Elliott's stress test approaches and he worries that if he fails it his only option will be to do consultancy and research work. But his passes the test much to Hanssen's amazement but Hanssen has to stand back and admire Elliott later when he sees him at work during an operation. But cutbacks have to be made and Hanssen realises it will have to be Ric that goes instead. But Mark does some research, with the help of Chrissie, and finds that Holby is not in danger of closing and then promptly resigns as Chief Executive. Meanwhile, Donna finally agrees to meet Kieran before he goes off to Afghanistan. Elsewhere, Hanssen tells Jac he's demoting her to save costs and she is furious.