Casualty Series 32, Episode 4 ~ Review

This week’s instalment saw Dylan’s on-going storyline with young Sanosi swerving around every tight bend going. Alicia was quite literally swerving as she took a driving lesson with Elle. Then there’s Connie and Ethan… here are the top five highlights! 

1. Dervla vs Sanosi ~ Sanosi has been the centre of Dylan’s universe since the first episode of the new series. Almost sharing a place in grumpy doctor’s heart with his beloved Dervla – but not quite in favour, when he locks the dog in the bedroom! Dylan’s face is a picture!

2. Connie’s commitment ~ Connie is still showing commitment to Ethan, demonstrated even further when she offers to help him with his OSCE revision. The bond between this pair doesn’t sit comfortably, I keep waiting for someone to crack. I feel Ethan is most likely to shout his mouth off, a loose cannon if ever I saw one.

3. ‘Elle’ plates for Alicia ~ Elle offers to give Alicia a driving lesson and is soon set to regret her decision after Alicia’s reckless motoring almost lands them in Casualty! It isn’t Alicia’s fault but it’s a miracle that she isn’t to blame. I enjoyed seeing these two characters interact, there’s a good chemistry there that needs to be explored.

4. Sanosi to stay? ~ After a disastrous attempt at reuniting Sanosi with his UK-residing Uncle, Dylan looks set to be taking care of the boy full time. I expect Dylan is a better option than a drug smuggling Uncle, but will the pair of them live in harmony?

5. Lily’s lament ~ When Iain catches Lily in the act of emailing their colleagues to announce their ‘committed relationship’ (trust Lily!) she finds a way of telling everyone face to face. Just like Iain suggested. Although I don’t expect he had a staff meeting in mind! Ah well, the secret’s out…

Photo credits: BBC

Credits

Role Contributor
Dylan Keogh William Beck
David Hide Jason Durr
Alicia Munroe Chelsea Halfpenny
Elle Gardner Jaye Griffiths
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Jacob Masters Charles Venn
Writer Tony Higgins
Producer Gwenllian Gravelle
Director James Larkin
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Casualty Series 32, Episode 3 ~ Review

The third episode of series 32, and what a belter it was, eh? Wow! Great continuation amongst other things – the show is a class above at the moment. Here are a few of the zillions of highlights! 

Dr Keogh ~ I have to call this one Dr Keogh – the number of times I’ve highlighted Dylan’s scenes is getting ridiculous! However, regardless of his obvious discomfort in this instalment, following his accident and the dislocation of his knee – twice, how hilarious were his scenes? When he kept telling David not to touch his leg I couldn’t contain my mirth! He is the odd-ball of the ED but the character gets better and better, kudos to the writers and of course, Will Beck. Also good continuation of the story with Dylan’s young ward.

Side-kick ~ David has become Dylan’s side-kick, it appeared to be happening gradually over the course of the previous series, but now they’re like the Morecambe & Wise of the ED! David was exceptional in this episode, I can’t help but chuckle upon recalling him falling in to join Dylan instead of rescuing him. Great work from Jason Durr, though. Popping Dylan’s knee back in must have been ‘fun’ to do!

Lily & Iain ~ We had been somewhat left in the lurch as to whether things would pick back up for Lily and Iain following their botched attempt at romance. However, when Iain ends up as Lily’s date to her cousin’s wedding, another part of their journey on the road to love is in place. Their journey to the wedding does not go smoothly, a broken down car and mud being two factors. The wedding itself is a revelation when Lily introduces Iain as a Heart Surgeon… but hearts are a running theme with these two as they bond over Lily’s choking Uncle and it gets a little steamy in the ED lift!

Ethan’s meltdown ~ Ethan has been struggling to hold it together since his deed against his brother’s murderer. This episode brought it all to the fore and resulted in him submitting is letter of resignation to Connie with a full explanation. It seems he was unable to live with effectively ‘getting away with it’.

Connie’s dilemma ~ So, Connie is placed in a sticky situation having received Ethan’s letter. What does the Ice Queen decide to do? Well, Ethan still has a job….

