REAL OR NOT — Heartbeat: “Permanent Glitter” (1X7)

REAL OR NOT — Heartbeat: “Permanent Glitter” (1X7)

Last week we’ve seen more medical drama in one episode of Heartbeat than ever before. So waiting for this week was exciting and scary at the same time, wondering which way the writers will go: medical or drama? Or Both? In “Permanent Glitter” we discover a beautiful story about a transgender lady called Ava and her struggle with breast cancer. Did Alex save her? Well, it’s up to you to find out!


  • Alex and Pierce! He wants kids and she already said that she doesn’t want any. Well, how is that going to turn out then? And let’s just stop for a moment to talk about Jessie and Alex. What does that tattoo mean? Was that something from the past? Hell yes, he did it for Alex, except she doesn’t know it yet. Well, until today.

REAL OR NOT RATING: ★★★  (1 Being the Worst, 5 Being the Best.) 

REAL: How the real world works:

  1. Although it is not medically related, but we have to mention that the tattoo artist was correct when giving advice to Jessie. By saying that you cannot just change a tattoo by putting more ink on it she was absolutely right, and probably did make Jessie think more than he wanted to.

FAKE: Cringe worthy scenes that would never happen:

  • Doctors letting the patient to go to the OR in sunglasses. Not only, Ava was not prepping for surgery, but also she had loads of make up. That really wouldn’t happen, you need to be sterile when you get in the operating theatre.
  • Ava running away from the surgery. Well, doctors shouldn’t actually let people just make their medical decisions as they cannot really understand what is really happening. Also, in this case, we saw a transgender lady who cannot take anymore hormones, but did that really represent how much of a woman she is? A patient can’t just run away from the hospital because they don’t like it.

I'm Ginny, blogging from Manchester, UK. I've been a Biomedical Scientist for 2 years now. I'm a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Chester.