Beth Allen tries to cover her tracks

Brooke Freeman (Beth Allen) desperately tries to cover her tracks this week on Shortland Street when she makes a dire mistake with a patient. An anxious Brooke does her best to right her wrongs, but will it be enough?

When Sarah Potts (Amanda Billing) confronts Brooke about an unstable patient named Barry Knox (Richard Green), Brooke is quietly unsettled to realise her own negligence is to blame. Sarah believes that Barry is suffering from serotonin syndrome, a direct result of incorrect drug prescriptions.

“Brooke is surprised and embarrassed to learn that she has made such an oversight,” says actress Beth Allen. “She’s been focusing so much on managing the PCC (Primary Care Clinic) that her standard of care and precision has slipped.”

Soon after, Brooke receives a phone call from the ambulance run about her distressed patient Barry, whose condition has deteriorated. Knowing she must tie up her loose ends, Brooke swiftly makes her way to the scene.

“Brooke cares about her patient of course, but most of all she cares about her career,” explains Beth Allen. “Wanting to keep the fact that she is responsible for Barry’s issue quiet, Brooke knows she must do damage control, and quickly!”

Things turn from bad to worse though, when paranoid Barry pulls Brooke into his apartment and locks the door.

“At this point Brooke comprehends the magnitude of her error,” says Beth Allen. “Looking around Barry’s apartment and seeing him in his delirious state really hits home.”

Moments later, Barry does something drastic that Brooke is completely unprepared for. Something that will leave both of their lives in jeopardy.

A panicked Brooke does her best to comfort Barry, and confesses to him that his suffering is a direct result of her mistake which can be reversed quickly. But perhaps this acknowledgement has come too late?

Does this spell the end of Dr Brooke Freeman’s career at Shortland Street? If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Shortland Street will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to and click the ‘on demand’ button.

Photo: Richard Green (Barry Knox) and Beth Allen (Brooke Freeman).

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  • TribalMadonna

    A nice storyline and love the photo!