Casualty ‘Binge Britain’ ~ Episode Review

It’s fiesta time in the staff room as Charlie (Derek Thompson) and Duffy (Cath Shipton) return from their honeymoon to a packed out ED. David (Jason Durr) is hell bent on helping Robyn (Amanda Henderson). Meanwhile Connie (Amanda Mealing) and Sam (Tom Chambers) are still keeping vigil over their daughter as she struggles to recover from her latest misfortune. Here’s the highlights:

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 18/02/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 23 (No. 24) - Picture Shows:  Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), David Hide (JASON DURR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), David Hide (JASON DURR) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Chuffy’s Cheer ~ Charlie and Duffy’s honeymoon is over, thanks to a delayed flight they are diligently back at Holby City and ready to go on duty rather than going home first – they must be mad! Dylan (Will Beck) certainly isn’t thanking them for taking up space in the waiting area! Not to be deterred by the luke-warm welcome, they set up camp in the staff room and recreate a festival that they enjoyed while they were away celebrating their long awaited marriage. Bumping, grinding and getting on down to the groove Ibiza-styley, it’s like Carry On Casualty in there (ooh Matron!) Even more so once David joins the party and pulls some moves of his own out of the bag, stealing away Mrs Fairhead for a demonstration that would not look out of place in Strictly Come Dancing. Charlie soon reclaims his wife with a public display of affection and there’s mention of Banana Liquor, which I’m sure is still in the systems of the newly weds after that display.

Grace’s Set-back ~ Progress was slow going for Grace (Emily Carey) prior to her latest trauma, but the set-back she has endured has switched her off again. Connie (Amanda Mealing) and Sam (Tom Chambers) can only look on as their darling girl stares into space and fails to squeeze her mum’s hand. How much more is going to be thrown at them? Will Grace ever recover from so much misfortune. I have to hand it to Amanda Mealing, Tom Chambers and Emily Carey for each putting in stellar performances, though. It’s gripping television and no mistake.

Family Ties ~ Iain (Michael Stevenson) has been forced to deal with his past and his family in recent weeks. His troublesome sister, Gemma (Rebecca Ryan) has been released back home following her latest misdemeanours, but missed a meet up with her brother and Lily (Crystal Yu). Lily has been playing a part in the reconciliation of Iain’s family situation and I think we can all see the brewing romance which has been there since the first episode of this series. Introducing Sian Reeves as their mother was an inspired move as the three members of the Dean family looked very alike, I thought – they made a very believable family. It was trauma, as ever, that brought Mummy Dean into Ian’s path, as she fell from a great height whilst on the run from the heavies. Her encounter with such men being down to the debt she has run up as a result of alcohol addiction and the reliance on the ‘pop’ having put her in a life threatening place, health-wise. With harrowing scenes and heart to hearts, it really seemed to be crunch time. What next? It remains to be seen, but Lily is definitely still on the scene with this on-going family drama and Iain even asks her for a coffee…. smooth, Iain!

You’ve got a friend… or three ~ Robyn (Amanda Henderson) has been reading baby ‘manuals’ and working herself up about her potential to be a good mother, so kind-hearted David decides it’s time to bring in the big guns to help. The guns being Charlie and Duffy! Good plan, say I, I reckon I’d want them on my side if I was expecting a baby with my ex-fiancé who has done a bunk whilst suffering from a terminal brain tumour. Who else would you want telling you everything will be alright and fore-going another conversation about their fabulous honeymoon (and fortunately, resisting the urge to start another scene from Ibiza Uncovered) than this pair of old hats. It was a heart-warming scene when Robyn realised that she truly isn’t on her own and that the Fairheads are on hand to give advice and possibly write baby books as a side-line!

Programme Name: Casualty 30 - Series 31 - TX: 18/02/2017 - Episode: Casualty 30 23 (No. 24) - Picture Shows:  Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Alistair Heap
Robyn Miller (AMANDA HENDERSON), Lisa Duffin (CATHY SHIPTON), Charlie Fairhead (DEREK THOMPSON) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Alistair Heap

Dylan ~ If I had to choose my overall favourite character, the prize goes to Dylan. His dry and unwitting humour steals scenes for me in every episode that he appears in. This week’s gems were his reaction to the drunken lad who’s face was painted like a lion, just a flick of his eyebrow showed his personal opinion on the situation. Then there was the disregard for the return of Chuffy. Followed by the sheer satisfaction he enjoyed when he removed an arrow from a patient’s arm. Will Beck is playing a character whom I have happened upon many times in my experience with the NHS, and an episode without a sarcastic comment from Dylan is not half as much fun. Long may Dylan stride around the ED with his general disapproval and lack of self-awareness!

 

 

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