(Series 17, ep.38) There was so much to love about this episode that I hardly know where to start – we had Mr T (Mr T!!!) manning up, Dominic’s mum flirting with Selfie, and the best new character debut for ages.
Dr Morven Shreve (Eleanor Fanyinka) is the new character. She’s on AAU and she could easily have been another “more book learning than people skills” type. She arrived all nervous, but as soon as her scrubs were on she was spouting medical terms like she was born to it. But she does have her own quirky way with people, too. She knows when a patient needs a hand to hold, and when a mentor (Digby) is in need of a bit of support himself. She’s clumsy, funny and entirely adorable. Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.37 ) It’s heartening to see that Henrik Hanssen hasn’t given up being enigmatic. This week he communicated some staffing advice to Elliot Hope via the medium of a children’s book about a gorilla, and a strategically presented banana. This was far more subtle than saying, “Prof. Hope, I really think you ought to be paying more attention to Dr Zosia March,” though being less subtle might have avoided Elliot having to spend so long pondering the meaning of the gift – time he could have spent paying more attention to Dr Zosia March.
Zosia had a deeply annoying patient and the patient’s even more annoying sister to deal with. They were convinced they were both afflicted by a fictional parasitic worm disease, and this was preventing the woman agreeing to treatment for a real heart problem. Dr Oliver Valentine – who is now Mr Oliver Valentine, if you please – wanted to take the direct approach, which was basically to bang heads together, and I was with him on that one. Anyway, what was needed was a Psych consult from new Psych guy Seb “Call me Seb” Coulter, who is going to be popping up everywhere now, just like when we had Psych Sharon. He’s an “arrogant narcissist” according to Zosia, and we must believe her because she’s read all the Psych text books. He also has a flashy little car which he drives wearing driving gloves to keep the smell of ciggies off his hands. Doesn’t that sound attractive? Zosia thinks so, anyway, and he’s asked her out, so she may get to find out even more about him. She was a bit worried that getting into an emotional entanglement could set her health back, but Dig and Dom delightfully reassured her that this wasn’t the case. She also got the fake parasite woman to admit that she’d been using the fake parasite illness as a bit of an emotional crutch (there was some kind of brains-speak going on there, but it was even more subtle than the gorilla book and the banana). Zosia is “the good that comes from being in hospital,” apparently. Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.36) There was a new female face on each ward in this episode. Darwin had Zosia March, newly redeployed from Keller. AAU had new nurse Cara Martinez, and Keller had a baby girl.
The baby got the best welcome, her first glimpse of the outside world being Mr T (MR T!!!) and Dominic, whose reaction at a forced glimpse of birthing lady parts was a delicate “Eurgh!” It hasn’t put the lad off, though – he went back for a cuddle of the baby once the new arrival (middle name: Dominique – bless!) had had a bath and was looking more human. Is he getting broody? Possibly, but he’s still queasy about lady parts, resisting Mr T’s attempts to beckon him to a life in Obs & Gynae. Aside from Dominic, is Essie getting broody? Who knows? Presumably Sacha will be informed in due course. Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.33) Following last week’s Whisper With The Dangerous Edge, this week Hanssen showcased his mastery of the Long Scary Pause. He gave Elliot a little talk along the lines of needing to have everyone working well because a team was only as strong as its weakest link. Elliot tried a bit of humour with “You are the weakest link. Goodbye.” To which Hanssen replied, “I beg your pardon?” followed by that LSP. Not an Anne Robinson fan, then.
The weakest link on Elliot’s sadly depleted team is currently Oliver Valentine, because he’s still being O. Negative and his “gap yah” (as Jesse insisted on calling it) hasn’t really helped him sort his post-Tara life out. Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.31) “Stick to your work and don’t try to fix everything,” Dr Oliver Valentine told Adele. He was being Managerial because Elliot had left him in charge (and he’s also still somewhat O. Negative) and he wasn’t taking any nonsense. And, frankly, I cheered him. I’m getting more than a bit tired of Saint Adele of the Trillion Skills, and there’s been nobody to take her down a peg since Jac disappeared.
Most irritatingly even when Adele is wrong, she ends up being right. “I was just trying to hold on to somebody I love,” she said, in her best surely-you-can’t-argue-with-that voice, and Ollie didn’t argue with that and assumed his Thinking Face. Was he thinking about Penny (his patient was a twin) or Tara, people he loved and couldn’t hold on to? Or was he just wondering what was in the fridge for tea? Such is the magic of Adele that it could have been all, some, or none of these things. Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.30) The new CEO was going to be introduced at a specially convened meeting. Everyone sighed and looked a bit bored or cross as they trundled towards the board room. Many of them expected to see the mythical Olivia Sharpe installing her shoes under the table of corporate power (though Elliot had bumped into Olivia and she hadn’t mentioned anything), or some tedious pen-pusher in a suit. Nobody noticed that Serena Campbell was wearing a Knowing Expression. Then the door opened to reveal… an empty table. Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.11) Ric Griffin’s back! And his very first action was to rescue a tramp who was being beaten up by a bunch of Holby’s disaffected youth. It wasn’t not just any old tramp, though – it was only the blue-eyed charmer formerly known as Young Dr Oliver Valentine, looking somewhat the worse for his bereavement-induced career break.
“He’s one of ours,” said Ric as he wheeled him into AAU, because for now, Ollie is a patient rather than a doctor (though he still knows his U’s and E’s from his LFT’s). Months of not looking after himself very well and a brush with a nasty virus in the Andes had knackered his heart, and his liver wasn’t far behind. There’s only one man who can sort out a mess like that – Elliot Hope and his untested-on-humans Assist Device, and that’s what Oliver had flown all the way back and hitchiked from Heathrow for. Continue reading