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Alicia Munroe (born 19 September)[1] is a foundation trainee doctor who currently works in the emergency department of Holby City Hospital. She initially joined the department in September 2015 and was due to work there for a 4-month rotation as a part of her foundation training.[2] However, she departed in mid-November after less than two months due to Lily Chao's bullying.[3]

In August 2016, she returned to the ED just as the staff were preparing to celebrate Charlie's 30th anniversary. Although she was only there on a locum shift, Connie informed her that she was welcome to stay on for the remainder of her placement, something which she later decided to do.[4]

Early lifeEdit

Alicia lived in Newcastle with her parents during her childhood and teenage years.[5] She initially went into medicine as she wanted to make a difference for people. Growing up, her father showered her with attention, one of the reasons why she stayed in Newcastle to study so she could live at home.

Time in the emergency departmentEdit

2015Edit

On her first shift, Alicia was paired with Lily to act as a mentor to her. When Alicia appeared to have had a good impression on the rest of the staff, Lily became annoyed as she had failed to do so when she was an F2. At the end of Alicia's shift, Connie revealed to Lily that she thought Alicia was a "breath of fresh air", which further angered Lily.[2]

The following week, some extremist attackers spread into the ED, stranding Alicia in resus with Max and Louise while the building was evacuated. Alicia managed to perform a risky operation which saved the patient, and Lily was annoyed that she had done it as she wasn't experienced enough, but the rest of the team were pleased with her efforts.[6]

Following Lily's father's death in October, she was especially temperamental at work and it was Alicia who felt the wrath of this. When Lily was trying to realign a patient's broken ankle, she made a mistake which resulted in Lily calling Connie in. However, Lily soon became jealous when Alicia was praised for her quick thinking.[7] The following week, Connie expressed optimism to Alicia about her medical career and advised her to take her MCEM exams as soon as possible. She later asked for a senior member of staff to file a report on Alicia, and Lily was quick to volunteer. During her shift, Alicia performed an unfamiliar procedure to relocate a man's shoulder who'd been run over in a scam which had gone wrong, which irritated Lily. Later in the day, Alicia once again showed her instinct and was correct which caused Lily's jealousy to peak. When Connie asked Lily if everything was okay, she told her that she though Alicia wasn't ready for her exams and was overconfident. Connie later informed Alicia that she should perhaps wait a little longer before taking her MCEM exams.[8]

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Alicia crying in the shower after her terrifying shift.[3]

In November 2015, Alicia walked out of the ED in search of a young boy who had gone missing whom she was meant to be looking after, but soon found herself embroiled in a hostage situation. She ended up in the back of a van treating a young man for severe bleeding whilst the man who did it was outside trying to get in. She was eventually able to get the patient back into the ED safely, although Connie and Lily were both extremely annoyed with her. She later decided to email Connie informing her about her immediate resignation, emotionally overwhelmed and distraught as she reflected on her time in the ED. Her resignation was down to Lily's harsh manner towards her which quickly turned nasty and despite Lily perhaps having been oblivious to the extent, Alicia at least regarded it as bullying.[3]

2016-Edit

Alicia returned to the department in August[9] 2016 for a locum shift just as the staff were getting prepared for Charlie's 30th anniversary celebrations. When Connie noticed Alicia, she informed her that she was welcome to stay on to complete the rest of her placement which she'd never completed. Alicia was paired up with Lily once again and although she was initially dreading it, Lily was exceptionally friendly to her. Later in the shift Alicia confronted Lily and told her that although she could put what happened behind her, they were never going to be friends.[4]

Alicia later told Charlie that she'd take up Connie's offer, and decided to continue working there. Louise was delighted with her decision to stay in the department, as was Charlie. Alicia was also relieved that her and Lily were able to get along through their shift, although Lily wasn't aware that Alicia would be staying on.[4]

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Alicia falling to the ground as the helicopter approached.[10]

