Time at the Ostwyn
Archie originally worked at the Ostwyn's emergency department. One night, due to the registrars there being forced to work beyond their shifts, she found her best friend unconscious on the bathroom floor, and the hospital disingenuously labelled it as an "accidental overdose". Archie subsequently emailed the Ostwyn's CEO and sent carbon copies to every consultant in the hospital. Consequently, the hospital let her go and discredited her. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 28)
Joining the department
In March 2019, Archie attended her induction day, but, believing that it was a waste of her time, she left prematurely. She soon arrived for her first shift at the ED and met Connie who told her to move her car. Connie asked Elle to give Archie a tour of the department, and, when Elle mentioned that there was a vacant consultant post, Archie was keen to express her interest in applying. As she treated an impatient patient named Trina, Archie was called into resus to treat a man named Shane who came in with burns. She tried to keep him still so she could administer an injection, but he hit her face. Connie called Archie into her office after talking to the Ostwyn and discussed their scathing review of her. Although Archie insisted that her referral, which praised her skills and temperament, held more weight, Connie warned her that, if she found out that she had withheld information from her, she would make sure that she could never work in the NHS again. In admin, Archie struggled to order a CT scan and is told by Noel that she should have been given a radiology password during her induction. She made her way to the IT department, but Gregory - the man who led her induction - informed her that she needed to complete her induction day modules to obtain a staff ID.
In cubicles, Archie treated a man named Ropey who had suffered a fall, and Duffy questioned her decision to not order a full examination. Later, it transpired that Ropey's fall was worse than they previously thought, but Archie decided to prioritise a patient in resus, prompting Duffy to question her clinical judgement. In resus, Shane's pregnant wife Denise began to bleed internally, and Elle asked Archie if she was thinking about leading the caesarian section, but she claimed that she was comfortable with merely assisting. With Elle's guidance, she successfully delivered Denise's baby and clamped her renal artery. Denise was rushed to theatre, and Elle praised Archie's good work. However, Connie informed her that Trina was unhappy with her treatment. In reception, Archie confronted Trina and admonished her for her rudeness and stupidity, much to Connie's disapproval. Outside, Archie found out that she had been given a parking fine and told Connie that she was let go from the Ostwyn after she exposed their poor treatment of their staff. Connie told her that, if she received another complaint from a patient or hid something like that from her again, she would be fired. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 28)
The following week, Archie clashed with locum paediatric registrar Will Noble. Will promised to visit young patient Toby Williams during his chemotherapy session, but he later forgot and rushed to the wards after Archie reminded him. He failed to make it in time, and, as Will left the department, Archie admonished him for his irresponsibility. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 29) In April, the day of Archie and Will's interviews for the consultant post arrived, and she called him "irresponsible" for not arriving at work on time. During her interview with Connie, they discussed Will's relationship with Toby. That afternoon, Will missed his interview to organise a surprise party for Toby in a cubicle. Archie apologised to him for her words, and he jokingly said that he was sure Connie would give him another interview if there were no other suitable candidates. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 32)
On 18 May, Archie was irritated to learn that Will had been given the promotion. Later, they treated Toby when he was taken into resus following a fall. It soon transpired that Toby was suffering from an infection, and Archie overheard him reminding Will that he agreed to help him die. Outside, she suggested taking Toby's best interests into account, but Will insisted on sticking to protocol. Once his test results came back, Archie and Will informed Toby and his mother Jackie that he did not have much time left, and Archie became irritated when Will started to take Jackie's views on her son's treatment into account. She confronted him, and he told her to find another patient to treat.
