Holby City review with spoilers: Cameron’s flying high – but for how long?
We found out more about the characters of Holby City’s new F1s, Skylar (Phoebe Pryce), Jeong-Soo (Chan Woo Lim) and Josh (Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge), in tonight’s episode. In particular we discovered that Skylar is the step-daughter of chairman of the board Michael Townsend (Elliot Levey).
They don’t have an easy relationship – she was in tears at one point as he put pressure on her to succeed at her career, but on his terms rather than hers. It was at this point that Josh began to show his own personality, as he stood up to Michael after seeing how he treated Skylar.
‘Do you know who I am?’ Michael asked him. ‘Yes I do,’ said Josh. He’s clearly not one to be easily intimidated.
Hanssen (Guy Henry) had the three working on a difficult case, where each of them showed their different approaches to working out a problem, and how everything worked out much better when they worked as a team. This was one of the life lessons that Hanssen wanted them to learn, along with the vital one that not every patient can be cured but every patient can be looked after.
This takes skill, and another thing that takes skill is being able to portray an insincere smile with only your eyes while wearing a face mask.
Cameron (Nic Jackman) is an absolute master at this, and he’s also becoming an absolute master at getting his own way through conniving, deception and throwing his colleagues under a bus (or bike, in the case of Xavier).
In tonight’s episode he managed to beat Chloe (Amy Lennox) to a position as an advisor on the hospital board, by stealing her ideas, pretending she’d been trying to bribe Michael Townsend and by being oily and creepy with Max (Jo Martin).
So Cameron is now on the board, in a way, and patronisingly told Chloe that she could always come to him if she needed anything.
But, finally, Chloe is onto him. She’s piecing together a lot of his recent behaviour and told Donna (Jaye Jacobs): ‘Zav was right… I think we’ve all sat back and let him fool everyone.’ Could Cameron’s reign of villainy be about to come to an end? And how much worse will his behaviour get if he thinks he’s about to be exposed?
Meanwhile it’s time to dust off your fascinators, as there are wedding bells in the distance. But maybe don’t get too excited just yet, as the wedding in question is Sacha (Bob Barrett) and Jodie (Sian Reese-Williams).
After a day in which Sacha’s friends and Lucky Simpson (Vineeta Rishi) all took it upon themselves to have words with Jodie and/or Sacha to the effect that Sacha was vulnerable and not really ready for a relationship, Sacha had had enough.
He had a go at Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) in a rather nasty exchange – ‘Just because you’ve got a dead wife too…’ – and then promptly proposed to Jodie in the middle of the ward.
I think Dominic (David Ames) spoke for all of us: ‘What the f…?’
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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