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Casualty: Oh brother

(Series 31, ep. 33) Last week we left Dr Lily Chao unconscious in a car park somewhere. Luckily, this week Gem called an ambulance, and it wasn’t long before Iain and Jez were on the scene. Lily arrived in the ED all confused and shouty, which is normally a very bad sign indeed.

A CT scan showed that nothing terrible was amiss, so hurrah and phew and that. But it had been widely publicised (there’s such a thin line between whetting your appetite for a show and giving so much away that you may as well not watch it) that someone would die. So if not Lily,who?  Continue reading

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Casualty: Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening

jac-casualty(Series 31, ep. 3) A man was struck by lightning near the beginning of this episode, and his wife said it was nature’s way of letting him know he’d been too cautious and had to embrace new experiences. Personally the lesson I took from it is not to hang out of a metal-framed window during a thunder storm, but that’s me being excessively cautious again.

robyn-casualtyThe lightning  message resonated with Robyn, whose boyfriend Glen only has two years to live. He doesn’t have a “bucket list” but Robyn does, so they’ve started on her bucket list with a trip to Euro Disney. Bless.  Continue reading

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Holby City: A hospital’s a dangerous place

fletch holby(Series 18, ep. 47) For those who watch Holby but not Casualty, the ‘Previously’ segment brought us up to speed on Connie’s accident and Saturday’s helicopter crash. Then we saw Fletch, who’d been a part of the helicopter mayhem, giving us a little talk about what a difficult but rewarding job he had. Directly to camera he said, “You just gotta remember, a hospital’s a dangerous place.” Nobody who’s watched Holby for very long would doubt that for a minute, but it added an extra twist of tension.

Fletch had the unenviable task of looking after Stephanie Simms, the woman who’d caused Connie and Grace’s car accident. She was under police guard, because there was a chance she’d try to escape. She spent most of the time trying to get inside Fletch’s head by asking him about his children. She’s a manipulative one, but Fletch was on to her. “If you get a chance, give that bitch a morphine overdose,” Connie told him, which in hindsight might have been the best course of action, but he’s way too professional for that sort of thing.  Continue reading

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Casualty: 30, with stars and sprinkles around it

casualty 30(Series 31, ep. 1) For four long weeks we’ve had to wait to find out whether Connie and Grace were going to survive their car plunging down a ravine. Nail-biting tension! But it turned out that that was just a starter tragedy, before the main course of full-on mayhem ensued.

It was the 30th anniversary of the day Charlie Fairhead first walked into Holby ED, with a bit more hair and a Bristol accent, but otherwise basically the same wise, sensible and Special person he is today. Charlie’s first day was also the first episode of Casualty, so this was a double celebration, and the episode had to be even more spectacular than the magnificent cake Noel had organised.  Continue reading

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Casualty: Different ways to get attention

rita casualty(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

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Casualty: It’s a special place

duffy casualty(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

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Casualty: Charlie Fairhead. Kind but daft

big mac casualty(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.

connie casualtyMeanwhile, 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.

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