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Casualty: How festive can you get?

sam tom casualty(Series 28, ep.18)  A baby born in a stable! A bride looking radiant in white with a tasteful red bouquet! A carriage ride through fake snow! Extremely professional carol singers! It was everything you’d want in a festive Casualty episode, and I haven’t even mentioned the Christmas tree-related electrocution and the jack-knifed birthday tractor ride.

Tom and Sam decided to have a quiet wedding, just the two of them, nice and low-key. But before they even had their feet inside the registry office,  the Christmas tree-related electrocution happened. It was the same patient that Tess had almost killed previously with potassium instead of saline. The one Fletch had had an altercation with in the car park. How can one man be so unlucky? Particularly as he was a mess of old wounds and fractures which may or may not have been as a result of partner-abuse.

fletch casualtyBut, luckily for him, he got electrocuted within metres of two of Holby’s finest emergency medics, and his heart was restarted in no time and he was on his way to the ED. Unluckily this all ended up in Fletch being arrested for assault.   Continue reading

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Casualty: Strictly come by ambulance

fletch sam casualty(Series 28, ep.17)  On Casualty, the staff always get appropriate patients. This week Fletch, who has been having an affair and has been thrown out of the marital home by Mrs Fletch, had to tell the Fletchlings that he may not be joining them for Christmas. Therefore his patient came complete with an adorable little girl who was being babysat by a drug dealer who was oblivious to her peanut allergy. This meant Fletch had to fling himself into battle – without even calling Security as backup! – to rescue her from a parked car.

Army Major Dr Sam, meanwhile, was wrestling with her conscience after snogging Army Iain when she’s supposed to be with the very tall Dr Tom Kent. Her patient was a man who’d been secretly ballroom dancing behind his wife’s back.

jamie fletch robyn max casualtyI enjoyed both of these stories, because they added to the continuing storylines for the staff as well as being interesting in their own right. By the end of the episode, Fletch had been offered a place on the sofa at the house shared by Robyn, Jamie and Max. Fletch did not look like he was going to settle down happily to a life of ignored cleaning rotas and no milk in the fridge.   Continue reading

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Casualty: A busy one for Jeff and a big one for Tom and Sam

jeff casualty(Series 28, ep.12)  What a fantastic episode. It ended with an engagement – hurrah! – but, more importantly to me, it featured a great deal of Jeff. In scrubs. My word, scrubs really bring out the colour of his eyes.

Following last week when Rita had to spend a day riding with the ambulance crew, this time it was the ambulance crew of Dixie and Jeff who had to spend the shift in the ED shadowing the nurses. Hence the scrubs.

Jeff was paired with Fletch, who was a bit annoyed at Jeff’s maverick style and tendency to want to throw out people who look like they’re about to batter a patient. Jeff has instincts which have been finely honed by his work out and about picking up the lost and wounded of Holby and ferrying them back to the hospital. He knows a wrong ’un when he sees one.

casualtyHis patients were a father and son team of plumbers who’d come across a lot of cash in an attic. The cash belonged to a Very Nasty Man Indeed, and he didn’t waste time trying to get it back by any means necessary. This all resulted in Jeff having to commandeer Norman and an ambulance and go and rescue the younger plumber and his brother from a fate which, it had been promised, would be beyond the scope of doctors and nurses to fix. Stirring stuff.   Continue reading

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Casualty: Fletch, one of the most fertile nurses in the NHS

tess zoe sam casualty(Series 28, ep.8)  It wasn’t the easiest of shifts for Tess, bless her. Not only is she still getting over getting rid of the baby she was expecting, and splitting up with Fletch, but now she finds that Fletch is expecting another baby, with Mrs Fletch. Worse still, it was poor Tess who had to do the pregnancy test and deliver the happy news.

No wonder she was a bit distracted, and gave a man potassium instead of saline and nearly killed him. Luckily she doesn’t know about that yet, because it would just add further upset to an evening of shedding bitter tears into a lonely glass of Tesco Vin Ordinaire in front of Strictly.

Fletch knows about it, though, because he crossed her initials off the chart and added his own. He therefore faces career ruination at a time when he’s contemplating another mouth to feed. Mrs Fletch is not going to be best pleased, particularly when/if she ever finds out that he did it to save the skin of the woman he’s been having a secret affair with. What a deliciously messy situation.

sam casualtyTalking of messy, Dr Lily Chao was practising her suturing on a pig’s leg. The other staff members found this hilarious, even Charlie. I’m surprised at Charlie. He’s spent time in the wards upstairs at Holby City, so he should know that it’s standard practice up there to spend your off-duty hours in the wet lab with a sewing kit and assorted meats and fruits. Presumably they don’t let the A&E lot into their wet lab, or Dr Lily Chao hasn’t discovered it yet.

Dr Lily Chao’s bedside manner is not improving as fast as her suturing is, though. Robyn was very concerned at the way she treated a patient who’d been self harming, and alerted Charlie, who’d stopped laughing about the pig’s leg by then and had his Concerned Face on. I have to say, I do like Robyn. She’s kind and caring, and she actually seems like a real nurse.

