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….

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Casualty ‘Somewhere Between The Silences – Part 1’ ~ Episode Review

Wow, I’m still reeling from last Saturday’s Casualty episode! What an ending, I did not see that coming and what the after-math will be? Who knows, I need to know now, though! Here are a few highlights while I wait in nervous anticipation…

Jez (LLOYD EVERITT), Mickey Ellison (MITCH HEWER) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Connie & Sam ~ Connie’s very quick to put Sam back in his place about their hanky panky in the cupboard the previous week. I’m sure for shippers of the pair, that has come as a disappointment – however, with Mr Chambers returning to the stage, I fear Sam won’t be around for much longer.

Speed Dating ~ This was simply hilarious, Dylan’s part in it in particular! His dismissiveness and pointed comments made my night, is it me or does his character just get better? He’s like the unintentional comedian of the show.

Ruthless Ethan ~ Ethan was less than impressed to see the Ellisson family back in the ED and his feud with Scott is far from over, rightly so as he is his brother’s killer after all! Ethan knows that Scott’s brother Mickey is having a relationship with Jez, of course… so he sows a seed.

Jez in danger ~ Ethan’s revelation to Scott causes repercussions, naturally! Meaning that Jez and Mickey find themselves on the other end of his wrath and his knife. It doesn’t look promising until…

An accident? ~ So, Scott comes a cropper when he is intending to harm Jez – the episode ended on the murderer falling from the upper floor and landing on the ground floor below. There’s blood, of course, so is this the end? Has it literally been the case of an eye for an eye? I can’t wait to find out!

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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.

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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!

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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?

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Casulalty ‘Swift Vengeance Waits’ – Episode Review

It was all about Ethan this week, with the Ellisons making yet another return to the ED (they’re like regular characters now, eh? I’m getting sick of the sight of them!) there was almost a confession from the perpetrator too… Here are a few highlights:

Scott Ellisson (WILL AUSTIN), Iain Dean (MICHAEL STEVENSON), Sam Strachan (TOM CHAMBERS), Alicia Munroe (CHELSEA HALFPENNY) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Be More Cal ~ The episode kicked off with heartbreaking scenes as Ethan empties Cal’s locker, Pungent aftershave aside, it’s a tear-jerking moment as he takes hold of his late brother’s stethoscope and removes Ethan removes his trademark specs. Then there’s the confrontation with Cal’s murderer of course – #bemorecal

Charlie ~ Poor Charlie, having witnessed Ethan packing up Cal’s belongings, he’s feeling like he should be providing more support and comfort than he already is. Despite Duffy’s best efforts, Charlie boy is being very hard on himself as the self-appointed Patriarch of the ED. I think this will be a crisis that Charlie can’t do much more about though.

Lily and Iain – Fleeting nod towards this two again, Iain is still concerned about Lily following the accident that his sister caused. The romantic potential still bubbles beneath the surface!

Alicia – Who else feels a bit sorry for Alicia and also thinks that Chelsea Halfpenny is doing a cracking job with a betwixt and between role at the moment? She’s being the ultimate supportive ‘girlfriend’ to Ethan in his time of desperate need, but it’s obvious how hopeless she feels too. Plus the affair she had with Ethan was still a hot topic when Cal met his maker. Still plenty of mileage in that story!

Awards – I feel it’s worth mentioning how brilliantly Casualty are doing with award nominations and wins this year. Close but no cigar at BAFTA, fingers crossed for TV Choice and I’m confident that won’t be the last we see of mentions for the amazing continuing drama. It’s time Cath Shipton won one for her role as Duffy, though!

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Casualty: Break Point ~ Episode Review

The episode following Cal’s death was always going to be a harrowing one to watch, it was distressing to see Ethan returning to work and also watching the rest of the team coping with the fall-out. Brilliantly performed and filmed, though – here are a few highlights:

Connie Beauchamp (AMANDA MEALING) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Charlie ~ You can always rely on Charlie to be the shoulder to cry on with an open office door, plus reliable Charlie is first to greet the bereaved brother upon his arrival at the ED.

Ethan ~ Ethan has been ignoring the fact that he has a voicemail from Cal, he can’t bring himself to hear the voice of his recently departed brother. It takes Alicia and Charlie gently prompting to encourage him to hear the message, and the realisation that it was Ethan who should have been on the receiving end is unsettling in the extreme.

Dylan ~ Dylan is also out of sorts, he struggles to deal courteously with a patient who has not helped himself when it comes risking his health. I suspect that Dr Keogh will take as much time as the rest to get over losing a colleague.

Jez ~ I expect that the paramedic who can’t keep it in his trousers will not be in favour when his current liaison is discovered. The Ellison family is public enemy number one and Jez is playing a dangerous game with his latest squeeze.

Connie – The on-going saga between Grace and Connie still doesn’t appear to be resolved, but being called mum by Hugo is an interesting turn of events and one that she is keen to brush off as a slip yet appeared touched by.  From the sublime to the ridiculous, she’s also fiercely taking Sam to task over the fact that she has to apply for her own job.

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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 ‘When The Whistle Blows’ ~ Episode Review

An episode that showed a commitment to the continuation of a few plots, which is one of the show’s strengths at the moment, but also gave a meaty storyline to a guest character – this episode is one of my favourites from the current series… here’s a few highlights:

Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Duffy’s at the hub ~ With the much publicised one-shot episode featuring Duffy (Cath Shipton) at the hub, it was a pleasant change to be able to enjoy Duffy at the heart of the action in this episode. She knew copper, Jay (Tim Dantay) from way back when, and it was a fascinating if not tragic storyline as Duffy inadvertently covers for her old friend when he reacts badly to the death of his young colleague. If this was anything to go by, I think we’re going to be in for something special later in the year.

Cal’s revolt rolls on ~ Cal (Richard Winsor) made it abundantly clear to Sam (Tom Chambers) that he was not going to take news of the department cuts lying down. What began as a mutual respect between the pair when they first met, had become a toxic relationship very rapidly. Let’s face it, Sam is ruthless so whether he was a genuine supporter of the junior doctor was always in question. When Sam stops over-time/locum shifts Cal is outraged, even Dylan (Will Beck) doesn’t take the news well. However, with Cal hell-bent on going on strike and not everybody behind him in his action, I spy disaster.

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

Jez’s hi-jinks ~ Jez (Lloyd Everitt) has made no secret of the fact that he likes men and women, however his recent dalliance with Louise (Azuka Oforka) had left the nurse in hope that he was devoted to her. Not the case, in fact he has only gone and bedded Elle’s son, Kalen (Percelle Ascott) (without realising who the mother of his latest fling was) – so romance with Louise is off the table…

Elle’s surprise ~ Elle (Jaye Griffiths) made a few quips about Jez throughout the shift, only to be rendered speechless when she discovered the truth. Her son is gay and Jez spent the night with him under her roof, and then swinging from the roof when he attempted to hide! Elle’s initial reaction is not a favourable one, however, she shows a reasonable and supportive side to her nature as the news settles in.

One-shot ~ News that the one-shot episode is in the can has come as a welcome and much anticipated treat for me, especially as Duffy is leading the episode and I know how capable Cath is of handling such a demand. I can’t wait to see it and look out for my interview with a relieved Cath, just after filming had finished.

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