Alicia attended Charlie's 30th anniversary party across the road at The Hope & Anchor later in the day along with other staff members. Ethan attempted to flirt with her, but was unsuccessful as she left to go and get a drink at the bar. Cal encouraged him to show her his vulnerable side. After the news of Connie's accident got back to the staff and they were waiting for Grace to arrive, Alicia went to wait outside the ED and Ethan followed. However, shortly after the helicopter carrying Grace was hit by a drone and crashed down near the entrance of the department. It sent an ambulance rushing forwards which crashed into some scaffolding which collapsed on Alicia and Ethan. Alicia was initially fearful for Ethan when he was unresponsive, but she was relieved when he just had a leg injury. She was able to treat him there, at the same time he told her the origin of his nickname from Cal, "Nibbles", something which she wasn't even aware of. They were eventually able to get a long pole and activate the siren from inside the ambulance which was also under the scaffolding, and Cal and the paramedics came to their rescue. Later in the day as the staff were preparing to stay and help clear up, Ethan told Cal that showing his vulnerable side had backfired, but Cal proved him wrong when he showed Ethan how Alicia was looking at him.[10]

Just a week later, Alicia's parents were in the ED as her mother Jackie was suffering from stomach pains. By this time, her parents had moved down to Holby from Newcastle. She encouraged Alicia to give it a go with Ethan, but her father Howard advised her to be more cautious. Alicia informed Ethan that her parents had only just got back together after going through a rough patch. It later transpired that Jackie had contracted gonorrhoea, which left Alicia upset. She shared a deep conversation with Ethan on the roof of the hospital which brought them closer together. Howard later confessed to Alicia that it was him who was having the affair, not her mother. She was furious and her father later said he'd leave this time. After their shift, Ethan and Alicia had drinks in the pub and he informed her that he'd been able to secure her a place living with Jez and Max in their flat. However, she left him heartbroken when she left the pub with another man.[5]

Pride Comes Before a Fall

Ethan and Alicia being lowered into the ravine.[11]

Later in the month, Ethan and Alicia were once again thrown into work together when Elle requested that they go along together to the scene of a fall. They arrived to find that they'd have to be lowered into a confined dark underground cave system together, something which Alicia showed apprehension about. However, Ethan was able to calm her down when some rubble started to fall down and as they were being taken to the surface the pair almost shared a kiss. Once back at the ED, Lily treated Alicia's small arm injury and saw that she had taken an interest in Ethan. After work, Alicia suggested that they went back to her place, where they opened a bottle of wine. Despite Ethan's hopes that they would be spending a quiet night in, Alicia drank too much and ended up being sick and Ethan was left to get her into bed.[11]

The following day, Alicia attempted to avoid Ethan at work. However, she soon caught onto the fact Max and Jez had a competition between themselves about who could kiss her first. Taking the opportunity for revenge, she took a drunken Max and put him in bed next to Jez naked.[12] The next morning, Jez and Max woke up confused much to Alicia's amusement. It was also Alicia's birthday, and Ethan had planned a party for the evening after work. However, when he overheard her saying how she was enjoying being single, he told her he couldn't come to the party. Despite this, he later decided to go to the party when speaking to the patient whom he had rescued from the cave just days before. When he arrived, he was distraught to find Alicia kissing Cal and they later had a one night stand.[1]

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Alicia showing Cal the old picture of Jacob and Elle.[13]

By early-October, things were still awkward between her and Cal following their one night stand. However, he was offended when she was so opposed to the idea of doing it again and rated him six out of ten. However, he later got back at her and said she wasn't that good either. Alicia's day didn't get any easier as she was trying to contact Lily to apologise for lying to her about the party but couldn't get a response. She saw Iain in reception and he called her up on how she treated Lily. Towards the end of the day, Lily arrived at work and Alicia got the chance to apologise in person. Although Lily accepted her apology, Alicia told Lily that she thought Iain had a thing for her. Alicia also discovered an old image of Jacob during the shift and it soon spread around the department.[13]

Later in October, Elle gave Ethan two tickets to the hospital's awards ceremony for that evening and hinted that he take Alicia. Although Cal tried to get the tickets from Ethan so he could ask Alicia to go with him, Alicia later accepted to go with Ethan. However, a chat with a patient made Ethan reconsider his decision and he let Cal go instead. Alicia was surprised to find Cal waiting for her in the taxi but ended up going nevertheless.[14]

