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Holby City: The end of Evil Evan

chloe ange 2 holby 40(Series 21, ep. 40 ‘Divine Justice’ by Andy Bayliss 1.10.19) Another stunning episode of Holby City! My full review can be found over at Metro as usual. But before you go…

– I can only hope and pray (I don’t actually pray, so it’ll be double hope) that all rape victims are treated with the empathy and kindness shown to Chloe by police officer Sheena in this episode.

– Ange and Cameron were getting on my nerves a bit as they both tried to make it all about them, but I was touched by Ange and Chloe’s reunion at the end.

– Amy Lennox did a perfect job with this storyline.

– I’d expected Ange to be the one to possibly let Evan die or cause him to die, but it made sense that Cameron was the one to do it. He was at a point of huge vulnerability having just had the confirmation that his mother was dead. There’s something about him having the power of life or death, of being able to ultimately protect Chloe, that must have just clicked into place in his mind in that split second to make him behave so uncharacteristically. As soon as he had a moment to reflect, his humanity and his training as a doctor would be appalled at what he’d done. 

– I think Naomi Katiyo is going to break my heart when Darla has to give the baby up. And that is a ridiculously cute baby (or twins) playing Baby Griffin.

– It was touching that Ric was looking at a picture of Jess before he decided to go for the scan. I wonder whether she’ll appear to support him through his treatment?

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Holby City: He can just flip at any minute

chloe evan holby 39(Series 21, ep. 39 ‘Retreat’ by Andy Bayliss 24.9.19) I’ve reviewed this nail-biter of an episode over at Metro, so pop over there and have a read. But first…

– I found the early scenes incredibly tense. I was expecting to see Evan at any moment, and I thought it worked beautifully to have the whole thing set in such an open, sunny location.

– Amy Lennox was brilliant and she’s even more brilliant next week as Chloe starts to process what’s happened. There’s an extra spoiler piece at Metro too.

– Why did Ange put the screwdriver in her desk drawer (typically TV’s least safe place apart from the waste paper basket) rather than a sharps bin (the best way of disposing of evidence in a hospital)?

– Oh, Ric. I am seriously worried about him now.

– And poor Cameron. It’s like he’s been bereaved in instalments.

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Holby City: Bombshells

evan chloe holby 28 copy(Series 21 ep. 28 ’Reckless’ by Nick Fisher 10.7.19) You know the drill – full review over at Metro. But first…

– I think we can definitely file Evan under ‘wouldn’t trust him as far as you could throw him.’ And I am really rubbish at throwing things. I’m sure he didn’t want to get himself stabbed, but once he had been stabbed he definitely spotted an opportunity to get Chloe to agree to marry him.

– We still don’t know what drives Evan to behave in the controlling way he does. Perhaps when we meet this ‘Sophie’ who’s his next of kin we’ll start getting some answers.

– I’m still loving Jack Ryder’s work as Evan.

– I also loved Helen, Lofty’s Vegas fling. She reminded me quite a bit of Jac’s sister Jasmine and you could see why Lofty would be attracted to her. It was nice that as soon as she discovered that Lofty was married she tried to back off without causing any upset.

– A while back, Dominic was quite keen on the idea of having a baby and it was Lofty who was reluctant. I wonder whether that’s the last we’ll see of Helen…

– Fleur Fanshawe is wonderful. There’s something about that Obs & Gynae ward that produces really good characters (yes, I still miss Mr T. And Mubbs. And Owen).

Dialogue of the week:

Ric ‘You go, girl.’

Serena ‘Did you just say “go girl”?’

Ric ‘Yes. It was a bit weird, wasn’t it?’

Serena ‘It was disturbing.’

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Holby City: Behind the eyes

kian 2 holby 17(Series 21, ep. 17 ‘Pleased to Meet You’ by Ed Sellek 23.4.19) For my full (and rather long) review of this brilliant episode, head over to Metro. But first…

– I’ve not always been the greatest fan of Nicky as a character, but she absolutely stole the episode for me with her breathless fan-girly appreciation of Kian. Even when she was in the background she was giving him admiring little glances. It was really funny and well done.

– Talking of funny, I love Ed Sellek’s episodes. He’s the man who gave us Hanssen with a theremin, as I’ll never cease to keep reminding you because it was genius.

