Casualty ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ ~ Episode Review

Budget cuts, suspected indiscretions and a snake in the ED – sounds like a normal day in the NHS, eh? Here are a few highlights from last Saturday’s Casualty:

Picture Shows: Evie (HOLLY GOSS), Connie Beauchamp (AMANDA MEALING), Jacob Masters (CHARLES VENN), Susie (JULIET HOWLAND), Alicia Munroe (CHELSEA HALFPENNY) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Bedded the boss? ~ The implication that Sam (Tom Chambers) and Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) have slept together, is outlined from the start and it’s clear that the junior doctor is regretting whatever happened. Her memory is hazy on the subject and as the episode progresses it becomes clear that Sam is playing on her poor recollection of the evening. As it happens, nothing untoward did occur – although the intention had been there. A lucky escape?

Interfering sibling ~ Gem (Rebecca Ryan) is observing her brother’s shift on the ambulance and in typical style, can’t stand back and be just an observer. While Iain (Michael Stevenson) is awaiting help to move a car from a girl trapped beneath, Gem thinks nothing of jumping into the vehicle and rolling it back, out of the way. Not the wisest move, but one that helps to remove the patient from the scene faster. Iain’s not happy about his sister’s interference though.

Cuts ~ Sam is already in Alicia’s bad books with the question mark hanging over the previous night’s activities – he then drops the bombshell of departmental cuts! With the choice to make between nurses, junior doctors or a Consultant losing their job, and a declaration to Alicia that she’s cheap(!) – Sam is certainly not the most popular person in Holby City. We’ll see who goes as a result of his recommendations.

Picture Shows: Harry (MARK JORDON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Snake on an ambulance ~ When Harry Beatty (Mark Jordan – remember him from ITV’s Heartbeat?) orders an ambulance for himself following an encounter with his latest slithery ‘pet’s’ teeth, there’s an extra passenger on board the ambulance. The snake which Harry has added to his collection, the very same one that has given his owner a potentially fatal bite, winds up on board the ambulance. Iain is petrified and it’s down to Gem with the assistance of Jez (Lloyd Everitt) to perform a manoeuvre to capture the culprit. I should say that Gem showed good initiative again, even if her previous demonstration of initiative was slightly misguided.

The course of true love ~ Ethan (George Rainsford) has picked up on the fact that Alicia and Sam have had a ‘thing’ – even though we find out that they actually didn’t have a ‘thing’. The jealousy from her previous lover is palpable. However, when the love-torn pair discuss the situation at the end of the shift, it seems that the door to rekindling their relationship is still firmly closed. Cal (Richard Winsor) being the reason for the decision. It’s as frustrating now as before they briefly got together!



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