Later in October after spending a night together, Alicia declined to meet up with Cal that evening. He took it personally and was offended, so he bluntly made her realise that she hadn't been serious about anyone recently. Cal later found her crying and comforted her assuming that it was what he said that had upset her, but it transpired that she'd just been on the phone to her mum who was upset about her dad. Later in their shift, Alicia and Cal managed to work together to save a patient, and later agreed to meet at the pub after work. Once there, they decided to try to give their relationship a go.[15]

In November, Alicia gave Ethan some advice on his online dating profile which made him realise how well she knew him. She was also annoyed with Jez and Max for changing her profile to say that she was pregnant, something which shocked both Cal and her mother when they initially found out.[16]

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Cal and Alicia overseeing Ethan's dating profile.[17]

The following month, Ethan was growing tired of Cal and Alicia's relationship due to his feelings towards her. She sent a message to a woman named Penny on his dating profile in the hopes that she'd go along to the work Christmas party that evening. Whilst enjoying their day off at the Christmas market, a girl fell from a balcony and into Cal's army which led to them both being admitted to the ED with minor injuries. Whilst there, Alicia treated Ethan after he'd been hit in the face trying to break up an argument. That evening at the party, Penny left after noticing the way Ethan was looking at Alicia and Ethan realised that he didn't want to be with anyone else. Back at the flat, Ethan finally admitted to Alicia that he was in love with her after Cal had fallen asleep.[17]

On New Year's Eve, Cal had returned from The Bahamas where he'd spent Christmas, leaving Alicia back at home with her parents. Ethan became annoyed with Cal during the shift because of the way he was speaking about Alicia, presuming that she'd been interested in other people whilst he'd been away. That evening, Ethan turned up at Alicia's house looking for Cal, when he realised that he'd stolen his proposal for a South African research trip. In anger, Ethan told Alicia about all of the things that Cal had done to him over the years, and she began to sympathise. He reiterated what he'd said before Christmas, and finally kissed Alicia, not willing to let Cal walk over him anymore.[18]

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Alicia preparing to tell Cal the truth outside the ED.[19]

The following day, Alicia and Ethan woke up together but were startled when Robyn needed to borrow something of Alicia's. In the rush, Ethan hit his knee on the radiator, but Alicia quickly tended to it when they were at work. Whilst treating a patient, Duffy began having suspicions of Alicia and Ethan's romance, and encouraged her to do whatever was in her heart. Alicia and Ethan prepared to tell Cal later in the day, but at the last minute Alicia backed out and pretended they were talking about something else. That evening, Alicia found that she couldn't spend the night with Cal and when she got out of bed, Cal noticed a cuff-link on her bedroom floor.[19] Cal spoke to her the following week but she assured him that she wasn't seeing anyone else.[20]

Later in the month, Alicia arrived at her parents' house, surprised to find that her mother had taken her father back. Shortly after, a family friend, Martin, arrives at the house and Howard asks him to leave. Whilst driving off, he accidentally crushes Howard into a skip on the drive. the paramedics arrive and free him, but Jackie also sustains a head injury. At the ED, it transpires that Martin was the one who her father had cheated with. Meanwhile, Cal and Ethan discovered a secret phone in Alicia's locker which she'd been texting a mystery man on, and they agreed to meet him outside the ED. Upon arriving there, they discovered Max and in anger Ethan punched him. Alicia interrupted and revealed that it was just a prank she was playing on Max, but she later forgave Cal when he performed a procedure to save her father's life.[21]

The following day, Alicia attended Charlie and Duffy's wedding reception. However, when Cal caught sight of she and Ethan talking, he kissed the pole dancer whom they'd met on the stag party the night before. Alicia was furious and angrily stormed off, irritated that she'd given him a second chance, and ended their relationship. Nevertheless, both Alicia and Ethan remained oblivious to the fact that Cal knew about their fling.[22]

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Alicia shocked to wake up in Sam's bed.[23]

In April, Alicia woke up in Sam's bed, and was shocked when he made her get the bus to work. He announced budget cuts once he got there, and Alicia felt irritated and angry that she'd slept with him, considering that he was now on the bad side of all of her colleagues. During the shift, Alicia became involved in a dangerous situation with one of her patients, and ended up hitting the attacker with a fire extinguisher to defend her. Sam spoke to Alicia after the shift, revealing that they didn't actually sleep together, but that he would struggle to defend her when telling the story to the board about the events of the day. After the shift, Alicia and Ethan chatted outside the ED, and decided that it was best for them not to go out, considering that she'd had a relationship with Cal.[23]

