(Series 34 ep. 21 by Phil Lawrence 25.1.20) My review of this episode is over at Metro. Before you click over there to have a look…
– Connie is really trying hard with Archie, isn’t she?
– Poor Charlie. I knew he was going to go and bring Duffy back. How could he not, really, seeing her there with her coat on and her bag packed?
– Also poor Marty, but obvs for very different reasons. Jack seemed like the perfect man, which of course sets alarm bells ringing among a drama-viewing audience because we know that either he’s not perfect or if he is he’ll be crushed under a truck within the next 20 minutes.
– Jack was really horrible to Marty, which made me think he’d had a lucky escape. But throwing himself back onto the dating scene is also, in Casualty terms, a worrying sign. Is he making himself too vulnerable? Holby fans will be getting uneasy thoughts about Evil Isaac at this point.
– I’m glad we didn’t have to go with Archie to see Dr Megan do eye surgery. Connie has saved us all an ordeal there. I’ve said it before – I can watch all manner of yucky procedures but I draw the line at eyes and noses.
– The storyline about the twins was nicely done, especially the scene at the end where Nerys helped her sister to look at her mastectomy scars.
(Series 34, ep. 15 by Mark Catley and Colin Bytheway 7.12.19) You’ll be wanting to click over to Metro to read my full review of this episode. But before you go…
– I didn’t think there could be anything sadder than Duffy hallucinating her dead cat, but there is. It’s Duffy all ready for work, uniform spotless and gearing up for a day of world class caring and compassion, and not realising that she’s now the person being cared for rather than the person doing the caring.
– And also Charlie sobbing like a baby on the floor in the ED. Even though David’s comment about people mistaking him for an NHS art installation was very funny. You should see some of the weirdness they have standing around at my local hospital (not the patients. The art).
– Mason made brownies! Well done for steering away from cupcakes, which are the usual impress-your-colleagues baked goods.
– It’s always lovely to see Max Farnham from Brookside.
– I very much enjoy the start of Casualty when you have to try to work out who the casualty is going to be. Well done in this one for making it a three out of three.
– Though sometimes I’m less interested in the patients’ emotional traumas once they get into the ED because you know that in most cases you’ll never see them again so it’s hard to get invested. This one was quite interesting, though. That golf instructor man was entirely creepy.
– I guessed the golf instructor’s problem would be to do with the coffee – it was mentioned far too often for it to be an innocently by-standing beverage – but I didn’t guess that Max Farnham had been tampering with it.
(Series 34, ep. 8 by Colin Bytheway 12.10.19) My longer review of this week’s Casualty is over at Metro as usual. But before you go…
– Dialogue of the week: (David – to Duffy) ‘We’ve got some good news’ (Dylan) ‘Alright, David, you make it sound like we’re about to get married.’ (David) ‘Are we not? Well that’s £12.99 wasted on a new cummerbund.’
– Do they do cummerbunds with attached bum bags? I think I might have spotted a gap in the market there.
– That child killer story was a bit nasty, wasn’t it? Though not as nasty as this one from 2015.
– Ethan and Effie are adorable, but I can see why her dad thinks it’s a bit weird.
– It amuses me how many ways they find to have Duffy hanging around the ED dispensing her breathtakingly good People Skills. At the same time, I love that they’re doing it because her dementia storyline is heartbreaking and Cathy Shipton and Derek Thompson are being absolutely brilliant with it.
– I loved Dylan’s description of Ethan as ‘This eager young professional.’ Dylan is hilarious.
Some sad news from Casualty HQ this morning – Cathy Shipton, who plays Duffy, will be leaving the show early next year.
Cathy was in the very first episode of Casualty back in 1986 and has appeared in over 350 episodes.
Cathy says: “Walking in Duffy’s shoes through the years has taught me so much for which I’ll be forever grateful. I’m honoured and humbled to have played this inspiring woman. With sadness, but a sense of completion, l say goodbye.”
Executive Producer Simon Harper paid touching tribute to the star and her character, saying Duffy is “the caring, ideal NHS nurse millions grew up with – and whom you’d want to be looked after by in times of need. She’s given us some of our most unforgettable stories and moments, not least of late in her heart-rending dementia storyline, and I simply cannot thank her enough.”
(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. 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. 30 by Kim Millar 6.4.19) My full review of this episode is at Metro, so please have a look. Before you go…
– Charlie’s face at the beginning of the episode! His poor heart is breaking for Duffy. I wish those two would get back together so they can properly support each other.
– Is the Iain story going to go back into “‘You need to go to counselling’ – ‘Fine, I’ll go’ – Doesn’t go” mode again? I hope not.
– Connie’s not right either, is she? That attack has affected her badly.
– If the Dani/Ruby story is going to go down a sinister route, I’m quite excited. Ruby needs a juicy storyline of her own because Maddy Hill is brilliant.
– I also love Jade. She’s like early Donna Jackson (on Holby) – a great nurse, brilliant with patients, keen and smart – but with one or two attitude issues to sort out first. Dylan knows all this and we should trust his judgement.
– I was ever so glad that the tapeworm in the woman’s eye hadn’t yet been added in the preview version I saw. These days I’m not squeamish about medical things (this comes after numerous episodes of Inside the Ambulance as well as Holby and Casualty) but I draw the line at eyes. Somewhat ironic as I’ve just started doing social media for the International Glaucoma Association (give them a follow @TweetIGA and on Facebook if you or anyone you know has glaucoma or if you want to know more about it).
(Series 33, ep. 28, 23.3.19) For a full and frank review of this episode, please visit Metro. Before you go…
– We’ve seen Archie’s type (is Archie’s type an archetype, though?) before on Casualty – the cocky, confident, never-knowingly-modest junior doctor is quite the hospital drama staple and we can expect a few sessions of ‘being brought down a peg or two’ before very long. She made an impact, though, with a bold and confident performance from Genesis Lynea, who was really watchable.
– Talking of watchable, I do want to see more of Elle. She seems to spend most of her time bobbing about on the sidelines being slapped down by Connie every so often. It’s a waste, I tell you.
– Dylan and Jade’s Team Maggot is brilliant. I like how Jade seems feckless and work-shy, but she just needs her mind to be engaged with something and she gets properly stuck in. Teaming up Jade, who has no filter at all, with Dylan who is all filter, is a great idea.
– I’m glad Duffy has finally confided in Charlie, and it’s interesting that he’s obviously going to need some time to adjust to the idea of her illness. There’s still a bit of me that wonders whether she’ll turn out to be ok after all. If she was, would that be good or would it be a cop out?
(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.