Previously on A Young Doctor’s Notebook: Dan, the Young Doctor, arrived in Muryevo, a desolate outpost sandwiched somewhere between Hopeless and Misery. It didn’t take long for him to start sleeping with the only available woman and shooting up morphine, while chattering with Jon, his older self. In the 1930s, Jon nearly ODs and is committed.
I have to be honest, I’m surprised this show turned into a series. I honestly thought those four episodes that went up last year were one-offs. I mean, it’s not like both Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm don’t have incredibly busy schedules. It’s nice they were able to make the time for another season of this, because I really loved the show, as gross as it could be at times. Guess they really loved it too.
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Previously on Call the Midwife: Jenny started dating Jimmy and Chummy started dating Noakes. Only one of those relationships looks like it has real promise, though. Babies were born, tragedies dealt with, and the nurses occasionally found themselves handling non-pregnancy-related cases.
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London, 1957. Jenny Lee, our main character, makes her way through the East End with a big suitcase, looking around and ignoring catcalls. In voiceover, Vanessa Redgrave tells us that she could have been a model, or a pianist, or something else equally glamorous, but instead she chose to become a midwife and head to the poorest area of the city, for some as yet undefined reason. As she approaches her destination, she comes across two women catfighting. It seems that the woman who has the upper hand has been stepping out with the other one’s husband. The neighbors gather to cheer, and finally a few bobbies appear and try to break it up. They continue fighting until a fierce-looking nun busts in and loudly asks which one is her patient. Wronged wife stands up and we can see she’s pretty preggo. Nun shakes her head, unsurprised either that this woman, Pearl Winston, is fighting or knocked up. Nun marches Pearl inside as Vanessa tells us that midwifery is the very stuff of life and midwives see it all. Thanks for giving us the reason for this show at the start—makes my job easier!
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