Daily Archives: September 18, 2011

Casualty: Everything you need from a Casualty episode

(Series 26, Ep.5)  If we were playing Fantasy Casualty, how would the episode start? With an out-of-control vehicle, probably. What about a mobility scooter? Grumpy old man careering along the pavement, it can’t end well. A near miss with a stack of library books, a collision with a car narrowly avoided, but dodging to avoid some bikes sends him hurtling down a steep embankment towards a tree. But one casualty isn’t enough for Casualty. How’s about we throw in a tug-of-love boy and a trampoline? You know how dangerous trampolines can be. But he’s off the trampoline and he’s safe! There’s always the rope ladder…

A classic Casualty opener, then. Ambulances hurtling towards Holby City laden with a pair of  interesting and tricky cases, both of whom have a couple of twists in store.

The episode would obviously need to have a junior staff member learning valuable lessons about life and work. In this case, it was Lloyd. He learned never to judge a book by its cover, even when it’s a Kindle, and never to think that horrible old men are just being horrible because they’re old men.

There’d need to be a gory procedure, preferably one that had even Holby-hardened me covering my eyes and wincing. Drilling a hole in a patient’s skull would do nicely, particularly if it was Nick Jordan doing the drilling.

And finally, ideally you’d want a bit of romance, and to be perfect it would be Dr Ruth Winters thanking Lovely Staff Nurse Faldren for having faith in her, and him replying, “I’ve always got your back.” And the episode ending with them kissing. Sigh.

Ok, so Charlie was absent from the episode, which technically disqualifies it from being Classic Casualty. But it came pretty close.

Next time: A punch-up at a wake.

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Burn Notice (3.12): A noble cause indeed

Noble Causes sees the return of Sugar – the drug-dealing neighbour Michael shot in the leg back in the first series – who wants Michael to help his cousin Dougie. Dougie is ‘slow’ and being befriended by some nasty types who clearly mean to abuse their relationship for criminal gain. Michael is reluctant to help Sugar, but Fi insists they come to Dougie’s aid – and it’s just as well. The robbers grooming Dougie don’t tend to leave witnesses behind to testify against them.

In other news, Gilroy the freelance psychopath is still plying his extremely English accent as he introduces Michael to Claude (whose accent is completely unplaceable) – the best thief in the western hemisphere. Leaving Michael to find a way to scupper the job (stealing information from the Chilean consulate) and stay alive.

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