SERIES 2, EPISODE 5
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We’re halfway through Series 2 of ‘Call the Midwife’ and I’d like to think the characters are more intriguing since the first time we met them. This episode highlights intriguing aspects about some. 🙂
By the way, something I haven’t really mentioned about this series is that all the episodes are narrated by Vanessa Redgrave as older Jenny Lee. This is where she recollects things about the past.
Now with the episodes narrated by older Jenny whilst Jessica Raine is young Jenny in them, that’s something I’m fine with. It gets complicated by the time we reach latter seasons, but that’s for later.
In this episode, the Poplar community gets ready for the annual summer fete. This has some organisational input by Lucy Russell as Mrs. Clarke the vicar’s wife who suggests having a baby show.
This means that the Nonnatus House midwives will be more involved in the summer fete more than usual. There’s also a search to find a celebrity judge whether it is a movie star or a famous musician.
Helen George as Trixie takes on that responsibility to find a celebrity judge and soon comes across Tristan Gemmill as handsome television star Clifford Raines. Initially, Trixie is quite taken by the man.
But it doesn’t go well when later on in the episode, Raines throws himself at Trixie during a date together. Trixie knows the limits of her flirtations and she soon runs out on him, pretty upset indeed.
It’s interesting to see Trixie like this after a date gone wrong. Sometimes, she can be quite confident about herself, but when someone takes advantage of her after a date, she is at her most vulnerable.
Jessica Raine as Jenny and Bryony Hannah as Cynthia comfort and support Trixie once she’s in a state. Unfortunately, it means the baby show has lost its celebrity judge once Raines doesn’t turn up.
During the episode meanwhile, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan feigns illness to prevent going on holiday. She fears she may never return to Nonnatus House and the other nuns consider her useless.
Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina goes on holiday in the meantime. 😀 Cynthia and Dorothy Atkinson as Jane try to find ways to make Sister Monica more useful. Jane has become confident by this point. 🙂
During the summer fete, when Raines doesn’t turn up, Jane speaks up for Sister Monica to become the judge for the baby show. Sister Monica rises to the occasion and does this happily in the episode.
Sadly, things aren’t all too happy in the episode. Jenny meets Sharon Small as Nora Harding who is a mother of eight. She’s distraught about having another mouth to feed when she’s expecting a ninth.
She’s truly loved by her husband Mark Flitton as Bill Harding. Jenny is shocked to see that Nora’s family live a cramped, rat-infested apartment. It is quite shocking to see the state of these homes. 😦
Even when Jenny tries to reassure her about the benefits of having a ninth baby, Nora becomes desperate and takes drastic measures. She visits this abortionist – Alison Newman as Mrs. Pritchard.
In late 1950s Britain, abortion is considered illegal. But Nora takes on the abortion with disastrous consequences. Nora loses a lot of blood and almost dies before Jenny and Sister Juilenne rescue her.
It was tense when Nora seemed to be on the verge of death. Thankfully Jenny Agutter as Sister Juilenne has Nora’s family rehoused somewhere in the country. I’m pleased there is a happy ending.
Meanwhile, Laura Main as Sister Bernadette has her own subplot as she fights her feelings for Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner. Now this is something that has been going on for quite a while here.
Even back in Series 1, Sister Bernadette seems to be showing doubts about her life as a nun at Nonnatus House. She even has a few conversations with Sister Julienne to discuss her inner feelings.
There is a moment when Dr. Turner kisses Sister Bernadette’s hand after she injures it during a fete race. I don’t know how this is going to end up later on in the series. It should be pretty interesting. 🙂
Series 2, Episode 5 has been a pretty good drama episode in ‘Call the Midwife’. It showcases some interesting insights into characters like Jenny, Trixie, Sister Monica, Sister Bernadette and Dr. Turner.
‘Series 2, Episode 5’ rating – 8/10
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