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"'''This Life'''" is the 996th episode of ''[[Casualty]]'' and the 36th episode of the [[Series 30|30th series]]. It was preceded by "[[Chain Reaction (series 30)|Chain Reaction]]" and will be followed by "[[The Best Day of My Life]]". The episode was directed by [[Jermain Julien]] and written by [[Kim Millar]].
 
"'''This Life'''" is the 996th episode of ''[[Casualty]]'' and the 36th episode of the [[Series 30|30th series]]. It was preceded by "[[Chain Reaction (series 30)|Chain Reaction]]" and will be followed by "[[The Best Day of My Life]]". The episode was directed by [[Jermain Julien]] and written by [[Kim Millar]].
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
Big Mac struggles to hide the toll his addiction is taking and steals some painkillers from a patient's bag. He becomes angry when a young boy catches him in the act of taking some, and his change in behaviour starts to become noticeable. Charlie notices his odd behaviour, and demands to know the truth, prompting the troubled health care assistant to confess the truth.
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[[MacKenzie "Big Mac" Chalker|Big Mac]] wakes up, still struggling without the tramadol. He makes it into work and [[Noel Garcia|Noel]] encourages him with some pep talk and tells him to keep it up. Meanwhile, [[Elle Gardner|Elle]] and [[Connie Beauchamp|Connie]] speak following their argument the previous week, and they try to stay on friendly terms for the good of the department. Connie informs her and [[Jacob Masters|Jacob]] that she's taking the day off to go to [[Grace Beauchamp|Grace]]'s sports day at the school. Elsewhere in [[Holby]], [[Jez Andrews|Jez]] and [[Iain Dean|Iain]] are called out to help a man named Paul who's stumbling around the streets with injuries, and they take him into the [[Emergency Department]]. His ex-partner Suzie receives a phonecall to tell her that Paul has been admitted to the Emergency Department following an injury. She tells her partner Rob to stay with her son Alfie at home whilst she goes to see him.
   
Connie takes the day off to go to Grace's school's sport's day and discovers that Grace has called her a witch when another mum jokingly drops it into conversation. Robyn is determined to bring David out of his shell and Dylan tries to befriend Max. Rita needs somewhere to stay and Iain suggests she take up residence in his spare room, but when Jez warns him he is getting in too deep, he begins to have second thoughts about his offer.
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Connie meets another mum, Steph Sims at the sports day. Steph makes several remarks about how she's never seen Connie at any events before and implies that she's not making an effort which results in Connie opting in for the parents' egg and spoon race. However, when she wins Grace is left angry as she wanted to make friends with Steph's daughter Carmel and Steph was bitter about losing. However, when the parent and child sack race arrives, Connie and Grace purposely lose so Grace would have a better chance of getting to be Carmel's friend. After the race, Connie tells Steph that they'll have to meet up in the future, despite not getting along.
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At a local mortality cafe, a man named Nathan calls for an ambulance after his friend Alison faints unexpectedly. Once in the ED, [[Robyn Miller|Robyn]] and [[David Hide|David]] go ahead with treating her but she soon reveals to [[Ethan Hardy|Ethan]] that she has lung cancer. However, Ethan discovers that she has received no treatment for it upon looking at her notes and upon running further tests, he informs her that it's very likely that she doesn't actually have cancer and she recalls that her GP never actually said she did, she just presumed as she had from the scan.
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Meanwhile, Iain flirts with a nurse in the ED whilst Rita continues to cling to him. When she struggles in getting a new place to stay after her trouble with [[Mark Richie|Mark]], Iain offers up his spare room to her. Jez later speaks to Iain, urging him to tell her how he feels before it's too late, although Iain is reluctant to. Elle treats Paul and just as Suzie is discussing that fact they're married, Rob and Alfie walk in. Later on, Paul becomes angry and stabs Rob in the thigh with a pair of scissors and he soon finds himself in need of treatment too. When Elle gets Paul's test results back she discovers that he has been mentally ill for a while, therefore explaining why he walked out on Suzie and Alfie. Suzie explains to Rob that it wasn't Paul's fault.
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[[File:Robyndavid.png|thumb|260px|[[David Hide|David]] and [[Robyn Miller|Robyn]] at Nathan and Alison's engagement.]]
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Shortly after, Big Mac notices some tramadol in Suzie's bag and steals it. He later takes some tablets in the relatives room and when he's almost caught out by Alfie when he walks in, he shouts at him. Alfie runs outside the ED and [[Charlie Fairhead|Charlie]] notices Big Mac's strange behaviour. Big Mac later goes to apologise to Alfie and Suzie for scaring him, but she tells him to go away, and Big Mac retreats to the store cupboard. Elsewhere in the ED, Robyn overhears Nathan on the phone and thinks he's planning to break up with Alison. Robyn informs her and she breaks up with him instead but it later transpires that he was in fact discussing getting engaged to her and telling her how he felt. Robyn and David work together to get the pair back together and accompany them back to the mortality cafe to celebrate their engagement. Robyn also decides that setting up a mortality cafe at the hospital would be a good idea and plans to ask Connie.
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Charlie discovers Big Mac in the storage cupboard and asks him what's wrong. He soon suspects that Mac is on something and demands the truth, and tells him that he'll be forced to report it to Rita. They later have a meeting in the office and Big Mac admits everything to Charlie. He tells him that it has to end and is unacceptable. He decides to put the drugs in a safe place overnight and puts them in his locker. At the end of their shift, Rita asks Iain if they're going home but Iain tells her he's going to the pub before kissing the nurse from earlier and walking away, leaving Rita distraught. Charlie takes Big Mac to the NA meeting and forces him to go in as he begins to admit his problems to the group.
 
