(Series 34 ep. 31 by Michelle Lipton 18.4.20) Hop aboard your wee camper van and head over to Metro for this week’s review. But before you do…
– I’m very sad to see Ruby go. I’d stopped watching Casualty for a while at one point and the episode that marked my return to watching it regularly was the first one that Maddy Hill was in. I instantly liked Ruby’s kind, quirky character and I’ve enjoyed seeing how she’s grown in confidence and skill as a paramedic and how she’s formed close bonds with her workmates (particularly Iain and Jan) despite being so withdrawn at the beginning.
– It was a nice way for her to depart and I suppose leaves the door open for her to return, which is a lovely thing. But what a way to start a life of being responsible and stable – by giving up your home and your job (without any notice if you please) and going to Scotland in a camper van. For months.
– Though we know with 100% certainty that she’ll be a better carer for the baby than that Lavender creature, who seemed only too glad to dump Harmony on Ruby at the airport.
– Luckily all of Harmony’s stuff was still on the trolley and hadn’t been checked in yet.
– Amputating an arm with basically meat scissors! Oh my lord.
– Line of the week: (Jan’s pep talk to Ruby) “Don’t underestimate how strong you are, how resilient. If you were my daughter I’d be bloody proud of you.”
– Connie is really lucky that Nicola didn’t make a formal complaint against her. Her attitude to Howie was absolutely terrible. Rash should have had a bit more backbone as well.
– Dylan and Faith is dragging along a bit. Come on, we all know it’s going to happen.
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(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.’
(Series 33, ep. 31 by Jeff Povey 13.4.19) Pop over to Metro to read my review of this episode. But first…
– Bill was a nasty man, wasn’t he? Even allowing for the fact that he was grieving for his wife he was horrible to Maureen, and when you remember the brutality of the way he attacked Connie – well, he deserves all he gets.
– It seems like it’s going to take more than knowing her attacker is off the streets to make Connie feel comfortable again, though.
– But I was glad that Connie was more friendly towards Elle this week.
– I loved seeing Fletch in Casualty again. He adds something that Casualty is a little bit lacking at the moment, and that’s someone with proper authority and presence. With Connie floundering and Charlie behaving in all sorts of un-Charlie-like ways, it’s like nobody is in charge.
– The Dani story is interesting. It’s still just about possible that her ‘stalking’ of Ruby is just a lonely girl getting too attached to someone who was kind to her, but there are hints that it’s going to get quite a bit darker.
– It doesn’t look as though messing up with Angeline has taught Will anything at all. He’s going to be one of those doctors who needs several life lessons before he catches on and settles down, by the look of things.
– Robyn was excellently angry with him. She’s so smiley and nice, but when she’s angry she gets really angry.
(Series 33, ep. 30 by Kim Millar 6.4.19) My full review of this episode is at Metro, so please have a look. Before you go…
– Charlie’s face at the beginning of the episode! His poor heart is breaking for Duffy. I wish those two would get back together so they can properly support each other.
– Is the Iain story going to go back into “‘You need to go to counselling’ – ‘Fine, I’ll go’ – Doesn’t go” mode again? I hope not.
– Connie’s not right either, is she? That attack has affected her badly.
– If the Dani/Ruby story is going to go down a sinister route, I’m quite excited. Ruby needs a juicy storyline of her own because Maddy Hill is brilliant.
– I also love Jade. She’s like early Donna Jackson (on Holby) – a great nurse, brilliant with patients, keen and smart – but with one or two attitude issues to sort out first. Dylan knows all this and we should trust his judgement.
– I was ever so glad that the tapeworm in the woman’s eye hadn’t yet been added in the preview version I saw. These days I’m not squeamish about medical things (this comes after numerous episodes of Inside the Ambulance as well as Holby and Casualty) but I draw the line at eyes. Somewhat ironic as I’ve just started doing social media for the International Glaucoma Association (give them a follow @TweetIGA and on Facebook if you or anyone you know has glaucoma or if you want to know more about it).
(Series 33, ep. 25 by Simon Norman 23.2.19) For my full review of this episode, please pop over to Metro.
I don’t have a lot to add to what I’ve said there, apart from to say what a brilliantly written and acted episode this was. The intense pressure on Ruby and Iain was offset throughout by Iain’s apparent return to something like his former self. He was so supportive of Ruby and as always so good at his job.
There was an uneasiness about that opening scene, though, where we saw him having packed all of his stuff away. Was he leaving Holby? The glass of water on the table was a clue where things were headed. Everything else was packed away, but he’d be needing that glass of water.
Will he go through with it? If he does, will anyone find him in time? As the next episode is part of the Holby crossover, it’s going to be dramatic.
For anyone feeling, like Iain, that everything is too much – there is help available.
My full review of this episode is over at Metro as usual. Before you go, I’ve a few random thoughts to add.
– Is Iain the unluckiest man ever to drive a Casualty ambulance? I expect you’d be able to give me a list of other unlucky paramedics (dear departed Jeff springs to mind – at least Iain is still alive), but even so – the poor lad has been through it, hasn’t he? I can’t help thinking Base’s death will tip him right over the edge, because Base was Iain’s project to help himself feel better for not saving Mia.
