(Series 19, ep.53 ‘The Coming Storm’ by Patrick Homes 10.10.17) From a medical point of view, this was a curious episode in that there were no patients o’ the week at all, on any ward. We never saw the Darwin patient apart from in the operating theatre, the AAU patient was barely conscious and the Keller patient was brain-dead.
So an easy shift all round then, yes? Well… no. In fact it was a very difficult shift for all concerned.
Fletch had his suit on for his first board meeting as King of Nurses. He looks quite nice in a suit (although everyone said that one didn’t fit him properly, but I didn’t actually notice), but the suit doesn’t suit him because he’s a hands-on kind of guy who likes to be in scrubs. “There’s a new sheriff in town,” he told Jac, attempting a “fake it till you make it” confidence about the whole King of Nurses gig. “Why is he dressed like an estate agent?” Jac replied. Jac and Fletch are beyond marvellous together. She’s designated his emails as spam. His special ringtone for her is a witch’s cackle. Continue reading
(Series 19, ep. 52 ‘Left Behind’ by Wendy Granditer 3.10.17) Matteo and Nina were all romantic and couply at the start of the episode. Could their happiness last for an entire 60 minutes?
Maybe it could have, if it wasn’t for AAU patient o’ the week Maxine (Kate Anthony – AKA Auntie Pam from Coronation Street). Maxine never forgot a face. She remembered that Donna had occasionally frequented her pub, and she remembered Nina’s face from… where was it now? Possibly Coronation Street, but that would have been no use to Holby, plot-wise. When Matteo was called to consult on Maxine’s case, she remembered where she’d seen Nina and Matteo before – they were the tragic couple whose son had gone missing.This made Nina suffer from blurred vision effects in theatre, which isn’t what you want in a surgeon and Ric had to be called in to finish off while she went to have a sit down. Continue reading
(Series 19, ep. 51 ‘Veil of Tears, Part Two’ by Michelle Lipton 26.9.17) Some marriages last longer than others on Holby City (and in real life), but the marriage of the auspiciously named Mr and Mrs Valentine scarcely made it past ‘I do.’ The wedding night was spent with the bride, still in her wedding dress, keeping vigil at her unconscious father’s bedside. The groom, meanwhile, had had time to change into a lovely blue shirt that matched his eyes. In fact Ollie was looking at his most dashing throughout the episode.
And he’s nice as well. I mean, he’s a proper catch – the sort of man who’ll support your career, putting his own plans on hold to stand by you by moving to America for six months and doing an AAU-type job in New Haven just so you can fulfil your dreams of being a top CT surgeon. Continue reading
(Series 19, ep. 49 ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ by Joe Ainsworth 12.5.17) Zosia was really out of her depth in this episode, trying to cover for her father’s increasingly worrying behaviour. In that sense she’s more like him than she would probably want to admit – it’s the Self family way to try to cover for shortcomings and push through problems as if they don’t exist. It’s exactly how he treated her bipolar until it reached crisis point.
Crisis point in Guy’s case came during a neuro operation, when Zosia was already knuckles deep in the brain of Darwin patient o’ the week, Christian Pinnington (Jamie Maclachlan). Selfie was supposed to be doing the op himself, but he’d been drinking earlier, and was definitely not himSelf. Zosia had seen warning signs earlier and had tried to emphasise the risks of the procedure to Christian in the hopes that he would decide not to go ahead. If she’d added, “and I think the surgeon might not be entirely stable,” I think she’d have succeeded. Continue reading
(Series 19, ep. 48 ‘How Loud It Is’ by Andy Bayliss 5.9.17) My goodness, Holby City is getting more like Shakespeare every week. The sheer amount of detail in this episode – in the writing, the performances and the way it was directed – was just breathtaking.
Holby is under threat of a merger with The Mythical St James’s, and there’s a recruitment freeze.
As if this wasn’t stress enough for Hanssen, his son, Fredrik, was back. Last time we saw him, he’d been responsible for a very dodgy drugs trial, and there was a huge moral face-off in which Hanssen risked never seeing his grandson again by informing the Swedish medical authorities about it. It seems that Fredrik was acquitted in Sweden, but his “reputation is compromised.” So he’s now working at Holby City, where a compromised reputation and a frosty relationship with the CEO/your father won’t hold you back. Continue reading
(Series 19, ep. 46 ‘Wildest Dreams’ by Angela Holden 22.8.17) It’s breathless post-holiday catch-up time, and apologies in advance if this review is more brief/even more befuddled than usual – I watched it through a happy fog of jet-lag.
As is the Holby way, Zosia was offered a job totally out of the blue. Its a six month residential placement at Yale, which is in America and isn’t just another fictional suburb of Holby. Hence it’s a Very Big Deal, and Jac gave her until the end of the day to decide. Zosia was a bit worried about how to tell Ollie, but he was fine with it once he’d blinked back a manly tear at the thought of being without her for six months.
When Zosia later changed her mind and said she’d be staying at Holby but switching to Neuro, Jac told her she shouldn’t be spending her life “emotionally care-taking for some man whose needs are always going to come before her talents” – and that’s exactly what Zosia was doing. But the man wasn’t Ollie, it was Selfie. He divided his time in this episode between being the arch manipulator he is (sowing seeds of doubt in Ollie about how Tara was treated before she died, and in Zosia about how much Ollie still cares about Tara) and making a few odd, out-of-character mistakes. Zosia decided she needed to keep an eye on him.
When he wasn’t worrying about Tara, Ollie was pondering a job offer of his own. Ric very much wanted him to stay on AAU and even offered him the incentive of a lovely cholecystectomy. Frankly I’d prefer chocolates, but whatever does it for you. Ollie was quite tempted to stay on shoe-sick central, where the staff are nice (ie not Jac), but on the other hand he knows full well that those darker blue Darwin scrubs suit him so much more.
In other news, Lofty didn’t seem happy to discover that Dominic had a date.
(Series 19, ep. 44 ‘Go Ugly Early’ by Nick Fisher 8.8.17) So that’s the end of the Trauma Unit. The little room with the plastic flaps instead of doors, that has been the site of so much pioneering traumatic excellence over the months, is now a little empty room, the flaps flapping plastically in the breeze of trolleys whizzing by. Most importantly, the Trauma Unit was the queendom of the utterly marvellous Berenice Wolfe, and her queendom is now gone and so is Bernie. Continue reading