This was one of Holbys stand-alone episodes, where half the action takes place outside the hospital. In this case it was a posh country house hotel, where Sacha, Ric and Jac had gone to take advantage of free food, drink and a comfy bed (each) with a mint on the pillow as well as to compete for some funding. This was the prestigious Anton Walk With Me Meyer Award for Surgical Innovation.
There was a lot of fun before they even got there, as they all went in Rics sporty little car, with Sacha stuffed into the tiny back seat. Sacha had made a mix tape/CD and he has excellent taste in cheesy 70s and 80s tunes. There was even a bit of Slade and a Queen singalong.
At the hotel they discovered they had competition for the award from some familiar faces. Tom Campbell-Gore, who hasnt been seen at Holby since series 6, doesnt seem to have mellowed since we last saw him and is still as arrogant as ever. Even worse was his wife Mica. Before Ric realised Mica was Toms wife, he was enjoying a bit of a flirtation with her. He even told her all about the great idea he was planning to submit for the prize. Unfortunately this resulted in him being punched by Tom, and his idea being pinched by Mica.
Jac was beautifully grumpy throughout the proceedings, which was excellent fun as always, but there was something bothering her. Eventually she admitted that Jonny Maconie (Emmas father) is getting married, and Emma is full of excitement about it. Jac hates the idea of Emma calling someone else mummy.
Sacha thought he had nothing to present for the competition, but then he had a flash of inspiration based on a tray of sausages. As you do. When he gave his presentation it would have been easy if it had turned out to be something totally inspired that blew the audience away, but actually it got quite a cool reception. Jac and Ric were squirming in their seats feeling bad for their friend (and I expect quite a few people at home will have been feeling the same). But then Sacha talked about his depression: Ive been swallowed whole by depression and I cant say with any certainty if Ill truly be free, he said. Sachas reward for his honesty and bravery was a standing ovation from Ric, Jac and Arianne Cornell (who was also making a guest appearance), and he also won the Anton Meyer Award for Holby. Hurrah! And Tom Campbell-Gore hinted that we might be seeing him at Holby before too long.
Meanwhile, back at Wyverns best and most dramatic hospital, Greta was brought into AAU suffering from a badly broken leg after being run over. Poor Serena must have had terrible flashbacks to when Elinor died. Surely history wasnt going to repeat itself? It might have done, as the only surgeons who were able to perform the risky operation that Greta needed were all at the hotel conference – apart from Serena. Essie (on AAU for the day) and Donna didnt want her to do it, because it was unethical and would be career-threatening and terrible for Serena if it went wrong. We knew that Serena would do it anyway, and she did it brilliantly and saved Gretas life and limb.
Essie was mainly in AAU so she could spend a lot of time around Gretas baby Guinevere, which brought up all her maternal feelings again. By contrast, Donna had firmly decided she didnt want any more children and worried that it wouldnt be fair to Zav to deprive him of the chance of fatherhood.
We were also treated to the return of Bernies son Cameron. When we last saw him he went off in a romantic haze with lovely Morven Digby, but the bad news is that Morven has dumped him. The good news is hes now staying at Holby.