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Holby City: Jesse gets his priorities in order

hanssen holby(Series 18, ep. 27) Lift doors opening. CEO with nosebleed! But why? The action goes back to ten hours earlier, but luckily for us it’s been compressed into one hour of quality drama, so we don’t have too long to wait to find out.

It turned out that the cause of Hanssen’s nosebleed was the least of the action in what was a very busy and traumatic night shift, not least for Mo and Jesse. The Curse of Holby relatives and friends reached giddy proportions when both Jesse’s father Thomas and Mo’s mother Ina were both admitted at the same time, straight from Jesse’s mother’s funeral.

jesse holbyWe discovered that Jesse had been actively avoiding visiting his mother since she’d become disabled by a stroke, and he did his best to avoid spending time with his father in hospital. Luckily Morven was on hand with her speciality doctoring, which throws in lots of TLC along with the FBC’s, U’s and E’s and LFT’s. She discovered that Thomas was diabetic but was refusing medication – he didn’t see any point living on lentils without his wife. “There are worse things than dying,” he said, though in my opinion there are worse things than lentils because I’m quite partial. Anyway, Jesse eventually realised that he’d just been drifting since Adele dumped him in the Linden Cullen Temple of Anguish. It was time to get his priorities straight, which meant taking his dad to Trinidad to help him scatter his mum’s ashes in her home country. Thus we had to say goodbye to the prettiest anaesthetist since Zubin, while Jesse went off to concentrate on cracking out of prison to terrorise Denise on EastEnders (I don’t know if he’s actually pencilled in to do that, but I’d vote for it).  Continue reading


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Holby City: The sweetest thing

imageMorven and Digby are such a sweet couple. They’re so adorable they knock Ollie and Zosia into second place and could only possibly be beaten if Mo and Mr T got together. Morven’s proposal to Digby in that most romantic of settings, the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery, was so touching – and provoked one of Digby’s best “nicest smile in the NHS” smiles.

I found myself wishing, as usual, that the writers would give them a few months of happiness at least (not forgetting that they already have her father’s illness to cope with). I should really stay away from spoilers.

It was a busy day for the Linden Cullen Memorial Shrubbery. I’m far too innocent to speculate what Sacha and Essie might have been up to in its leafy depths, but I don’t think it was anything you’d see on Gardeners’ World.

Meanwhile, what is going on with Ric Griffin? It seems that he and Jess didn’t part on good terms and after missing several calls from her he’s now unable to reach her because her phone number is dead. He’s all angry about something and he’s had Jesse transferred to AAU for no good reason apart from possibly because he has “Jess” in his name.

And poor Mo had her hands full with the new consultant, Sir Dennis Bigoted-Dinosaur, who is not only the holder of some extremely offensive views, but he’s also fairly rubbish at surgery and hasn’t done any for a long time. Jac seems to be blissfully unconcerned about all this, and Ollie and Zosia turned against Mo because Sir Dennis had been giving them tricky procedures to do on their own (so he wouldn’t have to) and now he isn’t anymore. Mo is made of feisty stuff though, and she’s not going to let a temporary twonk get the better of her.


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Holby City: Someone should admit her

fran holby(Series 18, ep. 9) You know I’m not a violent person, but by the end of this episode I wanted to kick something. Anything, but preferably Nurse Fran Reynolds.

Alarm bells should have been ringing as soon as she announced to Jac that cardiothoracics is her “passion.” That’s a word that’s used all over the place – we’ve probably all bought a sandwich from a company that declares itself to be “passionate” about sandwiches.

Passion goes down very well at Holby these days. Essie has already been praised for hers, and in this episode Jesse was praised for his (passion and compassion, but more of that later). Passion manifests itself in different ways, though. For Jac Naylor, passion for the job means working hard, being excellent, always improving. What it doesn’t mean is all the touchy-feely stuff that Fran thinks it means.  Continue reading


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Holby City: But we’re so close to an arrest!

cara holby(Series 18, ep.6) The Mythical St James’s is apparently real enough to have its own quiz team, according to Fletch. In fact I’m sure they have an A&E department as well (which occasionally gets used if Charlie is a bit over-stretched on Casualty). If only Nicole Brady had gone to St James’s to haemorrhage, Nurse Cara Martinez might have had a quieter shift and we wouldn’t have had to endure her husband, Jed “Alias” Martinez, bleating on at her again about how he’s so close to making an arrest he can’t possibly peep out from behind his undercovers.

