Not a happy Christmas (Pictures: BBC)
Casualty delivered a brilliantly-crafted episode tonight, in the first of a special two-part story.
We were taken back in time to last year, with the ED struggling as the Covid cases once again mounted. Dylan (William Beck) and Charlie (Derek Thompson) did their best to ensure the department was well-stocked with PPE and oxygen, but once again supplies were hard to come by.
Into this scenario walked Laura (Holly Aird) – a woman with a particularly sinister connection to the ED. Laura had just been released from prison where she’d been since 2006, and that year was very much on her mind.
Rosie was horrified to see her mum again (Picture: BBC)
Via flashbacks and action in the present day (i.e. 2020) we learned that Laura had been in prison after she was found to be harming her daughter Rosie deliberately, and that she’d also stabbed paramedic Josh Griffiths (Ian Bleasdale) and left him for dead after ED staff realised what she was up to.
She also had another connection with the department – Rosie (Molly Wright) was now a nurse there. Rosie desperately wanted to avoid her mother coming to the department, but Laura was determined and tricked her way in to see her daughter. A fight between the two at the end of the episode saw a pregnant Rosie getting pushed down the stairs – and left unconscious and bleeding.
What will Laura do next?! (Picture: BBC)
That wasn’t the only cliffhanger. Iain Dean (Michael Stevenson), in 2020 was still working for HEMS and he and partner Chrissie (Lauren Crace) had to attend an accident which had left a van perched precariously on a cliff. Iain abseiled down to the van, which later crashed down the cliff with Iain and two patients on board. Iain insisted he was fine after this – but right at the end of the episode we saw him collapse.
A traumatic event led to Iain’s collapse (Picture: BBC)
Iain had previously been counselling Charlie, who was in a state of despair following a year of dealing with Covid cases, a year without his beloved Duffy and facing his own health concerns. He’d been having worrying symptoms that he feared were similar to Duffy’s. Was Charlie facing dementia?
He was certainly depressed by ‘unrelenting death, delays, shortages, grief. Duffy.’ Iain told him that ‘the bad stuff is just a moment and everything else is manageable.’
Charlie took advice from Iain much more readily than he did from his old friend Tess Bateman (Suzanne Packer), who was making a welcome (to us if not Charlie) return to the ED to do some cover shifts. ‘I don’t need a bloody pep talk’ the king of the pep talk told her, angry that she hadn’t been there when she needed him most.
When Iain was depressed, his therapist told him to start carrying a pebble (Picture: BBC)
With a question mark over Charlie’s health, Iain in a possibly critical condition, Rosie unconscious and Laura possibly driven to even more dangerous extremes, the resolution to this story next Saturday can’t come too soon.
Sue Haasler is the author of five novels and the official BBC Holby City book, which you can read about here.
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Original Article: metro.co.uk