Casualty review with spoilers: Jade’s past revealed as she meets her mother
Tonight’s Casualty focused a lot of its attention on Jade (Gabriella Leon), and her reunion with the mother who put her in care when she was three years old.
Jade had always wondered whether it was her deafness that meant her mother couldn’t cope with her.
The episode took us into Jade’s sound-world, as we could hear things from her point of view – sounds that were too loud and clashing as heard through her hearing aids, and the world becoming fuzzy and quiet without them.
It was effective and dramatic, particularly when she met her mother, Susie (Sophie Stone), and found that she, too, was deaf.
The reunion was very moving as the two women talked in sign language and got to know each other.
Susie’s speech was less clear than Jade’s and we saw from the reaction of an assistant in the cafe where they met that this had led to people misunderstanding her and treating her differently.
Susie’s mother Theresa (Jill Baker) showed up, leading to Susie having a minor accident with a car so there was an excuse to get them all back to the hospital.
There it became clear that Susie hadn’t wanted to give Jade away, but it was Theresa who convinced her because she thought Jade wasn’t developing properly. They hadn’t realised that the reason for this was that Jade was deaf.
Jade was upset on her mother’s behalf that Theresa hadn’t allowed Susie to learn sign language as a child because she’d been advised that it would stop her learning to speak.
Susie had learned to sign on her own, but Theresa insisted on speaking on her behalf, describing her as ‘vulnerable.’ It was obvious that Theresa’s attitude had contributed to her daughter being less confident.
Eventually Theresa and Susie left the hospital, but it seems clear that Jade isn’t going to abandon her mother now she’s found her.
When Dear Old Duffy died her organs were donated for transplant. So when a patient, Hafiz (Nav Sidhu), arrived with a transplanted heart, Charlie (Derek Thompson) couldn’t help wondering whether it could possibly be Duffy’s precious organ that was just about keeping him alive.
The problem was that Hafiz hadn’t been taking his medication properly, which meant there was a risk of his body rejecting the heart. Charlie couldn’t be having that sort of thing and gave him a stern talking to.
It took Jade, who was having a busy week, to dig deeper into Hafiz’s story and discover that he was a former drug user who felt he didn’t deserve the gift of a new heart. Charlie apologised all round. ‘You did the right thing,’ he told Jade. ‘You do a lot of right things.’
Dylan (William Beck) was back on admin duties as he recovered from being slightly shot during the armed siege back in May (which may only have been last week in Casualty land).
Faith (Kirsty Mitchell) was a wee bit flustered by the presence of the man who loved her so much he was prepared to take a bullet for her, and she tried to talk to him about it. He was having none of that, though. The only way he can cope with his feelings for Faith is to pretend not to have feelings for Faith.
And there was some lovely news from Across The Pond, as we heard from Robyn (Amanda Henderson) that Max and Zoe have adopted a baby boy.
Sue Haasler is the author of five novels and the official BBC Holby City book, which you can read about here.
Casualty continues Saturday 18 July on BBC One.
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