Casualty review with spoilers: Jade makes a life-changing decision

There was a blast from Jade (Gabriella Leon)’s past in tonight’s Casualty, when wrestler Malc ‘The Monk’ Denison (Connor Bryson) was brought into the ED after a lump of lighting rigging fell on him in the wrestling ring. Malc ‘The Monk’ wasn’t an actual monk, but he was Jade’s actual ex-boyfriend. Jade had dumped him when she was young and foolish, feeling that he was out of her league, she explained to Marty (Shaheen Jafargholi).

Malc was deaf, so Dylan (William Beck) needed Jade’s signing skills to help explain what was going on while he was being treated. This gave her and Malc ample opportunity to talk and for her to start wondering whether she’d made a hideous mistake in letting him go.

It was a pointless ponder, though, as it turned out that Malc had moved on and now had a wife, Lizzie (Sapphire Joy), and a baby.

He also had a smashed-up kidney thanks to the lighting rigging accident, so while that was being fixed Jade got busy being lovely to his family members and eventually helped Malc to realise that he had to make his family take priority over the wrestling in the future.

In return, Malc helped Jade to realise that she was now ready to get in touch with her birth mother. Malc was convinced that her mother would be proud of her. Whether she will or not remains to be seen.

Meanwhile Jacob (Charles Venn) was looking after a man called Nate (Tim Pritchett), who claimed to have been injured after falling out of his wheelchair during a stunt.

There was something not quite right about the story that Nate was giving to the staff, and eventually Jacob discovered that Nate had been neglecting himself since his wife died of cancer three months earlier. Jacob has now vowed to help Nate in any way he can.

Back to the accident where Malc ‘The Monk’ was crushed by lighting rigging. Jan (Di Botcher) and Fenisha (Olivia D’Lima) were the ambulance crew called to the scene, and Fenisha incurred Jan’s wrath by wading into the rubble before the scene had been declared safe.

This is standard Casualty paramedic behaviour, of course – we’ve never seen Dixie or Jeff or Iain hesitate before diving straight into danger – but Jan was right and Fenisha ended up with her ankle trapped.

Fortunately she was ok apart from a bit of a limp, but Jan was furious and gave her an official warning. This scuppered Fenisha’s thoughts of overtime, as she’d realised that she’s going to need more money now she has a baby on the way. A baby Ethan (George Rainsford) thinks no longer exists.

And people are getting very tired of hearing Noel (Tony Marshall) bragging about his recent exploits when he rescued a girl from the horrible man who was abusing her. ‘I’m like your very own James Bond,’ he informed them. ‘Only paid less.’

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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