Instead we had Bad Man Sean Brady stalking the AAU corridors holding the baby and eventually discovering the truth about who the real father is. Pausing only to put the baby down, he proceeded to give Jed the good kicking we’ve all felt he deserved for weeks, until Cara knocked Brady out with a swift whack with a crutch.  Continue reading


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Holby City: It’s not chocolate – it’s a fresh start

(Series 17, ep. 43) July must be a slow month in the Holby calendar as far as births are concerned, because for the second week running top Obs & Gynae consultant Mr T (MR T!!!) was busying himself being supportve by Adele’s bedside, and laying on frothy coffee “and a selection of delicious cakes” to comfort the worried relatives. This didn’t include Jesse, who spent most of the episode looking after the daughter of a former girlfriend who had to have her brain fixed before she could speak his and convince him that he was proper fiancé material.
With Adele not showing much sign of improvement, Mo got rather emotional by the bedside and told Adele to come back, because Mo needed her. There’s nothing Adele likes more than being needed, so she woke up. Hurrah! She needs to get better ASAP, because that Nobel Prize won’t win itself.
Fletch’s conscience was bothering him, because he is A Good Man (as the episode was properly titled), so he ‘fessed up to Mo. She said as soon as Adele woke up, she’d be going to the police. After Adele did wake up, Mo decided she couldn’t deprive Fletch’s kids of their dad (because she is A Good Woman), so she’s given him a month to find a new hospital. There’s a mythical one just down the road he might try…
Meanwhile, Fletch had promised his son some chocolate, and when he found a pound coin he tried to use it in the vending machine. When the chocolate failed to drop, he gave the machine a good kicking, which was witnessed by Dr Raf Not-Smug. In the second big emotional scene of the episode, Fletch told Raf how he got into debt, and Raf – sweetheart of a man that he is – said he would give/lend Fletch all the money he needs to get out of trouble, plus he offered to put Fletch and the Fletchlings up at Not-Smug Towers so they didn’t have to stay in a dodgy B&B.
When fortune turns, it turns good and proper – and as Fletch was walking past the vending machine, the chocolate bar dropped out. He did a little happy-dance just as Hanssen loomed behind him. “I hope the chocolate bar you’re wielding lives up to the expectations you’re ascribing to it,” said Hanssen. “It’s not a chocolate bar,” said Fletch. “It’s a fresh start.” It’s a metaphor, that’s what it is.
On Darwin, Elliot has decided to dub the Valentine/March combo “Team Oz,” not because they’re off to see the wizard, but because it’s their initials. They do make a lovely team, too. They snipe like they’re in a rom-com, they infuriate each other and they make each other smile. They’re adorable. There’s just one fly in the ointment – Slimy Seb, or “my boyfriend,” as Zosia refers to him. Gah! Can’t she see that the man has terrible dress sense and his red sporty car is just a little phallic symbol on wheels?

(apologies for lack of photos and odd formatting – I’m currently somewhere near a glacier in Norway. Normal service will resume next week).


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Holby City: A few people get out of their depth

(adele jesse holbySeries 17, ep. 34) Adele had a dizzy turn, which for an otherwise healthy female on Holby generally leads to a visit to the glorious Mr T (MR T!!!). Was Adele pregnant with a little Law? The home pregnancy test said yes, but the scan said no. What she had was actually a cyst that may or may not be malignant. Mr T has whipped it out and sent it to the lab, but we’ll have to wait for the results.

jesse holbyWhat was Jesse doing while all this was going on? He was being offered a job on Selfie’s neuro team and some kind of temporary gig in America (though in LA rather than Chicago, because Chicago now has its full official quota of ex-Holby people). Jesse had about five minutes to ponder this before Hanssen loomed up to tell him that Selfie’s offer was career suicide. “Putting one’s self first isn’t always the best way forward,” he said. Was the pun intentional? Obviously it was, because I can’t imagine anything about Hanssen being unintentional.  Continue reading


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Holby City: Excellent work, Nurse Carter

mary claire holby(Series 17, ep.19) In this episode, Mary-Claire faced everyone’s worst nightmare – trying not to laugh at a very poorly executed tattoo. But she’s a professional, and the tattoo was on her patient, so she didn’t laugh. James, the patient, thought she was laughing at one point, and fairly soon she was barricaded in a cupboard with him while he insisted that she removed the tattoo for him with only a sharp knife to help her. That’s how much he really hated that tattoo (which had a look of Michael Jackson crossed with Davina McCall on Camoxidan about it).  Continue reading


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