(Series 34 ep. 11 by Gerard Sampaio 2.11.19) Off you pop to Metro to read my proper review. But first…
– Ethan and Effie are beautiful and tragic, aren’t they? Like something from a Young Adult novel.
– I guessed toxoplasmosis would be involved as soon as we saw Raymond lying adjacent to the cat litter tray. It’s a medical drama classic (and don’t forget to wash your hands when dealing with that sort of thing, obvs).
– I was desperate to know what was in the letter Jade had from her mum. I was hoping Marty would get in the car and helpfully read it out loud for us, but he didn’t.
(Series 34, ep. 10 by Pete Lawson 26.10.19) Have a look at my full review on Metro (go on, you know you want to). But first…
– I could have slapped Ethan throughout this episode. He was distracted, unprofessional, unsupportive and just generally a bit useless.
– Though I actually emitted a squeak when Rash punched him. That’s so not like Rash.
– I also emitted a squeak when I saw that sledgehammer. It soon became apparent that it was going to be a DIY-related injury rather than a heinous crime, though. Never knock a wall down without determining whether it’s actually holding the roof up, folks.
– I love Rosa more and more every week. Her back-story about her little boy dying was really sad. I like the little family she’s made with David and Ollie. And I’m really looking forward to her mum visiting so we can see David posing as her boyfriend.
– Derek Thompson was heartbreaking in the scene with Robyn. She’s so sweet and caring – and seems to be very good with money, as she always has a bit put by to offer friends in need.
– Line of the week: (Rosa to David) ‘You’re not David! Not the David!’ He is, though.
(Series 34, ep. 8 by Colin Bytheway 12.10.19) My longer review of this week’s Casualty is over at Metro as usual. But before you go…
– Dialogue of the week: (David – to Duffy) ‘We’ve got some good news’ (Dylan) ‘Alright, David, you make it sound like we’re about to get married.’ (David) ‘Are we not? Well that’s £12.99 wasted on a new cummerbund.’
– Do they do cummerbunds with attached bum bags? I think I might have spotted a gap in the market there.
– That child killer story was a bit nasty, wasn’t it? Though not as nasty as this one from 2015.
– Ethan and Effie are adorable, but I can see why her dad thinks it’s a bit weird.
– It amuses me how many ways they find to have Duffy hanging around the ED dispensing her breathtakingly good People Skills. At the same time, I love that they’re doing it because her dementia storyline is heartbreaking and Cathy Shipton and Derek Thompson are being absolutely brilliant with it.
– I loved Dylan’s description of Ethan as ‘This eager young professional.’ Dylan is hilarious.
Some sad news from Casualty HQ this morning – Cathy Shipton, who plays Duffy, will be leaving the show early next year.
Cathy was in the very first episode of Casualty back in 1986 and has appeared in over 350 episodes.
Cathy says: “Walking in Duffy’s shoes through the years has taught me so much for which I’ll be forever grateful. I’m honoured and humbled to have played this inspiring woman. With sadness, but a sense of completion, l say goodbye.”
Executive Producer Simon Harper paid touching tribute to the star and her character, saying Duffy is “the caring, ideal NHS nurse millions grew up with – and whom you’d want to be looked after by in times of need. She’s given us some of our most unforgettable stories and moments, not least of late in her heart-rending dementia storyline, and I simply cannot thank her enough.”
(Series 34, ep. 7 by Rachel Paterson 5.10.19) For a thorough probing of this episode and why I love Mason so much, off you pop to Metro. But first…
– I love Mason (I know, I already mentioned that). Honestly, Victor Oshin is just so subtle! His face can go from sly and sneery to being absolutely beautiful and kind from one moment to the next. It’s ninja-level acting, I tell you.
– But he does not get away with trying to throw Jade under his famous bus because I love her too.
– Though I am convinced all his selfishness is just a front because he’s terrified to fail. I expect his parents made huge sacrifices to put him through med school and he can’t admit any failure at all.
– I also love Rosa.
– But where was the kitten this week? If it’s anything like my cat when it was that age it’ll be fast asleep in a plant pot. I turned the house upside down several times looking for him and became convinced the older cat had eaten him – but 10 years on and here he is, on my desk farting as usual. You see the horrors I have to go through.
– Dialogue of the week: (Will) ‘How’s it going?’ (Mason) ‘I’m killing it.’ (Will) ‘You know we’re not supposed to kill people? It’s actually the opposite of what we do here.’
(Series 34, ep. 6 by Julie Dixon and Mark Catley 28.9.19) Pop over to Metro for a full review (by me) of this episode. But first…
– Line of the week: (Patient Nick to Dylan and David) ‘You two look like undertakers.’ (Dylan) ‘I always look like this. I don’t know what his excuse is.’ (David) ‘Teenage son.’
– I looked up the word ‘frimp’ and found all sorts of definitions ranging from ‘an idiot’ to ‘the little tapered end on a poo.’ Either way it’s a very good name for a kitten.
– What is Mason like? I thought Rash was genuinely trying to cover for him this week when he wasn’t on top of the diagnosis (or maybe Rash was being really sly and I just didn’t realise it because Neet Mohan exudes Nice). But it doesn’t seem to matter to Mason, whose attitude seems to be, ‘It’s the end of the shift – so under the bus you go.’
– The vomiting blood man (Joe McGann) looked more ill than anyone I’ve ever seen on Casualty ever. When he went off to the toilet and we didn’t see him for about half an hour I was getting extremely worried about him.
– I like Lev. There’s no way you can’t like a man with a kitten under his coat (unless he’s one of those kitten-under-coat men your mother warned you about).
– The story about Nick and Kerry and their new baby took a nice twist when his disabled wife was revealed. I wasn’t expecting that.
(Series 34, ep. 5 by Hamish Wright and Dana Fainaru 21.9.19) For a proper review of this episode, hop over to Metro. But first…
– That was a lovely send-off for Iain and a beautiful conclusion to his story. Michael Stevenson hasn’t put a foot wrong in this mental health storyline and the writers have allowed the story to play out over a long span of time. A highlight for me was the episode where Iain was working in the ambulance control centre.
– I was almost in tears at the scenes with Stan and his dog.
– I’m very annoyed at Gem for her behaviour to Rash. Getting Iain to dump him and then avoiding his calls was just mean.
– As was Mason’s behaviour. I’m still hoping that there’ll be some back-story to explain why Mason does stuff like this (high achieving parents with madly high expectations?), but it’s going to have to be very convincing to make me like him after the way he’s treated Rash. Or maybe we aren’t meant to like him and he’s going to go full villain? Either way, I have to say he’s a very interesting, compelling character.
– Ethan and Effie. It’ll end in tears.
– Line of the week: (Dylan) ‘Thank you Dixie.’ [Notices her name badge] ‘Kathleen? I had no idea your name was Kathleen.’