(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
(Series 30, ep. 39) Once again, Duffy is back in Holby ED. And, once again, she neglected to tell her oldest and bestest friend Charlie Fairhead that she was back, but as soon as they clapped eyes on each other they went all warm and wistful. Actually, every time nobody was looking apart from we viewers at home, Duffy was looking a little worried. What problems have pursued her from New Zealand only time will tell.
I’m not actually a huge Duffy fan. Cathy Shipton is an excellent actress, but as a character I’ve always found Duffy’s saintliness a bit much. The way she sat with a man who thought he was about to lose his second child but instead lost his wife would have totally creeped me out – she’s just too intense. And she keeps gazing radiantly about her, telling everyone how special Holby is. Continue reading
(Series 30, ep. 37) The evidence against Charlie Fairhead is mounting. Confiscating the pills Big Mac stole is one thing – he deals with things his own way, he’s very into giving people second chances and supporting his team. So far so sensible. But don’t go and hide the bloody things in your locker, especially when the press is piling the heat on to the extent that Hanssen has to do a press conference about it (and Hanssen hates doing that – it makes him look like an undertaker, apparently). Especially not sensible to leave the pills in your locker, and not lock your locker, and leave your unlocked locker to the prying eyes of new doctor/friend of Hanssen/unknown quantity Elle Gardner. Elle found the pills, and because she doesn’t know Charlie is Special and Unique and The Beating Heart of Holby, she instantly thought he was the pill thief. Continue reading
(Series 30, ep. 36) Is it just me or is Big Mac nothing but a misery drain? He seems to lurch from one crisis to the next. It’s not been five minutes (ok, a year) since he was raiding Robyn’s food bank cupboard and living on a diet of beans and mandarin segments because he was skint. Now he’s addicted to painkillers and has taken to stealing pills from patients and their relatives.
Luckily for him, he has Charlie on his side. Good old Charlie, who makes sure Big Mac goes to his Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and locks away the stolen prescription meds for safekeeping. In his own locker. Oh, Charlie. Even those of us who hadn’t watched the summer trailer yet could tell exactly where that’s going to lead.
Meanwhile, Connie was introducing herself to the world of school sports days and the super-competitiveness of other parents. Who knew it was such a social faux pas to win the parents’ egg and spoon race (without even the assistance of Blu-Tack to keep the egg on the spoon)? My favourite moment was when Connie changed her Louboutins for trainers: style, status and competitive drive in one easy lesson. And Connie finally seems to be bonding with darling Grace Sulky-Madam.
I dip in and out of Casualty a bit, and I’m sure that last time I looked Iain and Rita were very much smitten with each other. Under the influence of his new laddish colleague, Iain now seems a bit less smitten. When Rita found herself homeless, Iain agreed she could stay with him, but he’s making it clear that lovey-dovey coupledom is not on the cards. The twerp.
And, via a patient story about a woman who thought she was dying but actually wasn’t, Robyn managed to get a bit closer (not in a romantic sense) to Quiet David.