THE EARLY YEARS
When Casualty began in 1986 Charlie Fairhead chugged along in his yellow
Beetle whilst Barbara Samuels was late getting out of bed. As Charlie stumped
out his cigarette and casually walked into Holby A&E, Baz battled with the
traffic and sped into the car park nearly knocking over Consultant Ewart Plimmer!
Nurse Charlie and Dr Baz had an obvious attraction towards each other, often
flirting and always lending support when it was needed. It wasn't long before
Charlie revealed to Baz that he had split up with his girlfriend Liz. Baz said
she was sorry for him but Charlie made light of the situation and said that Liz
just couldn't handle his charm. Baz also had her problems contesting with the
male members of staff, often consultants who didn't work closely with her failed
to see what a good doctor she was. She stood up to them and answered them back
but she would often be upset by it and storm off. On many occasions Charlie
would follow her and make sure that she was alright. He always managed to bring
a smile to her face and she was always grateful. Baz had her fair share of
admirers and we saw her with different men. Most of them wanted too much from
Baz, she was a headstrong career woman and she simply wasn't ready to settle
down. When Charlie saw Baz with other men it did cause a reaction; he'd often
just watch the situation to see what was happening. However he didn't have to
look too far for his gossip, receptionist Suzie was always on the ball and
seemed to know all the ins and outs of Baz's love life.
IT STARTED WITH A KISS
After the end of one shift Nurse Megan spotted Charlie and Baz leaving
together. They went back to Baz's house, it was actually her aunt's house but
she was looking after it while her aunt was away. After they had talked about
her aunt and the house, there was a slight awkwardness between Baz and Charlie
as they waited for the other to make the first move. Eventually Baz bit the
bullet and kissed Charlie, they then slept together for the first time. While
they were still in bed, Baz told Charlie how it made a nice change to be with a
sensitive man instead of all the other men she had been with. She also asked him
not to tell anyone about them, she was worried he might spread it around the
department Charlie was quick to correct her that he would never do that and he
wasn't like the other men she had been with. When they returned to work Charlie
walked in on Baz taking pills. After trying to pass them off as vitamins she
finally admitted to Charlie that they were amphetamines. She said she needed
them to keep her alert. Charlie wasn't impressed and they argued about it. He
said he knew a lot of people took speed but pointed out she was the first person
whose welfare was any concern of his. By that comment she was not impressed and
told Charlie that he didn't have a sudden hold over her just because they had
slept together. Later on in the shift Baz screwed up big time. She lost it in
crash and nearly lost a patient. Charlie found her sitting on the bench outside
and she thanked him for being her friend. Charlie told Baz that he wanted to be
more than just her friend, but she said she couldn't be lovers with him. He was
upset and their flirtations soon turned to rows. However it wasn't long before
they got back together and this time it was more serious. Charlie told Baz that
he was in love with her and they looked destined for happiness.
But things took a turn for the worse when Baz found out she was pregnant.
Although Charlie noticed that something was wrong with her but she wouldn't tell
him what it was. She just told him to remember that he was very special to her.
When Baz called in sick and didn't answer any of his calls, Charlie began to
worry and went to her house. As he arrived he saw her in a car with another man.
Back at Holby Nurse Duffy told Suzie that she had seen Baz coming out a clinic
and they guessed that Baz had had an abortion. Pretty soon the rumour spread and
porter Kuba brought flowers for Baz to show his sympathy. However he chose the
wrong moment to give them too her and in front of Charlie he told her how sorry
he was for the loss of her baby. Baz ran off crying whilst Charlie picked a
fight with nurse Clive. In the end the staff left Baz and Charlie alone and she
told him the truth. She told him that she had a termination because it was the
right thing for her to do, he was angry and said that she should have told him.
They rowed about it and a distraught Charlie told Baz that he would've married
her and made a home for them. Despite what had happened they managed to start a
fresh and at the end of series one Charlie brought tickets for he and Baz to go
to Paris for a long weekend.
At the beginning of series two Baz and Charlie appeared to have moved in
together, but as he went upstairs to wake her she was gone. Despite his efforts
to look for her there was no sign of her and he sadly wandered around the house.
