Jac and Emma start us off this week, her and her little girl have just arrived on Darwin and move into the office, Emma asking to see her affectionately named Uncle Sacha, but Jac informs her she can’t see him because he’s on holiday, before then setting her up on the table to do some drawing with the things she’s brought in her backpack to keep or try to keep her occupied, whether it’ll work is a different story.
Heart transplant patient Julie arrives on Darwin, the woman who Jac is going to be operating on, Jac isn’t exactly in the best of moods and this shows in her first interactions with the other woman, and towards Nicky when the young doctor is looking at the special backpack Julie is carrying that literally keeps her and her heart going.
On Keller Chloe talks to Ric who is going home today, he tells her it’s his eighteenth anniversary at being at the hospital, but no one wants to outstay their welcome, when Chloe asks about him looking forward to getting back to work he says he’ll see, come on Mr Griffin, Holby needs you.
The Health Minister that Fletch had lined up to be the special guest at the hospital celebrating being 150 years old has been called away to an emergency meeting, so Simone Milton the local MP turns up instead as the replacement, quickly clashing with Josie O’Grady one of the favourite patients of the hospital, the elderly lady wasting no time in complaining to the MP about how her bins having been collected and she’s not happy with this.
Elliot turns up on Darwin and surprises Jac with flowers for her 1000th transplant, apologising for not being able to get back and see her when she was in hospital with all the injuries she had. Jac tells him that Emma has a new baby sister that was born on Sunday and all the ‘gory details’ as she puts it are all over Facebook, she then gets a bit annoyed when Emma accidently knocks her water bottle on the floor and spills some water as she’s drawing, Elliot saying how it’s just a bit of water, can he tell something isn’t right with his friend?
With an RTC emergency and incoming patients heading to AAU, Fletch is called away to help Serena on the ward and has to leave Josie and Simone with Nicky, asking her to hold the fort for him whilst he’s away, get those sleeves rolled up Fletch you’re needed. The ward quickly filling up with Dementia patients and it seems that they’re all more challenging than Serena and the rest of the staff first envisioned.
Jac reveals to Elliot about Jonny going for custody of Emma, but then saying she didn’t want to talk about it, not long later Emma goes walking around the ward and presses a button on one of the patients beds and raises it a little bit, then making her way to where Julie is and pressing a button on the special backpack with the machine in she has. Jac scolds her for it as Julie tries to say it’s alright, that the machine is sensitive anyway and the little girl was just playing. When Emma asks why you shouldn’t touch the equipment, Jac takes the little girl down into the basement, Emma saying how scary it is there and she wants her daddy, Jac shouting at her to forget about daddy, then Emma runs off away from Jac, after a few minutes Jac realises what’s happening and sets off after her.
At the main entrance near Pulses, Elliot sees Emma running and calls after her, but she’s gone by the time he gets past the paramedics with an incoming patient, a squeal of brakes from a nearby ambulance and a gasp draw his attention down the nearby ramp, luckily the ambulance stopped just in time before it hit her, lucky escape there!
Simone Milton is keen to watch an operation Xavier is doing so he obliges, when she’s stood outside watching Fletch makes sure she’s still sure about this idea and she says she is, so they begin cutting open the patient when suddenly said patient spurts blood out of the incision they’ve made, right on cue Simone vomits over the perspex window outside the theatre, causing Xavier to ask one of the other members of staff to escort Simone out so they can carry on.
With Jac having gone MIA Kian steps in and decides with Julie that he’ll do the operation because they can’t locate Ms Naylor, Nicky tells Julie that he’s very good when she asks how good he is, this seems to help Julie feel better about the whole new surgeon stepping in, feeling she’s in safe hands.
At the Holby birthday speech the disgruntled husband of a patient who has been waiting to be seen by a doctor and came to the hospital to complain, sets off fireworks and then himself on fire due to said fireworks, whilst Fletch gets Ange out of the way and then extinguishes a small one that gets stuck in Simone’s side, Ric rushes over and puts out the flames on the man saving him from literally going up in total flames.
Whilst Xavier and Serena operate on Simone and take out the firework, Kian, Nicky and a reappearing Jac from the basement operate on Julie, putting in her new heart, nice of you to join us again Jac.
As Ric is going to head home after speaking again to the man with the fireworks and saying he’ll make a statement in court about his situation and why he behaved as he did, as well as revealing that yes he’s a patient, but he’s also a consultant in the hospital too, Essie asks him if they’ll see him back at work soon, with a smile he replies ‘What do you think?’, I’d say that’s a big yes!
Elliot speaks to Jac after Julie’s operation about Emma and the incident earlier of her taking the little girl down to the basement, heading for the mortuary. He realises that Jac was heading to take her daughter for the mortuary, angrily telling her that Emma is only five, and what is going on with her, that she of all people should know how a mum’s neglect can effect a child, saying nothing at all Jac walks off.
Coming back to the table at Pulses with cake and tea for Josie after the activities of the day, Fletch sits down and gets no response from the elderly lady who is sat up in the chair, her hand on her walking stick, touching her hand he realises that she has died.
Talking to Emma in the office, Jac tells her about Jasmine and it being her birthday today and how she wasn’t a very good sister to her, just like she’s not a good mummy to her. Then going on to say how Jonny wants Emma to move to Edinburgh with the him, Stacey and the new baby, asking her daughter if it’s something she’d want to do, that does she think she’d have a nicer time living with them, that she won’t mind if she says yes. With that reassurance Emma nods her that yes she would like to move with them. A tearful Jac strokes her daughters head whilst trying to keep composed as she can.
Elliot reveals a heart scan to Kian and asks his opinion, Kian says without surgery it’ll get worse and heart failure is almost guaranteed. After a few moments Kian realises that the scan is Elliot’s and he wants Kian to treat him, Elliot tells him that at the moment this goes no further and the other man says he won’t say anything, you kept that one quiet Elliot!
In the last scene of the episode, Ric is going home, his holdall of belongings in hand, as he gets to the bottom of the stairs and walks towards the corridor, he sees that with everything that’s happened the plaque that celebrates the 150th anniversary hasn’t been revealed from behind the little red curtains. Pausing in front of said curtains on the wall, he pulls the little white string to reveal the gold plaque, giving a little nod and smile and then carrying on on his way down the corridor.