen – out later this year.