(Series 34, ep. 5 by Hamish Wright and Dana Fainaru 21.9.19) For a proper review of this episode, hop over to Metro. But first…
– That was a lovely send-off for Iain and a beautiful conclusion to his story. Michael Stevenson hasn’t put a foot wrong in this mental health storyline and the writers have allowed the story to play out over a long span of time. A highlight for me was the episode where Iain was working in the ambulance control centre.
– I was almost in tears at the scenes with Stan and his dog.
– I’m very annoyed at Gem for her behaviour to Rash. Getting Iain to dump him and then avoiding his calls was just mean.
– As was Mason’s behaviour. I’m still hoping that there’ll be some back-story to explain why Mason does stuff like this (high achieving parents with madly high expectations?), but it’s going to have to be very convincing to make me like him after the way he’s treated Rash. Or maybe we aren’t meant to like him and he’s going to go full villain? Either way, I have to say he’s a very interesting, compelling character.
– Ethan and Effie. It’ll end in tears.
– Line of the week: (Dylan) ‘Thank you Dixie.’ [Notices her name badge] ‘Kathleen? I had no idea your name was Kathleen.’
Excellent news from Casualty HQ today. Jane Hazlegrove will return to the ED in the autumn in two special episodes.
She’ll arrive as part of the HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) team to assist the paramedics with a patient with a life-threatening chest injury.
Executive Producer Simon Harper says, “It’s wonderful to have the brilliant Jane Hazlegrove back in the Casualty family fold. Dixie was and remains a massively popular character with the audience who miss her to this day, and she and Iain are clearly going to have a lot to catch up on after his tumultuous year.”
Dixie’s return is going to have a massive impact on Iain which leads him to think about his own future. Is Iain ready for a new challenge and pastures new?
Jane Hazlegrove has already filmed her episodes and says, “It was really great to see some familiar faces again and of course to hang out with Sir Michael Stevenson…despite the fact that his jokes haven’t got any better!”
Read more: Dixie’s last episode
(Series 30, ep. 21) Casualty and Holby are both very good at giving great send-offs to beloved characters, and this episode was no exception. But which beloved character was being sent off?
There was a choice of two. Disillusioned Ethan, who resigned last week, seemed the obvious choice, but this week found him already wavering in his disillusionment. Dr Lily Chao pleaded with him to stay (he’s her best and only friend, plus he’s a top quality doctor). When that didn’t work she got Connie Beauchamp to concoct a story that she’d already found a replacement. This forced his hand a little, and he realised that he wouldn’t be happy anywhere else. Not even AAU. Continue reading
(Series 30, ep. 19) The Mythical St James’s called a black alert, which meant they were swamped with the kind of patients who don’t have an interesting back-story and are therefore of no use at Holby. The mythical doors were firmly closed to all accidents and emergencies, so everyone was routed to Holby City Hospital instead. Despite going almost code black themselves, Holby are made of sterner stuff than St James’s (obvs) and it wasn’t long before Lofty was proving his promotional credentials by helping to set up and run a big triage tent in the car park.
The triage tent was Connie’s idea, and she had to push it past Henrik Hanssen, who was in the department to add his own blend of glamour and terror to Lofty’s interview and the rest of the proceedings. Continue reading
(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. 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.14) Christmas has arrived in Holby, ushered in by some fairy lights, a patient who looked like a perfect picture-book Santa, and new receptionist Jack Diamond.
There’s someone sitting in the fictional HR department of the nation’s favourite fictional hospital who clearly believes that a regular shot of humour is what’s needed in the A&E department. The happiness gap left by Honey and Dr Perky Pinky Hair has now been filled by Jack, who squeals at the sight of blood (an ideal qualification for the role) and calls Noel “Noelle.” I like him.
I’m expecting a huge, big-budget Christmas disaster in Casualty, because this week they were obviously saving money. We didn’t get to see an accident in which Iain skidded the ambulance on some ice outside the hospital (we didn’t get to see Hanssen either, but you’d think such a health and safety nightmare wouldn’t go unnoticed by The Man Upstairs). What we saw was an impaled woman in the back of the ambulance, which was on its side and precariously balanced. This gave Connie and Jacob the opportunity to spend a great deal of time at close quarters, in a dangerous situation. Throw in the fact that Connie was wearing her foxy leather jacket and it all ramped up the libido no end, and eventually resulted in the pair of them having a pre-Christmas canoodle in Connie’s office. This is good news for Connie because she wanted to spend Christmas in front of a roaring log fire, and Jacob will come in very handy to carry the logs. Continue reading
(Series 30, ep.9) I’m sorry, but I can’t take Jacob Masters seriously. Recovering from a recent gunshot wound, he was taking it easy with a spot of extreme swimming and running. Maybe we’re all supposed to follow Connie’s lead and feel a bit of a swoon coming on every time his enormous pecs heave into view, but… Well, you already know my idea of a Real Man is someone more on the Ethan Hardy end of the spectrum.
Speaking of whom, he and Cal seemed to be having a lovely time playing Two Men And A Baby with little Matilda (or “Toad,” as Cal calls her). They’ve got feeding, nappy changing and bath times off to a fine art, bless them. There’s going to be tears if/when Cal finds out she’s not biologically his, or Taylor decides she wants her back.
Meanwhile, Dr Lily Chao was struggling to maintain her professional poise following her father’s death, and Dixie enjoyed winding Iain up when she found out about him and Rita. Oh – and Max almost moved to Birmingham but then didn’t. Zax fans, I think there might be a glimmer of hope.
(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.7) Remember Taylor, Cal’s former girlfriend who swindled him out of a lot of (Ethan’s) money and broke his heart? That was quite a while ago, and it’s taken Cal this long to get back on the dating scene. He wouldn’t have bothered with the dating scene this week either, but how can you resist when a woman is good enough to fling herself between you and some falling rubble and save your life? Continue reading