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Holby City: I got you, babe

bernie morven holby(Series 18, ep. 42) At one point in this episode, Morven told recurring character Hugh  (Keith Barron), that she thought Arthur’s favourite place had been right there in that very hospital. It’s hardly surprising, really. Is there any other workplace in the world where the staff are so supportive, kind and protective, while at the same time being at least 100% more attractive than the general population? Ok, there’s Selfie, but you have to mix it up with the occasional bad guy and even he has his moments.

holby cityThe episode dealt a lot with grief and moving on – variants of the old “life’s too short” axiom kept cropping up at regular intervals. It was Morven’s first day back at work after losing Arthur (apart from that time she popped up in the locker room to say goodbye to Cara). “I’m Dr Digby now,” she said, and that little phrase captured a whole world of love, bravery, pain and pride. [Side note: When I was a kid our GP’s were a husband and wife combo, and to differentiate between them everyone called them “Dr Corrigan and Dr Mrs Corrigan.” Now I’m all grown up, again I have a husband and wife GP combo, only now everyone – patients, receptionists – calls the female GP “the lady doctor.” Which (a) makes her sound like she has the same area of specialism as Mr T and (b) makes it sound like I live in Victorian England].  Continue reading

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Holby City: Welcome to the madhouse

essie holby(Series 18, ep. 41) I can imagine that when Sacha was at school he was one of those kids who gets “Tries very hard” on every school report. A for effort, and so on. Because he does try, and in his professional life he succeeds. In his romantic relationships with women, though, it’s the actual trying that seems to put them off. He jumped through hoops trying to persuade Chrissie that he was up to her exacting standards, and it’s been much the same story with Essie. I had thought, after their little talk about how her desire to have a baby was getting in the way of their desire for each other, that things might go smoothly for a while. Then the useless lump only went and tried to save her life. Good grief, what can you do with a man like that?

ryan sampson holbyIvor (Ryan Sampson), last week’s patient with the nasty abscess and the even nastier drug habit, was back this week and his leg had gone even yuckier. Sacha prescribed methadone. A new pharmacist, Mel (Jocelyn Jee Esien), thought he would be better off with morphine, but Sacha didn’t want to start giving a junkie morphine. Ignoring the pharmacist’s advice was probably a mistake, and it led to Mel and Essie in a hostage situation with Ivor in the pharmacy.  Continue reading

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Holby City: It’s the heat

sacha jac holby(Series 18, ep. 39) This was my favourite kind of Holby episode – there was a lightness of touch about the whole thing, with lots of funny dialogue. There were some lovely character combinations – Sacha in particular was beautifully used to bring out the sweeter and more human side of Jac, while appearing in his own story line that involved a hilarious scene with Ric.

jac ollie holbyJac was suffering from the effects of being sprayed with nasty gas last week (this was the second of a two-parter), which was unfortunate timing because she had to do ground-breaking surgery on that hot-shot tennis player. No worries – Mr Oliver Valentine had been training for this moment and working his precious socks off for her, so he was ready.  Continue reading

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Holby City: A proper friend

dominic holby(Series 18, ep. 38) It was the hottest day since Holby records began, but before you cancel your scheduled holiday to Tenerife and book a static caravan in Holby instead, it actually didn’t look like fun. Everyone was irritable and fed up, and that was even before you throw in the added pressures of grief, heartbreak, jealousy and Jac Naylor.

For everyone who’d expected Dominic’s reaction to Arthur’s death to be totally heartbreaking, this was the episode that finally delivered that. He’s been holding everything in for a few weeks, talking to Arthur’s photo but not allowing himself to cry. That all changed when he seemed to get a message from “the other side,” via a patient who was in touch with the dead via the medium of flatulence. The message he received was to sail Arthur’s ship, a beautiful model of a sailing ship that Arthur had left incomplete.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Those left behind

holby digby funeral(Series 18, ep. 36) This episode didn’t turn out how I expected it to. I’d expected the huge emotions of last week’s epic episode to carry on, with profound and beautiful words at the funeral to match Morven’s beautiful words as Digby lay dying.

Instead we had a church full of beepers going off, and our regular cast members speeding back to the hospital, which was rapidly filling up with wounded people following a train crash. 

“It’s what Arthur would have done,” somebody said, and it is exactly what he’d have done, and why it was right to return the action quickly to the hospital. It wasn’t just the place where Arthur died, it was where he’d lived his life doing the doctor thing and saving lives. It’s what binds all the characters together.  Continue reading

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Holby City: Breaking hearts, one week at a time

digby hanssen holby(Series 18, ep. 33) For those of us hoping for Hanssen to pull a miracle cure out of the bag for Digby, like he did for Ric Griffin, he is leaving it a little late. And I rather fear that if he was going to do it, he’d have done it in this episode.

There was a lot of Hanssen this week, as he’d decided to station himself on Keller for the day. The first thing we discovered about him is that his middle name is Love. It’s pronounced ‘Loovay,’ apparently, but his stethoscope is engraved with ‘Henrik Love Hanssen.’ It’s too delicious.

digby holbyThe stethoscope as a symbol of the practice and vocation of medicine, and Love as a symbol of, well, love, featured prominently in this episode, as Digby came to the realisation that the future he’d imagined for himself might be disappearing.  Continue reading

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Holby City: I’ve always got your back

serena ollie zosia holby(Series 18, ep. 32) All three stories in this episode dealt with issues of loyalty, friendship and support. Some relationships were strengthened, but one seems to have broken up altogether.

Maybe I should start with the broken one and then proceed via the strengthened-yet-sad one, and end with the strengthened-and-happy one so we’re not too depressed by the end.

Remember last week when Serena’s car was stolen and lots of confidential information from her laptop made its way to the press and the interweb? This week the impact of Serenaleaks (as she wouldn’t thank me for calling it) was most strongly felt on Darwin, when “news” emerged of a doctor with bipolar. Then Zosia’s name was published online, possibly by her patient.  Continue reading

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