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(Series 33, ep. 46 and 47 by Hilary Frankland, Patrick Homes and Katie Douglas 10.8.19) For this week’s review please head over to Metro. But first…
– In the end I felt really sorry for Connie. Compare this exit to her magnificent departure from Holby City in the Snow Queens episode to see just how low she’s fallen. And, like she told Charlie, it all stemmed from that brutal attack.
– Almost needless to say, but Amanda Mealing really has been wonderful in this storyline.
– The ‘previously’ bit at the beginning – there’s something about the way Ciaran says “You threw Duffy under the bus” through gritted teeth that makes me laugh.
– Good to know that Hanssen is still capable of pulling off a magnificent loom when he needs to. He didn’t so much loom in that pharmacy as manifest himself. Classic.
– I was amused by Iain telling Siobhan she couldn’t bring “that sort of baggage” (i.e. being an alcoholic) into the ED. There’d be no staff at all if that rule was rigorously applied.
– Line of the episode, and important piece of life advice: (Iain) “If you’re gonna mess up, do it after Jan’s had summat to eat.”
Excellent news from Casualty HQ today. Jane Hazlegrove will return to the ED in the autumn in two special episodes.
She’ll arrive as part of the HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) team to assist the paramedics with a patient with a life-threatening chest injury.
Executive Producer Simon Harper says, “It’s wonderful to have the brilliant Jane Hazlegrove back in the Casualty family fold. Dixie was and remains a massively popular character with the audience who miss her to this day, and she and Iain are clearly going to have a lot to catch up on after his tumultuous year.”
Dixie’s return is going to have a massive impact on Iain which leads him to think about his own future. Is Iain ready for a new challenge and pastures new?
Jane Hazlegrove has already filmed her episodes and says, “It was really great to see some familiar faces again and of course to hang out with Sir Michael Stevenson…despite the fact that his jokes haven’t got any better!”
Read more: Dixie’s last episode
(Series 33, ep. 45 by Colin Bytheway 3.8.19) You know the drill – click the link to Metro for my full review of this episode. But first…
– Ciaran’s dislike of Connie is coming across as not entirely professional (to say the least). ‘The mighty Beauchamp is still gliding through the department’ sounds petulant and hissy. And he was so thick not to look in her bag for the pills.
– Jade is adorable. Memorising a poem for Marty’s mum was above and beyond the call of duty.
– David is also adorable, though I’m not sure he had to tie Charlie up with a bum bag to convey his message that Charlie and Duffy would get lots of support from the team. It was funny, though.
– Poor Marty, though. ‘You’re just not the son that I envisaged’ was absolutely cutting.
(Series 33, ep. 44 by Nick Fisher and Dana Fainaru 27.7.19) For my full review of this episode take yourself over to Metro, home of the best soaps coverage in the land. But first…
– Ciaran is definitely playing a part in Connie’s deterioration, isn’t he? If she was surrounded by nothing but the caring, sharing likes of Charlie and David and even Dylan in his gruff way, she wouldn’t have been pushed to such extremes. As it is, she’s got Mr Charming at her shoulder muttering threats like ‘I wanted to give you a chance to save face before you become utterly unemployable.’
– But still… Duffy! If Connie had sacrificed Duffy at the best of times it would have been dreadful, but the dementia storyline has given it an added poignancy that works really well.
– Robyn has noticed that ‘there’s something not right with Mrs Beauchamp’ so it’s only a matter of time before everyone else twigs as well.
– When Duffy was looking at that photo of herself back in Ye Olden Dayes when Casualty was young that was a really sad moment.
– I loved Rosa, and her presence really lifted the episode. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her.
(Series 33, ep. 43 by Daisy Martey and Dana Fainaru 20.7.19) You’ll be wanting to read my proper review over at Metro. But wait! I have a couple of random thoughts first.
– With the caveat that I watched it on a tiny wee window in the corner of my laptop, I thought the prison riot was a tad underwhelming. I’m sure it’ll look much more spectacular on a big telly though.
– Ciaran manages to get more loathsome every week, doesn’t he? Excellent work by Rick Warden.
– I wonder how a Connie Beauchamp on full power would have dealt with him, though? Currently she’s too fragile to go full Connie with him. Which of course makes the rights and wrongs so much more interesting, as we know she’s a complete liability currently – but because she’s Connie we’re still on her side.
– I’m also on Archie’s side, and will be on Duffy’s side if Connie tries to pin the blame for this latest mistake on her.
– I liked the young prison officer, Matt, who was so sweet about the old man. Duffy had her Compassion switch turned up to 11.
– It was all very intense, wasn’t it? A bit of humour wouldn’t have gone amiss just to lighten things up a bit. Holby always manages to get a bit of humour in – but I suppose they have the luxury of an extra 10 minutes in which to tell their stories.
– Liz’s sudden decline after being injected with lidocaine was especially traumatic. There was a real atmosphere of panic in the room as Connie realised what had happened.
(Series 33, ep. 42 by Isla Gray 6.7.19) Have a look at Metro to see my full review of this episode. But first…
– What was Jade doing with Marty’s eyebrows? It took a long time and made no difference at all. Like every hairdressing scene ever in Coronation Street, where Audrey and Maria can talk for days while hovering a comb over someone’s hair without actually touching it.
– I wonder how far Jade will have to go now she’s decided to pose as Marty’s girlfriend? I’m expecting various other members of his family to show up just to make things spectacularly awkward.
– It was nice that Kian got a mention (he’s on Holby if you don’t watch it, and he’s supposed to be Marty’s cousin).
– It was also nice that Iain has finally relaxed into understanding what his support systems are and that he has coping strategies to help him through hard times. And yes – Michael Stevenson is brilliant. Always.
– Bless Robyn for offering to give Gem the money to go travelling! I bet wee Charlotte would be thrilled to know that Robyn is giving away her inheritance to a person who can’t even work out that overseas call rates can be expensive.