(Series 22, ep. 19 by Katie Douglas 30.6.20) For a full and frank review of this episode, please visit Metro. But before you go…
– I loved this episode – there was so much going on. There was high emotion from Essie, dastardly deeds from Cameron and a whole lot more.
– Cameron has really crossed the line now and has gone the full ‘mwah-ha-ha.’ Methodically picking apart Ange’s stitching was entirely sick and twisted. It was one of those situations where you can’t quite believe what you’re seeing. I loved it (but then my benchmark of high amusement is American Horror Story). And his muttering that he can do more of the same suggests we’re in for even more ‘I can’t believe what he just Dunn’ scenes before he gets his (almost) inevitable comeuppance.
– I wonder what the side effects of Nicky’s next drugs trial will be? Last time she had sausage fingers. Let’s hope whatever it is doesn’t happen when she’s home alone with Callous Cameron, otherwise she may not survive.
– Louis and Nicky. Is that going to be a Thing, or just good friends?
– Essie broke my heart repeatedly in this episode. When she watched Sacha carrying baby Isla down the stairs away from her, you knew exactly what she was feeling.
– I really like the new Evie. In fact I like her as much as the old Evie, and I liked her a lot.
– I also really like Louis, especially how he always steps up to defend his mum.
(Series 22, ep. 18 by Katie Douglas 23.6.20) Bob along to Metro to read my nice long review of this episode. But before you go…
– Did we know previously that Fletch starting his career as a car mechanic before becoming a nurse? I liked his advice to Evie that you don’t have to have your path in life all mapped out when you’re young.
– Hurrah for the helpful urologist who was only too happy to do Fletch’s op in the down-time between the end of his shift and Emmerdale. Fletch shouldn’t even have contemplated going to The Mythical St J for surgery.
– Does this mean Fletch is completely cured? Let’s hope he is, although the ‘two nurses with cancer’ storyline will have been fairly short-lived if so.
– So Kian is in Canada seeing his mum, is he? Adorable as he is, Jac is really better off without him.
– I’ve already mentioned it on Metro, but Ric’s ‘You’re gonna need a bigger bag’ comment to Louis really was a brilliant line. It was unexpected, hilarious – and heartfelt. And it makes it more likely that the little hand gesture that Thunderchild spotted last week (look at the comments under last week’s post) was deliberate.
– Jac’s ‘Are there any patients on the ward that you aren’t related to?’ comment to Nicky was also good and could probably be deployed most weeks on most wards at Holby.
– And we were treated to more Jac and Sacha scenes, which are things of great beauty and joy.
(Series 22, ep. 17 by Johnny Candon 16.6.20) Pop over to Metro for a thorough dissection of this week’s episode. But before you go…
– Oh, Jac. Is she going to get her heart broken again? She does her best to pretend her feelings for Kian are just good mucky fun, but her little conversation with Sacha revealed otherwise. I am worried for her. I’m also worried for Kian’s boy-parts – you don’t get to stand Jac up and carry on with all your bits intact.
– There was some heated debate on Facebook last week about whether Kian’s pills were white or blue. I think it depends on the device you’re watching it on but they looked white to me. As they’re almost bound to be fictional anyway (Camoxidan, anyone? Watch out for numb hands!) I can’t think it really matters.
– Did Bea ever mention her son was called Phoenix? I’m sure we’d have remembered that, because you don’t run into that many Phoenixes. He was excellent, anyway.
– Hanssen really is playing the long game as far as Max is concerned but it’s obvious that he’s going to oust her eventually. The arrival of Louis has made Max a bit more interesting, but I won’t be entirely happy until Hanssen and his moral compass are back where they belong.
– I really like Louis and loved how he stuck up for Donna.
– That tie! Anyone could see that it was going to be a Sacha Special. Though I can also picture it on Elliot Hope.
– How very rare for Fletch to be having his surgery at the Mythical St James’s. Let’s hope he’s not having it done in Kestrel’s Cheap-as-Chips Prostate Van in the St Jimmy’s car park.
(Series 22, ep. 16 by Phil Mulryne 9.6.20) Pop to Metro for a thorough review of a cracking episode. But before you do that…
– For all the reasons I’ve stated in Metro, I think the decision to have both Essie and Fletch ill with cancer at the same time is an excellent one. Usually on soaps a person with cancer is given a mentor friend that they meet during a chemo session and who typically dies. It’s so much more interesting to make two characters who both have a relationship and history with each other and the viewer go through this together. Though I’m fervently hoping that neither Essie nor Fletch will die because I don’t want to lose either of them.
– All the acting applause to Alex and Kaye this week.
– Is it Kian’s turn to go through the storyline I like to call ‘My Drugs Hell’? The path previously trodden by Connie Beauchamp, Eddie McKee, Michael Spence and Mark ‘Jesus’ Williams, to name but a few?
– I was glad to see Louis back, and that Max took some tentative steps towards accepting him. I also liked his kindness and calmness when he was dealing with Millie’s snagged drip.
– And as two of the nurses have gone down with cancer, that would leave Donna as the sole speaking nurse (apart from in the ED). Louis is a welcome reinforcement to the talking nurse ranks.
– Did you spot Cameron making goo-goo eyes at Selfie? If that lad adopts Selfie as a role model we could see him going from part-time villain to full-blown Mwah-Ha-Ha in no time at all.
– Jac and Sacha’s Batman conversation was sweet. They really are Holby’s best couple.
(Series 22, ep. 15 by Becky Prestwich 2.6.20) It’s back! And I’m back on Metro reviewing it so please have a look. But before you go…
– I absolutely love John Michie as Guy Self and I’m really glad they keep finding ways to bring him back. Despite everything he’s been through, despite the little mention of Zosia and his grandchild, he’s still an ego on a stick and I love that.
