Casualty Series 32, Episode 2 ~ Review

This week’s instalment of Casualty brought yet more edge of your seat drama, I am extremely impressed with the quality of the episodes. In fact it feel as though the one-shot led the way for the show stepping up to another gear – it just gets better. Sad to bid farewell to a much-loved character, though – here are some highlights!

Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON), Jez Andrews (LLOYD EVERITT) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Horror for Robyn ~ When a fire is started with malicious intent at Jez’s place, it’s Robyn and Charlotte who are caught up in it. Jez is not at all helpful as his mind wanders back to the baby lost in the previous fire we saw him attend. It’s up to Max to rescue his sister and niece. However, following baby Charlotte’s discharge from the ED, Jez is quick to spot that all is not well with the infant and jumps to action to remedy the situation when she stops breathing. What a day for Robyn, for Charlotte and not least, for Jez.

Comeuppance for Denise ~ The fire was an attack against Jez, with the Ellisons still at large the suspect in the frame was Denise. Following a careful ploy concocted by Jez, Iain and Mickey to catch her out, Mrs Ellison was carted off to prison. The introduction of the Ellison family which began in series 31 has not ended well for any of the characters involved, except maybe for Mickey.

Dylan’s dicing with danger ~ Some of the team are still in France and following the tragedy that played out in last week’s episode, Dylan is attempting to leave France with a stow-away! David is not on board with the idea, but leaves it to unfold when Dylan informs him that he will be taking the blame if the worst happens. How they escape the authorities and get away with their plan is a mystery!

Farewell Jez! ~ Mickey is moving abroad and he wants Jez to go with him. It’s all a bit of a last minute dash to catch up with the remaining Ellison as Jez finally decides to join him, and a will they/won’t they ensues. All’s well that ends well and the pair head off in the sunset together. The sadness being that we lose Jez, and I will miss him – Lloyd Everitt is a fine actor and I hope to see him in another role soon.

Inside Soap Awards ~ Casualty are fairing well at the Inside Soap Awards which are voted for by the public, so why not vote now? Here’s the link: Inside Sopa Awards 2017 Voting Link

Categories that Casualty are nominated in….

Best Drama Star

Amanda Mealing (Connie Beauchamp, Casualty)

George Rainsford (Ethan Hardy, Casualty)

Cathy Shipton (Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin, Casualty)

Derek Thompson (Charlie Fairhead, Casualty)

Best Drama Storyline

Cal’s murder (Casualty)

Charlie & Duffy’s wedding (Casualty)

Helicopter crash (Casualty


Role Contributor
Jez Andrews Lloyd Everitt
Dylan Keogh William Beck
David Hide Jason Durr
Alicia Munroe Chelsea Halfpenny
Louise Tyler Azuka Oforka
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Mickey Ellison Mitch Hewer
Denise Ellison Lucy Benjamin
Sanosi Jemal Tut Nyuot
Cameron Hamilton Cian Barry
Hadia Maher Laila Alj
Said Guessous Nabil Elouahabi
Emile Coudert Raphael Desprez
Fida Hamad Lara Sawalha
Officer Lambert Eric Geynes
Writer Dominique Moloney
Producer Dafydd Llewelyn
Director Steve Brett

Casualty ‘Reap The Whirlwind: Part One’ ~ Episode Review

What an episode! Jam-packed with everything you can imagine, from strike action, to the patient care debate to a cliff-hanger that had fans panicking that we’ve lost a well-loved character. Here are some highlights from a stellar episode…

Dr Lily Chao (CRYSTAL YU), Bridget Haas (DAME SIAN PHILLIPS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

There’s a Dame in the ED ~ Dame Sian Phillips was one of the esteemed guest stars putting in an outstanding performance as a patient who is told that she has months to live due to spreading Cancer. There were some excellent scenes featuring the Dame with Duffy (Cath Shipton) and Lily (Crystal Yu) and I know how much they enjoyed having her on set. A popular guest choice, it seems!

Robyn returns ~ Robyn (Amanda Henderson) and baby Charlie are still spending their time at Holby City, but this current visit involves a spot of eavesdropping for Cal (Richard Winsor), a disapproving Lily soon catches on and mum and baby leave. Robyn can’t stay away from the place, that’s for sure and the strike seems to provide her with a reason to be there. I say enjoy maternity leave!

