"Broken Homes" is the 610th episode of Casualty and the 20th episode of the 22nd series. It was preceded by "For Auld Lang Syne" and followed by "Adrenaline Rush". This episode sees the arrival of Noel Garcia, portrayed by Tony Marshall.
New receptionist Noel he is quick at pulling pranks and joking with colleagues. A young hitchhiker, Joe, catches a lift from a lorry driver, after she brandishes a screwdriver on him they swerve off the road into a caravan. Abs calls for a nurse meeting after receiving a letter from the nurses union about Charlie's situation, the union decide not to support them and Abs decides that the nurses will do an unofficial work-to-rule where the nurses will do the bare minimum as stated in their contract. Ruth goes out to the accident scene as the response doctor after a prolonged entrapment. Ruth makes another careless mistake after not checking how much morphine Greg gave Claire before giving her more causing a morphine overdose. Ruth then begins to insinuate to the boyfriend that she knows that he is beating Claire and locking her in the caravan but it turns out that it is her that is neglecting him. Marilyn threatens Kelsey that if this work-to-rule continues then another nurse might lose their job. After the driver of the lorry dies Zoe blames Abs for his death, Abs then makes an inspirational speech about how he is not the issue and how hard nurses work and that they go above and beyond theur job description yet when they do what they're paid to do they are blamed for negligence.