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1.04 Jump Start – 27/9/86

s1e4S1 E4 (27 Sep 86) : Jump Start by Susan Wilkins

Episode Summary

Ewart is angry that Charlie has invited a Fleet Street journalist, Harry Horner, to write about the permanent night shift. Fed up being there, Harry gets drunk and is sick over the reception desk – the staff sober him up with a fully clothed shower.

After a motorway pile-up, involving two men, driver John and Andy, in a lorry, and a couple, Derek and Lindsay in a car. The men suffer minor injuries, but the couple both die. John blames himself. Surgical Registrar, Rupert Thalton, who Baz dislikes, is keen to take the organs from the woman. Baz breaks the bad news to Lindsay’s parents, who reveal she was pregnant.

Two Madonna-wannabees arrive in the department, one of them, Karen, has a bleeding nose from a DIY nose piercing job.

A young black teenager, Errol, comes in with his brother and friend. He seems drunk and has head injuries – but Baz discovers an extra-dural hematoma and must operate.

A chronically depressed woman, Mrs Farmer, is brought in by police. She reveals to Ewart that she has left her bed ridden father to die, as she hasn’t been back to her house in days.

And a young man, Gary, comes into the department making a fuss. Charlie thinks he’s a junkie, but he’s had a coronary. Kuba teaches Clive a lesson, by filling his whisky bottle with cold tea.


Motorway accident;

* Couple in car – Derek and pregnant Lindsay Brown – both die

* Two men in lorry – Andy and John – suffer minor injuries.

* Errol – needs an operation for an extra dural hematoma, comes in with brother, Bob.

* Chronically depressed woman, Mrs Farmer

* Karen Atkins – bleeding nose, from DIY nose piercing job gone wrong.

* Gary – had a coronary attack.

First Scene/words

We see Duffy going to work, talking to a few nurses, saying ‘Are you going to go’. A taxi pulls up, and out gets journalist, Harry Horner.

Harry : After you girl!

Bob (Errol’s brother) -to Susie- : It’s my brother and he’s done his head in!

Last Scene/words

Charlie and other staff wheel a drunken Harry through corridor;

Charlie: Decontamination! Quick as you can, we’ll soon have you back to your old self!

(They have put Harry in a shower fully clothed, the credits roll!)

Notable Facts

* Two ex-CASUALTY cast appear as other characters; Vas Blackwood (who played receptionist David Sinclair in S11) plays Bob, Errol’s brother. And Maggie McCarthy (Receptionist Helen Green in S5) plays Mrs Brown, the mother of Lindsay who has died.

* Alfred Molina plays journalist Harry Horner.

* Stella Gonet (House of Elliot) plays Dr Claire Wainwright.

* Michael Garner (Geoff Pearce in London’s Burning) plays a policeman.

* Journalist Harry Horner, is a Fleet Street journalist from the London Evening Star. Journalist, Bill Johnson was to come and report, but he has salmonella poisoning.

* Kuba says Rupert Thalton went to the same school al Prince Michael of Kent.

* Susie is to be 23 next birthday.

* Kuba is hoping to be on ‘Mastermind’.

Screencaps : S1 E4

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