Casualty review with spoilers: Lev and Faith devastated as Zsa Zsa admits defeat

There were some truly tense scenes in tonight’s Casualty as Lev (Uriel Emil) and Faith (Kirsty Mitchell) watched their son Luka (Tom Mulheron) having surgery to try to remove his brain tumour. They’d insisted on being there, against the advice of neurosurgeon Zsa Zsa Harper-Jenkinson (Sharon Gless), who’d flown to Holby especially to do Luka’s surgery.

Zsa Zsa is of course Dylan (William Beck)’s old friend and mentor, and she was curious as to why he’d called her about this particular patient. Was he perhaps showing a special interest in the patient’s rather lovely mother? Dylan insisted that he’d do the same for any colleague. But would he, though?

Everyone was in huge awe of Zsa Zsa and her skills and reputation – apart from Connie Beauchamp (Amanda Mealing), of course. Their encounters were glorious. ‘Mizz Bo-Champ!’ Zsa Zsa greeted her. ‘I see you’re still running the place. I use the term “running” loosely.’

That was about as lighthearted as the episode got, as focus switched to Luka’s surgery and it soon became clear that there was more tumour than Zsa Zsa had been expecting and she eventually had to admit defeat. Luka now faces chemo and a very uncertain future, and Lev and Faith were both devastated.

Zsa Zsa took her leave of Dylan and David (Jason Durr) as she and her silent sidekick Jeffers headed back to the airport. She said she wasn’t sure she’d be back any time soon, which is probably for the best as she only turns up when there’s a crisis – but she really is a great character and it’s a shame that she couldn’t stay longer.

Meanwhile Charlie (Derek Thompson) had chosen this day to return to work, tired of daytime telly and endless cups of tea and nothing else to do but think of Duffy. He hoped getting back to work might take his mind off things for a while, but he was upset to discover that Jacob (Charles Venn) had been making a few changes to the department while he was away.

Charlie accused Jacob of taking over as soon as his back was turned, though Jacob insisted he’d only been trying to help. Then a patient who’d known Duffy got quite unpleasant after he’d had some bad news and Charlie’s day ended with him wondering whether coming back had really been a good idea.

Jade (Gabriella Leon) was worried about Marty (Shaheen Jafargholi) when he turned up at work with a hangover and proceeded to lie to Charlie about needing some time off in the future, to prepare the way for future scheduled hangovers. Since Marty was let down by that nasty Jack a while back he seems desperate to find love, or at least sex if love isn’t on offer. He arranged a meet-up with a stranger during his lunch break and was horrified to be rejected because of the colour of his skin. It looks as though he isn’t going to give up, though. Is he heading for serious trouble?

Sue Haasler is the author of five novels and the official BBC Holby City book, which you can read about here.

Casualty continues Saturday 7 March on BBC One.

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