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.



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 ‘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 ‘Little Sister’ ~ Episode Highlights

Here’s this week’s episode highlights from another amazing instalment of Casualty, I think that this series of the show is one of my favourites to date…

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 17/01/2017 - Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 21/01/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 19 (No. 20) - Picture Shows: Gemma Dean (REBECCA RYAN)  - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Picture Shows: Gemma Dean (REBECCA RYAN) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

The Love of Charlie’s life ~ The best part of this episode had to be Charlie (Derek Thompson) telling Connie (Amanda Mealing) how much he loves the Hospital and that he has met the woman of his dreams, there! That’s Duffy (Cath Shipton), in case you’re wondering. No, not Baz (Julia Watson) – wash your mouth out! Chuffy fans everywhere went on full meltdown and even I had a little smile on my face. All together now… awww!

Trouble when she walked in ~ Iain’s (Michael Stevenson) little sister, Gemma (Rebecca Ryan) burst onto the scene with a cracking storyline, quite literally having cracked the head of her mean supervisor. Oh and there’s also the small matter of the pneumothorax that she incurs after taking a fall and chooses to ignore. I am already enjoying the fact that someone from Iain’s family has made an appearance and that she’s a bit spunky too.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 17/01/2017 - Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 21/01/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 19 (No. 20) - Picture Shows: Gemma Dean (REBECCA RYAN) Dr Lily Chao (CRYSTAL YU) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Picture Shows: Gemma Dean (REBECCA RYAN) Dr Lily Chao (CRYSTAL YU) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

It just got interesting ~ Lily (Crystal Yu) involves herself in Gemma’s business, thus adding another dimension to Iain and Lily’s ever-growing and will they/won’t they relationship. The result of Lily’s interference on this occasion sparks a tantrum from the troubled Paramedic, but that spark could be lit and go all kinds of crazy if you ask me! Looking forward to it!

Lean on Me ~ The time has come for Robyn’s (Amanda Henderson) next baby scan and who is there to hold her hand? Charlie boy of course… Like a surrogate grandfather to the unborn baby, the dependable stalwart eases the anxious mum-to-be’s worries, which allows her to enjoy looking at her baby on screen. Bless! It looks like he will need to be purchasing pink baby clothes if he’s thinking of going on a shopping excursion with Duffy anytime soon. I had a feeling the baby was going to be a girl, hooray!!

Good old Charlie!

Light at the end of the tunnel ~ Who for? Elle (Jaye Griffiths) as she finds out that Connie’s (Amanda Mealing) case against her has been dropped. Whether this means there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Jacob (Charles Venn) remains to be seen. Although Connie continues to sport a face like a smacked backside and continues the battle for territory with Elle – her light is well worth waiting for when she returns home to find Grace making progress she has longed to see. I hope we see a happy Connie, now, although it’s much more interesting to see her on the rampage!





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