Casualty spoilers - Special episode for Jacob and Tina

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Casualty spoilers follow.

Casualty will be airing a special episode next week, which focuses solely on the coercive control we're seeing in Jacob and Tina's relationship.

Recent episodes have highlighted the insidious hold Tina has over Jacob, and next week's scenes will see this intensify.

Charles Venn and Adele James take centre stage in the powerful scenes, which play with time to explore the choices Jacob has to make.

Here are five key moments to watch out for:

1. The episode plays with time

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As we explained above, next week's scenes will break format and play with time, as Jacob faces several moments of choice. At first, he initially speaks up for himself, but when Tina reacts badly, he changes tack and tries to keep the peace.

The episode actually starts at the end of the day, following a particularly dark moment for Jacob. It then rewinds to the start of the day, where we see them seemingly happily on their way to ED, but when Jacob confronts Tina over their credit card bill, they argue. Time then rewinds and Jacob is offered the chance to make a different choice, this time, pretending he’s fine with the bill and Tina seems pacified. For a while, anyway.

2. Jacob and Tina find themselves in a terrifying situation

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Next week's episode will also feature an astonishing stunt, as Jacob and Tina come across an overturned car on the way into work.

After Tina smashes a window and rescues the driver, Jacob discovers a young girl, Jeannie, on the side of the road. Tina recognises Jeannie from her time on the oncology ward and remembers that she lost her dad as a teenager.

Back in ED, Jacob gets full credit for the rescue, leaving Tina rattled.

3. Jacob's past is explored

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As Jeannie is treated in the ED, Jacob notices signs of an eating disorder. Once they are alone, Jacob tells her he understands how she feels about food as he was bullied for being overweight as a child.

He explains he doesn't discuss this with anyone, even Tina, unaware that she has overheard. Irritated once again, Tina later berates him for breaking patient boundaries, bringing up her brother Nate and insinuating Jacob has a saviour complex.

4. Iain worries about Jacob

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As Tina's relentless criticism starts to take its toll on Jacob, an observant Iain is the first to notice that his friend is out of sorts.

Wanting to lift Jacob's spirits, Iain suggests that they go for a drink later on. Jacob accepts, but when Tina says she wants to go out with Jacob tonight, he feels obliged to agree to that instead.

5. Tina's behaviour takes a worrying turn

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Photo credit: BBC

Finally, Tina's behaviour will take an even more sinister turn following a run-in with Jacob in resus. When Jeannie's condition rapidly deteriorates, Tina asks Jacob if she can attempt the procedure as part of her training.

It's clear this is not the right clinical decision but Jacob is emotionally manipulated by Tina to an extent that he allows it. Unsurprisingly, it quickly becomes clear that Tina is too inexperienced and Jeannie nearly dies as a result.

Dylan is furious and questions why Jacob let such a junior member of his team do such a complex procedure before time rewinds. This time, we see Jacob take the assertive line and do the procedure for himself, saving Jeannie, but with devastating repercussions for himself...

Casualty airs these scenes on Saturday, July 24 on BBC One.


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