Eventually he found a note from Baz on the draining board. He then called in
sick at work and cried a lot. He didn't tell Duffy, Kuba or any of the others
what had happened, he just retreated into his own world. What followed for
Charlie were more broken relationships, more comings and goings and a nervous
breakdown. On the rebound from Baz he slept with nurse Karen, he then had a
brief fling with another doctor before starting a new relationship with social
worker Trish Baynes. They were together for a while but Charlie couldn't give
her his undivided attention and she decided they wanted different things. They
soon split and Charlie was again left alone. He got through life with his
friends; Duffy, Ash, Mike, Megan but there was something missing. His whole life
revolved around work and towards the end of series seven he had a nervous
breakdown. He saw a councillor but he felt he was fed up with nursing and at the
end of series 8 he was offered a job in management. In series 9 the stronger
Charlie had returned, turning down cosy management job to stay on the front line
of Holby. It was the right decision.
A FACE FROM THE PAST
Throughout series nine there were many staff changes and most notably were
Ash and Mike leaving for pastures new. However, for Charlie it wasn't all bad.
Mike announced his replacement was a Dr Barbara Hayes, someone who had worked in
Casualty before in the late eighties. Charlie was puzzled as for all his
recollection of past colleagues he could not put a face to the name. When Mike
introduced them, Charlie was shocked to hear Dr Haye's voice, as he turned
around he saw it was Baz, the only woman he'd ever really loved.
HAPPENING ALL OVER AGAIN
So Barbara Hayes was Baz, the woman who Charlie had loved and lost 9 years
previous. From the moment they met again it was obvious that there was still
something between them but Baz was now married. Charlie asked her if she was
happy and she refused to answer, prompting him to confront her about the past.
He replayed the scenario to her, explaining how she just left him with no word
and just a note. It was clear that Charlie was still hurting over what had
happened but Baz was determined to make their working environment pleasant. She
suggested they put their cards on the table. However this is Holby and every
attempt they made to talk was interrupted by an emergency or member of staff.
The tension between them was noticeable and it wasn't long before Kate, Rachel
and the others had figured out that Baz and Charlie shared a past. Eventually
they had a showdown in Charlie's office. He was angry because she wanted them to
be friends and she was angry because he wouldn't have dinner with her and
husband, Peter. Charlie explained that he couldn't be happy around her because
when he saw her it reminded him of the bad times. Baz said if she could turn the
clocks back she would and she admitted that she shouldn't just have left Charlie
a note. Realising that wounds were still open, Charlie suggested that they
remain colleagues and nothing more. Despite the tension, Charlie did agree to
have dinner with Baz and Peter. However what he thought was a cosy dinner for
three turned out to be a dinner party for fifteen and he angrily told Baz that
he didn't want to have dinner with her and Peter. On the same night a man
arrived in the department demanded answers from Baz as to why his mother died
alone on a hospital trolley. The man wasn't just angry he had a bomb strapped to
his back, and after the hospital was evacuated it fell on Baz to negotiate with
him. It didn't work and the bomb went off leaving Holby in a poor state and Baz
in even more of a state. Charlie drover her home and on the way they stopped at
his flat. He asked why she came back to Holby. She explained that it was because
of Peters job and admitted that she had been in Holby for three months before
the job at Casualty came up. Charlie then asked her why she didn't have kids,
she told him they couldn't, Peter can't have children. After Baz requests a
drink, Charlie shows her into his flat. He tells her that he'll take her home
but she says she doesn't want to go home. After the chaotic day that she has had
Baz gets emotional and starts to cry, Charlie hugs her and as they break away
THREE'S A CROWD
Before they knew it Charlie and Baz were wrapped up in an affair, both
knowing it was wrong but neither of them could stop it. Baz was later offered
the post of senior registrar at Holby. She was unsure about whether to take it
as she knew that accepting the job would mean accepting her new relationship
with Charlie. However she took the job and their affair was now unavoidable.
When Baz's husband, Peter began to get involved with hospital sponsorship it was
hard for both of them. For Charlie it was painful to see Baz with another man
and for Baz it was weird to see her husband and lover arranging to see a
football match together. Baz and Charlie had more ups and downs than a heart
monitor. At first they both understood the implications of their affair, Baz
knew she was risking her marriage and Charlie was aware that he wouldn't be able
to see her as much as he'd like. But as they got more involved Charlie couldn't
accept just being Baz's bit on the side and after talking to Rachel, who had
been in similar situation, he decided to call it a day with Baz. She was shocked
and upset but Charlie told her he had to do it because he felt there was no
halfway house anymore. He told Baz that now, whenever he wasn't with her, he
just wanted to be with her and as he knew that wasn't possible he felt it was
best that they both went their separate ways. Later that same day they got back
together, but after Baz stood Charlie up to visit Peter's sick mother, Charlie
told her he meant it this time - their relationship was over.