Iain Dean (MICHAEL STEPHENSON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Credits

Role Contributor
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Dylan Keogh William Beck
David Hide Jason Durr
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Robyn Miller Amanda Henderson
Elle Gardner Jaye Griffiths
Sanosi Jemal Tut Nyuot
Raquel Kovak Harriet Thorpe
Mia Kovak Aude des Pallieres
Maxine Parish Skye Hallam
Wong Oi Ling Lucy Sheen
Lee Ming Bruce Wang
Scott Ellisson Will Austin
Stan Miller Peter Benedict
Writer Laura Poliakoff
Producer Gwenllian Gravelle
Director James Larkin

Casualty ‘One’ ~ Episode Review

Oh my! What a series finale for Casualty, and what an incredible year they’ve had! The National Television Award win, all of the amazing storylines that have rolled out as the series has progressed. Many plots carried over week to week giving even more reason to keep tuning in. Tonight, history was made and I couldn’t be prouder of website Patron, Cath Shipton – for leading the pack as they took a brave step. Here are just a few highlights from an episode I shall remember for a long time to come…

Duffy ~ Well, Cath gave one of the performances  of her career didn’t she? As the hub of the activity, the responsibility for the episode lay on her shoulder. She shouldered it brilliantly, the natural ease with which she appeared to take the helm was quite something. I feel that this history making episode will always be associated with Cath, and that’s quite an accolade.

Work Experience ~ The work experience girls were a fantastic addition to the chaos, they fitted in brilliantly and speaking personally as one who worked for the NHS and has taken charge of students, the opposite behaviours of the pair were on point. What I especially loved was how much Duffy inspired them both. Will we see then as trainee nurses in the future? I hope so!

Picture Shows: Jez Andrews (LLOYD EVERITT) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Adrian Heap

Jez ~ Jez loses his cool as he realises that a patient he has pulled from a burning building has left a baby behind in there and he hasn’t the opportunity to go in after her. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the paramedic so in-glued and I feel that recent events have taken their toll on him. Well played by Lloyd Everitt who knocked his performance out of the park in extreme circumstances.

Trouble in Triage ~ Missing a Receptionist? No problem? Wrong! The lack of Noel means that triage is not in hunky dory order and a patient is put at risk as a result. A good reminder of how all members of the team in a hospital environment (or indeed any working environment) are integral cogs.

Picture Shows: David Hide (JASON DURR), Di (JENNY PLATT), Alicia Munroe (CHELSEA HALFPENNY) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Adrian Heap

One Shot ~ Finally, congratulations on the entire team on pulling off no mean feat as a finale de force. It was very clear that the episode had been filmed in one take and therefore gave a different feel, ambience and atmosphere to the overall show. A gamble that paid off, undoubtedly!

Casualty Episode Cast

 

Casualty ‘War of the Roses’ ~ Episode Review

So Sam is back in scrubs and throwing his weight around in a junior role! An interesting episode of Casualty which sees the team divided over Sam’s self-appointed demotion. Plus there’s Connie’s reaction to it all, here are some highlights:

Picture Shows: Helen Crompton (JODIE MCGREGOR), Iain Dean (MICHAEL STEVENSON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Love’s young dream ~ Iain and Lily are still not seeing eye to eye – understatement of the episode! Is this really going to be as short lived as it seems? I’m waiting for Gem to come back so that she can make them see that they’re made for each other – but I fear I’m wandering off into territory that is most definitely wishful thinking. The sniping, the sexual tension, it’s all still there, brooding away!

Self-demotion ~ Sam’s decision to step down as Medical Director and take the Registrar’s post has been viewed as controversial to say the least! He’s soon put to the test when he offers to take Elle’s place and attend a scene where there’s a potential life-changing injury hanging in the balance for a man who later turns out to be a bigamist. Naturally he’s the hero of the hour, but he also runs the risk of losing his job if Connie sees fit to send a letter regarding his conduct.

Divided Opinion ~ Sam’s self-demotion has set tongues wagging amongst the department and also divided opinion too. Jacob and Louise think he’s showy and digging his own grave, Duffy thinks he’s wonderful and can’t praise him highly enough! How will he fit in, in the long-term?

Dylan ~ Losing his colleague, Cal, has taken its toll on Dylan and the pressure has been mounting for weeks. It finally breaks free in this episode and a panic attack sets in while he is dealing with a patient. He is unable to reach a decision about her condition and absconds to the toilets when the going gets tough, leaving David to handle a dicey situation and Elle to step in quickly. Was that the overall culmination of Dylan’s demons or is there more to come?

