Holby City airs a devastating death
There was a huge shock for Holby City fans in tonight’s episode as popular character Xavier Duvall (Marcus Griffiths) tragically died – leaving his partner Donna (Jaye Jacobs) distraught and the entire hospital shell-shocked.
The death came as Zav closed in on Cameron (Nic Jackman), uncovering evidence that there’d been a gap between Evan’s heart stopping and efforts to resuscitate him.
CCTV showed that Cameron had been in the room while this was going on. As Cameron’s behaviour has become more cruel and manipulative in recent weeks, viewers will have been fearing the worst when he summoned Zav to the basement and Zav confronted him with the evidence.
What would Cameron do? And why had Zav not been more assertive in telling Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) what he knew rather than making some vague attempt and then giving up?
In the end, Zav wasn’t killed by Cameron. He was run over by a passing bike while he was on his way to the police and hit his head off a kerb. Cameron was there but did nothing to help, instead grabbing the bag that contained the evidence and legging it back to the hospital.
This raises several questions, such as whether the cyclist who collided with Zav will ever think to mention that a man in scrubs ran away from the scene towards the hospital rather than helping, and whether Nicky (Belinda Owusu)’s suspicions will be aroused since Zav had borrowed her pass card to get access to the computer system and Cameron was behaving very strangely about it. Cameron is not out of the woods yet.
Meanwhile, Donna was devastated to find she was named as Zav’s next of kin and she had to make the decision to consent to his organs being used for transplant – which was very handy for a patient on Darwin who was in need of a new heart. ‘Make sure that heart leaves this hospital beating strong in your patient’s chest,’ Max (Jo Martin) told Jac (Rosie Marcel). This was achieved despite Nicky needing to hold the heart and cry over it for quite a while first.
Poor Essie (Kaye Wragg) had this news to cope with as well as having her first session of chemotherapy. She was trying to work as normal on a day when the wards were once again short-staffed. Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) was a bit cross when she eventually insisted on actually taking the afternoon off. Sacha (Bob Barrett) blurted out to Fletch what was going on, but told Essie she really should tell the rest of her colleagues.
When she got back to the ward to tell them she found them all assembled ready, which was handy – but they were there to hear about Xavier. Poor Essie, it was all too much.
Max continued to be fairly horrible for most of the episode (‘I do like to see a doctor grovel every now and then,’ she said of Zav’s disciplinary hearing), but the shock of Zav’s death made her soften slightly. She told Fletch that she would make sure he had the money he needed to properly staff the hospital, telling him that ‘Staff and patients have always been my number one priority.’ She hid that well.
At the end of the episode we had another glimpse of Selfie (John Michie), as he came to pick Max up at the end of her shift and they went home – they apparently live together – for dinner in front of the telly at Gruesome Twosome Towers.
Sue Haasler is the author of five novels and the official BBC Holby City book, which you can read about here.
Holby City continues Tuesday 21 April at 8pm on BBC One.
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