Sam Strachan (TOM CHAMBERS), Caleb Knight (RICHARD WINSOR) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Strike! ~ Cal is still defiant against Sam (Tom Chambers) in his strike action, and most of the doctors are with him – how long will the two lock horns before a compromise is reached? I foresee a drama ahead before any light at the end of the tunnel is visible.

Sam vs Patient Care ~ Sam is also rubbing staff up the wrong way as he throws his weight around quoting breached waiting times and suggesting that patients waiting to go to a ward are moved into the corridor. Duffy (Cath Shipton) is up in arms and Lily (Crystal Yu) sees the sense in Duffy’s work ethic too.

Gemma’s off the rails (again!) ~ Finally, Gemma (Rebecca Ryan) is in trouble with big brother, again! Iain (Michael Stevenson) discovers that Gemma is behind the recent photos of Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) because she has felt belittled by the young doctor and is also jealous of her dalliance with Sam. Iain declares it to be the last straw and Gemma finds herself out on her ear. Of course she has a meltdown which results in her calling Lily, who has already washed her hands of the young tearaway and by the time Lily reaches her ‘pupil’, she is recklessly driving around the car park. This does not end well… cue cliff-hanger.



Casualty ‘Child Of Mine’ ~ Episode Review

Saturday’s episode of Casualty was deeply uncomfortable to watch at times, I was cringing (which is totally what was supposed to have happened, I’m sure and testament to some incredible performances). With Connie (Amanda Mealing) and Grace’s (Emily Carey) relationship at breaking point and David back at work, it was a high tension instalment. Here are the highlights:

Sam Strachan (TOM CHAMBERS), Grace (EMILY CAREY) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Grace is gunning ~ Grace (Emily Carey) hasn’t been taking her meds and Connie (Amanda Mealing) is less than thrilled when the discovery is made. Sam (Tom Chambers) is playing good cop in this scenario and seems keen to plough on with making a fuss of the birthday girl. However Connie and Grace’s relationship is floundering sensationally and when Connie realises that Grace can talk. The fact that her daughter spits back at her that she has always been able to but doesn’t want to talk to her is the final nail.

David’s back ~ David (Jason Durr) is back in the ED as a nurse and there are mixed reactions. Charlie (Derek Thompson) and Duffy (Cath Shipton) are supportive of him, but Robyn (Amanda Henderson) and Max (Jamie Davis) are not so happy to see him back. He’s back to his old helpful self though when he goes above and beyond for a patient who opts for a DNR whom he believes deserves a chance of survival. Jacob (Charles Venn) is certainly pleased with his efforts,

Mo Effanga (CHIZZY AKUDOLU) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Mo pays a visit ~ Mo (Chizzy Akudolu) hops over to perform surgery and it’s great to see her migrating from Holby City, I’d like to see more of Mo in Casualty, I think she fits in brilliantly

Baby Charlie ~ Robyn (Amanda Henderson) is allowed to bring Charlotte home, finally. Which means that’s the end of the peace and quite for Charlie and Duffy! Immediately, Robyn frets that there’s something the matter with her daughter and asks Lily (Crystal Yu) to take a look. Lily (in her usual manner) explains that what Charlotte’s doing is just what babies do. Robyn gets there in the end, with help, even offering David the opportunity to hold her. However, I foresee a bumpy road ahead for the new mummy.

Lily’s lessons ~ Lily is still teaching Gem (Rebecca Ryan) and there’s quite an amusing scene where Lily is asking how many biscuits she’s taken to try and teach her young charge some maths. I like Lily’s relationship with Gem, of course it’s a prelude to a blossoming romance between Lily and Iain (Michael Stevenson)…


Casualty ‘Five Days’ ~ Episode Review

An emotional episode of Casualty, indeed! We had five daily snippets of Robyn’s (Amanda Henderson) world as her premature baby daughter fights for her life. Here are some key moments from yet another extraordinarily powerful instalment of my favourite medical drama:

Picture Shows: Dr Jonathan Barling (SIMON SHEPHERD) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Six weeks early ~ Robyn’s baby is in a critical condition in neo-natal having arrived in the world six weeks early. To start with Robyn is remarkably chipper and a concerned Duffy (Cath Shipton) is at her heels and offering to take care of both her and the baby. As the week progresses we see Robyn become progressively unglued. The vlogs that she makes become more teary and less positive, it’s a horrific journey to watch. Even Connie (Amanda Mealing) finds it difficult to be entirely positive for the new mum, although he words do help. That was a beautiful scene, rarely do we see these two characters in a two-hander scene. More of that please!

