Casualty ‘Somewhere Between The Silences – Part 2’ ~ Episode Review

Well, well, well – Ethan certainly took revenge to a whole new level in Saturday night’s episode didn’t he? I could almost see that end coming, and then convinced myself that Ethan wouldn’t have it in him – but he did! Here are the highlights while I try to come terms with what the young doctor has done!

Picture Shows: Mickey Ellisson (MITCH HEWER), Denise Ellisson (LUCY BENJAMIN) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Screen Grab

….murdered by his brother? ~ We picked up from where we left off, with Scott lying on the floor not looking too clever after his brother had accidentally ‘thrown’ him over the railings on the upper floor. It’s all hands to the pumps, of course as the wounds are assessed and Scott has certainly survived the fall thus far…

Ethan’s dilemma ~ Ethan is in turmoil when he discovers the situation – he’s out for revenge for Cal, so here is an opportunity to take it. However, professionalism takes over, to start with at least.

On the mend ~ Some good news in an otherwise grim episode, Grace is on the mend and demonstrates the benefits of her physio to Charlie! Connie is also delighted of course and it seems that her relationship with her daughter has also healed. Connie’s offer for Grace to move back home is met with a big smile. Happy days! Although it’s not all plain sailing and by the close of ‘play’ Grace has come to terms with the fact that her mum is always going to be busy. The gal’s growing up!

David’s date ~ Noel and Grace play a trick on David, he’s still mooning after a love life and a series of text messages lead him to believe he’s got a date… until the pesky pair’s meddling is uncovered!

Pay-back ~ Scott is still waiting for a full assessment of the injurie he’s sustained – he signs his own death warrant by admitting it was he who murdered Cal, but tries to convince Ethan that he brought it on himself. Not really the best way of going about things. So, when Scott starts to choke, what does Ethan do? Leaves the room. Revenge might not be so sweet, though….

Full cast list can be found here:

Casualty Episode Cast

Casualty ‘Man Up’ ~ Episode Review

Oh my word this episode had it all! Passion, trauma, drama, hurt – all in just a solitary instalment! I’m still catching my breath… here are a few highlights:

Ethan Hardy (GEORGE RAINSFORD), Alicia Monroe (CHELSEA HALFPENNY) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Doctor Love ~ Dylan’s looking at internet dating due to David’s unsubtly mentioning the subject! Checking out a very expensive dating website puts Dylan right off, but David has found another route to try looking for love… this storyline could run and get even more amusing! I find it even funnier when it involves Dylan.

Chuffy ~ For all the Chuffy fans out there (Charlie and Duffy, in case you’re unfamiliar with ‘shipping’) that was a lovely little moment they shared while watching the wedding of one of their patients, wasn’t it? Bless them, a very natural pairing who should have got together years ago, in my humble opinion…

Super-Sam ~ Super-Sam steps in and over-steps the mark yet again when a patient has a suspected rare parasite. He hands another opportunity on a plate to Connie as she is forced to reprimand her ex (I think she enjoys it… see next highlight!) and Sam’s argument is that he saved a patient. Although Connie is quick to remind him that he hasn’t necessarily saved her yet. I have to agree with Connie, Sam is arrogant, I’m not sure if I like him or not but it’s never boring with him around.

Connie and Sam ~ CONNIE AND SAM! This is not a drill…. but probably a one-off if I know Connie, she’s bound to put a stop to it. Or will she? Do the mismatched pair belong together? Plus Connie has made some progress with Grace after taking her to her physio appointment – so is it happy families time? Time will tell and we’ll no doubt be left in limbo!

Ethan and Alicia ~ Another couple featured heavily, as Ethan is still hell-bent on bringing his brother’s murderer to justice and Alicia declares that she can’t stay by his side while he goes off on the rampage (I paraphrase!). So Ethan walks off alone – very poignant. Plus it’s so palpable how much Cal is missed, his ghost still haunts Holby ED that’s for sure.

