Monday, February 11, 2008


When the Tuesday, May 9, 2006 episode of the US medical drama House featured a person with celiac disease, the patient was an infanticidal madwoman. When the Thursday, February 7, 2008 episode of the UK medical drama The Royal Today featured a person with coeliac disease, the patient was a stripper in a rubber nurse's outfit. What are the odds, I ask you?

Here's the pertinent info about the Royal Today story (Season 1, Episode 24), from a synopsis:
Vijay is stumped when he presents the staff with a photo of Gemma pole dancing and she declares that she loves the picture and unashamedly admits that she did it to make money at college.

On the female ward, an exotic dancer called Alison (Hayley Tamaddon) has arrived dressed in a sexy rubber nurses outfit. Her stomach has swollen up mid act so she’s stuck in her costume and when Sarah (Kirsty Mitchell) confirms that she has Coeliac Disease and needs to have a bowel biopsy, Alison’s adamant that the nurses don’t cut the expensive costume off her. However, when Matron reveals that Alison’s husband is on his way she’s desperate to get out of the PVC suit as he doesn’t know how she’s been earning her money.

When John (Samuel James Hudson) arrives he’s stunned to find Alison fully clad as a stripper and tries to control his temper as he tells the embarrassed nurses to throw the costume in the bin. She’d told him she was temping but seeing as he’s a stripper too, she claims she’s done nothing wrong. Later, when John overhears Vijay commenting on Gemma’s stripper past, he assumes he’s talking about Alison and attacks him. He eventually calms down enough to speak to his wife and is pleased to learn that she can’t stand the idea of women gawping at him. It’s a happy ending as the couple agree that they’ll both stop stripping but don’t need to throw away their costumes.
I'd like to share video of that, but so far I've only found these files, which aren't supposed to be viewable in the United States. In the meantime, here's an article with a photo.

The unlikelihood of these TV medical situations reminds me of a certain Seinfeld episode. (Warning: This video may contain wheat pasta.)

Source (1:57)

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