Teamwork ~ I couldn’t not comment on the teamwork demonstrated by Connie and Duffy, what a team! They delivered a baby in not so easy circumstances and it’s one of the few times that we’ve seen the characters interact fully. I liked it!

Casualty Cast Link

Casualty ‘It Had To Be You’ ~ Episode Review

An episode filled with romantic and frustrating undertones from among the regulars and the guest roles! Here are some highlight from a dramatic and emotive instalment:

Darren Tailor (SAM BARNARD) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Interviews ~ It’s interview day for the Consultant’s post and Elle is swatting, Dylan doesn’t feel it necessary to go into details (when does he ever?!) and Lily’s presence in the hot seat is a surprise to Connie. However, the results could be more interesting than first thought!

Love hurts ~ Lily and Iain finally got it on in spectacular fashion last week, but their relationship seems doomed from the start as the cracks begin to show just hours after they were in bed together. Can opposites really attract?

Ethan ~ The bereaved brother is still moping and in limbo, I’m wondering how long it will be before the killer who the audience all know, is brought to justice. I’m expecting a showdown, I hope its soon!

Connie vs Sam ~ Connie is soon strutting about and throwing her weight around again, interrupting Lily’s interview and making her disapproval known to Sam. It looks as though her ex is still into playing games when she walks in on him naked from the waist up. Would they ever rekindle their long lost romance and what will she say when she discovers that Sam has handed in his resignation as Medical Director?

Duffy ~ I want to give Duffy a mention in this ‘highlight’ as I really felt that every side of her character was captured in this episode. We saw her admit that she had married her best friend (awww!), show compassion in abundance and she was as efficient as ever. What ever did Holby City do without her?

Casualty Episode Cast List

Casualty ‘Do Not Sit At My Grave And Weep’ ~ Episode Review

This week’s episode has been anticipated since the fateful moment that a much-loved character was murdered – Cal (Richard Winsor) is finally laid to rest in ultimately touching scenes. Here are a few highlights:

Picture Shows: Ethan Hardy (GEORGE RAINSFORD) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Dylan under pressure ~ Dylan is still finding it tough to come to terms with Cal’s death – although he was on fire tonight with his quips and one-liners. His ‘run-in’ with Ethan was very telling though, simultaneously it was understandable that he wanted to save Ethan from the knowledge that his brother had been aware of the severity of his situation.

David ~ David has been off the radar since Robyn’s baby arrived in dramatic and traumatic scenes. However, tonight we saw him on shift and being rather tactless. When his conversation with Dylan indicated that he is still struggling with the drugs he’s taking… I felt there will be more to come from this plot, which is quite a factually accurate way of moving forward considering his condition.

Ethan says goodbye ~ Having dealt very well with a young patient who was unwittingly being treated for HIV, Ethan packs up the bag filled with his farewell ‘gifts’ for Cal and arrives at the church for the funeral. Before he can go in and see it through, he vomits following his binge on a bottle of Whiskey – nice one Ethan! His tribute and idea of packing a bag to see his brother on his way was extremely touching and fitting. Re-visiting his young patient afterwards and mentioning his own Huntington’s Disease diagnosis was a brave move. However, spotting Cal’s murderer lurking at the cemetery was not how I had envisaged the episode would end. Is Ethan going to bring him to justice?

Charlie to the rescue ~ When Ethan can no longer hold the floor and as expected, breaks down during his tribute to Cal, it’s up to Charlie to step in and pick up from where he leaves off. You can always bank on good old Charlie and he’s been chomping at the bit to do something useful in a hopeless situation.

Lily & Iain… finally! ~ I’m not going to pass much comment, except to say that this pair finally got it together. In the back of a hearse! I won’t forget that for some time to come!!

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Casualty ‘End Of The Road’ ~ Episode Review

Casualty’s main focus was on Connie’s relationship with Hugo, this week – as well as heralding the return of Lily (against Dylan’s better judgement). Here are some highlights from a fast-paced and intense episode…

Hugo (BILLY ANGEL) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Jez ~ Jez is still seeing his new boyfriend, and will certainly make enemies once his identity is revealed more widely. I was slightly relieved when it seemed as if Jez was going to be dumped… shame that didn’t happen!