Baby Charlie ~ In a heart-warming move, Robyn names the baby Charlotte – Charlie for short. Named after Charlie (Derek Thompson) of course. Unfortunately, the tender moment doesn’t last for long as Robyn goes off on the rampage demanding to see David (Jason Durr) who is sedated on one of the wards. Pushing Charlie out the way and to the floor. This is going to be your new housemate, Charlie – not looking quite as attractive a proposal now is it? Not that he was 100% behind Duffy’s rather spur of the moment offer, anyway… to begin with anyway!

Picture Shows: Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Little Fighter ~ An operation on the little mite would be such a high risk decision as Dr Barling (Simon Shepherd) makes clear, however that’s what it comes to in the end. With Duffy over-seeing proceedings. It’s a moment of joy when the tiny baby ‘decides for herself’ and wakes up. There’s a long road ahead for Robyn, but she’s got so much support around her and it looks like she is going to move in with the newlyweds after all. Enjoy those sleepless nights, Charlie!

Chuffy ~ I think we have to take a moment to reflect on how sweet Chuffy (Charlie and Duffy) were, it was kinda nice to hear him call her Mrs Fairhead. He then made a gorgeous little speech to her about wanting what she wanted and even I can see he’s right when he says that their love transcends romantic love. I really believe it was the right decision to marry them off.

Jez & Louise ~ It looks like its full steam ahead for Jez (Lloyd Everitt) and Louise (Azuka Oforka)! Are they a long-term prospect? We’ll wait and see, will she be able to deal with him being bisexual – more proof of which we’ve seen over on Holby City?

Casualty ‘Life’s For Living’ ~ Episode Review

Casualty has really upped its game this series and their recent plot involving David’s (Jason Durr) Bipolar has been unsettling yet fantastic to engage in. The climax that the storyline reached in this week’s episode was extraordinary, here are a few highlights:

David Hide (JASON DURR) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Dylan’s dire warning ~ Dylan (Will Beck) makes a frantic (or as frantic as it gets for Dylan) telephone call to Robyn (Amanda Henderson) who is currently a passenger in David’s car. Everything is put into perspective when Dylan reveals that the Psychiatrist David has talked of is a figment of his imagination. Having to keep an expressionless face and calm persona so as not to alarm the driver is surely one of the toughest challenges Robyn has had to handle so far – and yet there’s so much more to come!

Determined David ~ David is enjoying the freedom of the open road and completely oblivious to the fear or predicament of his passenger. Declaring that he wants to live in the now, he throws Robyn’s mobile phone out of the car with thoughtless abandon and cuts off her line of communication. I was biting my nails and hiding behind a cushion, I don’t know about you?!

Team Chuffy ~ Team Chuffy aka Duffy and Charlie (Cath Shipton and Derek Thompson) are on the case helping Max (Jamie Davis) to track Robyn’s whereabouts. Luck favours their efforts when they are able to trace Robyn’s mobile phone, which is of course lying in the wet road. Their discovery means it’s time for the rescue team to jump into action, thank heavens!

Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON), Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Grave danger in the graveyard ~ David’s destination of choice is that of a church, the graveyard of which is home to his brother’s remains. It seems that David is not the only member of the Hide family to suffer with mental health issues and his brother’s Depression led him to suicide. Robyn is in labour, meanwhile and with a drained car battery and no answer at the church, she is forced to have David as her unwitting midwife. While she lies on his brother’s grave, and it pours down with rain. The scenes between Henderson and Durr are nothing short of outstanding. I will stick my neck out here and say they’re probably some of the finest that I’ve seen Casualty produce. Robyn’s baby girl arrives alarmingly quickly and to add to the already horrendous situation, the new mum has retained the placenta which means she’s bleeding out. It’s fortunate that Team Chuffy and their sidekick, Max are on the scene before long – but it doesn’t look good!

Help is at hand ~ It may have been the very last thing that David wanted, but help is at hand in the form of the Mental Health team and he goes along willingly. Whether he would have done without a pep talk from Dylan? Who knows? Dylan puts some responsibility onto David’s shoulders by advising him of the tribunal that he’ll face for a Nurse on his shift having to be sectioned. It seems to catalyse the lightbulb moment for David, fortunately for all concerned.



