(Series 33, ep. 40 by Johanne McAndrew and Claire Miller 22.6.19) Pop over to Metro for my full review of this episode. But first…
– I think the Duffy dementia storyline has been brave and really well done. I hope we do continue to see her, but I was glad the decision to give up frontline duties was hers and that she wasn’t pushed out by the odious Ciaran.
– I wish Jade would have more confidence. When someone believes in her she absolutely glows, but she takes setbacks to heart far too easily. I want to see her thoroughly believe in herself, because she has great instincts and skills – she was lovely with Omo.
– I also want to see what Archie does next about Connie’s mistake. Archie does not seem like a person who would back down easily. Watch Archie and learn, Jade.
– It was an odd choice for Jacob to take a pile of his childhood drawings into the hospital for Omo rather than a jigsaw and a copy of Take A Break, but plot reasons etc. I wonder whether we will get to see Mr Masters Senior at some point?
(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. 38 by Chris Murray 8.6.19) For my thorough review of this episode, have a look at Metro. But first…
– Is Dani dangerous or just sad and lost? I still can’t quite decide. She obviously is sad and lost, and Ruby was lovely to recognise that she was trying to fill the void in her life now she wasn’t caring for her mum. But there’s sometimes a glint in Dani’s eye that makes me think the obsessive tendency is something she’s always had.
– I love Jade and I’m glad that Dylan is taking her seriously. I also love Dylan, and his responses to Magdalena Spellbinder’s ‘alternative’ ideas were very amusing.
– I also love Archie, especially her voice. If she was my doctor I would find her voice very reassuring and soothing.
– Do you think there is a romance brewing between Archie and Will? I can’t quite see it myself.
(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. 35 by Oliver Frampton 11.5.19)
Head over to Metro for my review of this week’s episode.
(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.
(Series 33, ep. 33 by Barbara Machin 27.4.19) For my long review of this stunning episode, pop yourself over to Metro. But first…
– This episode was so good that I reckon there’s mileage to be had in yet another Casualty spin-off series, this time set in ambulance control.
– I liked how most of the attention was on the control room and specifically Iain, but to break it up we saw glimpses of what was happening at the scene – enough to feel involved but also to share Iain’s feeling of frustration and helplessness.
– When Iain was talking to Rox and realising he had more care for other people than he does for himself was a brilliantly dramatic moment, and Michael Stevenson played it perfectly.