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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: Do what makes you happy

bernie wolfe holby(Series 18, ep. 17) Major Bernie Wolfe is eventually going to be a new doctor on Keller, but this week she was a new patient on Darwin and, as such, spent the entire episode lying down. She still managed to make her mark, though, because she’s Jemma Redgrave and she radiates charisma even when horizontal. We’ve already learned that she has a husband called Marcus who works at The Mythical St James’s. He wants her to choose between her army career and a life in Holby with him. Despite having a close personal colleague in Afghanistan who sends her flowers, she’s going to have to plump for Holby eventually. Personality-wise she’s brave, tough and no nonsense in the manner of Fleur Fanshawe, but I think I need to see her upright before I get a proper idea of what she’s like.  Continue reading

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Holby City: See you back on the ice

hanssen holby(Series 18, ep. 15) There was a moment in this episode when I thought things were turning against Henrik Hanssen in his battle with Selfie for control of the hospital. Selfie was trying his best to line up allies. He had Ric Griffin on Team Self for pragmatic rather than heartfelt reasons, but still, Ric is a very big deal. Selfie also offered Jac Naylor the post of Clinical Ambassador if she would support him and it briefly seemed like she might be swayed. She turned it down, which was obviously the right decision, but it cheated me out of the opportunity to use the phrase, “Ambassador, with these balloon stents you are really spoiling us.”  Continue reading

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Holby City: Squeee level set at 11

morven digby holby(Series 18, ep. 13) For plot reasons, Henrik Hanssen sent Dominic, Digby and Morven to one of these adventure camp places where you get to pretend to be in a video game and make do without comfy beds and nice facilities in exchange for having your character built. Notice that Hanssen didn’t go himself, because his character is already built and he’s got more sense.

Also for plot reasons, the person running this adventure was Morven’s dad Austin (Clinton Blake), who turns out to be so famous he has his own Foundation. He’s also rather scary/thrilling, depending on whether you’re Digby or not.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Jac back. Everyone on their A game

jac holby(Series 18, ep.7) Jac Naylor was back full-time at Holby from her maternity leave (hurrah!). Was this the reason that everyone was on their A game in this episode? Not just character-wise, but acting-wise and writing-wise, too. It was an absolute cracker.

The main effect of Jac’s return on Oliver Valentine was a tad odd. He started the episode feeling all confident and looking forward to getting his hands on a very unusual tumour (it was called Howard). As soon as Jac appeared, his confidence drained away. She wasn’t helpful: “Have you found a Yellow Pages to stand on in theatre, or do you still need to borrow one?”  Continue reading

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Holby City: Well this is awkward

jed cara holby(Series 18, ep.2) I wonder what first attracted Beautiful Nurse Cara Martinez to DC Jed “Alias” Martinez? Did he woo her with elaborately sculpted balloon animals and love tokens crafted out of delicate sugar-work? Or was it just his ability to hold her gaze while clenching his teeth and making veins pop in his forehead?

Thank goodness he still has some of his skills intact, but only the nasty ones because The Job has knocked out any sweetness he may once have possessed. He’s been too busy getting undercover-and-on-the-side girlfriends pregnant, because his intensive police training apparently didn’t cover contraception.  Continue reading

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Holby City: New responsibilities for Mo

mo william holby(Series 18, ep.1) Three years just flies by, doesn’t it? It only seems like yesterday that Mo was almost fracturing Jac’s hand while giving birth to baby William in one of my favourite episodes ever. When she handed the baby to his biological mother Sorcia and they emigrated to Canada, she probably thought she wouldn’t see much of him apart from a progress report in a round-robin email at Christmas.

zosia mo holbyThe lure of Holby proved too much for Sorcia, though, so the family was only a few miles away from the hospital when the Curse of the Holby friend/relative struck and so did a passing vehicle. The result was that Sorcia’s partner ended up in a very bad way indeed, and after an apparently healthy pause, so did Sorcia. Despite the best efforts of Mo and Sacha, she died. Meanwhile little William (Jackson Allison), now three years old, was wandering around the hospital being quietly adorable (apart from when he smacked Oliver Valentine in the face with a colouring book).  Continue reading

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