Things did not go well for Marty (Shaheen Jafargholi) in tonight’s Casualty. He thought he needed to be quiet about his sexuality in case it upset his traditional Iranian mother. It turns out that she’d known for years (and wasn’t fooled for a second by Jade acting as a beard). Finding out that she knew and she was ok about it gave Marty the confidence to tell his dad, too.
Jade (Gabriella Leon) wasn’t sure that was a good idea, but he went ahead anyway – and didn’t get the reaction he was hoping for, to say the least. ‘You’re just not the son that I envisaged,’ his dad devastatingly told him, saying that he wasn’t proud of Marty any more and didn’t want to see him again. Poor Marty was understandably really upset. ‘I’ve been rejected by more families than you’ve had hot fellas,’ Jade said, trying to cheer him up, which was a sad reflection of her upbringing but not terribly helpful in the current situation.
Apart from Marty’s mother, who’d been brought into the ED with a heart problem, the other patient storyline was about Jules, a trans woman. This story echoed and reflected Marty’s story, as Jules battled to be accepted by her wife Fiona – who was not happy to find that the man she’d married was now a woman. The story touched on the debate about trans women in women-only spaces – Fiona was angry with Jules for using a swimming pool during a women-only session, but this was mainly a front for her own confused feelings about whether she could accept that their baby son would now have two mummies instead of a mummy and daddy.
In true Casualty style the situation was eventually resolved happily, with Fiona prepared to accept Jules and let her have a relationship with their son. It was interesting, though, to see the awkwardness that characters like Jan (Di Botcher) and Gem (Rebecca Ryan) had in finding and using the right pronouns and terminology to talk to and about Jules. The staff wanted to support her and make her feel comfortable, but they weren’t always that good at it, which is probably a fair reflection of how trans people experience similar situations.
Meanwhile, Connie (Amanda Mealing)’s descent into drugs hell continued and we discovered she’s now getting the pills she needs by prescribing double amounts for patients and keeping half of them for herself. Will (Jack Nolan) spotted her taking them, Archie (Genesis Lynea) saw them in her desk drawer, and Ciaran (Rick Warden) was duly informed. He proved that he’s not as sharp as he likes to believe when he insisted on looking in Connie’s desk and the pills weren’t there. As she was on her way out of the door at the end of the shift at the time, they were obviously in her bag. Connie asked him, in her best sarcastic voice, whether he wanted to look in her bag as well. The correct answer would have been ‘yes.’
Poor Charlie (Derek Thompson), under stress anyway because of dealing with Duffy’s dementia and recent departure from the ED, overheard Ciaran attempting to flush Connie out by talking about a mistake Will had made and admitted to. He was ‘an example to the less diligent,’ Ciaran said, and Charlie immediately assumed he was talking about Duffy and got very cross. David (Jason Durr) decided it was time for an intervention, and when Charlie fell asleep in his office David fastened him to the chair with his bum bag. We just knew that bum bag would come in handy for something one day. ‘It’s nothing… kinky,’ David reassured Charlie when he woke up to find himself restrained.
The plan worked, though. David got Charlie to admit that he was scared of the future and whether he’d be able to cope. He wasn’t sure he could do it on his own. David said he wouldn’t have to: ‘Duffy is still one of us and we will not allow either of you to fall through the cracks,’ he said. What a wonderful man he is.
Sue Haasler is the author of the official Holby City book, which you can read about here. Her latest novel, Half A World Away, is out now
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