(Series 34, ep. 40 by Debbie Owen 8.8.20) My full review of this episode is over at Metro, so off you prance, my pretties. But not before you’ve read this bit…
– Jason Durr is astonishingly good as David, isn’t he? He does a lovely job of showing David’s struggles with his mental health and that this is just a part of who he is – a man who is kind, caring, awkward, funny and charming. And an excellent nurse.
– I really hope nothing ever goes wrong between him and Rosa, because it’s a lovely partnership and I like that he’s found someone who really sees all his quirks and qualities.
– Aside from the wonderful David, we had Dylan deciding to take his life into his hands by ‘having a word’ with Lev about his extra-curricular activities. I think this may have resulted in Dylan getting a smack in the mouth if Connie hadn’t happened to be passing by.
– But I actually think he should have kept quiet. It’s not his argument to pick, and would it really help Faith to detonate her marriage while she’s trying to stay strong for Luka? Lev has issues he needs to work through, but presumably he’ll reach his own conclusions in his own time.
– Though for plot reasons I’m quite interested to see how it all blows up, and whether Faith and Dylan end up together.
– I’m less excited to find out if Fenisha and Ethan end up together. She seems to be belatedly realising he is a Good Egg, and of course it’ll have to come out at some point that she’s still pregnant and he has Huntington’s disease and the baby may have inherited it. That’ll be dramatic. But the way she switched affections between him and Will then back again suggests she maybe isn’t that reliable. We’ll see.
(Series 34, ep. 32 by Jeff Povey & Steven McAteer 25.4.20) Pop to Metro for a full review of the episode. But first…
– That was a mad number of pregnancy tests for Fenisha to take.
– And Will was a bit of a twonk, the way he reacted to her news.
– It’s much more interesting that the father is probably Ethan.
– Though if anyone was going to ‘be careful,’ you’d expect it to be Ethan.
– I do realise that accidents happen no matter how ‘careful’ you are, though.
– Poor Charlie. Derek Thompson played these scenes beautifully.
– The patient storyline with the idiot stealing the car and the idiot dad locking the injured boy in the garage – meh. The whole lot of them needed their heads banging together.
– Line of the week (Charlie) ‘You’re calling me Charlie but I’m not him am I? Not any more.’ In fact yes you are and you always will be.
– Line of the week 2 (Connie) ‘Your efforts to provoke me are transparent and doomed.’
(Series 34, ep. 20 by Rachel Paterson 18.1.20) Have a look at my proper review over at Metro, please. But before you rush off…
– Oh, Charlie. Where do I even start with what an amazing man he is to put his own hurt aside to contact Bill for Duffy’s sake? This storyline is completely heartbreaking.
– And with Faith and Lev discovering their little boy is seriously ill, there weren’t a lot of laughs in this episode, despite the presence of both Dylan and David.
– Nice to see a little Holby/Casualty overlap with Rosa getting a new porter’s uniform the same week as Jason on Holby got his.
– Robyn and Ruby living together? It might work, I suppose. Marty and Jade will be quite relieved to not be woken up by baby Harmony all night long too.
– I’ve just realised that Clive Wood, who plays Bill, was Gordon Wray in The Bill. So when Duffy disappointedly told him he looked much older, she’s probably thinking of Bill-era Bill.
(Series 34, ep. 16 by Hilary Frankland 21.12.19) My full review of this episode is over at Metro. But before you go…
– I know it probably won’t last because happiness never does on TV shows, but Rosa and David are so lovely together. It’s one of those odd couple relationships that really works. I was so happy that they got married after all – and realised that they both had real love for each other and it isn’t just a marriage of convenience.
– I love Xiomara, too. Yes, she’s way over the top – but she’s funny and warm and exuberant. I also loved how Ollie called her ‘Xio.’ It was just a little touch but it made it feel like Ollie and Xiomara have been spending time together, that she’s as much a part of the family as Rosa is.
– Maddy Hill did some beautiful work too, in the scene where Ruby delivered the baby in the ambulance. But as a character Ruby really needs to get off her high horse occasionally.
– How adorable was Mason with the baby, though? And the revelations about how he feels about having kids himself. That’s something I wasn’t expecting from him. He gets more interesting every week.
– Dementia is horribly cruel, isn’t it? The way Duffy casually inflicted that awful pain on Charlie when she said Bill was a better man than he was. It must be so hard to remind yourself that it’s the illness talking and not the person, and so lonely to be in Charlie’s position.
– Line of the week: (Jade) ‘We’re 20 minutes late.’ (Xiomara) ‘That’s Latin American for early!’
– The poodle in the Santa suit at the end… quite disturbing. No wonder Susan fell off her bike.
