Going to the (hospital) chapel and we’re gonna get married, that’s the unofficial title of this week’s episode, as chosen by me! We all know what will dominate my highlights of this instalment so let’s get on with it!
Stag Do! ~ So the spontaneous trip to Barry for Charlie’s (Derek Thompson) stag do resulted in a missing groom, the reappearance of Josh (Ian Bleasdale) as best man, Noel (Tony Marshall) being led to believe that his name is Leslie, Ethan (George Rainsford) getting a tattoo that reads ‘Be More Cal’. Should I go on? There’s a sheep in the B&B room, Cal (Richard Winsor) is showing his hurt and anger following cufflink-gate and not only has Dylan (Will Beck) driven the mini bus, but his dog, Dervla went with them too! Before going AWOL, Charlie almost has a lap dance… yes, he declines (because Duffy (Cath Shipton) would kill him), and instead takes away a nugget for his vows from the lap dancer in question. Not a stag do to be forgotten in a hurry, especially with it being one that resulted in Charlie eventually being fetched from prison having given Dylan’s name.
Duffy’s Distressed ~ Charlie’s lack of communication is palpable for poor Duffy, and she not only has the jitters, she convinces herself that Charlie has changed his mind. Which is so sad when we get to see the groom to be and he is professing his love for his fiancée and has a photo of her as his phone wallpaper! Duffy’s hen do is a bit of a poor show in comparison to Charlie’s drunken shenanigans, a few Quavers in a bowl just doesn’t say last moment of freedom to me. Still, with David (Jason Durr) having put his foot in it and asked if this is a way of keeping Duffy distracted, within her earshot… the crisps on the work top are soon forgotten.
Elle vs Connie ~ So, it seems that Connie (Amanda Mealing) is still hell bent on forcing Elle (Jaye Griffiths) out of the ED. A second complaint against the wilful doctor has come to light and threatens Elle’s entire career. Jacob (Charles Venn) is on hand to kick his old mucker up the backside, but there’s little he can do other than lend support. Connie is planning to buy a leaving card for her colleague, so determined is she that this will be the end for Elle. I doubt that Connie buys greetings cards as a matter of course, she doesn’t seem the sort, does she? In short, as Connie goes out of her way to intimidate her target, it doesn’t bode well for Elle.
Wedding of the Year ~ Tradition is well and truly left at the hospital doors at this wedding, Duffy is waiting nervously for her fiancé to arrive, and he walks down the aisle to meet her. Not on Josh’s arm, I might add, but that would have been funny… Duffy looks stunning, Charlie boy, I think we can safely say, is a very lucky lad. Their vows are beautiful, poignant and tearful, it’s an unforgettable moment and completely done justice to two original characters. I loved the deliberation over whether Duffy should be called Lisa or Duffy, and the decision was the right one, too. The reception was equally perfect, splendid bit of dancing from David, in his white suit… moving on… Cal is still out to seek his revenge with the knowledge that Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) has cheated with his brother, eating away at him. Focusing attentions back on the bride and groom, the first dance happens, properly and of course to ‘Have I Told You Lately’. All is blissful in Chuffy land, there’s just the small matter of that tattoo that Charlie has had – but I’m sure that can be lasered off. If it had only been Duffy’s name across that heart on his arm I’d have urged Charlie boy to keep it.
Cathy ~ I want to take this final point to pay tribute to my colleague and friend, Cath Shipton. I am honoured and privileged to call her both of those things and if it hadn’t have been for her encouragement (together with Carol Royle’s support), this website would not be taking off in all of the exciting directions it’s going in. I have watched Casualty since episode one, series one. Duffy was my favourite from there on in. Cath didn’t inspire me to want to become a nurse, but I was inspired to do something in the arts either as an actress or something else. I took the ‘something else’ route and I’ve got Cath’s support with that, so I can’t ask for more, really. I think she’s an incredible actress and an amazing person. Duffy was the catalyst for my career ideas, I’m beyond delighted that she’s back and thank heavens she finally made an honest man of Charlie boy!