Immediately after their split, Charlie and Baz had a confrontation witnessed
by some of the staff. It was a row that begun over work ethics but soon made its
way into Charlie's office. Baz asked him why he was being so cold towards her.
He explained that he was fed up with all the secrecy and all the lies and told
her that he thought they should see as little of each other as possible. Baz
agreed but was still determined to win him back. Despite her efforts, she was
left devastated when Charlie began to date Zoe, one of the other Nurses in the
department. As Charlie's love life took of, Baz's took a turn for the first.
After a row with Peter she moved out of home and into the local hotel. Charlie
was shocked when he found out and asked Baz what had happened. She explained
that they had rowed other children. Peter wanted them but couldn't have them;
meaning they would have to adopt. Baz admitted to Charlie that she didn't feel
she could do that after what happened all those years ago. Charlie was
sympathetic towards her and it wasn't long before Baz asked him to go back to
the hotel with her. At first he said no but then he said he would - on the
condition that she tell Peter the truth about them. Baz agreed. After Charlie
bumped into Peter at a conference, he was surprised to find Peter acting his
normal friendly self. When Charlie confronted Baz she admitted that she hadn't
told Peter about them and had actually moved back in with him. Charlie was
devastated and told her he didn't understand how she could live with someone she
didn't even love. She told him she did love Peter because of the history they
shared; Charlie was amazed and told her to leave and to forget about them. As
Baz left she witnessed Charlie climbing back into Zoe's car.
DA JA VU?
In the lead up to Christmas, past events had taken their toll on Baz and Mike
noticed she was looking unwell. Tests proved that she had iron deficiency
anaemia but Mike also suggested she do a pregnancy test. Although she insisted
to Mike that there was no way she could be pregnant, Baz instantly knew that she
was and after performing a test her instincts were confirmed. Baz told no-one
but was force to talk about her pregnancy when Rachel spotted the test on her
desk. Baz admitted to Rachel that she was pregnant and also told her that Peter
would be surprised, as he couldn't have children. Rachel was shocked, and as she
knew of Baz and Charlie's affair she realised that the baby was Charlie's. At
the Christmas Ball Charlie told Baz that he wanted to buy her a present but
wasn't sure if she'd accept it. Before she could open up to him he was dragged
away by Zoe and during the last dance Baz and Charlie gazed into each others
eyes as they danced with different partners. As hard as they tried Baz and
Charlie couldn't give up on each other. He finished with Zoe and she left Peter,
however Baz didn't tell Peter the reason why she was moving out.
TIME FOR THE TRUTH
After much time apart, Charlie finds Baz alone in the staff room. He asks
her how things are now that she's staying with 'a friend'. She changes the
subjects and starts talking about a patient who has has an abortion. It takes a
while, but the penny finally drops and Charlie realises that Baz is pregnant.
She tells him that he's the father but she says she doesn't want to talk to him
about it. He begs her to let him have a say and she says he will when she's made
up her mind. Baz then decides to tell Peter the truth. In front of Charlie she
tells Peter about their affair and also that she is now expecting Charlie's
baby. Peter is distraught and Baz tells him she won't be going home to him
again. Relations between Charlie and Baz thaw as she lets him cook her supper
and spend the entirety of Ash's wedding staring at each other.
Baz and Charlie eventually decide to live together and they prepare for the
birth of their first child. Baz ends up being two weeks overdue. Charlie stays
with her on the labour ward but she says she feels terrible and sends him back
to work. While he is there, there are complications and the baby's heart beat
slows down. They surgeons decide to do an emergency caesarean and as Baz is
wheeled down to theatre, Charlie is called and told about the situation. He just
makes it through the door in time to hold Baz's hand. She is scared and they
both wait anxiously. One of the nurses tells Charlie to stand up and watch,
seconds later the baby emerges and Charlie tells Baz they have a baby boy.
Finally after all this time there is solid proof of the love they share. They
call the baby Louis Charles. They are both overjoyed and while Baz takes
maternity leave Charlie bores his colleagues with baby stories.
THE PERFECT NANNY?
Returning to work, meant that Baz and Charlie had to leave Louis with their
nanny Margaret. Although they felt Louis was in safe hands they both missed him
desperately and found it hard to leave him. After their Christmas trip to Africa
Louis became unwell. At first they thought it was the change in climate but it
became much more serious when Louis was admitted to Casualty after suffering
from convulsions. They were both worried but whenever they were with him, he
seemed fine. Whilst at work, Baz and Charlie yet again go through trauma as
Margaret brought Louis in. She said there had been blood in his nappy. Tests
were carried out but nothing was found. As Charlie and Baz returned to work,
Margaret screamed that Louis had stopped breathing. They rushed him to crash but
apart from being a little distressed he was fine. Totally stumped as to what was
wrong, Baz and Charlie sought the help of consultant Jack. After noticing finger
marks around Louis' mouth, Jack, Baz and Charlie questioned Margaret. As a
failed medical student she had put the blood in Louis' nappy and then tried to
smother him. Baz and Charlie were shocked, but relieved that Louis was o.k.
