"Crazies" is the eighth episode of the first series of Casualty. It was preceded by "Professionals" and followed by "Moonlight Becomes You". The episode was directed by Renny Rye and written by Matthew Bardsley.
Charlie fine tunes his car, ready for Duffy, who is due to take her driving test at the end of shift.
Two taxi drivers, Ken and Les, are both brought in, after ammonia is thrown in their faces by a crazed woman, in separate attacks. Their eyes are irrigated, but Megan is worried about the safety of husband, Ted, who is also a taxi driver. She tries to call him, as does the taxi control office woman, Cheryl, who puts out a warning over the radio, but Ted has his turned off. Outside the cinema, the same woman gets into Ted’s cab – he avoids the attack, and talks to the woman for over an hour, he feels sorry for her. The police are then called to take her away, Ted makes a statement. When he collects Megan from work, he is thinking of retiring. Megan tells him she has cancer, and what her hysterectomy will mean for them.
Duffy’s nurse friend, Trish, is moonlighting part-time at a pub. A regular, Tom, gives her a lift home, as she gets out of the car, Tom attempts to sexually assault her, during the struggle her fingers are trapped in the car door. She demands him to take her to hospital, where Duffy treats her painful injuries. Duffy says she should report it, but she says she will lose her job and she needs the money. She says she is leaving nursing as she wants a higher paid job – Duffy questions her on job satisfaction or more money.
Leslie, an old man, brings in his poorly wife, Annie, who has been sick and has stomach pains. They have been at a private hospital, where a Dr Richards diagnoses her with ‘divoticulosis’, but Baz discover she has been wrongly diagnosed, and she has cancer. Leslie is distraught, and worries if his actions were right. Charlie and Baz argue over the situation of NHS versus private hospitals.
Ewart has a ‘business meeting’ with cleaning firm boss, Rose Sherman, at a restaurant, she is trying to persuade him to join into the contract, but he refuses. Andrew Ponting is annoyed that paramedics aren’t treated like other staff when he finds they weren’t invited to Ewart’s staff meeting. Ewart talks about the recent attack on a nurse in the x-ray department. Kuba puts up a new alarm system. At the end of shift, Duffy climbs into Charlie’s car – but it won’t start!