In admin, Archie learned that Will was humouring Jackie's request for treatment and accused him of dodging responsibility for the circumstances of Toby's inevitable death. However, they were soon forced to treat Toby after he fell over and seized. Jackie subsequently agreed to end terminate her son's treatment. After Will made Toby comfortable, he insisted to Archie that there were limits to the help that he could provide to Toby, but she stressed the importance of respecting his wishes and disagreed with his belief that he was doing the right thing. Later that day, Toby passed away. In the evening, Archie attended Charlie and Duffy's party at The Hope & Anchor, and she greeted and assured Will that he helped Toby. Nevertheless, he accused her of seeing herself as infallible and labelled her as a narcissist. She claimed that he had been promoted beyond his capabilities, but Will posited that his being promoted was exactly what she needed to be "taken down a peg or two" despite feeling that it was the last thing he wanted to do, given the day's events. He told Archie to raise a drink for Toby and returned to the ED. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 35)
On 1 June, executive troubleshooter Ciaran Coulson was appointed to the department after it continued to underperform. After Connie stopped a confrontation between her and Ciaran, Archie was concerned that she was appeasing him, but Connie corrected her and said that, where she saw appeasement, she saw "just enough rope". However, later that day, Archie was appreciative of Ciaran's guidance when he walked her through using a thoracic decompression catheter on a patient with a pneumothorax. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 37)
When Connie attended a conference and left the department in Ciaran's hands, he decided to initiate a time and motion study. Archie took issue with his plan and suggested that he was "checking up on [the staff]", but he assured her that he was merely searching for areas requiring improvement. When she failed to log her activities as part of the study, Ciaran approached her, and she insisted that she was busy saving lives. After working together in resus, Archie claimed that she had filled in her study to deny him the satisfaction of calling her out on it, but he revealed that the study was a ruse to judge which members of staff would have difficulty cooperating with him and suggested that she "came into line pretty quick". (CAS: Series 33, Episode 38)
The next day, following Connie's return from the conference, Archie requested her assistance in treating Kat Hollis - a woman whose caesarean scar had ruptured and become infected. After she was moved to resus as a precaution, her condition began to worsen, and she required intubation. Archie struggled to get a clear view of her airway with the laryngoscope, so Connie elected to take over and tried to use a bougie. However, when she accidentally caught a blood vessel, she shifted the blame onto Archie and prepared to perform a cricothyroidotomy.
Once Kat was taken to theatre, Archie talked through the incident with Ciaran, but Connie interrupted and claimed that she caused a bleed whilst attempting to intubate Kat. Ciaran pressed for more information, but Connie spoke over Archie and ushered her out of the room. Later, Archie struggled to comprehend what happened, and Connie insisted that it was her error and her responsibility. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 39)
On 29 June, Connie asked Will to monitor Archie in resus, claiming that she had been losing concentration. When her patient Bo Nuanji developed a retrobulbar haemorrhage following an assault, she decided to perform a lateral canthotomy, but Will insisted on leading, citing Connie's concerns. However, Archie was forced to guide him through the procedure when it became apparent that he had never done it before, and he accused her of undermining him. Connie attempted to deescalate the argument, but, after Archie claimed that she was not the one "making mistakes", she admonished her and decided to audit her notes until she felt that she was more competent.
Later, it transpired that Bo's attacker - Adam Sands - was in the department, Archie decided to quickly escort her and her girlfriend Sofie, who was also Adam's wife, upstairs. However, Adam burst into the lift and pinned Sofie against the wall. Outside the pharmacy, Archie tried to calm Adam down, but he shoved her to the floor. As he moved onto Bo, Sofie stabbed him in the neck with her keys, and Archie rushed him to resus. Having been involved in the incident, Archie elected to step away from the case, and Will instructed her to fetch Connie; he became irritated when she decided to bring in Ciaran instead. Outside resus, Archie explained that he needed someone who he could have relied on and suggested that Connie was not fit to practise, but Will posited that, since she had not reported her, she did not want to admit that she was at fault. That evening, in the staffroom, Archie voiced her concerns to Ciaran about Connie's competency and her being used as a scapegoat. Ciaran subsequently asked her for a written account of the incident involving Kat Hollis and expressed his appreciation of her opening up to him. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 41)
Behind the scenes
Genesis Lynea made her first appearance as Archie Hudson in March 2019.
- See also: Character appearances