During the 'Louis' incident, Charlie had been examining a female patient.
She later claimed that he touched her and despite his protestations a hearing
was called. All of the staff, including Baz, had to give statements about the
incident and Charlie was then suspended. He found this hard to deal with, the
board had called it 'leave' but he knew what it really was. The allegations
didn't prove conclusive with the board but the story had hit the papers.
Although Charlie was asked back to work, he feared his reputation had been
Consultant Jack had never been Baz's biggest fan, so it came as no surprise
when the two locked into battle. Going through a personal crisis, Jack let his
emotions cloud his work and he left a patient to die. He claimed the old lady
had no chance and refused to resuscitate her despite Charlie's pleas. The lady
later began to breathe for herself and as Baz and the team struggled to save her
life, Charlie brought in her confused sister. The patients sister and Charlie
were intrigued as to what was going on, but despite the teams efforts the lady
did die. It was a terrible mistake on Jacks part and only Charlie and Baz knew
what had really happened. To add to the misfortune, the patients sister decided
to sew. It would have been a clear cut case, only Jack confessed his personal
problems to Charlie and ask him to consider what he said in the statement.
Charlie told the truth but it later emerged that Jack hadn't, in fact Charlie
and Jacks statements were completely different. Baz was determined to intervene,
but Charlie told her to leave it as she had no idea what was really going on.
Jack was later told that someone in the department had shed light on the
situation. Convinced it was Charlie, Jack caused a scene in front of everyone,
only for Baz to confess that it was her who told management the truth.
Charlie was amazed and angry at Baz for what she had done, but she insisted
that she was right and that she couldn't just stand by and watch Jack ruin his
reputation. Jack later resigned and Baz was left in charge. She was upset that
Charlie didn't understand her reasons for doing what she did, however he
insisted that she should have listened to him when he told her to leave it.
After a heated row, Charlie told Baz the truth and explained that Jacks pregnant
girlfriend had left him. Relations between them grew more tense and as they
prepared to leave for their Australian holiday, one last row meant that they
travelled there separately.
Baz and Charlie also travelled back separately. Things between them got
worse in Australia and Charlie returned home a week before Baz. She was very
upset and insisted that they talk, but Charlie was adamant that there was no
point as they had two weeks holiday to do that. As Christmas approached they
grew further apart and Charlie accepted the flirtations of personnel officer Zoe.
Baz was then offered the permanent consultant post. She was thrilled but Charlie
wasn't, arguing that they would see less and less of each other. As new year
beckoned, Charlie told Baz that he didn't think they should be together anymore.
He told her that one of them had to do something about their dissolving
relationship and although she was hurt she said that she would take leave and
take Louis to her mothers.
With Baz away, Charlie had time to think and he found himself hiding the
real reason for her disappearance, trying to convince his colleagues that he and
Baz were still together. However when she returned to work, Baz told everyone
about the split and was surprised to find that Charlie was so angry about this.
After too much red wine, Charlie and Baz found themselves in bed together. Baz
was convinced that this was a new start for them both but Charlie wasn't as
sure. He told her that he didn't think they could trust their night of passion
and said he had decided to move out. Baz was devastated but picked herself up
whilst Charlie struggled to do his laundry! He seemed slightly jealous that she
was coping with their split so well, especially when she announced that she was
going out for a night with the girls. With this in mind, Charlie accepted Zoe's
offer of a drink. However no sooner had they drunk their first cocktail, she was
offering him room service. Charlie took her up on the offer and he spent the
night with Zoe. The following day she insisted on a 'repeat prescription'.
However Charlie had realised he had made a mistake and as he was about to tell
Zoe this, their embrace was witness by Baz. Charlie followed a distraught Baz to
her office and explained that what happened with Zoe meant nothing. Baz asked
him to leave her but he insisted that she listened to him. He told her that it
just happened and asked her if she was so upset then why did she go out
celebrating. Baz confessed that she didn't go out, she changed her mind, stayed
at home and got drunk. Charlie then realised that he had been stupid and told
Mark that he was going to ask Baz if they could try for a reconciliation. Mark
said that was great and Charlie said 'only if Baz agrees'......
