(Series 30, ep. 17 & 18) The last time I dipped my toe into a Casualty review, Cal had just discovered his birth mother has Huntington’s and there’s a 50/50 chance that either he, Ethan or both might have inherited it.
Two episodes later and he’s still struggling with whether or how to tell Ethan that not only has he grown up with a mother who didn’t give birth to him, but that he might have a life-changing diagnosis in the offing. The Casualty writers have been trying to help Cal with his decision by throwing patients his way who can speak his brains. Last week it was a sad, sad story of a woman (played by the wonderful Sheila Hancock) who was hiding her cancer diagnosis from her beloved partner. This week another woman was hiding a cancer diagnosis from her beloved partner (a pattern is emerging here) until her baby could safely be born. Continue reading
(Series 30, ep. 16) The bottom has already fallen out of Cal’s world, but the hole just gets deeper and deeper. This week Charlie discovered – by secret means known only to Charlie – the name and address of Cal’s birth mother. When they got there, they were initially mistaken for carers, because Cal’s mother Emilie (Carol Royle) has Huntington’s disease and is severely disabled. On the plus side, Cal discovered that Ethan is also Emilie’s biological son, so at least they are still brothers. Sadly either, both, or neither of them might have inherited Emilie’s condition.
Emilie was lovely, but as usual Cal was all about Cal. Possibly I’m not being fair and anyone would have reacted as he did in that situation. I’m hoping he’ll go back to see Emilie when he’s had time to process things a bit – though this being Casualty, it’s probably only a matter of weeks before the poor woman finds herself being rushed into A&E for a swift reunion anyway. Continue reading
(Series 30, ep. 15) Jacob Masters. He sounds like a superhero, doesn’t he? And there he is, 6’1” (I looked him up on IMDb) of solid muscle, lovely teeth and a winning way with a bandage. He also has a smooth way with the laydeez, as Connie Beauchamp can attest, having woken up with him and then allowed him free range of her kitchen to make breakfast (with limited ingredients – it’s fair to say Connie is no Nigella as far as keeping her pantry stocked is concerned).
Obviously he couldn’t resist showing off and making “sleeping with the boss” quips as soon as they got to work, and it was nice to see a glimpse of the old Connie as she slapped him down a bit. Continue reading
(Series 30, ep.8) If you hadn’t seen the red button episode last week you might have been a bit bewildered to see Cal and Ethan now living with a very tiny baby. The baby is apparently the offspring of Taylor, and I say “apparently” because you can never be sure of anything with Taylor. Though she did had a spot of postpartum bleeding last week to prove she hadn’t just found the baby on a skip.
Ethan, who is extremely sensible and cautious, wants Cal to have a DNA test to find out if the little girl – named Matilda by Cal, after their late mother – is really a baby Knight, as Taylor claimed before scarpering. Continue reading
(Series 30, ep.1 & 2) Wow. Talk about emotional rollercoaster. Leading directly on from last week’s (literally) explosive wedding episodes, series 30 kicked off in dramatic style. Who better to save the life of Dr Zoe Hanna/Walker than Charlie Fairhead? After all, he’s the heart and soul of Holby A&E, as someone pointed out during the episode. He’s been in Casualty since day one, his eyes failing to focus on anything in particular but his attention always firmly on the task in hand. He’s stalwart, dependable, loveable Charlie.
So when he went down with a heart attack not long after his brave rescue of Zoe, it was tense. And upsetting. The entire regular cast threw themselves into the proceedings and were completely believable as they struggled with the apparently imminent loss of their beloved mentor, confidante and friend. Continue reading
(Series 29, ep.44) This episode was the exit of beloved senior nurse Tess Bateman, a woman who has endured much during her time in Casualty, including being impaled on a spike for a whole episode and an affair with Fletch – two experiences that are in no way comparable. Personally I’ll remember her most fondly for her dancing partnership with the wonderful Abs. They were so sweet. Continue reading
(Series 29, ep.38) Dylan has been left quite unsettled about the recent number of deaths on his watch. He shouldn’t be too despondent – I remember not so long ago there was a fuss about Dr Zoe Hanna being the top doctor for losing patients – but the reason for that turned out to be that she was the one who took the most difficult patients in the first place.
Dylan is a very rational person so he should work this out, but this week a brush with a “holistic practitioner” (played by Tony Hirst, Eileen’s fireman boyfriend off of Corrie) may be about to make him worryingly superstitious. He discovered that all the people who died were treated in bay 4, and according to Eileen’s fireman, 4 is an unlucky number and means death. Normally Dylan would greet this information with the skepticism and sarcasm he employed for most of the episode, but for some reason even though the therapist’s snake oil turned out to be aspirin, Dylan’s grip on rational thinking has been a bit loosened. Continue reading