(Series 33, ep. 37 by Pete Lawson 1.6.19) For a full review of this episode, please have a look at Metro. But before you go…
– Is this going to be the start of a ‘my drugs hell’ storyline for Connie? I can think of a few Holby characters who’ve gone through this (Eddie McKee, Michael Spence, Mark ‘Jesus’ Williams) but not Casualty ones offhand – can you?
– Ciaran was brilliantly awful, wasn’t he? That comment about toast. I wonder whether Hanssen interviewed him? I can’t imagine that Hanssen would approve of him at all.
– People on telly always have empty bins, don’t they? It’s so that they can throw something in like the number of a therapist and we can get a good look at it, rather than being distracted by the sheer number of empty crisp packets which is what you’d see if you looked in my bin.
– I’m so happy that Iain is supporting Jan. It feels like a step out of his own personal clouds to be looking after someone else.
(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 33, ep. 33 by Barbara Machin 27.4.19) For my long review of this stunning episode, pop yourself over to Metro. But first…
– This episode was so good that I reckon there’s mileage to be had in yet another Casualty spin-off series, this time set in ambulance control.
– I liked how most of the attention was on the control room and specifically Iain, but to break it up we saw glimpses of what was happening at the scene – enough to feel involved but also to share Iain’s feeling of frustration and helplessness.
– When Iain was talking to Rox and realising he had more care for other people than he does for himself was a brilliantly dramatic moment, and Michael Stevenson played it perfectly.
(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.
(Series 33, ep. 22 by Rachel Paterson 2.2.19) There’s a proper Casualty review over at Metro, but one or two extra ponderings before you go.
– I really like the way Jan says Iain’s name in her Welsh accent, especially when she’s a bit cross with him. She did turn on him rather quickly, though, didn’t she? I suppose she was blinkered by maternal love for Nasty Ross. Charlie wasn’t fooled, though. Not only is he an excellent judge of staff, but he’s also been-there-done-that with waste of skin son Louis, so he knows a wrong ’un when he sees one.
– Michael Stevenson has been doing excellent work with what must have been a rather gruelling storyline. Iain’s speech to the DC about the drug victims he’d had to pick up in his job was really powerful.
– I think Ethan deleting Alicia’s number was just meant to be symbolic. As someone on Twitter pointed out, the next time she rings him her number will reappear on his phone again so it hasn’t gone forever, unless she never rings him again of course.
– I’m looking forward to Louise fighting the powers-that-be to protect her nurses. I love Louise when she’s having a good old righteous scowl at people.
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.