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A man mixes up what we later learn is incense for churches. Judging from his house, there seems to be a pretty good living in that. His very pregnant wife comes downstairs and sniffs the results, clearly approving.
Turner receives the local health report and is super excited.
Trixie is leading her exercise class. Fred’s wife, Violet, has joined and is enthusiastic, but not terribly good.
Previously on Call the Midwife: Tom and Barbara started maybe dating, and the first of the thalidomide babies started to arrive, baffling everyone.
Winifred starts cleaning an old portrait of a nun with some bread (wow, does that work? Good to know.) Apparently this is a portrait of Sister Hildegarde, the first of the sisters to come to Poplar. Her commemoration service is coming up.
A young blonde woman named Linda stops Trixie on her way to do the district rounds and asks her to deliver some candies to one woman.
Previously on Call the Midwife: Barbara and Tom started edging towards dating, and Julienne offered Delia a place to stay in the city.
JVO tells us that, while some people were moving into skyscraper tower blocks, others preferred to stay in their fairly crappy old flats, mostly because they were completely surrounded by family there.
A bunch of kids gather in one woman’s place and she makes them jam sandwiches for snack. She then goes upstairs, where her granddaughter’s in labour, being tended by Patsy. This woman does not look old enough to be a great-grandmother. Marrying young was clearly a thing in this family. Which is pretty typical of the time. The granddaughter, Jeanette, delivers a girl.
Previously on Call the Midwife: Barbara started getting chummy with Tom, and Nurse Crane was both determined to overhaul the Nonnatus organisational system and learn more about other cultures and languages.
JVO talks about how all the products coming through the London docks gave the locals a glimpse of what they could have, which made some envious and unhappy.
A young woman, Mrs Beckett, goes to the clinic and hears her blood pressure’s higher than is advisable. She’s clearly unhappy with pretty much her whole life. Barbara suggests some breathing exercises, which Mrs B scorns.
In the main clinic area, a woman’s giving a presentation about a brand of baby formula. Evangelina comes in and is outraged to see this. She loudly tells everyone, including the woman giving the presentation, that babies have the best: the breast. She says formula is nonsense. The presenter points out that women have a lot of reasons to want options, but Evangelina calls the woman a charlatan. Oh, right, Evangelina’s one of these assholes. Sorry, but I know so many people who struggled with breastfeeding and felt like total failures when they couldn’t make it work, that when I hear these sorts of ignorant evangelists spouting off about how everyone can do it and if you can’t manage it’s because you’re just not trying hard enough, and you’re damaging your baby with your laziness, I seriously just want to slap them.
Previously on Call the Midwife: Trixie became an alcoholic, her former fiancé started spending a fair bit of time with Barbara, and Dr Turner started prescribing Thalidomide to his patients.
JVO talks about how amazing the female body is, while we watch Trixie burning calories at a fitness class. She’s become such a Keep Fit devotee, she’s qualified as an instructor in record time. Everyone applauds her and she tells them all that Keep Fit was really what she needed at a dark time in her life. Also, she lost two inches around the waist and went up a cup size. What sort of workout does that? Usually when you lose weight you go down a size up top, unless you’re doing some serious pectoral work, which I doubt is the case in this class.
A little boy, Perry, goes to the doctor’s surgery to pick up some milk of magnesia for his mother. Shelagh goes to see what she can find. He heads home with it and delivers it to his very pregnant mother, who starts chugging it.
Previously on Call the Midwife: Trixie and Tom got engaged and then broke up, which seems to have prompted her to become an alcoholic. Fred remarried, to Mrs Gee, the owner of the local haberdashery shop, and Patsy’s girlfriend suffered a traumatic brain injury and tragically forgot who Patsy even was.
JVO reminds us that Christmas is the celebration of a birth, so that makes Christmas specials especially fitting for this show.
Tom is conducting a mass baptism for the local newborns while at Nonnatus Sister MJ is making the Christmas pudding. Must be Stir-Up Sunday. They get a call for a woman who’s expecting twins and Trixie and Cynthia head out to attend to her.
Previously on Call the Midwife: Kitchen table abortion. Enough said. Also, Bernadette had a bit of a thing going with Doctor Turner, though she was fighting it as much as she could.
Bernadette wakes early in the morning, rolls over, and stares at the ceiling, then at the cross on the opposite wall for a moment before checking out the scar on her palm and doubtless thinking of the stolen kiss of last week. JVO chimes in and says that, as midwives, they saw a lot, and they kept a lot of secrets, and who could they turn to when they needed to confide?