What happened in the last episode of Holby City? All you need to know

Holby City has been off our screen since August, so ahead of its long-awaited return tonight here’s a quick catch-up of where we were when we last visited the wards.

The massive event, of course, was Essie (Kaye Wragg)’s tragic death just before she could be married to Sacha (Bob Barrett).

As everyone assembled in the multi-faith room alongside Sacha and baby Isla, Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) was bringing the bride to the ceremony in her wheelchair. Frail and weakened by cancer, Essie nevertheless looked radiant and happy in her wedding dress – but she died quietly and peacefully as they made their way through the corridors.

It was shocking and incredibly moving as we saw Sacha breaking down in Jac (Rosie Marcel)’s arms as he reacted to the news.

Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) wasn’t among the wedding guests because he spent most of the last episode in an operating theatre, having his brain fiddled about with by his arch enemy, Guy Self (John Michie). After the operation was over we saw Selfie in Ric’s room bidding ‘a fond farewell’ to the still-unconscious Ric – which was a bit ominous, to say the least.

Then we heard from Max (Jo Martin) that Ric hadn’t come round from the anaesthetic yet, and things weren’t looking good for Ric’s survival. Spoiler alert – against the odds, it seems that Ric made it through the surgery, but as we go into this new episode his health remains very fragile indeed.

Max was hanging on to her job by her fingernails, mainly thanks to her daft idea to give Guy Self a job.

She was hardly the most popular CEO that Holby has ever had even before that, and Hanssen (Guy Henry), Ric and Fletch kept meeting up in corners to hatch plots against her. As she leads the hospital into the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic, will she have the confidence of her team?

At least she has her adorable son Louis (Tyler Luke Cunningham) looking out for her, though Louis was distracted by romantic worries as he hoped for his friendship with Nicky (Belinda Owusu) – who had a heart attack not that long ago – to blossom into something more. Unfortunately for him, Nicky’s had her head turned by Cameron (Nic Jackman).

On the subject of Cameron, he’d been busily carving out a niche for himself as the Phantom Stitch Unpicker, making a mess of other surgeons’ work to make himself look good.

There’s also his willingness to lie and weasel his way out of things, not to mention the odd dead body he’s left in his wake (nasty Evan and nice Xavier). Chloe (Amy Lennox), whom he actually prefers to Nicky, wants nothing to do with him and she doesn’t even know half of this stuff, and he’s currently ‘making do’ with poor Nicky, who’s kidding herself that he really likes her.

Kian (Ramin Karimloo) and Jac really like each other and he’s been staying at her house while he recovers from his most recent traumatic event (being thumped by Bea’s son).

What Jac doesn’t know is that Kian is addicted to little white pills and has even been in charge of Jac’s daughter Emma (Darcey Burke) and been in charge of a scalpel (not at the same time) while under the influence. She’s not going to be pleased when she finds out.

If that all comes out will Jac find herself back in the arms of Fletch – who is now back to full strength following his cancer scare?

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Well, she’ll have to get past Ange (Dawn Steele) first, but there were signs in the last few episodes that all is not sweetness and harmony in Flange-land.

To find out how these stories continue amid the terrible new pressures of coronavirus, tune in to Holby at the new time of 8.15 tonight.

Sue Haasler is the author of five novels and the official BBC Holby City book, which you can read about here.

Holby City returns Tuesday November 10 at the later time of 8:15pm.

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