(Casualty series 33, ep. 26 by Michelle Lipton 2.3.19) I’ve reviewed Saturday’s Casualty/Holby City crossover at Metro, so pop over there. If you didn’t see it but you do watch Holby, you’ll possibly want to catch up on the story so far because tomorrow’s Holby is a direct continuation of the same story.
If you are a non-Casualty-watching Holby fan who saw Saturday’s episode I’d be interested to know what you thought about how well the two shows were brought together. For example did all the business about Iain have as much impact if you weren’t aware of his story so far?
Saturday was just the start. It all gets even more dramatic tomorrow! Keep an eye out for my recap and a few spoilers (that won’t spoil your viewing fun) in Metro tomorrow morning.
(Series 33, ep. 25 by Simon Norman 23.2.19) For my full review of this episode, please pop over to Metro.
I don’t have a lot to add to what I’ve said there, apart from to say what a brilliantly written and acted episode this was. The intense pressure on Ruby and Iain was offset throughout by Iain’s apparent return to something like his former self. He was so supportive of Ruby and as always so good at his job.
There was an uneasiness about that opening scene, though, where we saw him having packed all of his stuff away. Was he leaving Holby? The glass of water on the table was a clue where things were headed. Everything else was packed away, but he’d be needing that glass of water.
Will he go through with it? If he does, will anyone find him in time? As the next episode is part of the Holby crossover, it’s going to be dramatic.
For anyone feeling, like Iain, that everything is too much – there is help available.
(Series 33, ep. 23 by Debbie Owen 9.2.19) I’ve written a full review of this episode for Metro, so pop over and have a look. Just before you go, a couple of other things…
– If you know anything about me you’ll know I have a soft spot for anything to do with Liverpool, so it’s been lovely to have Paul Barber in these episodes as Ernest. The character was a really nice one – a rogue, used to living on his wits and his wiles, but ultimately sympathetic.
– It’s always useful to have Dylan around in moments of high emotion as curmudgeonly contrast. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t quite get on board with the Dylan/Ciara story a while back. I want Dylan to be cynical and detached, not emotionally overwrought.
– The attack on Connie at the end was truly shocking in its brutality – all the more so because we didn’t see the attacker or even see the blows land, we just saw the force that was being used by the jerking of Connie’s body.
– Louise might be feisty and occasionally bitchy, but her heart is of the finest gold. I’ve seen on social media a few people speculating that possibly it was Louise who attacked Connie. I think that anyone who could even consider that idea has been watching a different programme to the one I’ve been seeing.
– I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen to Connie – and who dunnit (it wasn’t Louise).
(Series 33, ep. 22 by Rachel Paterson 2.2.19) There’s a proper Casualty review over at Metro, but one or two extra ponderings before you go.
– I really like the way Jan says Iain’s name in her Welsh accent, especially when she’s a bit cross with him. She did turn on him rather quickly, though, didn’t she? I suppose she was blinkered by maternal love for Nasty Ross. Charlie wasn’t fooled, though. Not only is he an excellent judge of staff, but he’s also been-there-done-that with waste of skin son Louis, so he knows a wrong ’un when he sees one.
– Michael Stevenson has been doing excellent work with what must have been a rather gruelling storyline. Iain’s speech to the DC about the drug victims he’d had to pick up in his job was really powerful.
– I think Ethan deleting Alicia’s number was just meant to be symbolic. As someone on Twitter pointed out, the next time she rings him her number will reappear on his phone again so it hasn’t gone forever, unless she never rings him again of course.
– I’m looking forward to Louise fighting the powers-that-be to protect her nurses. I love Louise when she’s having a good old righteous scowl at people.
My full review of this episode is over at Metro as usual. Before you go, I’ve a few random thoughts to add.
– Is Iain the unluckiest man ever to drive a Casualty ambulance? I expect you’d be able to give me a list of other unlucky paramedics (dear departed Jeff springs to mind – at least Iain is still alive), but even so – the poor lad has been through it, hasn’t he? I can’t help thinking Base’s death will tip him right over the edge, because Base was Iain’s project to help himself feel better for not saving Mia.
– The scene in the farm with gunshots spraying everywhere was extremely tense. Excellent work once again from Maddy Hill, who looked absolutely terrified.
– It’s always a bit weird when a surgeon from ‘upstairs’ appears and they’ve never even been mentioned on Holby City. I know they can’t have the Holby staff dashing over to Cardiff all the time, but I can’t help thinking that Andrew Ackroyd wouldn’t last five minutes in Jac Naylor’s department. She’d demolish him.
– Ernest Maxwell and Louise are very sweet together. I like how he’s a bit of a rogue but she sees his sweet side, and he brings out the best in her. I’m very worried that it’s not going to end well, though.
– Alicia’s moved fast on the house selling, hasn’t she? She must have taken quite a shine to Manchester.
(Series 33, ep. 20 by Rebecca Wojciechowski 19.1.19) My full review of this episode can be found over at Metro, but before you go I have a couple of things to add.
– I found myself pondering, not for the first time and probably not for the last, exactly where Holby is supposed to be these days. How far from Manchester is it? Would a long distance relationship between Holby-based Ethan and Manchester-based Alicia have been so difficult? I suppose when you factor in the long shifts etc, it might have been.
– And what did the fine hospitals of Manchester make of Connie’s conviction that Ethan going there would be ‘career suicide’? Surely there’d be an opening somewhere, with a possibility of career progression, for an experienced ED doctor?
– So many questions, but the fact remains that George Rainsford and Chelsea Halfpenny did a beautiful job with this storyline, considering that until this week I was not quite certain that they were even a proper couple. The ending was suitably tear-jerking. I was just glad that Charlie wasn’t in this episode, because Charlie saying goodbye to beloved colleagues totally does me in.
(Series 33, ep. 19 by Julie Dixon 12.1.19) This week’s Casualty review can be found over at Metro.
So what do we think? Does Duffy have dementia, or will it be some fixable thing that Holby’s ‘neuro team’ (currently very diminished after Professor Gaskell killed Roxanna then himself, and Selfie left for wherever) be able to sort out? And will Charlie and Duffy fix their relationship? I’m guessing a definite yes to the second question, because Charlie is an angel of a man and when he realises that Duffy has been struggling with more than just lust for Bill Crowthers he’ll be full of remorse and compassion. On the other hand, it’ll be difficult for him to come to terms with the fact that she confided in Bill and not in him.
Oh, I don’t know what’s going to happen! But I do know that Louise and Robyn are currently Not Helping.