(Series 34, ep. 35 by Dana Fainaru 30.5.20) My full review of this dramatic episode is over at Metro. Before you click over there to have a read…
– Phew. Charlie’s coming back. One of his main skills is not looking people in the eyes, and this is something he can teach to his colleagues. Faith and Dylan are going to find it hard to look each other in the eye now she knows how he feels about her and he knows that she knows. Charlie can show them how it can be done with style, with his trademark “pretend you’re watching a cricket match in the distance” technique.
– I loved the Connie and Charlie scenes. Top work from two top actors, with Charlie giving full vent to his rage.
– What did Faith think she was going to achieve with that needle? It didn’t even have some weapons-grade anaesthetic in it. Leave that sort of thing to John Wick is my advice.
– Why did Fenisha even feel tempted by Will’s “Now you’re no longer with child, would you consider getting back with me” overtures? There’s just something so creepy about his attitude. Or is that just me?
(Series 34, ep. 27 by Colin Bytheway 7.3.20) I’ve given this a proper review over at Metro as usual. But before you click on that link…
– Line of the week: Dean hears that best friend Hazel is about to get married and says he can’t quite be happy for them, ‘But, like my Grade 2 clarinet, I will work towards it.’
– I feel like Ruby gave up on trying to look after Harmony far too easily. With Violette gone, I’m sure Robyn would have welcomed them back into her house and everything would have worked out nicely.
– I’m sad Archie has gone.
– And I’m sad to hear that Rosa has gone to Uruguay to look after her mother who has allegedly had a fall. I say ‘allegedly’ because Xiomara has a bit of a record of making up illnesses to suit her purposes. What I would really like to happen is for the two of them to come back to Holby and for Xiomara to get a job on reception.
My full review of this episode is over at Metro, but before you go…
– Line of the week: (Patient Barney) ‘Is he [Dylan] always this grumpy?’ (David) ‘No, sometimes he’s asleep.’
– Line of the week 2: (Dylan) ‘If you’re going to be a doctor you have to tune your body like a fine instrument powered exclusively by sugar.’
(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.”
(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. 39 by Elliot Hope and Johanne McAndrew 15.6.19) For my full and sensible review, have a look at Metro. Before you go, some random thoughts.
– It’s very hard watching Connie’s descent into drugs hell. She looks frightened and vulnerable and it makes me wish she, Iain and Duffy would all go off for a spa holiday together and look after themselves and each other. Out of the three, Connie is perhaps the least likely to do anything like that because she always has to appear to be on top of everything.
– This is why she blamed Archie for her intubation mistake. I expect those mistakes are not entirely unheard of so she could have just said ‘Oops. My bad.’ But that’s not how Connie works, particularly when she has ‘troubleshooter’ Ciaran shooting trouble all over her department.
– I wonder what Archie’s going to do with the knowledge that Connie has thrown her under a bus, though?
– I felt so sorry for Jacob when he found out that Omo doesn’t have long to live. She’s still denying him the small comfort of being able to look after her, or at least have a relationship with her. It’s a very hard situation.
– Back to Connie for line of the week.
Ciaran: ‘You sound like my ex-wife. What’s next? “It’s not you, it’s me”?’
Connie: ‘Oh, it’s definitely you.’
(Series 33, ep. 37 by Pete Lawson 1.6.19) For a full review of this episode, please have a look at Metro. But before you go…
– Is this going to be the start of a ‘my drugs hell’ storyline for Connie? I can think of a few Holby characters who’ve gone through this (Eddie McKee, Michael Spence, Mark ‘Jesus’ Williams) but not Casualty ones offhand – can you?
– Ciaran was brilliantly awful, wasn’t he? That comment about toast. I wonder whether Hanssen interviewed him? I can’t imagine that Hanssen would approve of him at all.
– People on telly always have empty bins, don’t they? It’s so that they can throw something in like the number of a therapist and we can get a good look at it, rather than being distracted by the sheer number of empty crisp packets which is what you’d see if you looked in my bin.
– I’m so happy that Iain is supporting Jan. It feels like a step out of his own personal clouds to be looking after someone else.
(Series 33, ep. 34 by Dana Fainaru 4.5.19) Pop over to Metro for a proper review of this episode. But first…
– Is Duffy being brave or a bit daft by telling patients and their relatives that she has dementia? I admire her not wanting to keep it hidden, but on the other hand (as we saw in this episode) it is a bit risky. Patients need to have confidence that they’re going to have the best care. Also we’ve seen Duffy making mistakes due to her dementia before she was diagnosed. How does she expect to know whether or how it’s affecting her now, if she didn’t before? Or am I being guilty of exactly the sort of prejudice Duffy is trying to fight?
– I’m very glad Charlie and Duffy are back together again, though. The awkwardness between them was just wrong.
– David is absolutely precious, isn’t he? Telling Duffy about Charlie getting her the last muffin: ‘That’s love, that is.’ He understands that the biggest love expresses itself in the smallest ways sometimes.
– I admit I missed a good few months of Casualty at one point (when Connie was ill) so I really don’t understand the weird dynamic between Connie and Elle. Can anyone enlighten me?
– Hurrah for Iain being back at work. Now we just need Jan to ease up on him a bit so he can get on with what he does best.