(Series 34, ep. 14 by Isla Gray 30.11.19) Take yourself to Metro (almost) immediately to look at this week’s review. But before you do…
– I could hardly bear it when Duffy was so happy thinking she could see her cat. I wanted Charlie just to play along with it for a while. Then her distress when she realised she couldn’t even trust her own eyes was heartbreaking.
– As was their realisation that they’re going to need help. They’re such a self-enclosed little unit that it must be a massive decision to let other people in.
– I think Xiomara would make an excellent carer. She’d sweep in, sort everything out like Mary Poppins with extra drama, and sweep back out again. She’s a wonderful, over-the-top character who makes me smile.
– I’ve already quoted line of the week at Metro (David’s tattoo) so I won’t repeat it but it was genius.
– What was going on with the alcoholic social worker? I reckon the main cause of her stress was that she’s kept in that office and hardly ever spoken about or to, and very rarely visited.
– Everyone kept running off in this episode – the boxing woman, the gang violence boy, Mason…
– And what on earth was that Wound Cam? Did a view from inside a wound as a gloved finger wiggled about in it really add to our understanding of the piece? I’m not sure This Sort Of Thing should be encouraged.
(Series 33, ep. 41 by Rachel Paterson 29.6.19) For my full review of this episode please pop over to Metro. But first…
– Well this was a sad one, wasn’t it? Ellen Thomas was so touching as Omo, I felt genuinely sad to be losing her. I was glad that she and Jacob had made peace with each other by the time she died.
– I’m quite excited to find out how Ciaran and Archie are going to pursue Connie. I’m definitely on Team Archie in this dispute, because Connie was clearly in the wrong when she blamed Archie for her own mistake. But Connie is clearly not her normal self and for her own good she needs to be stopped before her behaviour gets even more self-destructive.
– Also every week I’m loving Archie more and more.
– David is also an absolutely precious character. Arriving at Omo’s house to give Jacob some support and a break (and Robyn’s lasagne) – what a lovely man.
(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 31, ep. 9) This episode was directed by Amanda Mealing, though I don’t know how much that had to do with me enjoying it more than I’ve enjoyed Casualty for a while.
The focus was on the characters I like – Dylan was once again rather marvellous as he found himself drawn in to supporting Robyn while she pondered life-altering choices, and Robyn is just so sweet and sad. David and Max added some excellent comedy value as they bombed around in a bizarre little vehicle (is that Robyn’s?) trying to find Glen.
The patient stories were also interesting – I liked the man who was a friend of Glen, and that he was able to reassure Robyn that Glen really did love her. The other patient was a pretend zombie, whose chief purpose seemed to be so that the girl he liked, who was a total miserable whinge-bag, would be able to persuade Ethan that he wasn’t worth the affections of the radiant Alicia. This almost made me throw the remote control at the TV, because it’s obvious Alicia likes him and he likes her, but he keeps letting Cal get in the way and it’s getting tedious.
Because Connie was behind the camera, she was too busy to appear on screen and instead sent a text to everyone to let them know that Grace is awake. But did I hear a hint from Elle that Jacob may have strayed a bit while Connie has been keeping vigil at the bedside? I don’t actually care, to be honest, though “Jonnie” fans may well have spent a sleepless night on Saturday.
(Series 31, ep. 5) David Hide is one of the more interesting characters on Casualty at the moment. He’s a bit of an oddball, quiet and quirky, somewhat guarded and closed-off.
This week his back story became the front story, when we met his estranged wife (Lorraine Pilkington) and his son, Oliver (Harry Collett). I forget exactly how old Oliver was, but he was definitely too young to be driving a car. He did it rather well, though. It turns out that David is bipolar and his son probably is, too. They were both up on the roof shouting about it, anyway. Oliver’s mum reckoned that David had once tried to kidnap Oliver, but I don’t expect she meant he was doing it for a ransom. He seems too nice for that sort of thing. Continue reading
(Series 30, ep. 40) Oh good grief. Is there really nothing better to do with the characters of Rita and Connie than having them go all stupid about men? This week Rita let everyone think her ex had given her a black eye (it was actually the wing mirror of a car she was hiding behind) so that they’d be cross with Iain for not protecting her and he’d be cross with himself and realise he’d been a stupid fool to let her go. And of course the truth came out, and now it’s Rita who looks like a stupid fool, and I’m cross about that because Rita is worth ten of Iain. Though on the other hand it’s given Louise someone new to frown at, because since Charlie forgave Elle for dobbing him in to Hanssen, Louise’s face has had nothing to do. She’s only happy when she’s giving someone evils. Continue reading