(Series 12, Ep.52) Do you remember when Linden used to be all religious? The main symptoms were skulking in the hospital chapel for far longer than was necessary, and being able to resist Faye Byrne.
He’s been away on a religious retreat and got his Christian mojo back, and once again the main effect is that he can resist Faye. Not good news for Faye, what with having dumped Joseph for him and that. Please excuse me if I laugh and say it serves her right.
Meanwhile, there was a new F1 on AAU. She’d had a bad experience in an ED in Manchester (I expect there’s quite a few can say that, and not many of them actually doctors). There was something about her that suggested impermanence, so I wasn’t surprised when she ended up getting acid thrown in her face by a patient who was trying to impress his way into a gang. Linden got all upset because he felt he should have been protecting her. There’s something very wearying about the way Linden makes everything about him.
Some would say that Jac Naylor is, like Faye, a cold-hearted witch. But I am not one of them. I love Jac – underneath her beautifully constructed wall of cold, spiky cynicism, there’s a vulnerable woman, and Rosie Marcel plays her with such skill that even when she’s being a total bitch, you kind of have to love her.
Following her ill-judged remarks about the sainted Ric Griffin the other week, the nursing staff and Sacha were giving her the silent treatment. Actually, what they were doing amounted to workplace bullying, but as it was against Jac no-one seemed much bothered. Eventually Jac managed to get back on their good side by demonstrating she wasn’t afraid to muck in and drain a stinky abcess when necessary.
You wouldn’t get Connie Beauchamp draining a stinky abcess, but you would get her going the extra mile to help an elderly patient while still finding the time to deliver a presentation to the board that secured her the job of Joint Director of Surgery. Michael Spence is just thrilled.
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