Casualty ‘The Good Samaritan’ ~ Episode Review

Casualty continued to highlight the impact of David’s (Jason Durr) mental health on his job and in his life in general. The latest episode was quite harrowing to watch, yet extremely brilliantly done. Here are some highlights:

Picture Shows: Arnie (PAUL CHEQUER), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Dapper David ~ David (Jason Durr) has stopped taking the pills that keep his Bipolar highs at bay. He thinks that he is seeing a Psychiatrist who is suggesting that the route he is taking is the right one and that staying off his meds is the best way forward. He is widely inappropriate while on shift and is pulled up by Jacob (Charles Venn) plus he kisses Duffy (Cath Shipton) to wish her happy birthday. It’s not a simple peck on the cheek and she doesn’t seem too thrilled with the advances! Eventually, he is asked to leave, however, he arrives back to work resembling the Cadbury’s parrot in his purple suit and with highlighted hair. It’s a downward spiral for David, now.

Happy Birthday Duffy ~ Duffy’s 56 years old! Except Noel (Tony Marshall) thinks she’s 60 and has put that age in icing on his home-made birthday cake. Ah well, the thought was there! Add David’s inappropriate kiss, his subsequent thievery of her headscarf and the fact that Sally (Pam St Clement) eggs him on to be the stripper at Duffy’s celebration at the pub. It’s been an odd birthday for Duffy, that’s for sure!

Robyn’s ‘rumblings’ ~ Robyn (Amanda Henderson) seems to be having a few extra stirrings from baby. Not quite so concerning at first until she jumps into the car with David and the trailer for next Saturday’s episode aired. Robyn’s not had the luckiest time of late, it doesn’t look as though it is set to get any easier.

Pam’s back ~ Pam St Clement made a resplendent appearance in the 30th anniversary episode last year, playing the role of Sally. It was great to have her back giving Charlie (Derek Thompson) jip and throwing her weight around despite the fact that she has had a car accident and a man is in the ED with serious burns off the back of that incident. I hope Sally’s a returning character, she’s a joy to see on screen.

Mental Health ~ Mental health has always been such a taboo subject and there is still so much stigma around it. I put my own hand up to having suffered from low moods, anxiety and even panic attacks. Nothing to be ashamed of? Well, no, but it’s not easy to open up about either. It feels like something to be ashamed of, to me it does, anyway. Bipolar isn’t entirely alien to me as I have mixed with a few people who suffer from the condition. Jason Durr’s portrayal is spot on, so amazingly accurate and he is playing it out so naturally, too. Casualty should be applauded for keeping this plot going and not merely dipping their toe in the water then leaving it alone.

Casualty ‘It Starts With The Shoes’ ~ Episode Review

Casualty was all about David (Jason Durr) this week and I felt it demonstrated how well the show is tackling, highlighting and engaging in mental health issues. When you’ve a strong actor like Mr Durr taking on such a role, plus a talented team around him, it has great potential to work. I think that this episode worked… and then some! Here are the highlights:

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 04/03/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 25 (No. 26) - Picture Shows:  David Hide (JASON DURR) - (C) BBC / Alistair Heap - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Picture Shows: David Hide (JASON DURR) – (C) BBC / Alistair Heap – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Disaster for David? ~ David has been reducing the amount of meds he take for his Bipolar. This is self-imposed and in his case, highly non-recommended. However, his inability to feel emotions, especially in relation to his son, have led him up this path. Now, his son is going to have to move to Spain and David behaves even more bizarrely as the moment he has to let him go, approaches. Hiding him in the ED and letting him have a day off school, having run-ins with Jacob (Charles Venn) into the bargain. His intelligence and know-how in matters appertaining to mental health come to the fore and help immensely in a crisis with a Schizophrenic patient. However, his emotions run so incredibly high once he waves goodbye to his son (applause to Harry Collett who plays Oliver), that David takes matters into his own hands and throws away his meds. Oh dear!

Squirrel Robyn! ~ Robyn (Amanda Henderson) is by far one of David’s closest confidantes. She picks up on a comment about secret squirrel, tonight and asks if he’s calling her one because of her red hair. It’s a sweet and very telling moment in itself, not at all a scene to be dismissed. I fear for Robyn with David being such a pal, though – especially as she will be clueless to his current arrangements re: meds.

