The Porters go on a wildcat strike due to management not meeting their concerns which causes havoc on the wards. Meanwhile, Connie returns from the US expecting to get the Director of Surgery job but finding out that Terence has divided it jointly between Michael and Ric, and she is not happy about it. She joins up with Joseph on his research project and they find a candidate for the trial Elaine Dalton - an acquaintance of Connie's from her earlier days in Peckham. Elsewhere, Mark brokers a deal between the porters and Terence and they come back to work. Terence is impressed with Mark's skills and tells him to apply for the vacant CEO post at Holby.