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"This Life" is the 996th episode of Casualty and the 36th episode of the 30th series. It was preceded by "Chain Reaction" and will be followed by "The Best Day of My Life". The episode was directed by Jermain Julien and written by Kim Millar.

Synopsis

Big Mac wakes up, still struggling without the tramadol. He makes it into work and Noel encourages him with some pep talk and tells him to keep it up. Meanwhile, Elle and Connie speak following their argument the previous week, and they try to stay on friendly terms for the good of the department. Connie informs her and Jacob that she's taking the day off to go to Grace's sports day at the school. Elsewhere in Holby, Jez and Iain are called out to help a man named Paul who's stumbling around the streets with injuries, and they take him into the Emergency Department. His ex-partner Suzie receives a phonecall to tell her that Paul has been admitted to the Emergency Department following an injury. She tells her partner Rob to stay with her son Alfie at home whilst she goes to see him.

Connie meets another mum, Steph Sims at the sports day. Steph makes several remarks about how she's never seen Connie at any events before and implies that she's not making an effort which results in Connie opting in for the parents' egg and spoon race. However, when she wins Grace is left angry as she wanted to make friends with Steph's daughter Carmel and Steph was bitter about losing. However, when the parent and child sack race arrives, Connie and Grace purposely lose so Grace would have a better chance of getting to be Carmel's friend. After the race, Connie tells Steph that they'll have to meet up in the future, despite not getting along.

At a local mortality cafe, a man named Nathan calls for an ambulance after his friend Alison faints unexpectedly. Once in the ED, Robyn and David go ahead with treating her but she soon reveals to Ethan that she has lung cancer. However, Ethan discovers that she has received no treatment for it upon looking at her notes and upon running further tests, he informs her that it's very likely that she doesn't actually have cancer and she recalls that her GP never actually said she did, she just presumed as she had from the scan.

Meanwhile, Iain flirts with a nurse in the ED whilst Rita continues to cling to him. When she struggles in getting a new place to stay after her trouble with Mark, Iain offers up his spare room to her. Jez later speaks to Iain, urging him to tell her how he feels before it's too late, although Iain is reluctant to. Elle treats Paul and just as Suzie is discussing that fact they're married, Rob and Alfie walk in. Later on, Paul becomes angry and stabs Rob in the thigh with a pair of scissors and he soon finds himself in need of treatment too. When Elle gets Paul's test results back she discovers that he has been mentally ill for a while, therefore explaining why he walked out on Suzie and Alfie. Suzie explains to Rob that it wasn't Paul's fault.

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David and Robyn at Nathan and Alison's engagement.

Shortly after, Big Mac notices some tramadol in Suzie's bag and steals it. He later takes some tablets in the relatives room and when he's almost caught out by Alfie when he walks in, he shouts at him. Alfie runs outside the ED and Charlie notices Big Mac's strange behaviour. Big Mac later goes to apologise to Alfie and Suzie for scaring him, but she tells him to go away, and Big Mac retreats to the store cupboard. Elsewhere in the ED, Robyn overhears Nathan on the phone and thinks he's planning to break up with Alison. Robyn informs her and she breaks up with him instead but it later transpires that he was in fact discussing getting engaged to her and telling her how he felt. Robyn and David work together to get the pair back together and accompany them back to the mortality cafe to celebrate their engagement. Robyn also decides that setting up a mortality cafe at the hospital would be a good idea and plans to ask Connie.

Charlie discovers Big Mac in the storage cupboard and asks him what's wrong. He soon suspects that Mac is on something and demands the truth, and tells him that he'll be forced to report it to Rita. They later have a meeting in the office and Big Mac admits everything to Charlie. He tells him that it has to end and is unacceptable. He decides to put the drugs in a safe place overnight and puts them in his locker. At the end of their shift, Rita asks Iain if they're going home but Iain tells her he's going to the pub before kissing the nurse from earlier and walking away, leaving Rita distraught. Charlie takes Big Mac to the NA meeting and forces him to go in as he begins to admit his problems to the group. Template:Series 30

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