Lily Returns ~ Although Dylan is dubious that it might be too soon, Lily is back at work following her accident and almost immediately drops the ball when she misses a tell-tale sign on a young patient. However, she picks it up so quickly (of course she does, it’s Lily!) and Sam is offering compliments by the end of shift. Will Lily apply for one of the Consultant positions?

Iain’s interest ~ Iain is still showing interest in Lily – for numerous reasons as we know, but he appears to be genuinely worried about her returning to work and has Louise looking out for her. 

Mummy Connie ~ Connie has loved playing mum to Hugo, especially when her own daughter doesn’t want a bar of her. However, the time has come for him to return to his family and move with them to Scotland. Connie is secretly devastated but handles it with her usual matter of fact manner. However, Hugo doesn’t take it well either – and he demonstrates his displeasure by running away. The drama that unfolds has a happy conclusion, but not without ‘crying’ over spilled milk – or in fact wine!

Popular Sam ~ Sam is continuing to ingratiate himself (not!) with the Consultants as he informs them that applying for their own job looms ever nearer – I think it would be a great cost cutting exercise if he left, personally. Sorry to all the fans of Tom Chambers!

Cast List: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08rtnc7

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

Oh my days, Casualty! It’s no wonder they’re up for a BAFTA after those last two episodes, filmed so innovatively and cleverly written, too. Here are a few highlights of the tremendously sad episode from last night.

Dr Lily Chao (CRYSTAL YU) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Lily’s hit and run ~ So, we all thought that Lily was going to be the ‘casualty’ who met her doom – and it was certainly looking dicey there after her hit and run incident courtesy of Gem. So, as Lily recovers from her ordeal, there’s a cover up plan being hatched…

Gem and Iain ~ In last week’s episode Iain has lost it with Gem, hence her drinking and driving around the car park, causing Lily’s accident. Gem goes to lengths to conceal the fact that she was the driver who knocked down Iain’s potential love interest(!), however when Dylan is examining her injured eye – the truth begins to emerge. Iain, in spite of himself, offers to back Gem up and should Lily recall the incident, he plans to talk to her in order to continue with his plan. Very brotherly, Iain!

Love is in the air (again) ~ Ethan and Alicia can’t stay away from one another and their feelings spill over in this episode, culminating in the start of their relationship being sealed with a kiss, just around the same time as Cal is sticking up for his absent brother. Timing is the name of the game. Bad timing.

Ellisson Family ~ The return of the Elliosson family could only herald one thing, disaster. It just so happens that the fall out from the death of the head of the family, the blame for which is being laid at the feet of the striking doctors – has far reaching repercussions.

RIP Cal ~ We were led to believe that Lily was leaving the show in dramatic and tragic style. I don’t think audiences were prepared for the swift departure of Cal, courtesy of a stabbing from one of the Ellisson boys. Cal, in true heroic fashion was trying to prevent his brother coming to harm at the hands of his attacker, copping for a fatal stab wound in the process. The final scenes where Ethan discovers that his brother has been murdered emotive and horrific in equal measure. With the boys having lost their newly discovered mum, last year – loss has been a running theme for Ethan.

Caleb Knight Richard Winsor
Ethan Hardy George Rainsford
Alicia Munroe Chelsea Halfpenny
Lily Chao Crystal Yu
Iain Dean Michael Stevenson
Jez Andrews Lloyd Everitt
Connie Beauchamp Amanda Mealing
Dylan Keogh William Beck
Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin Cathy Shipton
Charlie Fairhead Derek Thompson
David Hide Jason Durr
Elle Gardner Jaye Griffiths
Jacob Masters Charles Venn
Louise Tyler Azuka Oforka
Max Walker Jamie Davis
Noel Garcia Tony Marshall
Gemma Dean Rebecca Ryan
Sam Strachan Tom Chambers
Denise Ellison Lucy Benjamin
Scott Eillisson Will Austin
Mickey Ellisson Mitch Hewer
Susan Beckett Susie Amy
Writer Dominique Moloney
Director Steve Brett
Producer Dafydd Llewelyn

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.

 

 

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