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 04/03/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 25 (No. 26) - Picture Shows:  Oliver (HARRY COLLETT) - (C) BBC / Alistair Heap - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Picture Shows: Oliver (HARRY COLLETT) – (C) BBC / Alistair Heap – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Elle’s ear ~ Elle (Jaye Griffiths) hands over to David in this instalment, holds her hands up to his knowledge where mental health is concerned and listens to his opinion. That’s quite a step forward for her, and also carries its risks, especially if David goes off the rails once he is completely off his meds. However, there’s no denying that Elle showed strength of character when she allowed David to be heard.

More trouble from Gem ~ Gem (Rebecca Ryan) is working in her newly acquired job and Iain (Michael Stevenson) is relieved that she has a reason to stay on track. However, when she gives the wrong change to a patient, alarm bells ring. With further investigation it seems that she is not thieving but lacks basic maths and indeed reading skills. Iain’s test in the ambulance bay proves the theory, it looks like there’s a long way to go for his little sister, but I am loving Rebecca Ryan in the show. I hope she becomes a long term fixture.

Lilly ~ Crystal Yu couldn’t be more different to Lilly in real life, two interviews with the lady herself have been proof enough of that. Crystal has been one of my favourite interviewees to date. Lilly as a character has evolved hugely since she first started in the ED and her involvement with Iain and his sister has played its part in that. What’s remarkable is the lighter side to her personality that is gradually emerging. I hope that we continue to see more light and shade to her persona. I quite like this new side to Lilly and hat’s off to Crystal, she plays the part brilliantly.

Casualty ‘Binge Britain’ ~ Episode Review

It’s fiesta time in the staff room as Charlie (Derek Thompson) and Duffy (Cath Shipton) return from their honeymoon to a packed out ED. David (Jason Durr) is hell bent on helping Robyn (Amanda Henderson). Meanwhile Connie (Amanda Mealing) and Sam (Tom Chambers) are still keeping vigil over their daughter as she struggles to recover from her latest misfortune. Here’s the highlights:

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 18/02/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 23 (No. 24) - Picture Shows:  Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), David Hide (JASON DURR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), David Hide (JASON DURR) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Chuffy’s Cheer ~ Charlie and Duffy’s honeymoon is over, thanks to a delayed flight they are diligently back at Holby City and ready to go on duty rather than going home first – they must be mad! Dylan (Will Beck) certainly isn’t thanking them for taking up space in the waiting area! Not to be deterred by the luke-warm welcome, they set up camp in the staff room and recreate a festival that they enjoyed while they were away celebrating their long awaited marriage. Bumping, grinding and getting on down to the groove Ibiza-styley, it’s like Carry On Casualty in there (ooh Matron!) Even more so once David joins the party and pulls some moves of his own out of the bag, stealing away Mrs Fairhead for a demonstration that would not look out of place in Strictly Come Dancing. Charlie soon reclaims his wife with a public display of affection and there’s mention of Banana Liquor, which I’m sure is still in the systems of the newly weds after that display.

Grace’s Set-back ~ Progress was slow going for Grace (Emily Carey) prior to her latest trauma, but the set-back she has endured has switched her off again. Connie (Amanda Mealing) and Sam (Tom Chambers) can only look on as their darling girl stares into space and fails to squeeze her mum’s hand. How much more is going to be thrown at them? Will Grace ever recover from so much misfortune. I have to hand it to Amanda Mealing, Tom Chambers and Emily Carey for each putting in stellar performances, though. It’s gripping television and no mistake.

Family Ties ~ Iain (Michael Stevenson) has been forced to deal with his past and his family in recent weeks. His troublesome sister, Gemma (Rebecca Ryan) has been released back home following her latest misdemeanours, but missed a meet up with her brother and Lily (Crystal Yu). Lily has been playing a part in the reconciliation of Iain’s family situation and I think we can all see the brewing romance which has been there since the first episode of this series. Introducing Sian Reeves as their mother was an inspired move as the three members of the Dean family looked very alike, I thought – they made a very believable family. It was trauma, as ever, that brought Mummy Dean into Ian’s path, as she fell from a great height whilst on the run from the heavies. Her encounter with such men being down to the debt she has run up as a result of alcohol addiction and the reliance on the ‘pop’ having put her in a life threatening place, health-wise. With harrowing scenes and heart to hearts, it really seemed to be crunch time. What next? It remains to be seen, but Lily is definitely still on the scene with this on-going family drama and Iain even asks her for a coffee…. smooth, Iain!

