The clue is in the title of this episode, it appears that poor Robyn’s (Amanda Henderson) relationship with Glenn (Owain Arthur) is well and truly doomed. Their return from Paris sees the pair more loved up than ever before, and Robyn is planning a special surprise so that she can propose to the love of her life. However, Glenn has kept his latest appointment a secret from her, and the news isn’t good. I think that this storyline has brought Robyn into her own and given a chance for Amanda Henderson to show exactly what she’s capable of, she is by far the right actress to be given such a dramatic plot to play out.
Meanwhile, Jacob (Charles Venn) is facing his demons after Elle’s (Jaye Griffiths) taunting with his schoolboy nickname of Pudding becomes too much. Particularly when a morbidly obese mother is brought in and passes away. The fall-out, with her young daughter and husband was handled brilliantly and Jacob’s involvement was a very natural process, which gave another opportunity to see Jacob’s character traits emerging. I like the connections that the characters are having to the back-stories of the guest characters, it’s an inspired way of teasing out more of the regulars’ history. Which, if we’re honest, we’re always going to be nosey about, and if you’re anything like me, I analyse every interaction between main character and guest character, in case that’s something to watch out for in the future!
The episode was lightened somewhat by the awkwardness between Cal (Richard Winsor) and Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) following their one night stand. They seemed to have a scoring system going on and I also wondered if they were gearing up for a re-match, all the while I’m feeling so sorry for Ethan (George Rainsford).
to add to the tension of the Robyn and Glenn situation, Dylan’s (Will Beck) skills are put to the test when he gets stuck in a broken down lift with Max (Jamie Davis), David (Jason Durr) and an unconscious Glenn. An emergency burr hole is the order of the day, but Dylan is not confident to go ahead with Robyn’s wishes which she is vocalising via the lift’s communication system! It’s a good job that David is on hand to encourage the reluctant Consultant to keep at it. Thank goodness it’s a successful mission and the lift does not reactivate until the procedure is completed.
Overall, an episode that certainly kept me on my toes and showed some of the best of what Casualty has to offer. This is definitely shaping up to being one of my favourite series so far and not just because we have Duffy (Cath Shipton) back!