– I love Kian too, but as always when Jac embarks on a new romance I find myself conflicted because as far as I’m concerned Joseph is the only man for her. Though of course we wouldn’t want her to waste her life pining and waiting for Faye to get bored of him again.
– Sacha is adorable. He warmed Essie’s socks on the radiator!
– When Essie asked Fletch to come dancing with her I found myself pondering for far too long over what kind of dancing that would be. A techno rave? An American Smooth under a glitterball? A side-to-side shuffle around Essie’s handbag to Kajagoogoo at a retro disco at Albie’s?
– But I am worried about Fletch though.
– Was getting Donna to delete Zav’s message the wormiest thing that Cameron has done so far? Has the man no shame? Luckily what he lacks in shame he also lacks in knowledge of how mobile phones work.
– Hanssen’s face in response to mention of the Kardashians!
– Fraser Ayres was brilliant as Alan, Selfie’s patient. The pain and distress he was in looked absolutely real.
– Jason so often knows the right thing to say or do when people are grieving. He doesn’t overthink or second-guess how people are feeling and how they’ll respond, he just goes with what he thinks will help and it almost always does. ‘You did a beautiful, beautiful thing,’ as The Radiant Donna told him.
(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. 34 by Rachel Aird 23.5.20) For a proper review of this episode please pop over to Metro as soon as you’ve read this next bit.
– I love watching people speak sign language. It’s like a super-power. I’m now regretting that I didn’t sign up to learn BSL at the start of the lockdown as I pondered doing. Perhaps it’s not too late, but I haven’t got very far with Beginners’ Norwegian yet (lesson 1, in fact)
– I’m glad Jade and Marty are friends again. I have a feeling she’s going to need him.
– And talking of friends, apparently Jacob has acquired a new one in the form of Nate. I suppose it’s been a while since Jacob had very much to do, but these ‘staff member becomes personally involved with a patient’ stories never end happily so he shouldn’t get too attached.
– Poor Noel. Despite his recent heroics everyone is still taking him for granted.
– Did you spot Jan mentioning her wife Ffion? We’re being warmed up for the appearance of Ffion herself in the form of the lovely Stirling Gallacher and I can’t wait.
– I honestly don’t know what to make of Fenisha, but I do like Jan when she’s angry.
(Series 33, ep. 33 by Rebecca Wojciechowski 2.5.20) My proper review is over at Metro as usual, but before you go…
– Noel really was super-busy, wasn’t he? But while he was running around looking after Bluebell and having meetings with Connie, who was booking patients in? My local A&E has at least two people doing that at all times and they tend not to wander off – and there’s still usually a queue.
– That Joseph was an extremely creepy man.
– I feel like I missed the moment when Ethan found out about Fenisha’s baby, because he didn’t know last week and this week he did. Does he know it might be his?
– This might be because an episode got pulled because its storyline was deemed to be inappropriate during the coronavirus situation. Viewers were caught up on anything they needed to know in the “previously” section – but that wasn’t included in my preview episode. So please fill me in on anything I need to know!
– David talking about Rosa made me really wish she would come back. Rosa is lovely.
– Dylan helping Faith so she could get off work early and go to Luka – bless! He so hearts her.
(Series 34, ep. 32 by Jeff Povey & Steven McAteer 25.4.20) Pop to Metro for a full review of the episode. But first…
– That was a mad number of pregnancy tests for Fenisha to take.
– And Will was a bit of a twonk, the way he reacted to her news.
– It’s much more interesting that the father is probably Ethan.
– Though if anyone was going to ‘be careful,’ you’d expect it to be Ethan.
– I do realise that accidents happen no matter how ‘careful’ you are, though.
– Poor Charlie. Derek Thompson played these scenes beautifully.
– The patient storyline with the idiot stealing the car and the idiot dad locking the injured boy in the garage – meh. The whole lot of them needed their heads banging together.
– Line of the week (Charlie) ‘You’re calling me Charlie but I’m not him am I? Not any more.’ In fact yes you are and you always will be.
– Line of the week 2 (Connie) ‘Your efforts to provoke me are transparent and doomed.’
(Series 34 ep. 31 by Michelle Lipton 18.4.20) Hop aboard your wee camper van and head over to Metro for this week’s review. But before you do…
– I’m very sad to see Ruby go. I’d stopped watching Casualty for a while at one point and the episode that marked my return to watching it regularly was the first one that Maddy Hill was in. I instantly liked Ruby’s kind, quirky character and I’ve enjoyed seeing how she’s grown in confidence and skill as a paramedic and how she’s formed close bonds with her workmates (particularly Iain and Jan) despite being so withdrawn at the beginning.
– It was a nice way for her to depart and I suppose leaves the door open for her to return, which is a lovely thing. But what a way to start a life of being responsible and stable – by giving up your home and your job (without any notice if you please) and going to Scotland in a camper van. For months.
– Though we know with 100% certainty that she’ll be a better carer for the baby than that Lavender creature, who seemed only too glad to dump Harmony on Ruby at the airport.
– Luckily all of Harmony’s stuff was still on the trolley and hadn’t been checked in yet.
– Amputating an arm with basically meat scissors! Oh my lord.
– Line of the week: (Jan’s pep talk to Ruby) “Don’t underestimate how strong you are, how resilient. If you were my daughter I’d be bloody proud of you.”
– Connie is really lucky that Nicola didn’t make a formal complaint against her. Her attitude to Howie was absolutely terrible. Rash should have had a bit more backbone as well.
– Dylan and Faith is dragging along a bit. Come on, we all know it’s going to happen.
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