Moving onto the episode itself… It began with a close up of fingers on flesh, but partnered with the intense and almost haunting sound of stifled sobs it immediately let on that this certainly wasn’t a scene of passion. The camera panned across quivering lips and fearful eyes, which we struggled to identify until we got an overhead shot and were met with the distressed gaze of Alicia staring at us through the screen. Breaking the fourth wall in a situation like this really brings out the empathy in the audience and the director, Jon Sen, managed to deliver this revelation with a heavy impact. It felt as though I’d made eye contact with her and immediately that brought a sense of involvement, like you know this character as a friend and you’d do anything to help. I think that shot was a clever way of instantly getting the audience to empathise with a storyline that had, quite literally, happened overnight. There wasn’t the usual allowance of getting viewers’ attention as a storyline builds over time because the development occurred practically instantaneously. In short, Jon Sen and Chelsea Halfpenny approached this effectively and respectfully, for which I’m grateful.
In a bid to get away from the hospital and Eddie, Alicia went to the scene of a coach crash where they required a doctor to administer Ketamine to a trapped patient. This patient also happened to be the young girl, Nina (Amita Suman), we saw escaping from her locked bedroom by throwing a stool through the window and hopping onto the family home’s porch in order to meet her boyfriend, Malachi (Raphel Famotibe). The young couple had intended to fly to NYC where one of Nina’s friends had said they could get bar jobs and live without the constant shaming from her parents. Whilst Alicia tried her best to safely free the patient, with the help of Sam and Iain (Charlotte Salt and Michael Stevenson), the firefighters attending the scene warned them of a potential mudslide from the ledge that towered directly above the coach. This was where the drama really got tense! The three Holby lifesavers sped up their procedure and then began maneuvering Nina off the coach when suddenly it shifted and threatened to cause more damage. Moving slowly to prevent further faults, loud cries came from outside as the rain finally caused the ledge to crumble and it poured into the coach—ultimately onto our paramedics and doctor. Word got round at Holby that some of their staff were trapped, but it was soon cleared up that they were all fine and en route.
|Alicia and Iain attending to the trapped patient (Michael Stevenson and Chelsea Halfpenny).|
Upon arriving back at the hospital, Alicia insisted on staying with Nina as the young girl got treated, but then she collapsed; relying on the physical support of Bea (Michelle Fox) and Ethan to get her into a wheelchair. Ethan then took Alicia into a side room to get checked over and she asked if she could swap F1s with him so she could mentor Bea for a bit. You could see her trying to find the courage to tell him about what had happened with Eddie, desperately needing a friend to turn to, “We are friends, aren’t we?” and that line alone is heartbreaking enough. Just as she seemed to be trying to broach the topic of last night, she got interrupted by Elle (Jaye Griffiths). Agh!
- The light relief Bea and Rash (Neet Mohan) brought to this heavy episode was appreciated, with them fighting the coffee machine in the staffroom and reducing it to spitting sparks.
- The Jacob/Sam/Blake (Charles Venn, Charlotte Salt, and Kai Thorne) storyline this episode that stemmed from Blake’s lack of enthusiasm towards revising (something students across the country can likely relate with at the moment!) was quite sweet. Sam went out of her way to strike a deal with Blake, who revised for two hour periods with the promise of an hour training with Sam at the punchbag. It certainly seemed to earn Jacob’s approval—and one of his dashing smiles!
|Jacob, Sam and Blake.|
|Leigh-Anne and Ethan with Kiegan.|
- Leigh-Anne caused a bit of fuss this week when she insistently pulled Ethan from his work so that he could be there when they took Kiegan off oxygen. She then readmitted her son when she’s adamant that his lips had been turning blue and that he’d stopped breathing. But despite Elle, Mr Barling (Simon Shepherd), and Ethan checking him over, there was no evidence that anything was wrong. Mr Barling also noticed the over-familiarity between Leigh-Anne and Ethan and he warned Ethan not to overstep any more lines. This encouraged Ethan to end things with her in the hopes of their relationship not ruining his career.
- Finally, there’s another hint at Connie’s (Amanda Mealing) post-cancer struggles as she demanded Louise bring her the FAST scan when it’s next available. Connie performed a scan on herself and seemed relieved by the results. There’s a brief shot of Elle noticing Connie receiving the scanner—will Elle be the unlikely friend who helps the clinical lead come to terms with her recovery?