No sign of the most beautiful teeth in the NHS this week, as Jeff had gone down with some bug or other and was at home, leaving Dixie and Iain to roam the countryside in search of car crash victims without him.

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Casualty: Stabbings, burns, fake heart attacks etc

casualty(Series 28, ep.6)  There were a lot of patients in Casualty this week. I know that’s the whole point of it, but although the patient stories were reasonably compelling, it’s always the staff I’m most interested in. This is where Holby beats Casualty, because it’s a lot more about the staff and the poor patients are often there merely as a vehicle to express the emotions of the main characters.

We learned four things about the staff this week:

1 – Tom is moving in with Sam. She spent most of the episode looking a bit hesitant about the whole scheme, but at the end she was smiling radiantly at the prospect of going home with him. What had changed in the meantime? Or was she merely putting on a happy face/kidding herself (and him)? I’m confused.

2 – Jeff found it difficult to work with new boy Iain, especially when Iain pulled Jeff off a patient so he could help to counterbalance a toppling ambulance. “Don’t ever pull me off a patient!” snarled Jeff, baring the most beautiful teeth in the NHS. But I have to say I’m with Iain on this one. They’d have been in a right pickle if that ambulance had gone over. By the end, they’d ironed out their differences and were joining forces to trick Dixie into buying them a round. Lads, eh?

3 – Speaking of Dixie, she got some flowers from Carol the Prison Governor, but she’s not as keen on Carol as Carol is on her, apparently. We’ll wait and see if that gets tested by Unforeseen Events at the prison in the coming weeks.

4 – Robyn and Jamie were worried that domestic violence might be going on in the house next door. Jamie went round to borrow a cup of sugar and subtly let the man of the house know that there were people next door who could hear. Expect that situation to flare up before too long as well.

Next time: This is more like it – Zoe guesses that Fletch was Tess’s secret boyfriend.

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Casualty: Prison drama

casualty(Series 27, Ep.44)  Well, that was dramatic, wasn’t it? Jeff and Tom trapped inside a prison in the middle of a riot, with Tom’s killer of a father busy having a heart attack, and Dixie watching helplessly on the prison’s CCTV while prison officers were being thrown off balconies and things were being set on fire. The worst bit was Jeff being subjected to a “kangaroo court” – sat on a chair surrounded by violent thugs who were convinced he was a plant (as in working for the prison, not a leafy thing, despite the green uniform). Jeff has the nicest teeth on British TV, so I spent most of the episode worrying about them.

jeff casualtyDixie was marvellous, flinging herself into danger in order to retrieve her colleagues and their patient. She was rewarded by a date with the prison governor. Tom was rewarded by a kiss or two from Sam, which was very lovely to see. Jeff’s reward was that his nephew (is it his nephew?) Jamie had been worried about him. But I’m hoping everyone gets sent to see the staff counsellor, because we don’t want Jeffrey naked and quivering in the shower again (or do we?), which can happen when he’s post-traumatised.

Talking of trauma, back in the relative calm of A&E Tess and Zoe had to deal with a child who had a bad headache. They were puzzled as to the cause, but I wasn’t because I passed my F2 exams at the Holby School of Televisual Medicine some time ago and I knew it was carbon monoxide poisoning. Luckily the little brother who’d been left home alone was found before it was too late.

Tess is very good at looking after the young ‘uns, but she told Dr Zoe Hanna that she won’t be looking after her own young ‘un anytime soon, because she’s not planning to keep the baby. The father doesn’t want a baby, she told Zoe. Let’s wait and find out, when Fletch finds out.

tam casualtySpeaking of whom, I noticed that Sam and Tom are routinely described as “Tam” on Twitter and that. Is anyone talking about “Tetch” or “Fless,” or is everyone too busy going “Ewwwwww!!!”?

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Casualty: I predict a riot

(Series 27, Ep.43) It’s been a while since I blogged about Casualty, because I don’t manage to watch it very often. I was tempted back in after reading an interview with Oliver Coleman (Dr Tom Kent) about tonight’s episode. It all sounded dreadfully exciting – post-watershed prison riot scenes, personal danger, flames…

So I watched last week’s on iPlayer, and I was very glad I did because it set the scene for what’s going to happen tonight. And it was a thoroughly enjoyable episode.

casualty tom kentLovely Dr Tom Kent was at the prison to meet the biological father he never knew he had. Well, obviously he knew he had a biological father – he’s a doctor after all – but not this particular one.  Brian Protheroe, who played the father Peter Marshall, was excellently cast. Physically he looks a lot like an older Tom Kent, and he even has the same stillness and air of capability about him. Marshall was also like his son in that he was a caring sort of person who had a mentoring role to a younger prisoner who had Asperger’s. Unlike his son, he was in prison for killing someone.   Continue reading

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