It turns out that the couple were the returning friends of Connie (Amanda Mealing), who she’d known from her stay at the hospital during her cancer treatment. Maggie (Lin Blakley) had been receiving similar treatment at the time, however we discovered that it hadn’t prevented her cancer from spreading to her frontal lobe, which unfortunately led to some rather predictable personality changes. It was her husband, Ray (Gary Lilburn), who suffered the brunt of her aggression and it culminated in devastating Romeo and Juliet inspired actions.
|Connie and Ray (Amanda Mealing and Gary Lilburn).|
|Connie and Charlie (Amanda Mealing and Derek Thompson).|
We also have to mention the return of Bea (Michelle Fox) as an F1! She received Ethan (George Rainsford) as a mentor and Eddie (Joe Gaminara), her fellow F1, got Alicia (Chelsea Halfpenny)—then the two pairs battled it out to see who could treat the most minors by the end of the shift. I enjoyed how they gradually brought back the missed dynamic between the ex-lovers and all with some lighthearted challenge. It inevitably reached the conversation about how they feel, but Ethan cut it short by sharing the news that he’d been “seeing someone”. Understandably, this broke Alicia’s heart as she seemed about ready to confess her feelings for him. She failed to convince with her pokerface and empty assurances that “it’s fine” for him to be with someone else and it ultimately ends with him skipping the drinks they’d been planning on having at the end of the shift.
|Alicia played by Chelsea Halfpenny.|
- The storyline of guest character Liv (Hope Lloyd) was rather an eye-opener, with her diagnosis being the uncommon and often unrecognised, Menstrual Psychosis. I find myself being more attentive with storylines that highlight generally unheard of illnesses and they’re often interesting to learn about.
- There was also the storyline of the little boy, Kyle, and his father (Will Finlason) who’d been lied to about Kyle having Leukaemia. Personally, I found it a pointless addition to the episode but I appreciate that it maintains the usual ‘3 patients’ structure of the show and it added something a little different.
Overall, I liked that the episode highlighted Connie’s sensitivity and vulnerability as it’s not something we’ve seen a lot of since her return. Also, a big nod goes to the Alicia and Ethan development as I feel as though that could really support upcoming storylines.