"A Little Lobbying" is the 16th episode of Casualty and the premiere of the 2nd series. It was preceded by "Closure" and followed by "A Drop of the Hard Stuff". The episode was directed by Antonia Bird and written by the show's creators Paul Unwin and Jeremy Brock.
The night shift has been closed for six months, with Ewart’s A&E department being open from 9-5 only – with emergencies at all other times going to Queens Hospital. At a cocktail party to introduce the new General Manager, Elizabeth Straker, Ewart meets her, and they are already in conflict.
A single parent, Joyce, has to travel twice as far to Queens, when her young son swallows temazepan. Two youths messing about in a car, crash into a motorcyclist, Steve. They run off when the police arrive. Steve, however, dies and his father, Phil Baker, is told of the news. Ponting believes his life could’ve been saved if Holby nightshift was open.
Charlie, in his flat, which he has been sharing with Baz goes to wake her up – but she’s gone. She’s left him a goodbye note, Charlie is devastated and cries. Susie has been unemployed for 8 months, Megan is working on a ward with pregnant women, and Duffy applies for a new job, as Senior Staff Nurse at Stevens Hospital – she gets it. Mute and Ponting continue their relationship.
Ewart holds a meeting at Megan’s house, in the hope of getting the night shift re-open. They want public support, and lobby and drop leaflets. Charlie holds a winning speech at the board meeting, and Ponting even tries to get his journalist cousin to write an article, but it backfires when she instead writes one on children with leukemia. They also get Joyce involved, and Ponting asks Paul Baker too – but he is too angry. The staff and public go to a DHA meeting, where the managers are deciding the night shift’s fate. They are thrown out after making too much noise. They wait in the pub, till Carol, the NUPE steward tells them the good news. They have a victory celebration, although Ted is not happy – he feels Megan cares more about her job. Duffy is lured back, and Dr Mary Tomlinson asks Ewart if she can be his new Casualty Officer.