– The scene in the farm with gunshots spraying everywhere was extremely tense. Excellent work once again from Maddy Hill, who looked absolutely terrified.
– It’s always a bit weird when a surgeon from ‘upstairs’ appears and they’ve never even been mentioned on Holby City. I know they can’t have the Holby staff dashing over to Cardiff all the time, but I can’t help thinking that Andrew Ackroyd wouldn’t last five minutes in Jac Naylor’s department. She’d demolish him.
– Ernest Maxwell and Louise are very sweet together. I like how he’s a bit of a rogue but she sees his sweet side, and he brings out the best in her. I’m very worried that it’s not going to end well, though.
– Alicia’s moved fast on the house selling, hasn’t she? She must have taken quite a shine to Manchester.
(Series 33, ep. 5 by Jerome Bucchan-Nelson and Dana Fainaru 15.9.18) I’ve reviewed this week’s Casualty for Metro, so please head over there and take a look. First, some random thoughts.
– Asan N’Jie, who played Femi, has previously guested in Holby City in Series 19, ep. 23. When I spent some time in AAU as part of the research for the Holby book, he was the patient in the scene I saw being filmed. He was being intubated by Jasmine with help from Fletch and Morven. Needless to say, they didn’t really intubate him or he probably wouldn’t have agreed to be in Casualty.
– I wonder how Dylan’s going to react now he’s found out that Ciara is married?
– I also wonder how long Iain will hold out before he begins to love Ruby as much as I love her. There’ll probably be an episode where she has to do some ninja-level work in order to prove herself. And even that will have to be accompanied by Charlie Having A Word with Iain.
– Ethan has a heart of gold, but is he being a bit full-on with Alicia, do you think? I can’t quite decide. If it was anybody but Ethan you would probably think so. At any rate, I would not be happy about another person choosing the paint colour for my bedroom.
Well, here we are again, time to cast a beady eye over the lathered remains of the most recent goings on. Out of the debris of crashed minibuses, Ronnie Mitchell’s coma and numerous attempts at coital endeavours from Jimmy and Nicola in Emmerdale, I’ve passed my judgements. Being that my opinions count for everything, here is the official (not really) lowdown of what’s set soapland on fire and what’s left it in the January cold…
What I’ve LOVED
We all love a good spoiler or two and I was sitting at a recent Coronation Street press event rubbing my hands together with glee as the episode previews rolled but as you watch the drama unfold live, you end up feeling pretty empty when everything that has been promised will happen comes to pass. On one hand, you’re pleased that the soap producers haven’t lied to you. That’s always nice. On the other, though, you’re hoping to be caught off guard with a curveball that you weren’t expecting. So thank heavens for recent Emmerdale (and to a large extent, EastEnders too) for throwing in viewer surprises into their episodes and keeping the buzz of live soap viewing alive. Rachel Breckle rocking up to the trial of Charity and getting her sent down was a stroke of genius, especially as Emma Atkins had gone to the effort of concealing her pregnancy so no one knew she’d be going on maternity leave. Now there’s dedication to the secret. Then came the revelation that baby Archie is in fact a fake (he would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those pesky Spencers) and Megan’s subsequent snatching of the fraud baby. Next week, the surprises keep coming in the form of an exploding caravan, a shock exit and some really delicious stuff that I’m sworn to secrecy over. Keep it up Emmerdale!
I bet I wasn’t the only person who spent last night’s EastEnders episode willing any member of the Carter family to just look at Linda. Properly look at her. She was practically catatonic – no makeup, still in her slippers, no trace of her usual sparkle and peppiness. “Mum’s hungover,” said the kids. “I need you with me today, L,” said Mick. To be fair to Mick, he was a tad distracted by the disappearance of his “sister” Shirley, who’d done a runner after shooting Phil Mitchell. “It’s not like she’s my mother,” he said to Dean. Oh, the dramatic irony. But Mick, who loves Linda to bits, still wasn’t looking at her. Not properly. Because if he was, he’d have seen that she was suffering and she needed him and she wanted him to just stop for a moment so she could tell him why. Continue reading
Everyone loves a soap wedding. It’s the chance for all the cast members who aren’t on holiday and assorted non-speaking extras to don their finery and fascinators. It’s a time of romance, happiness, firearms and that moving moment when the vicar/registrar asks if anyone knows any lawful impediment and the embittered ex/drunk relative/etc gets shakily to their feet to deliver the killer blow (sometimes literally) – that is, if both the bride and groom have actually turned up in the first place.
The wedding of Sharon and Phil on EastEnders (or “Mr and Mrs Phil Mitchell,” as they are styling themselves, which sounds strangely old-fashioned to me) was never going to be uneventful. Even if they’d been on their own on a desert island those two could concoct some drama between them. Their speeches were all about trust and fresh starts, and we in the audience were quietly reminded that this might be a tricky proposition by Shirley (whom Phil “slept with” very recently) glaring at the newlyweds across the wedding breakfast of poshed-up cockles & whelks and pie & mash. Continue reading