Episode Cast List here: Casualty ‘Man Up’ Cast List

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 ‘Slipping Under’ ~ Episode Review

This week’s Casualty took a slightly sinister turn as Connie (Amanda Mealing) came face to face with Steph (Tonicha Jeronimo) not once, but twice in one day! It’s up to ‘Uncle Charlie’ (Derek Thompson) to offer a shoulder. Elsewhere Charlie’s missus, aka Duffy (Cath Shipton) is also providing an ear. Plus there’s the simmering chemistry between Lily (Crystal Yu) and Iain (Michael Stevenson) – here are the highlights of the episode:

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 25/02/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 24 (No. 25) - Picture Shows:  Sam Strachan (TOM CHAMBERS) - (C) BBC  - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Picture Shows: Sam Strachan (TOM CHAMBERS) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Steph’s Suicide Bid ~ Steph (Tonicha Lawrence) made a come-back this episode, we first see her as a prison inmate when Connie (Amanda Mealing) decides to take it upon herself to obtain a visiting order. The exchange between the pair is heated and the Ice Queen Consultant leaves the convict in no doubt as to her feelings on the subject in hand, i.e. Grace! However, whether driven to it by Connie’s bullying or whether it was a plan, regardless, Steph turns from inmate to in-patient as she takes an overdose and finds herself at Connie’s mercy. It’s a 50:50 choice for Beauchamp when faced with an opportunity to finish off the pitiful mother. Harrowing scenes indeed and played fantastically well by Mealing and Lawrence. Plus, there was an opportunity for Sam (Tom Chambers) to show off his swanky skills learned in the States. Cal (Richard Winsor) fan-boys over this, he’s like an eager little puppy, bless!

Gem’s job hunt ~ Gem (Rebecca Ryan) continues to create mayhem as she steals Iain’s (Michael Stevenson) belongings and then later wonders why she can’t get a job! Her criminal record is playing havoc with her prospects and her loyal brother takes the opportunity to plea for her to have an interview with Patsy (Lynne Pearson) who had landed herself in the cr*p quite literally prior to her admission to the ED. Iain’s persistence and judging by the look on Duffy’s face, possibly a nod from her secures the job for the tearaway, so let’s hope she does her brother proud.

Dear Duffy ~ The aforementioned Patsy had more problems than merely the messy and smelly state that she arrived in the ED sporting. Menopausal symptoms were the bane of her life, she confides in Duffy, and she no longer feels sexy. Unbeknownst to her, the symptoms that she is experiencing are the reason that her husband (Bill Fellows) has been feeding her the medicine meant for the dog. Duffy saves the day with her friendly ear and advice, I think that was a great reinforcement of the reasons why it’s so good to have Duffy back. Plus someone needs to look after Charlie boy of course!

Charlie’s Chiding ~ Charlie, ever-sensible and policy-driven is on Connie’s back when she tries to ‘attend’ to Steph. He appears at a moment’s notice when he sees that she is trying to interfere and steps in when Connie has the chance to let her nemesis choke. Luckily for Connie, Charlie is on her side and despite his inward battle with his feelings regarding right vs wrong when it comes to what he has just witnessed, he chooses to say nothing.

Grumpy Grace ~ As if Connie’s day wasn’t difficult enough, her killer instincts being one of the major factors, Grace (Emily Carey) is being discharged. When her parents arrive to take her home Grace is adamant that she wants to get their attention and holds up her ipad, the message she has written informs her mother in no uncertain terms that she blames her for everything. Good luck with that Connie!

Photo credits: BBC

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….?

 

Casualty ‘Strike Three’ ~ Episode Review

A great opportunity to cross over with Holby City was offered this week, with the arrival of self-confessed ice queen, Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) to operate on young Grace (Emily Carey). The poor kid still isn’t out of the woods yet and causing her mother, Connie (Amanda Mealing) to quite literally have nightmares about the tragic situation. Sam Strachen (Tom Chambers), who is Grace’s father, or sperm donor, depending on what sort of mood you catch Connie in, has also arrived to be at his daughter’s bedside. So all in all, it’s a bit of a Holby City reunion!

