‘Call the Midwife’, Series 1, Episode 6 (TV)

SERIES 1, EPISODE 6

Please feel free to comment on my review.

And now we’ve come to the season finale of Series 1 of ‘Call the Midwife’. Series 1 has been a pretty good season. It was really good in setting up the main characters; relationship and the many scenarios.

So, how do we conclude Series 1 of ‘Call the Midwife’? Well, we have Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan going strange in the episode as she’s found wandering near the docks of Poplar without a habit.

It was also unusual to see Sister Monica walking about barefoot and in pyjamas, I believe. Seeing Sister Monica in this state was so unusual indeed. Mind you, Sister Monica has been quite eccentric.

Sister Monica’s character is most interesting throughout ‘Call the Midwife’ as she’s someone who isn’t a typical nun. She is quite eccentric; speaking in riddles at times and fancies temptations of life.

Returned to Nonnatus House by the police, Sister Monica succumbs to pneumonia when her adventure takes its toll on her health. She’s treated to by those like Jenny Lee and Sister Evangelina.

It was intriguing to see the montage of Sister Monica being looked after day by day with her pneumonia. She’s later visited by Kika Markham as Mother Jesu who gives her some of her jewellery.

Soon, Sister Monica is better and gets fully recovered. Oh! That seems quite fast. I thought the episode was going to be about her being ill throughout the episode. I wondered what the point was.

But it doesn’t end there for Sister Monica. Oh no! After her ill health incident, she finds herself getting into trouble with the law in the community when she is caught stealing things from markets.

Soon, Sister Monica is put on trial when her mental health is put into question. It doesn’t help when Sister Monica is often interrupting the trial and refuses to keep silent when her barrister is in charge.

It’s quite amusing when Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne tells Sister Monica that her barrister is speaking for her during her trail. Yet Sister Monica says he isn’t doing a good job of it. Oh dear me. 🙂

People like Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee are concerned for Sister Monica’s well-being, afraid that she may end up in jail. Jenny even reframes telling vital information which angers Sister Julienne indeed.

Stephen McGann makes an appearance as Dr. Turner in the episode, during Sister Monica’s trial. I’d like to point out that Dr. Turner has his first scene with Laura Main as Sister Bernadette in this story.

You wonder why I bring that up. Well…let’s save that for another time. There’s also a story going on for Miranda Hart as Chummy. She has deeply fallen in love with Ben Caplan as PC Peter Noakes here.

But Chummy gets worries when her mother – Cheryl Campbell as Lady Browne – comes to Nonnatus House to inspect her new beau. But Lady Browne is pretty snobbish and puts Chummy down greatly.

Chummy loses her confidence and breaks off her relationship with PC Noakes. Jenny and the other midwifes do their best to persuade Chummy that she’s making a mistake, but she’s not very certain.

It’s interesting that we never see Chummy meeting PC Noakes’ mum, yet she must’ve got her approval for her and Noakes to be together. Yet with Chummy’s mum, it seems the other way round.

Chummy soon helps a young wife – Tina O’Brien as Cathy Powell – who has triplets in the episode. I have seen Tina O’Brien before since she played Sarah Platt in the ITV soap opera ‘Coronation Street’.

After helping to deliver Cathy Powell’s triplets, Chummy becomes inspired and rekindles her relationship with PC Noakes. She defies her mother and soon marries Noakes! Wow! That was quick!

Jenny’s story in Series 1 also comes to a close in a way when she struggles to come to terms with the possibility of having a relationship with a married man. Eventually she decides to give her Gerald up.

George Rainsford as Jimmy also makes an appearance in the final Series 1 episode of ‘Call the Midwife’. Although he and Jenny don’t start a relationship at the end, they’re still good friends here.

Series 1, Episode 6 of ‘Call the Midwife’ is a good finale to the first season. I enjoyed the set-up of the characters and their relationships. I do look forward to where things go next with our characters.

‘Series 1, Episode 6’ rating – 9/10


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