Casualty ‘Back To School’ ~ Episode Review

Picking up from where we left off last week, I enjoyed the continuation – it almost felt as though it followed real time. Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) has yet to be confronted by Cal (Richard Winsor) about the discovery of the rogue cuff link in her bedroom, but his facial expressions and narrowed eyes are speaking volumes as his suspicions are well and truly roused. Charlie (Derek Thompson) has his ear bent by the Romeo of Holby and Ethan (George Rainsford) is staying out of his brother’s way as well as Alicia’s. This is set to get messier if you ask me!

Meanwhile Charlie is disappointed in the wedding invitations which have arrived and are not quite what he was expecting! Good job Duffy (Cath Shipton) hasn’t seen them… especially given Cal’s opinion of them.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 10/01/2017 - Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 14/01/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 18 (No. 19) - Picture Shows: PC Jessie Nichols (BRYONY AFFERSON), Sgt Ray Thompson (TERENCE MAYNARD)   - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Picture Shows: PC Jessie Nichols (BRYONY AFFERSON), Sgt Ray Thompson (TERENCE MAYNARD) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Elle (Jaye Griffiths) is under considerable pressure following Connie’s (Amanda Mealing) reporting of her handling of Grace’s (Emily Carey) case, it puts Jacob (Charles Venn) in a difficult position between his lover and old friend. Unfortunately for fans of Jacob and Connie, it looks like their relationship has been the victim of Connie’s campaign against Elle. It was also a mentally taxing scenario for Jacob when it appeared that Sgt Ray Thompson (Terrence Maynard) had caused undue harm to a raver during a raid. Jacob was right to be suspicious and PC Jessie Nichols (Bryony Afferson) almost took a beating for having witnessed the despicable behaviour from Sgt Thompson.

Then there’s David (Jason Durr) who finds out by chance (due to the admission of his boy’s teacher to the ED) that his Son is appearing in a school play. With Robyn (Amanda Henderson) to accompany him, he gets to see the production. I get the impression that David is on a downward spiral, though. It’s always a delight to see the friendship between David and Robyn, it’s developed into a mutually beneficial relationship and I hope they’ll continue to be there for one another. Although this is Casualty and nothing is ever happy for long!


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