TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 8, Episode 5

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I’m five episodes into Series 8 of ‘Call the Midwife’! I enjoyed Series 8, Episode 5, which my parents and I watched on TV via BBC1 last Sunday night. We didn’t have any major church commitments that evening. We were able to watch this episode on TV instead of seeing on BBC iPlayer as we usually do.

This was an interesting episode in the series, as many ‘Call the Midwife’ episodes are, as it deals with a pretty sensitive topic. In the episode, Helen George as Nurse Trixie deals with a young woman who gets diagnosed with a very unusual intersex condition here. The woman is Holly Freeman as Lois Parry.

It turns out that Lois, who is a woman, happens to have male sex organs in her body, which means she can’t have children with another man. And she’s about to get married. Wow! I had no idea that there were women who had this condition. It must be pretty rare and it was interesting to see that being explored.

I really felt for Lois in the episode and Holly Freeman who plays her delivers a brilliant performance. It was gut-wrenching to see the turmoil Lois goes through as he struggles to accept her condition and tell her family and husband about it. She even tears up her wedding dress, which was shocking to see.

The episode also features a storyline where a husband suffers with inexplicable pains similar to his wife’s pregnancy. This was rather odd to see in the episode, since I assumed the husband was suffering pains because he had too much bacon from a cafe. I’m not certain if this is a thing that really happens.

In the episode, Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis has trouble with her car which gets fixed by a mechanic as recommended by Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica. In the meantime, Nurse Phyllis gets lifts on her rounds by Trevor Cooper as Sergeant Woolf, who is continuing to express this romantic interest in her.

Leonie Elliot as Nurse Lucille also gets to have a romantic subplot in the episode since she attracts the attention of the mechanic, Zephryn Taitte as Cyril Robinson, who fixes Nurse Phyllis’ car. Cyril asks Lucille on a date, to which she politely declines. She later regrets her answer as she changes her mind.

It was interesting how Sister Monica tries to encourage Lucille to pursue a romantic relationship with Cyril in the episode whereas she’s reluctant to. Eventually Lucille goes on a dance date with Cyril and he picks her in a motorbike and side-car, which is how the episode ends which was intriguing to watch.

Series 8, Episode 5 has been an enjoyable episode in the ‘Call the Midwife’ series. It was pretty emotional with Lois Parry’s story and was interesting how Lucile gradually goes out on a date with someone when she was reluctant to. I am so intrigued about what’s to happen in next week’s episode.

With hope, my review on Series 8, Episode 6 of ‘Call the Midwife’ will be up on my blog next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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