Tonight’s Holby City opens like an episode of ER, all swirling camera-work, banging doors and frantic activity. Absolute chaos reigns as the casualties of a bus crash in the city are brought into an overstretched AAU. Max McGerry (Jo Martin) has implemented a recruitment freeze which means the nurses are having to work overtime and Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) is almost at the point of exhaustion but feels the responsibility of having to keep everything ticking over.
In this heightened atmosphere, there are secrets ready to pop out all over the place – it seems that almost everybody has something to hide.
When a patient has to be taken to Darwin theatre for surgery because the AAU theatre is busy, Cameron (Nic Jackman) volunteers to do the procedure. He’s full of confidence, but is he really up to the challenge?
We know that Cameron has been hiding the fact that it was Jason (Jules Robertson) who saved a patient’s life when they were trapped in a lift – and manipulated Jason into keeping quiet about it. Xavier (Marcus Griffiths) has never really been a member of Cam’s fan club and tonight his suspicions are raised again when he sees a pen that Cameron gave Jason as a ‘keep quiet’ present.
Xavier decides to ask Jason about the pen, but Jason is terrified of getting himself and his family into trouble. Will Zav get to the bottom of what happened in the lift that day, or will Jason continue to cover for Cameron?
On Darwin Fletch is feeling the pressure of a severe nursing shortage and is trying to cover the shortfall by working ridiculously long hours himself. He protests to Max that the hospital can’t cope, but she reacts with her usual lack of sympathy.
Overworked, over-tired and under stress, there’s only so much Fletch can take – and he collapses in a corridor. Has Fletch reached the end of the road? Or can Hanssen (Guy Henry) come up with a plan to save the situation?
The atmosphere between Essie (Kaye Wragg), Dom (David Ames) and Ben (Charlie Condou) is frosty to say the least. Essie is furious that Dom didn’t tell her about Ben kissing him, and he’s hurt that she didn’t confide in him about Isla. They all have to work together, along with Sacha (Bob Barrett), on a delicate live liver transplant on a young girl. Tensions bubble to the surface, and Essie is forced to make a devastating decision.
Sue Haasler is the author of five novels and the official BBC Holby City book, which you can read about here.
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