TV Review – ‘Call the Midwife’, Series 8, Episode 7

Hello everyone! 🙂

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

I’ve seen Episode 7 of Series 8 in ‘Call the Midwife’! The episode has quite an emotional gut-punching ending, especially for one of the family members of our main characters. It connects to a storyline that was somewhat introduced in Episode 1 of Series 8, but we’ll get to it once we get to it.

In the episode, Helen George as Nurse Trixie looks after a heavily pregnant Rosie Sheehy as Heather Pugh. Heather confides in Trixie that her waterworks have been causing her pain. After some routine tests, it turns out Heather has gonorrhoea. This happens to be a sexually transmitted infection here.

Trixie and Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner raise concerns about Heather as the sexually transmitted infection can cause serious health issues regarding her unborn child. There are soon tensions between Heather and her husband Phill Langhorne as Vince when he has been seeing a sex worker.

I did wonder how this plot was going to turn out and how things would be reconciled between Heather and her husband Phill. I didn’t think she’d take her husband back after seemingly cheating on her. But Phill is determined to make amends and perhaps Heather might let him off for this once.

This episode also provides a nice storyline for Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Frances who is given a chance of experience by Miriam Margolyes as Mother Mildred to attend to her first solo birth. Sister Frances meets Kellie Shirley as Connie Blakemore who is about to give birth. Clearly Sister Frances is nervous.

I do like how the storyline is handled between Sister Frances and Connie Blakemore. I’m sure Connie knows Sister Frances is nervous and she supports her as well as Sister Frances supporting her. Thankfully the birth is successful and I liked it when Sister Frances thanks God for giving her courage.

Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane is still in hospital I’m afraid and Trevor Cooper as Sergeant Woolf enquires about her well-being. Leonie Elliot as Nurse Lucille also has another date with Zephryn Taitte as Cyril Robinson before it turns into them joining Trixie; Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie and Ann Mitchell as Elise Dyer, Valerie’s grandmother on a bingo night. Oh yeah! Valerie’s gran is back in this!

But unfortunately, Valerie’s grandmother Elise is found out to be responsible for providing abortions for expectant mothers. That was a shock to watch in the episode and I did wonder if Elsie was the one responsible for another previous abortion incident that occurred earlier in Series 8 in Episode 4.

The episode seems to end on a shocking cliff-hanger ending, especially as this is the penultimate episode in the build-up to the season finale. There’s still the issue of Dr. Turner and his wife Laura Main as Shelagh losing the Chinese girl May in their family. I wonder what will occur next time here.

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

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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