(Series 15, ep.2) Eddi, Luc and the “love bus” were back at Holby this week, Eddi deeming herself ready to face the temptations of the AAU drugs cupboard with Luc’s support. If only Michael hadn’t given her the keys again, all might have been well. About five minutes into the shift she was already stuffing Camoxidan down her face like it was about to be made prescription-only. Oh.
What had been kept secret from the Holby-watching world was that this was Sarah-Jane Potts’ last episode and all this Camoxidan business has been her exit storyline. Suitably dramatic it was,too, with Eddi at last finding true love again with Luc, only to collapse on the floor of the basement (nothing good ever happens in that basement) after taking erratic doses of her favourite medication. Luc had to take drastic action. When Eddi woke up, she found herself surrounded by Luc, Michael Spence, Sacha and her brother Liam, all gazing at her more in sorrow than in anger. Seeing Liam was the jolt she needed. She didn’t want to end up like their mum, so she decided getting away from Holby was the only way to do it. So farewell Eddi McKee, one-time Best Nurse in the Hospital and Face Puller Extraordinaire. Who will we be able to rely on now for those all-important end-of-scene reaction shots?
This means there’s a vacancy for the Best Nurse job, and there’s only one person who could fill it.
Chrissie Chantelle Lane – the woman with the sunniest smile and the biggest snack collection in the NHS. There was a hurdle to overcome first in the form of an interview for a permanent staff nurse job. There was hot competition from the lovely (but very bitchy this week) Mary-Claire, and the pressure of being interviewed by none other than the legend who is Charlie Fairhead from Casualty. Chantelle’s interview was suitably ditzy. “What’s your biggest weakness?” she was asked. “Chocolate, definitely,” she replied. But you can’t help but love her, and when she’s not being all fluffy kittens she’s actually a darn good nurse, as she proved when she sorted out a man who was harming himself to get hospital attention. Did she get the job? Of course she did.
Hanssen had a spare pot of money to give away, so who better to give it to than Elliott Hope, the man with the artificial heart? Not his own heart – that’s real enough – but the Herzig 3, a miracle of modern engineering just waiting to be tested on a real person. Will the real person be Aisha, who refused a heart transplant last week? She had a bit of a reality check when a patient she’d just met collapsed and died while they were driving round the car park together (don’t ask). It was all an excuse for people to say things like, “You don’t know what it’s like sitting up at 4 AM having chats with the Grim Reaper” in the general direction of Tara, who gets her introspective face on because she certainly does know what that’s like. Just stay away from that basement, Tara. Remember – nothing good ever happens there.
Next time: New blood, as Rhys (Gareth David-Lloyd off of Torchwood) and Lilah (Natasha Leigh) join the staff.
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