"A Drop of the Hard Stuff" is the 17th episode of Casualty and the 2nd episode of the 2nd series. It was preceded by "A Little Lobbying" and followed by "Shades of Love". The episode was directed by Antonia Bird and written by Roy Mitchell.
With Holby opened again, Cyril and Karen, two new student nurses join the night shift and Elizabeth Straker's looking for a victorious Ewart. A man with a drinking problem is puzzled as to how he got there and when a young girl finds she's not pregnant, storms out and becomes a victim of a drunk driver and dies. A distraught Duffy recognises a stabbed patient, as the man who raped her a year ago. The shift ends in party mood and the staff celebrate in Susie Mercier's flat.