– And Scary Sue! She’s absolutely brilliant. I loved her comment about London making her bogies black. It’s such a northern thing to say (I speak as a northerner who lives in London). The genius of Sue’s character is that she has this ‘scary’ reputation but she’s ever so vulnerable and sad really, and I like that Donna recognised that about her.

– It was a good debut for Kian. He’s like a Mills and Boon fantasy doctor come to life with his tattooed hunkiness, but he’s got an air of danger and secrets around him that makes him quite interesting.

– Dominic was being really horrible to Carole and I could have slapped him at various points, but David Ames lets you see everything play out in Dominic’s eyes – the emotions of the moment are on his face, but his eyes tell you how he really feels inside and he is hurting.

– Julia Deakin and Dawn Steele are also being brilliant in this storyline and even though I still wish it hadn’t happened, it’s bringing some ninja level drama out, which I suppose is the entire point.

– Though when is Chloe going to get her chance to start emoting like everybody else? It must come soon.

– I’m glad Dom’s father was just a nice boy who liked Wham! and had a look of John Taylor from Duran Duran, rather than something sinister or icky. Such as looking like Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran.

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Holby City: Long-suffering Dominic

carole ange holby 14(Series 21, ep. 14 ‘Ask No Questions’ by Kathrine Smith and Michelle Lipton 2.4.19) Pop over to Metro for my full review of this episode.

I have a couple of things to add:

– As I expected, Carole totally broke my heart in this episode. The way she sat outside all day long, hoping Dominic would come out and talk to her. I loved how he left her his coat.

– I feel so sorry for Dominic. No sooner has he built himself up after Arthur and Isaac than this happens. It’s a really bad idea to be a popular Holby character – they put you through all sorts.

– Evan’s little sabotage of Cameron was interesting. I wonder whether this is the start of another Holby villain, or whether he was just doing what he had to do to secure the affections of the fragrant Chloe.

– Heartbreak ahead for Mia! This could be a very sad story indeed.

– What does being a Junior Doctor Lead involve, exactly? Cameron didn’t seem to do very much leading while he was in post. He didn’t even get a special uniform. Essie would have insisted on one, because she loves a special uniform.

– Why has Zosia never had a scan? What is she afraid of? Is she further along (or not as far along) in her pregnancy than she’s claiming? Is she worried that something might be wrong? Could this be connected to the potential father? I just had a thought – maybe she’s worried it’ll be twins. Non-identical twins can run in families. Who do we know who was a twin?

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Holby City: Mention their names

chloe ange holby 11(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.

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Holby City: The baby whisperer and the baby daddy

(Series 21, ep. 8 ‘Never Say Never’ by Nick Fisher and Patrick Homes 19.2.19) For my full review of this episode, pop yourself over to Metro. Before you go, a couple of random thoughts.

– Chloe’s ‘baby whisperer’ routine was a bit weird, wasn’t it? I’m getting a bit of an Adele Effanga vibe about both Chloe and Ange, in the sense that every week we’re being told how marvellous they are, and the more I’m told someone is marvellous the less inclined I am to join their fan club (this is why I’ve never read a Harry Potter). I like marvellousness to reveal itself organically (like it has with Xavier, but more of him later).

– There is, of course, the prospect that Chloe’s marvellousness has to be set up pretty quickly in order for us to know what a huge loss it’ll be to the medical world when whatever is wrong with her hands starts to impact on her work. Remember Ange noticing that there was something wrong with Chloe’s hands? And this week she clumsily dropped a mug and even more clumsily glued the handle to herself rather than the mug. Frankly this is not a person you’d want to be operating on you.

– Zosia’s pregnant! Who’s the father, do you think? Someone in America, or has she been paying visits to Ollie? I really hope it’s Ollie. I know he and Zosia are technically both fictional, but they’d have the most beautiful children.

– I loved how Jac was missing Frieda. We’re all missing Frieda.

– Xavier. When we first met him he seemed a bit of a twonk, and twonkiness does occasionally rear its head with him. But my goodness, he loves the bones of Donna, doesn’t he? He looks at her like she’s the most wonderful human being on the planet, which she might well be. He’s adorable, especially since he sorted out that pointy bit at the back of his hair.

– I also liked Donna’s interactions with the woman who’d left her youngish daughters on a cliff top with a little tent because she reckoned they were tough. Donna was genuinely horrified at how this woman didn’t give her kids hugs and tell them she loved them. Like me, she was relieved to hear that they’d abandoned the tent and gone to McDonalds to wait for their dad to pick them up.

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