Later in April, Alicia was shocked to discover some revealing photos circulating online, with her face imposed upon them. She initially suspected it was Jez who was playing a trick on her, but was humiliated when Cal later accused Sam.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

A romance blossomed between Alicia and Ethan following the helicopter crash in 2016. However, at all opportunities for the relationship to move forward something seemed to get in the way. Towards the end of September, Alicia ended up kissing Cal and having a one night stand which left Ethan upset although he hid his emotions.[1] In October, Ethan was going to take Alicia to the hospital's awards night with him but Cal did instead in the end when Ethan opted out at the last minute.[14] Later in the month, they made their relationship official.[15]

In December, Ethan admitted to Alicia that he was in love with her, despite the fact she was still dating Cal.[17] On New Year's Eve, Alicia and Ethan kissed and spent the night together.[18] Alicia and Cal briefly went through a rough patch but later reconciled.[21] They broke up later in January after Cal kissed another woman.[22]

TriviaEdit

  • Alicia went to medical school in Newcastle and stayed at home.[25]
  • Her favourite karaoke song is "Hit Me Baby One More Time".[25][7]
  • The tips of Alicia's hair were dyed pink when she first worked at the ED in 2015.[2]
  • On her first day in the ED, she brought lemon cake with her, something which she thought would help her get on the good side of the staff.[2]
  • In 2015, she revealed to Lily that she'd love to eventually get a job specialising in paediatrics.[2]
  • Alicia took a break from her F2 rotation and travelled to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Chelsea Halfpenny made her first appearance as Alicia in September 2015.

Alicia Munroe is currently portrayed by Chelsea Halfpenny on Casualty. She initially appeared for two months towards the beginning of series 30, but it was confirmed that Halfpenny would reprise her role as Alicia in summer 2016. She returned in the final episode of the series and continued her role into series 31. Initial reaction to the character was positive, and fans and critics alike were mostly happy to hear of her return to the show in 2016.

Despite the character's initial positive response, a different side was shown to Alicia at the start of series 31, and many fans were frustrated with her treatment of Ethan. However, critics have noted that the change in character is a good thing, and has been a result of Lily's treatment of her the previous year.

AppearancesEdit

See also: Character appearances and Category:Alicia centric.

During her initial time in the ED, Alicia appeared in eight episodes between September and November 2015. She made her first appearance in "Cradle to the Grave" and her departure appearance seven episodes later in "Avoidable Harm". She returned to the show in the series' finale episode, "Sticks and Stones", and remains a current series regular. To date, she has had 2 centric episodes.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Party Pooper" (S31, E06)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Cradle to the Grave" (S30, E04)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Avoidable Harm" (S30, E11)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Sticks and Stones" (S30, E43)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Fall on Me" (S31, E02)
  6. "Belief" (S30, E05)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "One Shot" (S30, E09)
  8. "Best Served Cold" (S30, E10)
  9. Events partially took place in an episode that aired in July, but took place in-universe in August.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Too Old for This Shift" (S31, E01)
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Pride Comes Before a Fall" (S31, E04)
  12. "Schoolboy Crush" (S31, E05)
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Too Much Love Will Kill You" (S31, E07)
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Night of the Loving Dead" (S31, E09)
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Shock to the System" (S31, E10)
  16. "Not in Holby Anymore" (S31, E13)
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "All I Want for Christmas is You" (S31, E14)
  18. 18.0 18.1 "New Year, New Me, New You" (S31, E16)
  19. 19.0 19.1 "What Lurks in the Heart" (S31, E17)
  20. "Back to School" (S31, E18)
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (S31, E20)
  22. 22.0 22.1 "The Stag, the Dog and the Sheep" (S31, E21)
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Sleeping With the Enemy" (S31, E29)
  24. "When the Whistle Blows" (S31, E31)
  25. 25.0 25.1 BBC Casualty - Alicia Munroe

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