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 ‘Sticks and Stones’ – Episode Review

An episode of Casualty which rendered me speechless (which is no mean feat!) and made me hungry for the next episode, which we’re having to wait four weeks for! Although, the promo video for the anniversary special will tide me over, as it looks like it will be something extraordinarily special.

Back to last night’s episode, it seems there is more to Grace’s friend Carmel Sims (Sydney Wade) and her brittle mother, Steph (Tonicha Lawrence). A trampoline accident in Carmel’s back garden triggers a cacophony of events which ultimately result in the cliff hanger that left me open mouthed I silent horror. Connie (Amanda Mealing) sets out to get to the truth of Carmel’s situation, with misleading information from Grace (Emily Carey) and the young patient herself. It’s not until Jacob (Charles Venn) uncovers the truth with due to the nature of his improving relationship with Grace, that Steph’s character is discovered and Carmel’s feelings of worthlessness, thanks to her mother, are revealed. Amazing performances by both young actresses.

Amanda Mealing as Dr Connie Beauchamp.

Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny) has returned, in the meantime and returns to work with Dr Chao (Crystal Yu) with trepidation and a renewed determination. I’m glad to see this character return and also pleased that she stood up to Dr Chao, maybe some mutual respect will ensure from now on. But then and again this is a drama!

Plus there’s a return to Holby for Glen (Owain Arthur) and we discover that he has a brain tumour, when Robyn (Amanda Henderson) learns of the secret, surprisingly, the romance is back on! It’s good to see Holby’s favourite nurse happy, but how long will happiness reign? Alicia at least has the opportunity to show some of her capabilities when she takes the lead in a procedure to help Glen recover some of his sight.

Everyone is gearing up for Charlie’s (Derek Thompson) 30 years at Holby celebration, and it certainly looks as though it’s not going to go off without a hitch. Or, more accurately, a life-changing disaster.

Following the manic car chase started by a crazed Steph, we have been left in suspense as to Connie and Grace’s fate… I can only say congratulations to all involved, this was an episode that took on a rollercoaster ride all of its own.








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