Casualty ‘What Lurks In The Heart’ ~ Episode Review

Twerking to Beyoncé at Charlie (Derek Thompson) and Duffy’s (Cath Shipton) wedding and as the first dance? Sounds like a winner to me, although the bride-to-be isn’t all that keen! With Cal’s (Richard Winsor) assistance in the planning of the wedding of the year having been sought by Charlie, it could well be on the cards. Watch this space….!

The title of the episode is hugely apt as we discover that an affair has started between Ethan (George Rainsford) and Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) – naughty, and injected a lot of humour into the opening of the episode. Their relationship has the capacity to be fun, but a more loving kind of fun than Alicia has with game-playing Cal (Richard Winsor). Duffy’s interruption of a near-kiss for the pair in a cubicle paved the way beautifully for the bride-to-be to impart advice to her younger colleague, which was a fantastically crafted scene.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/01/2017 - Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 07/01/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 17 (No. 18) - Picture Shows:  Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), Caleb Knight (RICHARD WINSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Picture Shows: Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), Caleb Knight (RICHARD WINSOR) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Then Lily (Crystal Yu) realises that she has made an idiot of herself with Archie Grayling (James Wilby), although it leaves the way clear for Iain (Michael Stevenson). It’s obvious the cheeky Paramedic is developing feelings for his friend and I think they’d make a great mis-matched match. I was also mightily impressed that Sebastian (Rik Makarem) found it in his heart to tell the truth about his encounter with Dylan (Will Beck) as indeed Dylan had afforded him the favour of talking him though a procedure he was all set to bottle. I find myself quite delighted that not only has Sebastian come to his senses, but that also the relationship between the junior doctor and his mentor, Dylan seems to be pretty solid after all that. I think it certainly went some way to show that Dylan is the bigger man.

There was an appearance from Amy Robbins (who had played a semi-regular character in the 90’s) as a COPD sufferer who was secretly in love with the man she was marrying to help him out with a VISA acceptance. Amy’s performance was a highlight of the episode for me, her natural connection with the character was quite something. I was pleased to see her storyline give a much needed nudge to Alicia to pick Ethan, but telling Cal doesn’t look like it will be so easy. I was willing them to break it to him but it looks as though a pesky cufflink has provided the link to the affair and it will be quite interesting to watch this play out.

Adding to this week’s dramatic slice of one of the best dramas on television (in my humble opinion) was Connie (Amanda Mealing) laying the blame at Elle’s (Jaye Griffiths) door, she has been on a quest to find a culprit for Grace’s (Emily Carey) delayed recovery. Looks like the proverbial has hit the fan.

Don’t forget you can vote for Casualty in the Drama category at the National Television Awards!




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