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* RealityEnsues: The episode ''Sheila's Baby'' revolves around a new surgeon at the hospital, a young woman who hero-worships Sheila… [[spoiler: and isn't exactly good enough to keep working there. Despite the fact that having a female doctor looked extremely good all-around, she ended up having to be fired.]]


Sheila Sabatini is a brilliant surgeon who works at the Gillies Hospital, and has done so for many years, despite having complicated relations with her coworkers. Her home life is fraught, as she's divorcing her husband, Remo, while trying to hold together her home for their son, Daniel. Unfortunately, there's one thing that happens to be complicating all of this: to be blunt, Sheila has the personality of a permanently pissed-off bull, and she's got a tongue to match. Most of her colleagues, like fellow surgeons George Hope-Wynne and Neil Copeland, are both afraid of her and angered by the extremely creative insults she spouts, excepting Sheila's best friend Joyce, the receptionist; the anaesthetist, Jonathan Haslem; and accomplished nurse Cheryl Patching. But altogether, they make a good team, even when various attempts at friendships or relationships make things even more complex…

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Sheila Sabatini is a brilliant surgeon who works at the Gillies Hospital, and has done so for many years, despite having complicated relations with her coworkers. Her home life is fraught, as she's divorcing her husband, Remo, while trying to hold together her home for their son, Daniel. Unfortunately, there's one thing that happens to be complicating all of this: to be blunt, Sheila has the personality of a permanently pissed-off bull, and she's got a tongue to match. Most of her colleagues, like fellow surgeons George Hope-Wynne and Neil Copeland, are both afraid of her and angered by the extremely creative insults she spouts, excepting Sheila's best friend Joyce, the receptionist; administrator of Sheila's section of the hospital; the anaesthetist, Jonathan Haslem; and accomplished nurse Cheryl Patching. But altogether, they make a good team, even when various attempts at friendships or relationships make things even more complex…


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* WorkingWithTheEx: [[spoiler: Sheila and Jonathan,]] after they first break up. They agree to work together as best they can, and mostly do so.

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* WorkingWithTheEx: [[spoiler: Sheila and Jonathan,]] after they first break up. They agree to work together as best they can, and mostly do so.
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* BrickJoke: In one episode, Copeland tells Wynn-Jones that he needs to be stern and decisive when dealing with a wife (when the latter leaves, Copeland says that he would never do something like that himself as it is a suicidal move). The episode ends with Wynn-Jones standing in the rain on a porch of his house, begging to be let in.

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* BrickJoke: In one episode, Copeland Neil tells Wynn-Jones George that he needs to be stern and decisive when dealing with a wife (when the latter leaves, Copeland Neil says that he would never do something like that himself as it is a suicidal move). The episode ends with Wynn-Jones George standing in the rain on a porch of his house, begging to be let in.



* OnlySaneMan: Usually the hat of Jonathan or Joyce, two most level-headed character of the main cast.

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* OnlySaneMan: Usually the hat of Jonathan or Joyce, two most level-headed character characters of the main cast.

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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Inverted by Sheila in 'Cold Cuts':
--> '''Doug Isherwood:''' You can't come in here giving me orders.
--> '''Sheila Sabatini:''' I wouldn't dream of it. I'm threatening you.


* BewareTheNiceOnes: Jonathan, readily the most amiable man around can get [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness really scary]] when provoked, as he does not stop to be calm and composed when admonishing someone.
* BrickJoke: In one episode, Copeland tells Wynn-Jones that he needs to be stern and decisive when dealing with a wife (when the latter leaves, Copeland says that he would never do something like that himself as it is a suicidal move). The episode ends with Wynn-Jones standing in the rain on a porch of his house, begging to be let in.



* DefrostingIceQueen: What Jonathan tries to do over the series, getting more than a fair share of frostbites.



* MoodWhiplash: In 'Sammy Eldridge', after talking to friend who remains cheerful and carefree even though [[spoiler: terminally ill]], Sheila decides to [[DefrostingIceQueen warm up a bit]]. Then she barges into the Sammy's room, laughing and carrying a plush hippo only to learn from the nurse that [[spoiler: Sammy died last night]]. Bonus points for it being the last scene of uniformly comical (first) season.



* OnlySaneMan: Usually the hat of Jonathan or Joyce, two most level-headed character of the main cast.





* HospitalHottie: Averted. Nobody in the cast is outstandingly attractive in the way that most modern doctors are portrayed.

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* HospitalHottie: Averted. Nobody in the cast is outstandingly attractive in the way that most modern doctors are portrayed.portrayed, excepting side character Michael.



* NotHelpingYourCase: On the one hand, yes, the hospital is a giant boys' club full of misogynists. On the other hand, insulting everyone is hardly the way to rectify it.

