6.05 Joy Ride – 4/10/91

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S6 E5 (4 Oct 91) : Joy Ride by Bill Gallagher

Episode Summary

Three teenagers, Hilton, Garth and Malcolm, the worse for drink, are joyriding in a stolen car, when they crash into a skip. Hilton is hurled through the windscreen and dies in CRASH. Malcolm suffers multiple injuries including head injuries and a dislocated foot. Garth has cuts to his face and tries to run away, fearing the police will blame him. Jimmy chases after him and persuades him to come back in and talk to the police.

A bride-to-be, Debbie, arrives with her work mate, after losing two fingers in a machine at an abattoir. She is sent up to theatre, hopeful that they will be stitched back on. Over keen Kelly gives her a tetanus jab, without doctor’s consent, leaving Duffy to reprimand her.

Beth cannot find anything wrong with a neurotic woman, Sylvia, who has previously come in to casualty with different symptoms. Charlie asks Trish to have a word with her, where she confesses her real problem is her husband’s need for sex. Trish suggest counseling.

Workaholic Cliff, is found by his brother, Brian, in the warehouse, after hot plastic has spilt in his eyes. He is nearly blinded, and Brian is angry that instead of worrying Cliff, it has just given him more work ideas.

A policeman finds a man, Robert Frost, in the street with a cut head. He has lost his memory. His wife, who is separated from him, comes in and Julian persuades her to visit him. However he may have killed someone – police report finding a pawnbrokers near where Robert was with a man inside who’d been stabbed.

Duffy reveals to Beth she is tired – not because of a weekend with her baby, but with her new man. Beth is worried about her negligence case and asks for more support from Julian.

Patients

* Sylvia Vaughan – neurotic woman, no physical injuries but tells Trish of her unhappiness at her husband’s need for sex.

* Robert Frost – found in street with cut head and memory loss. May have stabbed a pawnbroker.

* Cliff Sidwell – blinded by hot plastic at work.* Hilton – 15 year old joy rider, goes through windscreen and dies.

* Malcolm – joy rider, multiple injuries – head and dislocated foot.

* Garth – joy rider – cuts to his face.

First Scene/words

Teenage joy riders laughing near cars/ Jimmy goes through department with wheelchair making car noises, he sees Duffy yawning;

Jimmy : That’s the trouble having kids innit? Keep you awake 3 o’clock in the morning with their sore gums and smelly bums! (Duffy gives him a disapproving look) Yes Jimmy and good evening to you too.

Last Scene/words

Outside department;

Garth : What will they do? What will happen to me?

Jimmy : Dunno, wait and see. Come back in eh? (they enter A&E, Jimmy winks at him, Garth walks over to the police)

Notable Facts

* Rebecca Lacey plays Debbie

* Paul Barber plays Cliff Sidwell

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