"The Fear" is the 1003rd episode of Casualty and the 42nd episode of the 30th series. It was preceded by "Where the Truth Lies" and followed by "Sticks and Stones". The episode was directed by Louise Hooper and written by Asher Pirie and Jon Sen. It marks the final appearance of Rita Freeman, portrayed by Chloe Howman, who made her first appearance in August 2013.