(Series 21, ep. 25 ‘Pigeon’ by Andy Bayliss 20.6.19) My full review of this episode is over at Metro as per. Before you go, I have a few random thoughts.
– I’m going to have to start with Quote of the Week, which was of course Jac on FaceTime to Emma’s little friend. ‘Who are you? Your face is too big for the internet. Go away.’
– There was also Ric’s little dig at Brexit with his ‘All the good nurses go to Europe’ comment.
– I can completely believe in Donna and Xavier as a couple. The way she watches out for him and cares for him is pleasingly real.
– Which I can’t really say for Fletch and Ange. Thanks to Alex Walkinshaw’s impeccable acting skills, Fletch did look properly pleased and sweet about liking Ange and feeling he needed to tell Jac about it. But it’s weird that we’ve hardly really seen him together with Ange. And we’ve never seen Ange when she wasn’t stressing about ‘my brain-dead patient/my long-lost son/my highly-strung daughter,’ so his description of her as ‘really nice’ will have to be taken on trust.
– Poor Sacha! No relationship ever lasts on Holby so it’s probably a mistake that we ever want them to happen in the first place, but he was just starting to be happy with Patricia and now they seem about to be ripped apart. It’s tragic.
(Series 21, ep. 18 ‘Vinegar and Honey’ by Ed Sellek 30.4.19) For a full review of this week’s episode please bob over to Metro (the home of top quality soaps coverage). But first…
– The episode was called ‘Vinegar and Honey’ because Fletch told Jac ‘You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.’ I loved Jac’s reply: ‘Why would I want flies?’
– So Kian is the cousin of Marty in the ED. I wonder whether we’ll see Kian summoned to a Casualty crossover one day? It would be even nicer if Marty was there – he hasn’t been seen in a while.
– I understood Ange’s explanation of why Chloe would be devastated to find out Dominic is her brother while she was saying it, but looking back I’m not sure I agree with her now. What do you think?
– Dominic is getting quite obsessive though. When he told Ange ‘You don’t get to abandon me again,’ it sounded borderline threatening – not in a scary way, but in a very needy way. He isn’t a character whose emotions you can just dabble with, as Ange is finding out.
– I knew all wasn’t well in Scary Sue’s romantic life. Bless her.
(Series 21, ep. 16 ‘North and South’ by Joe Ainsworth 16.4.19) To read my full review of this episode, bob over to Metro. But first…
– I knew the baby was Ollie’s! I suppose it was fairly obvious, really, once Arlo had been ruled out. But how lovely that she’s going to keep the baby and she’s letting him be involved too. Bless. Though I wonder what they’ll give it as a surname. Self-Valentine? Valentine-Self? It sounds like a recipe for bullying, either way.
– Which reminds me of one of my favourite Ollie lines, when Faye Byrne gave birth to her and Joseph’s son Harry: ‘Has anyone signed a card for Byrne Baby Byrne?’
– Sad that Camilla Arfwedson has gone again. Zosia is a brilliant character, I feel there’s still a lot to explore with her. With luck she’ll be back at some point (and bring Ollie with her – please?).
– It’s also sad for Dominic that she’s gone. He was just about to confide in her and he badly needs friends at the moment, especially as you-know-who is returning soon.
– I hate seeing Carole sad. I felt her pain when Dominic called her ‘Carole’ instead of ‘Mum.’ It’s not even funny like when David Platt calls his mother ‘Gail’ on Coronation Street. It’s just sad.
– Ange and Fletch: please, no. Unless it provokes a jealous response in Jac and she takes Ange out to the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery for a good battering. Not that I condone violence at all.
– Can we have Fleur Fanshawe every week, please? She is magnificent.
– Nanette Duval is also magnificent, in her own way. Suzette Llewellyn plays the part really well. Nanette is nasty, spiteful, funny, outrageous and manipulative, but also clearly in a lot of pain. It’s a clever portrayal to make her sympathetic while she’s being horrible to the lovely Zav and Donna.
(Series 33, ep. 31 by Jeff Povey 13.4.19) Pop over to Metro to read my review of this episode. But first…
– Bill was a nasty man, wasn’t he? Even allowing for the fact that he was grieving for his wife he was horrible to Maureen, and when you remember the brutality of the way he attacked Connie – well, he deserves all he gets.
– It seems like it’s going to take more than knowing her attacker is off the streets to make Connie feel comfortable again, though.
– But I was glad that Connie was more friendly towards Elle this week.
