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Series 3 is the third series of Casualty. It aired between 9 September and 4 November 1988. The series contained ten episodes, making it the shortest ever series with the least number of episodes.
In this series, main events included two minibuses full of school kids colliding, Ewart's death and Peter's death. Also, patients included a woman with a tummy full of condoms made up of heroin, A Catholic woman who had her wrists after becoming pregnant by her brother-in-law and a social worker having been attacked by a child abuser. This series also sees Holby admit its first AIDS sufferer.
|Episode||Series||Episode||Centric character||Original airdate|
|31||1||"Welcome to Casualty"||Ewart||9 September 1988|
|It's straight in the deep end for new faces David Rowe, who has to give some despairing news and Outpatients Officer, Valerie Sinclair, who has a difficult first meeting with Ewart.
Note: First appearance of David Rowe, Valerie Sinclair, Alison McGrellis, Kiran Joghill and Sadie Tomkins.
|32||2||"Desperate Odds"||Ewart||16 September 1988|
|A social worker is assaulted while investigating the abuse of a child, David mis-diagnoses a pickpocket and Duffy can't tell anyone why she's moody and withdrawn.|
|33||3||"Drake's Drum"||Ewart||23 September 1988|
|A gay vicar giving himself a false name arrives at A&E while one of his parishioners is brought in with a rare disorder that requires and operation in crash.|
|34||4||"Absolution"||Ewart||30 September 1988|
|David and Charlie argue over patient confidentiality and a Priest refuses to reveal information after a suicide attempt in his church. Duffy discloses the cause of her grief.|
|35||5||"Burn Out"||Ewart||7 October 1988|
|The team have to deal with a young pregnant squatter, Megan's friend suffering from septic-shock after plastic surgery and a staff emergency in the newly-saved Observation Ward.|
|36||6||"A Quiet Night"||Charlie||14 October 1988|
|Megan is back at work and Valeries is shadowing the night shift but for Cyril and David the fun of ashtray hockey is soon forgotten when they are called out to a collision of two school minibuses, each packed with pupils.|
|37||7||"A Wing and a Prayer"||Charlie||5 August 1989|
|There is no bed available for an elderly stroke victim brought to A&E and a foreign worker is brought in with hallucinations and a cut to his face.
Note: This episode was broadcast almost a year after originally scheduled due to the death of a guest star in the episode. It aired well after the series finale of series 3, but before series 4 began.
|38||8||"Living Memories"||Charlie||21 October 1988|
|Valerie is doing a customer survey but the staff have to deal with 16-year-old hit and run victim, a 7-year-old with breathing difficulties and a giant, drunk rabbit.|
|39||9||"Inferno"||Charlie||28 October 1988|
|Megan wants to resign, Kuba faces the sack and Valerie tells Charlie to make savings in the department. Meanwhile, it's Bonfire Night and they face burns victims, suicide and a young girl with meningitis.|
|40||10||"Caring"||Charlie||4 November 1988|
|Among the patients are an arthritic suffering from hemotemosis – side-effects from a drug prescribed by his GP; an old lady with scalding and a homeless punk with a chest infection. The staff find time for a wheelchair race and Charlie manages to ask Valerie out.
Note: Final appearance of Kuba Trzcinski, Alison McGrellis, Kiaran Joghill, David Rowe, Sadie Tomkins and Shirley Franklin.
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