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"Charlie's Anniversary" is the 592nd episode of Casualty and the 2nd episode of the 22nd series. It features another guest appearance of Amanda Mealing as Connie Beauchamp from Holby City, who later went on to join the main cast of Casualty in 2014 following her departure from Holby City in 2010.

The events of this episode take place on 8 September, as they follow the same events as the previous episode. The first episode of the series focuses on Toby's day, whereas the second focuses on Charlie's.

Plot

In resus, Tess wakes Charlie up after he fell asleep whilst keeping Jo Andrew company. In NICU, he urges Nathan to appoint a replacement for Selena and take control of the department. Nathan silently gives him a letter, and Charlie thanks him. On his way out of the building, Tess asks Charlie to show the new F2s around the department before dropping them off with Maggie and Guppy, but he claims that he is "sick of the sight of this place". He begrudgingly returns to reception and introduces himself to Ruth Winters and Toby De Silva.

After he gives the two doctors a tour of the department, Josh leads him to the staffroom where his colleagues congratulate him for his 35 years of service in the NHS. Unfazed by their show of goodwill, Charlie introduces them to Toby and Ruth and leaves. Josh follows and confronts him about his dismissive attitude, and Charlie shows him the letter of commendation he received from Nathan for his years of service. He angrily asserts that, when he started his first shift in a hospital, he wanted to fight and not let "them" win, but he feels that he has failed, and he points out that he thought that it was just a typical working day. Josh then finds Charlie outside the department in his car and suggests apologising to his colleagues. In cubicles, Charlie pulls Maggie aside to apologise, but Toby forgets to cap off the tube while fitting a line into a young woman, causing her to bleed profusely and scream in horror. They rush over to help her, and Charlie brands Toby as a "moron" who is "painting the walls with patients' blood".

On his way home, Tess calls Charlie and informs him that a major incident has been declared on Hesketh Road, and Holby City Hospital is the designated hospital. He initially tries to avoid helping out by claiming that he is tired, but, as he is closer to the site than the ED, he subsequently asks her to put him on the medical team. Once he arrives at the scene of the explosion, Dixie requires his assistance inside the destroyed shop. Inside, Greg tries to calm a young girl named Angela down, but she continuously demands to be freed. He gets Charlie to talk to her, but he admonishes her into silence instead. Outside, Nell asks for his help, but he is irritated to find out that she wants him to treat a dog and leaves them.

In the Casualty Clearing Station, Angela expresses her disdain for Charlie, and he tells her to "join the queue". Despite Denny's offer of assistance, he insists on moving all of the walking wounded out of the tent. However, when Russ - a man whose intestines have been eviscerated - starts calling for his friend Scotty, Denny commands him to temper his behaviour and not "disgrace his regiment". Russ complies and weeps in pain. Charlie thanks Denny and suggests accompanying Russ to the hospital, claiming that the walking wounded are welcome if they are "on [their] side". Nearby, Fareeda, who lost a leg and her scalp in the explosion, is comforted by her father Sayeed who begs to be allowed to accompany her to the hospital with her; Josh grants him permission. While Maggie takes Christine to an ambulance, Toby tells Charlie that he needs to find Rayne - a casualty who requires urgent medical attention; Charlie lends him the keys to his green Morris Traveller. As he sadly watches as Nell desperately tries to save the dog, Maggie informs him that they have been relieved of their duties. He tries to apologise to her for his behaviour in the morning, but Cyd asks him if he is boarding the ambulance.

Cast

Production

"My First Day" and "Charlie's Anniversary" were originally two parts of an episode titled "One Extreme to Another".[1]

Early in production, the episodes' plot had to be altered after it was blocked by the BBC's editorial guidelines department as they believed it could have perpetuated stereotypes of young Muslims in Britain. Originally, the episodes depicted a radical Islamist blowing himself up at a bus station and another whose suicide vest had to be carefully removed after it failed to detonate. A spokeswoman for the BBC stated, "Originally I think there was storyline discussion on suicide bombers and they spoke to editorial guidelines. With any storyline process, there are lots of ideas that get put forward which don't make the series. The aim of Casualty is to highlight the work of professionals in these extreme situations." Consequently, the script was revised to have the Muslim characters replaced with animal rights extremists.[2]

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