– I loved seeing Fletch in Casualty again. He adds something that Casualty is a little bit lacking at the moment, and that’s someone with proper authority and presence. With Connie floundering and Charlie behaving in all sorts of un-Charlie-like ways, it’s like nobody is in charge.
– The Dani story is interesting. It’s still just about possible that her ‘stalking’ of Ruby is just a lonely girl getting too attached to someone who was kind to her, but there are hints that it’s going to get quite a bit darker.
– It doesn’t look as though messing up with Angeline has taught Will anything at all. He’s going to be one of those doctors who needs several life lessons before he catches on and settles down, by the look of things.
– Robyn was excellently angry with him. She’s so smiley and nice, but when she’s angry she gets really angry.
(Series 21, ep. 12 ‘A Simple Lie Part 2’ by Patrick Homes 20.3.19) Big review at Metro as usual, but before you jog over there for a look…
– I really liked Jack Ryder as Evan. He has a lovely understated way with him which is quite appealing.
– However, I’m rather sad that he came to Holby because of Chloe rather than her mother, because then I could have used the headline ‘Evan is missing an Angel.’
– Alex Walkinshaw is so brilliant, isn’t he? Whether it’s light comedy, romance or nail-biting drama, being in the spotlight or in a more supporting role, he’s completely on it every single week.
– There was a bit of a plot hole though, when Jac mentioned find-my-phone apps very early on but Fletch didn’t consider trying it until much later.
– Nanette is a bit of a schemer. I imagine Donna’s going to get more trouble from her. I do think Zav is worth it, though, and Nanette will find that Donna is made of tough stuff. And wait till she meets Mia.
(Series 21, ep. 11 ‘A Simple Lie Part 1’ by Patrick Homes 12.3.19) Bob over to Metro for my full review of tonight’s episode. But first…
– ‘Angel’ Godard? Seriously? Was that just so someone could scrawl ‘Angel of Death’ on her parking space? Or did her parents think it went well with the God bit of Godard? Maybe she has a brother called Jesus.
– I’m worried about the security arrangements in that creche. Theo was left to wander around willy-nilly.
– Marianne Oldham and Christopher Harper have been excellent as Holly’s parents. The parents being estranged has added another layer to an already complex set of feelings and they’ve both conveyed it all in a quietly powerful way.
– Cold tomato soup. Ugh.
– Fletch and Ange as a romantic couple? About as appealing as cold tomato soup.
– The thing Ange told Holly about that once happened that she thought she could deal with. Is this going to have something to do with Dominic?
– Mention His Name and He Will Appear: in this case, Chloe’s boyfriend Evan, who was mentioned this week and whom we will meet tonight in the form of Jack Ryder from EastEnders.
– Fletch was really a bit careless letting Theo scoot around a car park. But having a child disappear is every parent’s nightmare. I once lost sight of a then three year old PLA Jr in WH Smith’s for 30 seconds and the experience has haunted me for over 15 years. #PrayForTheo
– I very much enjoy Naomi Katiyo’s work as Darla. And in Stanley Rabbetts the casting department have found yet another brilliant Fletchling.
– Mention Her Name and She Will Appear: Fleur Fanshawe got a little mention this week but wasn’t seen. She was glimpsed in the spring trailer, though, so She Will Appear soon.
– Mention His Name and He Might Appear, Please? There was a lot of discussion about Oliver Valentine between Frieda and Zosia. Frieda’s love of Ollie was a delightful and fragile thing. How blissful it would be if he was the father of Zosia’s baby and returned to Holby.
(Series 21, ep. 7 ‘Good Side’ by Ed Sellek 12.2.19) Before you head over to Metro for this week’s review, I have a few more random thoughts about the episode.
– Call me a horrible person if you like (only do it behind my back rather than to my face), but the ‘shall we switch Holly off?’ story irritated me a bit. I know it’s dramatically huge and is a heartbreaking decision for anyone in that situation. But scene after scene of Ange looking anguished gets a bit trying, doesn’t it? And why does hot-shot Ange need Fletch to tell her that it’s her job to make the tough decisions?
– I enjoyed Mr Burman-Roy. He was a properly funny, eccentric character and he gave Cameron a much-needed reality check.
– I also enjoyed Carole Copeland, who is always glorious. Her scenes with Zav were lovely.
– Line of the week was Hanssen to Zav: ‘You have glitter.’ I know it doesn’t look like a great line on paper, but it was the way he said it. Magnificent.