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* NotHelpingYourCase: On the one hand, yes, the hospital is a giant boys' club full of misogynists. On the other hand, insulting everyone is hardly the way to rectify it.it, and Sheila is neither changing their attitudes or doing anything to further the cause of women's rights.



* SoBeautifulItsACurse: One early episode featured a new locum, a very attractive man who just wanted to get the job done while rumours and innuendo started flying. In the end, he was happily married and thus very surprised by all the 'X likes/got off with/went out with the new locum' rumours.

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* SoBeautifulItsACurse: One early episode featured a new locum, a very attractive man who just wanted to get the job done while rumours and innuendo started flying. In the end, he was turned out to be happily married and thus was very surprised by all the 'X likes/got off with/went out with the new locum' rumours.rumours.
* {{Troll}}: Sheila, dear ''God''.
** One episode has Joyce and Cheryl competing to see who can troll more people.

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* NotHelpingYourCase: On the one hand, yes, the hospital is a giant boys' club full of misogynists. On the other hand, insulting everyone is hardly the way to rectify it.


* SoBeautifulItsACurse: One early episode featured a new locum, a very attractive man who just wanted to get the job done while rumours and innuendo started flying. In the end, he was happily married and thus very surprised by all the 'X likes/got off with/went out with the new locum' rumours.





''Surgical Spirit'' was a British television series that aired on ITV from 1989 to 1995. It had seven seasons, and starred Nicola [=McAuliffe=], Margi Campi, and Duncan Preston among others.

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''Surgical Spirit'' was a British comedic television series that aired on ITV from 1989 to 1995. It had seven seasons, and starred Nicola [=McAuliffe=], Margi Campi, and Duncan Preston among others.

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''Surgical Spirit'' was a British television series that aired on ITV from 1989 to 1995. It had seven seasons, and starred Nicola [=McAuliffe=], Margi Campi, and Duncan Preston among others.

Sheila Sabatini is a brilliant surgeon who works at the Gillies Hospital, and has done so for many years, despite having complicated relations with her coworkers. Her home life is fraught, as she's divorcing her husband, Remo, while trying to hold together her home for their son, Daniel. Unfortunately, there's one thing that happens to be complicating all of this: to be blunt, Sheila has the personality of a permanently pissed-off bull, and she's got a tongue to match. Most of her colleagues, like fellow surgeons George Hope-Wynne and Neil Copeland, are both afraid of her and angered by the extremely creative insults she spouts, excepting Sheila's best friend Joyce, the receptionist; the anaesthetist, Jonathan Haslem; and accomplished nurse Cheryl Patching. But altogether, they make a good team, even when various attempts at friendships or relationships make things even more complex…

Unusually for a medical show, ''Surgical Spirit'' had little to no focus on matters of surgery or medicine: the show focused on the staff, and the hospital served as a backdrop. However, this doesn't make it any less watchable, because the writers put a ''lot'' of effort into the show, the characters, and the [[BreadEggsMilkSquick extremely creative insults Sheila throws out.]]

! Tropes found in this show include:
* BrilliantButLazy: Sheila's son Daniel, who despite having her as a mother managed to become quite a decent guy, if extremely apathetic to just about everything.
* {{Determinator}}: Sheila will not let anyone put her down.
** It's also where quite a bit of her bitchiness comes from- as the only female surgeon on a team where the other women are all nurses and the receptionist, Sheila basically decided that she would not let anyone give her shit, boss her around or try to dominate her because of her gender. [[{{Understatement}} Suffice to say, she took things a bit far.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Sheila may be an absolute bitch, but she is a very good surgeon and can be a very nice person. Just not all the time.
* GossipEvolution: One episode has Cheryl and Joyce challenging each other to a gossip war. The hospital goes ''nuts''.
* GreenEyedMonster: After [[spoiler: Sheila and Jonathan break up]] and he starts dating a nurse, Sheila does some very unkind things to the new girlfriend. And gets called out quite quickly.
* HospitalHottie: Averted. Nobody in the cast is outstandingly attractive in the way that most modern doctors are portrayed.
* MeddlingParents: Sheila's mother, ''dear God''. The woman is an absolute ''nightmare''.
* RealityEnsues: The episode ''Sheila's Baby'' revolves around a new surgeon at the hospital, a young woman who hero-worships Sheila… [[spoiler: and isn't exactly good enough to keep working there. Despite the fact that having a female doctor looked extremely good all-around, she ended up having to be fired.]]
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: After [[spoiler: Sheila and Jonathan's engagement party]], everyone invited gets massively hammered. Jonathan ends up sleeping on George's couch, while Sheila ends up [[spoiler: sleeping with a guy she'd recently met. They break up after that.]]
* WorkingWithTheEx: [[spoiler: Sheila and Jonathan,]] after they first break up. They agree to work together as best they can, and mostly do so.


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