Casualty ‘New Year, New Me, New You’ ~ Episode Review

The final episode of the year brought the continuation of some tough times ahead for Dylan (Will Beck) to a big ugly head! With Sebastian (Rik Makarem) still sticking to his version of events when it comes to his launching himself at unsuspecting Dylan on the night of the Christmas party, Elle (Jaye Griffiths) has no option but to involve HR and obtain statements. When I take a moment to stop being so cheesed off with Sebastian, I can actually appreciate what a great job he’s making of this role and he has completely shaken off his Emmerdale past, which I had thought I would always associate him with.

In other news Charlie (Derek Thompson) has requested that he takes charge of the wedding plans and Duffy (Cath Shipton) acquiesces and has permitted him to go for it. Somehow it gives me feelings of trepidation! Especially when he has a brochure for a posh venue in his possession when he runs into Connie (Amanda Mealing) and Grace (Emily Carey). I was rather pleased to see Charlie telling Connie and Grace about his forthcoming nuptials to Duffy, he looked rather delighted with himself, bless him! I only hope there aren’t too many obstacles in the path of true love for this pair. Although it must be said that Connie still appears stressed where Grace’s recovery is concerned, that looks set to be a storyline that has more mileage in it. Of course, there’s still the fact that Jacob (Charles Venn) hasn’t told Connie about his one night stand, too.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 23/12/2016 - Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 31/12/2016 - Episode: Casualty 30 16 (No. 16) - Picture Shows:  Elle Gardner (JAYE GRIFFITHS), Dr Dylan Keogh (WILLIAM BECK) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Picture Shows: Elle Gardner (JAYE GRIFFITHS), Dr Dylan Keogh (WILLIAM BECK) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

The arrival of a patient who has come a cropper in a closed swimming pool brings an opportunity for Sebastian to try and prove himself to Dylan. However, the situation is not handled well by the junior doctor and brings about further cringe-worthy exchanges between the pair. Although it does look as though Sebastian is not up to the job, quite probably a bi-product of his over-powering father, I’m sure there will be more to come there… I can imagine Archie (James Wilby) taking Dylan’s side when the sorry mess of kiss-gate comes to light.

Then there’s the on-going saga with Ethan (George Rainsford) and Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) with their will they/won’t they story ensuing, it looks like their rather heated embrace at the close of the episode is giving us a taste of what 2017 holds for them. Wherever the series takes us this year, I’m excited to see what unfolds!





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