Holby City spoilers: Ollie's violent past is revealed

There was some unpleasant news for and about Oliver Valentine (James Anderson) in tonight’s Holby City, as a new locum in the hospital turned out to be a former girlfriend – and the relationship hadn’t ended well. In fact Maisie (Katherine Jack) informed Ollie that he’d been violent to her. ‘You charmed me, used me and then hit me,’ she told him.

In Ollie’s defence he said he didn’t remember this at all. ‘I get blackouts,’ he told her. ‘Sometimes even hours of my life are just… gone.’ Of course it’s not unheard of for violent people to say that they just saw red, or they have blackouts and can’t remember being abusive, but in this case Ollie has had a massive brain injury that originally left him not able to remember much at all.

He’s had to piece his life back together and learn how to do a lot of things again. Plus he believes that he could have hurt Maisie and even told Hanssen (Guy Henry) about it – although Hanssen assumed that when Ollie said ‘I hurt her’ he meant emotionally rather than physically.

We left him having a panic attack in the hospital car park after turning down an invitation to a drink with a patient who’d taken a shine to him. Maisie’s allegation has clearly shaken his already fragile confidence in himself. How is he going to move on?

Let’s hope if he does seek help it’ll come quicker than it is doing for poor Josh (Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge), who’s going to have to wait months for counselling for his bulimia. In the meantime he has Eli (Davood Ghadami) for support, though Eli currently has troubles of his own as he’s just discovered his wife Amelia (Lucy Briggs-Owen) has a large and nasty brain tumour.

Meanwhile, the lovely Jeong-Soo (Chan Woo Lim) wanted to celebrate the fact that he’s now an F2, but it seemed that nobody was very interested in celebrating with him. Luckily he’d befriended patient and former eco warrior Doreen (Eileen Davies), and once she got the hang of social media she rounded up a small gang of his friends to join him in Albie’s at the end of the shift.

They demanded a speech, and he obliged by saying that Holby is the ‘first place that feels like home’ to him. Bless.

He was also relieved to discover that his flatmates Louis (Tyler Luke Cunningham) and Kylie (Amy Murphy) are not going to be moving in with Louis’s mother Max (Jo Martin) – but not as relieved as Max was.

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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