(Series 19, ep. 40 ‘Sleep Well’ by Elliot Hope and Johanne McAndrew 11.7.17) Fran isn’t evil, or a villain, or a baddie. She’s a hurt, angry, damaged person. Jac knows this, because she’s similarly damaged. Where they differ is that Jac has dealt with all the hurt she’s suffered over the years by exercising a huge amount of self control – sometimes Jac is just held together by willpower alone. Fran is more needy and volatile.
When one of the staff from the care home they both used to live at arrived in Darwin having been beaten up (and with resulting CT complications), Jac’s reaction was to reinforce her hard shell and get on with being the professional that she is. Fran tried to do this, but her emotions got in the way. Eventually Jac worked out that Fran had been the one who’d got this man (Tom Cotcher) beaten up, and she also worked out that Fran had been at least partly to blame for Jasmine’s death. And I’m kind of sad that Fran is now in the custody of Holby’s boys in blue, because I’ve loved her work and especially the scenes with Jac.
Meanwhile on Keller Raf and Essie were realising that they have Feelings for each other. They are actually very sweet together, but I’m conflicted. In a touching little scene, Sacha told Essie that he would be okay with it if she wanted to get together with Raf, bless him, but I’m worried that he’s not going to be alright with it at all.
On AAU we started finding out what Donna’s been up to while she’s been away from Holby. She’s only a footballer’s wife! With another child as well as Mia. And a Range Rover (parked in Ric Griffin’s spot. I do love the Donna/Ric friendship). But all isn’t well in her relationship, as we found when a fellow WAG (Ali Bastian) was admitted with a nasty abscess. Her husband doesn’t even know she’s gone back to work. Let’s just wait until Holby FC plays whatever team he’s with and he turns up in AAU with a fractured something. It’s bound to happen.
Other things I liked in the episode: Damon jumping to attention as soon as Hanssen stepped into the room; Hanssen checking that Jac was okay; Dominic’s face when he almost caught Raf and Essie kissing (“Oh yuck”); and Donna making her patient faint so Ric could fix up her arm.
To find out how Bob Barrett, Kaye Wragg and Joe McFadden feel about their characters and their love lives, there’s only a few months’ wait until the official BBC Holby City book is out!