While paying a visit to her solicitors, Baz got into a heavy situation. She
got taken hostage by a man who was desperate to see his estranged wife. Baz got
caught in the middle of the situation and found herself in a horrifying ordeal.
Her captor was badly injured. He was losing a lot of blood and Baz said that he
needed urgent treatment. After much persuasion, he allowed her to phone Holby
for some supplies. Baz spoke to Charlie and when he heard her voice he realised
that she was in trouble. Despite the department being in chaos and the emotional
wedge between them, Charlie went to Baz. They operated on the man, but despite
their help he would not let them go. As shots were fired, Charlie decided that
it was time to talk to Baz. He told her that if anything should happen he wanted
her to know that he loved her. He said he knew he had behaved like a pratt and
if he thought he deserved to have her back he'd ask her to marry him. Things
then got heavy and as Baz knelt down with a gun to her head, Charlie knocked
over their captor and saved her life. Back at Holby, he told her that he meant
what he said and was sorry for what had happened between them. Charlie then told
her again how much he love her and asked her to marry him. Surprised and
confused, Baz said she needed time to think. It took her about five minutes and
she then announced to the staff that she and Charlie were to marry. Not before a
few hitches, a glorious wedding took place and Baz and Charlie made their vows
in front of colleagues, old friends; Mike, Ash, Megan and Duffy (who invited
her?) and their son Louis. Baz told Charlie that she wanted them to be happy
and said that she was considering looking for a new job so that work ethics
would not screw them up again. Charlie said he'd think about it and the new Mr
and Mrs Fairhead danced as their friends sung a cool rendition of Everlasting
Baz later left Holby and took a job in Birmingham next to her parents.
Charlie began to commute at weekends to spend time with she and Louis. He told
Max that it was working out well, he said that time apart made he and Baz
appreciate their time together. Charlie often mentioned Baz and has spent the
last few Christmas' with her and Louis. He also welcomed back Duffy as she took
a nursing post in Holby. At the end of series 14 Charlie collapsed in the
toilets, he appeared to be having a heart attack but the credits rolled and we
were left waiting.......
Charlie had a pulmonary embolism, he returned to work after spending a few
months recovering with Baz and Louis. He told Duffy that Baz had helped nurse
him back to health and he said it was nice spending time with she and Louis.
Duffy later noticed that Charlie was acting rather emotional towards a small
child patient and she asked if there was anything wrong with Louis. Charlie told
her that soon he'd be looking after Louis whilst Baz went away. When Duffy asked
where, he explained that Baz had been offered a medical directors post in
Canada. It was an amazing opportunity for her but Charlie was left in a
difficult situation. Charlie told Duffy that he should have just gone to
Birmingham with them when Baz left Holby, Duffy told him that he could join Baz
in Canada but Charlie was unsure.
After looking after Louis for a while Charlie took him back to Canada so
that he could be back with Baz. When he returned he told Duffy that Baz had
asked him for a divorce. It appears whilst in Canada, Baz has been seeing
another man. After this Charlie decided to try and get custody of Louis, but he
withdrew his application after his lawyer told him that he really didn't stand a
chance of winning.
After far too long in the background, Charlie got a new storyline and a new
lover. Jan Goddard was the hospital's Chief Executive and she met Charlie
through a dating agency. It's not as sordid as it sounds!! When they first met
they had no idea they worked in the same hospital!!! After a few false starts
romance blossomed and it looked like Charlie may have found a new love. However
Jan didn't share many of Charlie's views or morals, and on more than one
occasion compromised his position at the hospital. Of course it took a while for
Charlie to see through Jan and her underhand ways but once he found her out he
ended their relationship and went back to his morals and Holby A&E.
Series 18 saw the long awaited return of Baz. However any hopes Charlie had
of rekindling their romance were quickly dashed when Baz returned with Dan - her
new husband. Not only did Charlie now feel excluded from Baz's life, but he felt
excluded from Louis' as he watched how close he and Dan were. It wasn't long
though till Charlie and Baz were back exchanging glances at one another and
after Louis was taken ill it was obvious they still had feelings for each other.
A family Christmas in Lapland brought their feelings to the fore and they shared
a passionate kiss under the Northern Lights. Their new discovery of love for one
another saw them once again begin to plan a future together, but fate stepped in
the way when Baz died in a car crash.
It may have ended tragically but Baz's return and reunion with Charlie put a
permanent stamp on their relationship. She died leaving the knowledge that she
and Charlie would always be each others Everlasting Love.