Connie is in a state of utter despair in this week’s episode, and Amanda Mealing must be congratulated on her continued top class performance during the 30th anniversary show itself and the ensuing fall-out. When she attempts to ‘work’ following the collapse of a patient’s spouse, outside the hospital, it becomes all the more clear that she is in no fit state and highly incapable in her current state of physical and mental health. Seeing Connie ‘broken’ is something that we as viewers as so unused to, that I feel it’s testament to the writers for bringing her down in the worst way possible and stripping the character bare.

Meanwhile, Charlie (Derek Thompson) is on his knees having had very little sleep and a shoulder for Connie to lean on. Luckily, Duffy (Cath Shipton) is close by, observing his exhaustion and there’s a touching scene when she catches him asleep, head on his desk and puts his coat over his shoulders. This mutually caring relationship is what has kept viewers on tenterhooks for decades, now – maybe we’ll watch it develop further this time? Or perhaps not, as Duffy’s wedding ring was clearly on show when all of the team de-camped to the pub to wait on news of Grace’s operation. I liked the way that Charlie and Duffy were portrayed as the ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ of the department during those scenes, the social hierarchy was explored, beautifully.

Crystal
Crystal Yu as Lily

I am enjoying the development of the ‘friendship’ between Lily (Crystal Yu) and Ian (Michael Stevenson), I had toyed with the idea of a potential romantic relationship blossoming in the future, between the two of them. That might not be what the writers have in store for them, but it has certainly lodged in my head!

I felt that despite its usual guest characters, this week’s instalment was all about the team, and given the timeline of the events post-30th anniversary, this seemed like the right way to take the direction of the episode in.

Casualty ‘Too Old For This Shift’ ~ Episode Review

#Casualty30 arrived on screen with a bang, last night, everything I hoped it would be and more, and as Amanda Henderson who plays Robyn, said in her interview with me – an ensemble piece. An ensemble piece de force is the phrase that immediately sprung to mind for me. The continuation from the Connie/Grace (Amanda Mealing/Emily Carey) cliff-hanger that we were left in limbo for three weeks, was exceptional. Both actresses gave performances worthy of awards, and the ensuing disaster that struck once Grace was finally airlifted to hospital, has ensured that viewers were, again, left with a cliff-hanger as the young girl was taken or neuro-surgery. Also putting in an outstanding performance was Charles Venn as Jacob. Jacob was instrumental in locating Connie and Grace, now he’s left with the heart wrenching decision over whether to tell his lover of her daughter’s fate following the second accident.

Derek
Derek Thompson as Charlie Fairhead – celebrating 30 years at Holby City Hospital

It was like watching the stuff that movies are made of when the helicopter crashed down into the hospital grounds, easily one of the biggest and best spectacles pulled off to date. My heart was in my mouth and the fall-out  made for stunning visuals, the precision was superb.

Poor Charlie (Derek Thompson) had already abandoned his own 30th birthday celebration, where there were so many fantastic blasts from the past in one video sending well wishes. News of Connie and Grace’s accident sent the gathered party back to work. The story of Charlie’s life, trauma and work over-taking any form of celebration for the beleaguered Nurse. He had already dealt with a petulant agency worker, Amira (Poppy Jhakra, she was brilliant!). Then there was Sally Hodges (played by the resplendent Pam St Clement) who was brought in with a fractured neck of femur and finished with a rare diagnosis. Pam’s performance was a delight and so natural, what a pity she was only a guest star!

I particularly enjoyed the camera-work as we watched the department from Charlie’s perspective and saw how genuinely happy he is in his work. That was a beautiful touch and if there was ever an opportunity for Thompson to show what a second skin Charlie has become, this was it.

Pam
Pam St Clement as Sally Hodges

Visual effects, make-up and great continuation of storylines aside, Duffy (Cath Shipton) and Josh (Ian Bleasdale) returning and standing by Charlie, that’s what remains my over-riding memory of an episode to be proud of. There is still obvious chemistry between Charlie and Duffy, which I hope will be explored, and Josh adds the icing to the celebratory cake. As the 31st series gets off the ground, this could be the strongest cast, yet. Well done, Casualty!

Photo credits: BBC

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