You’ve got a friend… or three ~ Robyn (Amanda Henderson) has been reading baby ‘manuals’ and working herself up about her potential to be a good mother, so kind-hearted David decides it’s time to bring in the big guns to help. The guns being Charlie and Duffy! Good plan, say I, I reckon I’d want them on my side if I was expecting a baby with my ex-fiancé who has done a bunk whilst suffering from a terminal brain tumour. Who else would you want telling you everything will be alright and fore-going another conversation about their fabulous honeymoon (and fortunately, resisting the urge to start another scene from Ibiza Uncovered) than this pair of old hats. It was a heart-warming scene when Robyn realised that she truly isn’t on her own and that the Fairheads are on hand to give advice and possibly write baby books as a side-line!

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 18/02/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 23 (No. 24) - Picture Shows:  Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Dylan ~ If I had to choose my overall favourite character, the prize goes to Dylan. His dry and unwitting humour steals scenes for me in every episode that he appears in. This week’s gems were his reaction to the drunken lad who’s face was painted like a lion, just a flick of his eyebrow showed his personal opinion on the situation. Then there was the disregard for the return of Chuffy. Followed by the sheer satisfaction he enjoyed when he removed an arrow from a patient’s arm. Will Beck is playing a character whom I have happened upon many times in my experience with the NHS, and an episode without a sarcastic comment from Dylan is not half as much fun. Long may Dylan stride around the ED with his general disapproval and lack of self-awareness!



Casualty ‘You Are Your Only Limit’ ~ Episode Review

Connie (Amanda Mealing) Versus Elle (Jaye Griffiths) should have been the title of this week’s instalment of my favourite medical drama. The case which Connie hopes will bring about Dr Gardner’s downfall, however, events taken an interesting turn and the result viewers might have anticipated, did not occur…

Beauchamp’s Baying ~ It’s the day of the hearing in the case against Elle and she is none to confident about the outcome. The odds are stacked against the troubled doctor when Dylan (Will Beck) is backed into a corner regarding Grace’s (Emily Carey) intubation or lack there of. Amira (Poppy Jhakra) is also called to give her account and it doesn’t bode well for Elle, even though the agency nurse gives a fair account. Beauchamp was looking like the champ in this battle.

Seven Years Bad Luck ~ You’d have been right in thinking that Grace had endured enough bad luck, however she may have earned herself seven years of it. Collapsing from a seizure in the ladies toilets after smashing the mirror with her crutches, she is then unfortunate enough to land awkwardly on the glass. Off spurts a main artery once Dr Gardiner (who is first on the scene, coincidentally) has moved the poor kid. Under pressure again? Yes, but this time Elle springs to action and with a ‘paralysed’ Connie standing by, Dr Gardiner performs a life-saving procedure. Has she done enough to prove herself to her nemesis?

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 11/02/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 22 (No. 23) - Picture Shows:  Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON) - (C) BBC  - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Picture Shows: Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Robyn’s Nesting ~ Robyn (Amanda Henderson) has been in turmoil over her capability of being a mother and decides that the answer lies in a robot baby. The young Nurse is quite successful at calming the doll with a rendition of last year’s hit song ‘Lush Life’, however that only proves to be a remedy on a solitary occasion. Instead, Robyn’s maternal instincts are demonstrated with a young male patient who has a doll’s shoe lodged up his nose. She’s going to be an ace parent and I couldn’t help but chortle when Dylan (Will Beck) casually switched the robot baby off.

David’s Drugs ~ David (Jason Durr) has been hyper of late, to say the least. With his white suit and interesting dancing at Duffy (Cath Shipton) and Charlie’s (Derek Thompson) wedding, to his rather hilarious and at times, inappropriate laugh and now he is planning a number of random activities to do with his Son. He has admitted to Robyn that his medication needs to be addressed. He ain’t kidding!

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 11/02/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 22 (No. 23) - Picture Shows:  Elle Gardner (JAYE GRIFFITHS) - (C) BBC  - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Picture Shows: Elle Gardner (JAYE GRIFFITHS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Gardiner’s Pardon ~ Elle’s excellent work following Grace’s next life-threatening misfortune saves her job. Even Connie can see that her colleague displayed outstanding capability in the face of adversity. However, Elle may still have her career, but she no longer wishes to be Clinical Lead. Good decision! Who’s going to take that role, I wonder….?


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