It was hard to see who was the most paranoid in tonight’s Casualty – Vincent Millbank (Tim Woodward) who thought everyone was out to get him since someone threw acid over his car, or Archie (Genesis Lynea) who was nervous in case she was about to be outed as the acid-thrower.
There were two things in Archie’s favour – first, she’d only thrown the acid in response to Victor Millbank being a very nasty man who’d spent most of his life bullying and belittling young boys in his care. And second, she finally has the support of Will (Jack Nolan), who is making up for being entirely useless throughout her problems with Connie by being There For Her at all times.
Archie found Millbank on the fire escape after he’d gone walkabout. He’d become convinced that the boys he terrorised when he was a teacher had come to find him and get their revenge, so Archie felt compelled to tell him that it was her who attacked his car. Millbank realised that the terror he’d been going though was similar to what he’d inflicted on the boys and he collapsed. Archie got him back into resus, where they sorted out his heart and Archie said she’d resign. Luckily for us, Millbank decided he wanted to forget the entire incident and go home with his grandson to reflect on what a horrible man he’d been. Archie thought she’d been horrible too, but Will reassured her that she could have left Millbank on the fire escape if she’d been horrible.
Talking of horrible people, has this episode finally marked a turnaround for newish F1, Mason Reede (Victor Oshin)? For a lot of the time it was more of the same – Mason refusing to own up to any of his mistakes. When Rash (Neet Mohan) realised Mason hadn’t talked to Ethan (George Rainsford) about his mistake with the D-dimer test, Mason’s response was more or less to shrug.
Patients are so often used as life lessons on Casualty, and it was patient Leena, who’d had a funny turn at a fertility ceremony, who showed Mason where he was going wrong. Mason and Rash managed to work together to help Leena and Mason was the one who made a diagnosis. He was also able to relate to Leena’s situation and opened up about the pressures on him from his family: ‘They think the world of me – the family hero, the one who did good. So you can’t let the people down, can you? Even if you’re struggling and things haven’t quite worked out the way you thought, you’ve got to keep going despite the pressure.’
This has always been my theory of why Mason acted the way he did and it makes complete sense of his character. Rash has given him one last chance, and Mason has given Rash his bike back, so maybe it’s a clean slate for Mason. It’s going to be interesting to see how his character develops going forward. I hope he doesn’t become too nice, because there’s already a lot of very nice people in Casualty and sometimes you need someone who has a bit of an edge to them (waves at Dylan).
Ethan is one of the very nicest, sweetest people in the ED, but he’s getting himself into quite a pickle by falling for Effie and using his position as a doctor to sneak her onto a CF trial which she was really too ill to qualify for. This week he got in even deeper after Effie’s father Theo (Jim Sturgeon) asked him to find out whether Effie was in the ‘active’ or ‘control’ group on the trial. It’s obviously essential for these things to be anonymous, otherwise biases creep in to pollute the test. Ethan knew this and refused to do as Theo asked – until Theo threatened to expose the fact that Ethan has been taking an interest in Effie that goes beyond strictly professional. The doctor in charge of the trial wouldn’t give him any information and in fact she didn’t know herself – but Ethan reassured Theo that Effie is in the ‘active’ group.
Ethan has decided he’s not very comfortable with all this subterfuge and told Will that it was over with Effie. We saw him ignore a call from her – but will he be able to ignore her when she inevitably turns up?
Sue Haasler is the author of the official BBC Holby City book, which you can read about here.
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