Casualty spoilers: Connie is distressed and desperate!

Connie pops pills while Ciaran scrutinises her work, Jacob makes a shocking discovery about his mum, and Archie’s loyalty is tested…

This week’s Casualty sees our favourite medics struggling to cope with difficult situations. Connie tries to remedy her problems without facing them head on, while Ciaran plays office politics. Meanwhile, Jacob is left a broken man by a shocking discovery…

Warning: Contains more Casualty spoilers than you can shake a stethoscope at!

Vulnerable Connie struggles to cope

Connie cuts a lonely figure as she tries to cope with her mental health alone

She cuts a lonely figure as she tries to cope with her mental health alone

Clinical lead Connie Beauchamp returns to work after attending a conference and is shaken to find the emergency department running smoothly without her! Connie (Amanda Mealing) assumed arrogant trouble-shooter Ciaran Coulson would make a hash of managing Holby ED while she was away.

Instead Ciaran (Rick Warden) has the place ticking like clockwork! Already feeling undermined, there’s worse to come for Connie, who’s privately struggling with debilitating panic attacks… Ciaran has moved into her private office and expects them to share!

In a worrying development, this week the formerly fearless surgeon begins secretly self-medicating with diazepam, a tranquiliser that was left behind by a patient. With Ciaran monitoring her every move and desperate to appear calm, Connie pops pills to help control her anxiety. Later, when doctor Archie Hudson asks for help treating a seriously ill new mum, Connie reluctantly agrees after she spots Ciaran watching her…

Nursing her secret agony, is Connie fit to practice?

Jacob keeps mum

Jacob is stunned when he sneaks a peek at his mum's medical records...

Jacob is stunned when he sneaks a peek at his mum’s medical records…

Nurse Jacob Masters takes determined action to keep his mum, Omo, safe from drug dealers who’ve infiltrated every aspect of her life!

Desperate to catch Jet and her gang out Jacob is sleeping in his car in order to watch out for his mum. This week the situation boils over when Jacob confronts Jet and barges his way into Omo’s home. Unfortunately in the heated exchange Jet (Seroca Davis) stumbles and falls. Spotting an opportunity to get one over on Jacob, Jet insists she’s badly injured and the paramedics are called…

Later at the hospital, while Jet’s being treated, Jacob attempts help Omo realise she’s being manipulated. When Omo suddenly becomes ill in the ED, however, Jacob makes a shocking discovery about his mum’s health, which changes everything.

Can Jacob keep his defenceless mum safe?

More: Read our interview with Charles Venn for more on this story

Also this week

Connie and Archie in Resus. Since the violent physical assault by widower Bill Danes in February, Connie’s nervous and lost confidence in performing medical procedures.

Connie and Archie in Resus. Since the violent physical assault by widower Bill Danes in February, Connie’s nervous and lost confidence in performing medical procedures.

Will doctor Archie Hudson (Genesis Lynea) regret asking Connie for help with a patient displaying signs of sepsis? She assists Archie in stabilising a woman who’s recently given birth. But afterwards Archie begins to suspect Connie is stitching her up…

Meanwhile, both paramedic Jan Jenning and doctor Dylan Keogh find themselves in an uncomfortable position when they treat Jacob’s mum, Omo.

Elsewhere, Jacob uses a combination of his legendary charm and some uncharacteristically stealthy methods to find out more about his mum’s wellbeing…

Also this week Ethan inadvertently offends Connie. Later he provides vital support for a new dad.

David is an invaluable friend to Jacob. And Ciaran pushes Connie’s buttons…

For our interview with Amanda Mealing about Connie’s tragic story, pick up this week’s What’s on TV magazine.