Call the Midwife: Secrets and Lies

Shelagh and Dr Turner enjoy their staycationThe Nonnatuns, assisted by the Turners, host some sort of afternoon tea for the elderly folks of the neighbourhood. The girls complain about one totally gross old man who keeps sexually harassing them. A woman named Mrs Hills arrives with some cockles for everyone to share and the girls invite her to sit, noticing that she’s quite pregnant. Trixie’s surprised, since no word of any pregnancy had reached them, despite the fact they delivered the woman’s four other children. She says she’s going to have the baby in hospital, since she’s an older mother and they want to keep an eye on her.

Patsy hands Timothy a key and cryptically discusses some plan that he, she, and Shelagh have hatched together. He’s sent inside for more cream and finds his dad having a snooze on the sofa inside Nonnatus. He wakes his dad and tells the doctor he really needs to have a holiday.

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Call the Midwife: A Place of Safety

Call_the_Midwife_has_swapped_cosiness_for_serious_social_issues___and_is_all_the_better_for_itPreviously on Call the Midwife: Trixie apparently started developing alcoholism following her failed engagement to Tom, Fred proposed to Violet Gee, and Patsy and Delia dreamt of a life together.

Patsy and Trixie get ready for their day while JVO talks about how mirrors see everything: our hopes, our dreams, our disappointments.

Fred brings Violet to Nonnatus for an engagement celebration, she wondering if she was being too extravagant bringing cut flowers. He tells her to just relax. She admits she’s nervous and he reassures her that Nonnatus is just one big happy family.

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Call the Midwife: Family Matters

70281Previously on Call the Midwife: Evangelina returned from medical leave, Cynthia became a nun, and Bernadette started more actively nursing again.

A man brings his wife to the maternity home in a taxi. They’re welcomed by Evangelina, who dismisses the husband, gently reassuring him they have things in hand.

The woman, Mrs Dent, arrives on the ward and is settled. Trixie and Bernadette are on duty as well. Mrs D notices another woman, Marion, and recognizes her as an old school friend. Marion doesn’t recognize Mrs D at all, and when Mrs D reminds her of her name (Shirley), it becomes clear that Marion just doesn’t want to recognize her. Shirley is sweet and bubbly and doesn’t seem to notice Marion’s dismissive attitude.

Tim has a new hobby: photography. His dad marvels at his work, which he’s done with a crappy little camera he has.

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Call the Midwife: Frailty

Can_we_guess_what_s_going_to_happen_in_Call_the_Midwife_series_4_episode_5_Previously on Call the Midwife: Trixie and Tom broke up; Cynthia decided to become a nun.

It’s July, and super hot. Julienne coaches a woman through her birth while the woman’s husband prays with some other guy in the living room. She gives birth to a son. Her husband, Mr Prendergast, looks like he can’t quite believe it. It’s all very sweet, as always.

Doc Turner’s surgery is crowded. Bernadette brings him a cup of tea and the news that another doctor wants him to cover so the guy can go on holiday for two weeks. Turner agrees, even though he’s already taken on patients from yet another doctor. Bernadette doesn’t think this is such a good idea, since Turner’s being run ragged already, but it’s not really up to her.

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Call the Midwife: The Women’s Hour

6728756-low_res-Previously on Call the Midwife: Barbara and Nurse Crane arrived, and Trixie and Tom got engaged.

Women gather for the weekly clinic. One of them is played by Claudie Blakely, so we know she’ll be important. Inside, the midwives set up while Crane complains about Trixie’s lateness. It’s going to be a busy day, and Crane tells Bernadette to make sure to keep the line moving and the medical folk will take care of the rest. Bernadette gets her back up ever so slightly at the implication that she’s just a secretary, not one of the medical professionals, despite the fact that she was a midwife for a decade.

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Call the Midwife: The Undesirables

68478Previously on Call the Midwife: Sister Evangelina had to go have surgery, so no-nonsense Nurse Crane arrived to take over her duties.

The camera pans past a rat, then some broken-down barbed wire fence, and a sign for a public men’s bathroom before joining the local volunteers who’ll be the go-to folks in the case of a nuclear attack. Because despite the fact that they had direct evidence to the contrary, people at this time still believed you could actually flee a nuclear bomb blast before it melted your skin off. Fred’s the leader of this crew. One of the men, Tony, asks if there’ll be provisions in the shelters for babies and Fred tells him not to worry. A rat scurries through, and while the others panic, Tony stomps the thing to death, calling it a filthy thing, spreading disease.

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Call the Midwife: Bonding

webANXcallmidwife41Previously on Call the Midwife: Jenny departed to become a cancer nurse, and Cynthia departed to start nun training. Trixie revealed a depressing past that included a father who had a terrible nervous breakdown, and then she started dating Tom, better known as Curate Cutie.

Patsy attends a birth, stumbling into bed just as Trixie’s getting ready for the day. An emergency is called in and Trixie races out, not even stopping to finish putting on her eyeliner or take the curlers out of her hair. She gets a lift from the milkman and is dropped off near the docks, where some woman is just about to give birth in the back of a car. Trixie gamely climbs in and the woman apologetically says she was sick on the seat. Trixie brightly says it’s no big deal, takes off her cardigan, and conducts a quick exam. The baby’s well on its way and arrives just a few minutes later. It’s a girl. The mother cradles her and declares she’s going to be a blondie. ‘Blondes have more fun,’ she coos. ‘Isn’t that right, nurse?’ Trixie realizes she’s just put her knee right in the puddle of sick and responds with a slightly tight smile.

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Call the Midwife: Love is All Around Us

p02f1tcqPreviously on Call the Midwife: Patsy joined the team, (former sister) Bernadette and Doc Turner adopted a baby girl, and Jenny decided to leave midwifery and Poplar behind.

It’s our first episode in a post-Jenny world and we start off with…Jenny? Yes, we’ve still got the JVO, which seems increasingly odd, since now she’s commenting on situations and events she wasn’t even privy to. We begin in 2005 with older Jenny (we get to see her at last!) decorating for Christmas and worrying about a missing ornament. Her house is something of a photographic shrine to her days in Poplar—aside from one or two pictures of, presumably, grandkids, every framed photo is one of her as a midwife, her with the other midwives, or the nuns, which kind of makes it seem like she never made any friends at her later jobs. Kinda sad, that.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting (in the UK)

As those who regularly follow this blog know, Mr Anglophile and I recently welcomed Little Anglophile, who, of course, is the perfectest little’un ever to make guest appearances on a non-parenting blog. Becoming a parent is a crazy thing, both during the leadup and the aftermath, but luckily here in the UK, we have a lot of support to make that transition as smooth as … Continue reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting (in the UK)

Call the Midwife: Refuge

Call the MidwifePreviously on Call the Midwife: Chummy had a baby, Jenny got a boyfriend, and the nuns found out they were going to have to leave Nonnatus House.

JVO talks about how important Christmas traditions are, as young Jenny cycles through the neighbourhood, greeting people by name and enjoying the holiday cheer. Fred’s selling mistletoe, and Noakes gives him a bit of a hard time over not having the proper license to do so, which nets him some mistletoe at a discount.

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