Holby City review with spoilers: Suicide trauma for Skylar, as Jodie is exposed

Lucky Simpson (Vineeta Rishi) saved the day – as well as saving Sacha (Bob Barrett) and Beka (Francesca Barrett) – in tonight’s Holby City.

She’s spent weeks wandering around proffering unwanted advice and doing her best to sound wise, but in tonight’s episode she finally earned her money by working out exactly how mentally ill Jodie (Sian Reese-Williams) was, realising that Jodie had been poisoning Beka with chemicals from her parents’ farm.

Jodie had chosen to put the poison on a nice portion of lasagne for Beka, which happens to be Sacha’s favourite lunchtime snack so he had a little try of it too. This led to Beka in convulsions and Sacha collapsing.

Luckily Lucky was already on the case, having become suspicious when she realised that Jodie seemed to know more about Beka’s medical condition than the doctors who were treating her.

By the time Sacha recovered from his lasagne-induced collapse thanks to Lucky discovering what the poison had been, he was so angry with Jodie for almost killing his daughter that he rushed to confront her, despite Lucky insisting she was the best person to handle things. This resulted in Jodie running off. When last seen she was lurking in the hospital garden, so it might be wisest for Sacha to sleep with one eye open tonight.

Lucky then had to dash down to AAU to visit Skylar (Phoebe Pryce), who was recovering from a suicide attempt. This followed the inquiry into the death of Harvey Dean last week, in which Cameron (Nic Jackman) had told Skylar to give Harvey a drug that he turned out to be fatally allergic to.

Skylar could probably have handled the pressure of the inquiry – she was calmly convinced that Cameron had given her the order and thought all she had to do was tell the truth – but she was also under pressure from Cameron himself and from her horrible stepfather. Michael Townsend (Elliot Levey) was in the inquiry meeting as an observer, but he was still allowed to harangue Skylar and yell, ‘Who’s RESPONSIBLE?’ at her, until she meekly admitted, ‘I am.’

She got Jeong-Soo (Chan Woo Lim) to deliver a note to Cameron which told him what she was about to do, and Cameron got there in time to save her life, putting in a chest drain himself on the spot rather than shouting ‘I need some help here!’ which would be standard procedure in a medical drama.

With all this going on, things were relatively quiet on Darwin where Jac (Rosie Marcel) was channelling her worry about Kian and his drug habits into getting very tetchy with a patient (Barry Aird) who had made his own medical condition worse by smoking.

Jac made her feelings crystal clear to him – she thinks ‘addiction is surrender.’ But what does this mean for her relationship with Kian? It sounds like having him going cold turkey at home isn’t as easy as she’d hoped.

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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