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)…

 

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Casualty ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’ ~ Episode Review

Budget cuts, suspected indiscretions and a snake in the ED – sounds like a normal day in the NHS, eh? Here are a few highlights from last Saturday’s Casualty:

Picture Shows: Evie (HOLLY GOSS), Connie Beauchamp (AMANDA MEALING), Jacob Masters (CHARLES VENN), Susie (JULIET HOWLAND), Alicia Munroe (CHELSEA HALFPENNY) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Bedded the boss? ~ The implication that Sam (Tom Chambers) and Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) have slept together, is outlined from the start and it’s clear that the junior doctor is regretting whatever happened. Her memory is hazy on the subject and as the episode progresses it becomes clear that Sam is playing on her poor recollection of the evening. As it happens, nothing untoward did occur – although the intention had been there. A lucky escape?

Interfering sibling ~ Gem (Rebecca Ryan) is observing her brother’s shift on the ambulance and in typical style, can’t stand back and be just an observer. While Iain (Michael Stevenson) is awaiting help to move a car from a girl trapped beneath, Gem thinks nothing of jumping into the vehicle and rolling it back, out of the way. Not the wisest move, but one that helps to remove the patient from the scene faster. Iain’s not happy about his sister’s interference though.

Cuts ~ Sam is already in Alicia’s bad books with the question mark hanging over the previous night’s activities – he then drops the bombshell of departmental cuts! With the choice to make between nurses, junior doctors or a Consultant losing their job, and a declaration to Alicia that she’s cheap(!) – Sam is certainly not the most popular person in Holby City. We’ll see who goes as a result of his recommendations.

Picture Shows: Harry (MARK JORDON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Snake on an ambulance ~ When Harry Beatty (Mark Jordan – remember him from ITV’s Heartbeat?) orders an ambulance for himself following an encounter with his latest slithery ‘pet’s’ teeth, there’s an extra passenger on board the ambulance. The snake which Harry has added to his collection, the very same one that has given his owner a potentially fatal bite, winds up on board the ambulance. Iain is petrified and it’s down to Gem with the assistance of Jez (Lloyd Everitt) to perform a manoeuvre to capture the culprit. I should say that Gem showed good initiative again, even if her previous demonstration of initiative was slightly misguided.

The course of true love ~ Ethan (George Rainsford) has picked up on the fact that Alicia and Sam have had a ‘thing’ – even though we find out that they actually didn’t have a ‘thing’. The jealousy from her previous lover is palpable. However, when the love-torn pair discuss the situation at the end of the shift, it seems that the door to rekindling their relationship is still firmly closed. Cal (Richard Winsor) being the reason for the decision. It’s as frustrating now as before they briefly got together!

 

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 ‘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

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