(Series 17, ep.20) Why is Selfie doing chest compressions on a Darwin patient? Why does Jonny want to keep going with the resuscitation attempt even though it’s been 30 minutes already? Why do Elliot and Selfie think they should stop? Why does Jonny Mac start trashing stuff afterwards?
And… flashback to several hours earlier. Julie Kale is a patient without long to live (we know that already because we just saw her die) – and all that’s standing between her and the Grim Reaper at this point is Elliot and his shiny new, only ever tested on Oliver Valentine, Kibo device. Julie’s ready, her husband is ready (he has short-term memory issues following an accident – which will be important later), Elliot and the staff are ready – and Selfie is ready, because it’s another chance to show off the world-beatingness of Holby. Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.19) In this episode, Mary-Claire faced everyone’s worst nightmare – trying not to laugh at a very poorly executed tattoo. But she’s a professional, and the tattoo was on her patient, so she didn’t laugh. James, the patient, thought she was laughing at one point, and fairly soon she was barricaded in a cupboard with him while he insisted that she removed the tattoo for him with only a sharp knife to help her. That’s how much he really hated that tattoo (which had a look of Michael Jackson crossed with Davina McCall on Camoxidan about it). Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.18) By inserting triplet brothers into this weeks cast and giving them the surname Kidd, writer Matthew Broughton more or less ensured I’d have to have some sort of Kidd-related title this week.
The Kidds – River, Hector and Marmaduke (I can just picture their parents) – had a rare blood group, which meant poor River ended up being a blood bank for the other two and for his late mother. Yup, he was a veritable River of blood. Mo didn’t think that was very fair, especially not when it compromised his own health, and when his position in the family was vaguely reminiscent of her own as the Effanga who’s always been a bit different. On the subject of which, Ma Effanga popped in for an Outpatient appointment and gave Mo a shoebox containing old family photos etc, to try to help her make sense of her place in the Effanga dynasty. Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.17) The Darwin and AAU stories intertwined this week. Darwin contained a boy who was brain-dead and was therefore a potential organ donor. At the top of the list for a heart/lung transplant was another Holby person, so to keep the families separate as protocol demanded, the potential recipient had to stay on AAU. Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.16) In adjacent Keller beds, for convenience, we had Sacha’s daughter Rachel still recovering from an infected tattoo, and a woman who during the course of the episode became a convicted murderer (the court case was proceeding without her). They usually flank criminal types with prison staff or police, but this woman had some vague connection with Selfie, so there was no need.
Last week we learned that Rachel is pregnant, and the father was assumed to be her best friend, the rather lovely Lloyd. Unfortunately for Sacha and especially Rachel, it turns out that the father is her teacher, Kreepy Kerrigan. Was I the only one who felt a bit queasy when he told Rachel he loved her? Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.14) Just before Jac Naylor was lured away to America to teach the Americans how to use the Herzig, there was the problem of Emma to address. It was Little Miss Jaccy Maccy Junior’s first birthday, which meant that Jonny Mac had arranged a party complete with jelly, balloons and a rendition of ‘The Wheels on the Bus,’ because he believes in doing things properly. Jac had got a present for her daughter which was tastefully wrapped, but frustratingly we never got to see what it was. The box looked a bit too small to be ‘My First Wet Lab,’ but maybe she gave her one of those for Christmas.
The Americans offered Jac a generous childcare package, including extra trans-Atlantic flights for Jonny Mac so he could visit – but would Jac be able to deprive him of daily contact with his offspring? Continue reading
(Series 17, ep.12) Isn’t it awful when your deceased One True Love decides to get married and you find yourself stuck in a lift with his dangerously ill fiancé? Come on, we’ve all been there. But why was Dr Dominic Copeland there (as in, anywhere near a Holby lift), when we last saw him packing his sunnies and about to go to LA to carry Fleur’s briefcase for her?
He came home early because he missed Kyle, he told Kyle. There were complaints made about him by conference delegates because they were homophobic, he told Ric and Serena. Basically, he messed up and got sent home in disgrace. This and a telling off from Ric weren’t enough to make him any humbler – he was soon busy slagging off Kyle’s Christmas present to him. “A beige jumper. Medium.” [Gives Kyle A Look] “You think I’m a medium.” [Looks at the label] “Viscose.” He didn’t care at all that Kyle obviously adores him, and is gentle and honest and kind. What sort of qualities are these if you can’t even manage to purchase natural fibres? Continue reading