(Series 28, ep.18) A baby born in a stable! A bride looking radiant in white with a tasteful red bouquet! A carriage ride through fake snow! Extremely professional carol singers! It was everything you’d want in a festive Casualty episode, and I haven’t even mentioned the Christmas tree-related electrocution and the jack-knifed birthday tractor ride.
Tom and Sam decided to have a quiet wedding, just the two of them, nice and low-key. But before they even had their feet inside the registry office, the Christmas tree-related electrocution happened. It was the same patient that Tess had almost killed previously with potassium instead of saline. The one Fletch had had an altercation with in the car park. How can one man be so unlucky? Particularly as he was a mess of old wounds and fractures which may or may not have been as a result of partner-abuse.
But, luckily for him, he got electrocuted within metres of two of Holby’s finest emergency medics, and his heart was restarted in no time and he was on his way to the ED. Unluckily this all ended up in Fletch being arrested for assault.
Meanwhile, Sam was alternately peering intently into the faces of Iain (“It didn’t mean anything… it was just a kiss. I want to marry Tom”) and Tom (“It didn’t mean anything… I’m a bit screwed up. I want to marry you”). And Louise was busy rearranging the wedding to take place in the Linden Cullen Temple of Anguish. That Louise is a brilliant wedding planner. In about half an hour she’d organised the registrar, a coach and horses, Dickensian carol singers and a wedding dress (it was her mum’s) that fitted the bride perfectly and looked far nicer than the original one had done.
The only ones who didn’t go “Ahhh, how lovely” were Iain – a somewhat stalkerish man who looked like he was mentally bundling Sam into the back of an ambulance and making off across the Brecon Beacons with her – and Tess, who was a bit depressed because Fletch was busy helping the police with their enquiries.
In among all this, there was the poignant tale of a girl who was 16 and pregnant and ended up giving birth in a barn. Luckily she had the assistance of ace midwife Tess, plus half the available medical team, and all was well that ended well. There was no time to stick around in the barn waiting for adoring shepherds and magi to turn up, however (just in case we missed the festive Biblical connection, the girl and her partner were called
Mary and Joseph Mia and Jay).
As if that wasn’t enough, it was all followed by a Big Mac and Noel mini red-button episode, which you can see here, though I have to admit I haven’t bothered. I have, however, watched the upcoming winter highlights trailer, and even without the presence of the divinity that is Connie Beauchamp, it looks like it’s going to be gripping stuff.
(More Casualty here)
(And my Holby-related Christmas story featuring Jac and Joseph here)