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"When the Gloves Come Off" is the 811th episode of Casualty and the 30th episode of the 26th series. It was preceded by "Saturday Night Fever" and followed by "Fools For Love". The episode was directed by Declan O'Dwyer and written by Stephen McAteer.


David and Amanda are out walking their dogs when the ground gives way and they become trapped in an underground cave system. Sam braves her fear of the dark to treat them but it soon becomes apparent that both are seriously injured and she needs support.

Help arrives in the form of Dylan but, as David confesses he has been too cowardly to ask Amanda out, Dylan and Sam start bickering about cowardice in their marriage. As both Amanda and David’s conditions deteriorate, can Sam and Dylan put aside their differences to save them?

With Linda bracing herself for family court, niece Britney comes into the ED and tries to get her into trouble by stealing from a patient. Can Zoe make Britney see that living with Linda might not be such a bad option?