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Casualty: Press his nose

(Series 36, ‘Remember Me Part 2’ by Barbara Machin 11.12.21) Well, that was stressful, wasn’t it? For my full review head over to Metro. But first…

I must include an honourable mention for Iain’s Rudolf boxers. ‘Press his nose’ could be a contender for Line of the Week.

Holly Aird was excellently menacing as Laura. She was scary, but I did feel sorry for her too – she wasn’t a monster, just a very sick woman.

The script was so full of detail – Amina’s case showing how at that stage doctors were still very much learning about how Covid worked on the body, the outsourcing of radiology, no room at the obs and gynae inn for pregnant Rosie.

Tess is so capable and calm in a crisis. I want her back full time please.

To be fair to Laura, ‘Holly Merriman’ would have been a very festive name for the baby.

Thank goodness Charlie’s health situation turned out to be not too bad. But then again, if he hadn’t mentioned anything about it for the entire year since it was never likely to be anything too disturbing.

This is the problem with a flashback episode. We also knew Iain would pull through, otherwise he’s been a ghost for the whole of 2021. And I think Jan would have noticed that.

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Casualty: Unrelenting death, delays, shortages, grief

(Series 36, ‘Remember Me Part 1’ by Barbara Machin 4.12.21) Take a look at my proper review for Metro (where I’m also doing some of the EastEnders and Corrie stuff these days). But before you get too engrossed in Metro’s world of soap, I’ve had a few thoughts.

What a brilliant (if initially confusing) episode. Well done to master manipulator of time Barbara Machin for such a complex and engrossing story.

I don’t think I was watching Casualty in 2006, so I missed Laura’s first appearance. It was a clever idea to bring her back, and to have a grown-up Rosie now working in the ED.

It was an absolute joy to see Tess again. Hopefully by the end of the next episode she and Charlie will have resolved their differences.

Also lovely to see Iain in his red HEMS uniform again. He looks very good in red.

The appearance of hapless social worker Adi made sense of why nobody was pleased to see him last week in the Paula storyline.

And what a cliffhanger ending, despite the fact that we know Iain doesn’t die in 2020 because he’s still alive and well in 2021. Unless he’s a ghost, like Cal.

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Casualty: The uniform is proper sick!

(Series 36 ‘Is the Patient Breathing?’ by Hilary Frankland and Simon Norman 23.10.21) Please head over to Metro for my review of this excellent episode. But before you dash off…

The cancelled episode from last week (ep. 9 ‘Two Tribes’) will be shown next Saturday, but it wasn’t relevant to this one anyway luckily.

I absolutely love Sah and Teddy. I like Teddy’s Tigger-like bounciness and enthusiasm, and it’s contrasted beautifully with Sah’s more thoughtful, somewhat defensive demeanour. While Teddy is an open book, I feel like there’s a lot to find out about Sah’s personality and I’m looking forward to getting to know them more.

Remember Jan getting drunk on locally sourced organic sparkling rhubarb wine at Ethan and Fenisha’s wedding? Drunk Jan was a marvellous thing, but I think Stoned Jan is even better. Di Botcher was hilarious in this episode.

Line of the week: (Jan’s feeling the effects) ‘Iain, how long does this last? Cause I’ve got to do a big shop later. Iain, I can’t do a big shop like this.’

Line of the week 2: Iain saying ‘Sorry, love,’ to the woman who’d been dead for five months. It was so respectful and kind.

Useless mentor of the week: Jan could have mentioned to Teddy that overdosed heroin addicts may react unfavourably to being given a life-saving antidote. It’s a lesson I learned very early in my degree in televisual medicine.

And we got a welcome rest from Stevie being evil!

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Casualty: Iain sorts it out

(Series 36 ‘No Harm Done’ by Hilary Frankland 4.9.21) Dash over to Metro, if you will, to read this week’s review. But before you go…

If Iain didn’t already work for the NHS he should be prescribed on the NHS. He’s already looking after homeless Jan, and now he’s added Jacob to his portfolio of care and concern. I love that we know his kindness and wisdom has been hard-won by his battles with his own troubles. He’s an excellent character.

Line of the week: (Iain) ‘I’m not going anywhere.’ And hurrah for that.

Very subtle writing from Hilary Frankland in the scenes where Tina and Jacob, each for their own reasons, tried to conceal what was going on from Iain.

Jade is also an excellent character and if Stevie adds her to the Circle of Revenge I will be very upset indeed.

Yet another excellent character – Teddy. He is absolutely adorable.

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Casualty: Iain’s Jammy Dodgers are not a euphemism

(Series 35, ep. 18 by Rebecca Wojciechowski and ep. 19 by Kellie Smith 8.5.21) For a review of these two episodes, head over to Metro. But before you do that…

Line of the week: (Iain briefs Fenisha) ‘Keep yer hands off me Jammy Dodgers and we’ll do just fine.’ Can I say how much I’m loving having Iain back?

Line of the week 2: (Iain is not impressed by Lev’s attitude) ‘Glad to see you’ve taken my advice today Lev. You have been a ball of positive energy.’

Lev getting in touch with Xander was an interesting twist – I wonder what’s going to happen when the two of them meet up?

Mark Johnstone’s School of Seduction was a truly creepy and cringe-making scenario. School for Serial Killers more like.

The scene between Bibi and Jan was very touching. I really hope Jan helps Marty to get some justice for Bibi and that she can finally have an end to her awful pain.

And it’s rather delicious that they might have to bring down Ciaran Coulson at the same time. He’s so vile.

Charlie was back! He didn’t do much, but whenever he appears I feel the need to write CHARLIE! in my notes.

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