Holby City aired big developments for Essie, Fletch and Kian tonight (June 9) as huge secrets were revealed at the hospital.
Essie Di Luca (Kaye Wragg) was doing her best to act as if there was nothing to worry about as she began her chemotherapy treatment, determined to battle through the gruelling side-effects and complete her shift at the hospital.
She brushed off concerns from her colleagues who tried to convince her to slow down, but she ended up falling asleep at work after having a quick sit down.
After Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett) found her, they became embroiled in a devastating row, which resulted in Essie admitting that she's considering stopping her "toxic" treatment and instead making the most of the time she has left.
Devastated Sacha accused her of being selfish, asking her "What about Isla?" and telling her that "choosing to quit" is a selfish decision, leaving poor Essie in tears – although after a heart-to-heart with Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel), he sought Essie out to apologise.
Adrian 'Fletch' Fletcher (Alex Walkinshaw) later revealed his own secret to her – he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Opening up to Essie, he told her about his symptoms and became overwhelmed, admitting, "I don't know if I can be like you, fight like you."
When they met again later in the day, Essie broke down, confessing to Fletch that she is considering stopping her treatment due to the huge impact it's having on her life. Fletch begged Essie to keep fighting, asking her: "Why don't we help each other?"
Essie then made a big decision – she's going to continue her treatment as part of a pact with Fletch for "not giving up".
Viewers were devastated to see Essie and Fletch suffering so badly but proud to see them supporting each other:
Oh Essie I just wanna give you a hug. You have to fight this and kick cancer arse #HolbyCity— ❤️❤️FIONA❤️❤️ (@sadlerfiona21) June 9, 2020
Don’t know how I’m going to cope having to watch both Essie and Fletch go through cancer treatment at the same time... #HolbyCity— Chelseaa Jadee (@ChelseaaJadee98) June 9, 2020
Really enjoyed #HolbyCity tonight it was so moving when Fletch found out about his cancer and told Essie 😭 i feel so sorry for both of them. Im glad he told Hanssen and Ange. Absolutely outstanding acting from @Wraggywraggster and @WalkinshawAlex 👏👏👏👏 such emotional scenes x— Chloe Stothers (@CSRizzoli23) June 9, 2020
Elsewhere, Jac and Kian Madani (Ramin Karimloo) were enjoying the secret of their new romance, but it was revealed that Kian is also harbouring another secret as he accepted a call from somebody called Sarah Jane and suggested that they meet up.
Kian later met with a woman – presumably Sarah Jane – in the hospital basement. "We've been doing this for months," she said. "No small talk, no pleasantries?"
After Kian handed her a wad of cash, she passed him a brown envelope and said, "See how you get on with this one."
The very odd interaction had viewers questioning what exactly Kian is up to, particularly when he later opened the envelope, took out a pack of pills and swallowed one:
i am actually so sad for kian. he’s got through so much whyyy you can beat this man plsss get better #holbycity— lauren (@laurter23_) June 9, 2020
Holby City continues next Tuesday (June 16) at 8pm on BBC One.
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