‘Call the Midwife’, Series 3, Episode 2 (TV)


Please feel free to comment on my review.

I know it sounds like I’m repeating myself when I say these ‘Call the Midwife’ episodes are emotionally-charged. But they are. And this one is certainly a really emotional episode throughout.

In the episode, Jessica Raine as Jenny gets promoted to be acting sister at the clinic. This is something Jenny is delighted about. I guess this is like this huge reward for her three years of service. 🙂

Sadly, Helen George as Trixie, who gets a new haircut in the episode, becomes irked by Jenny being chosen as acting sister instead of her. Understandable as Trixie has had more experience than Jenny.

I guess Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne chose Jenny over Trixie since Jenny is more responsible than Trixie is. It doesn’t ease tensions between Jenny and Trixie when they continue to work at the clinic.

Jenny finds herself very busy in her new role of acting sister and Trixie complains that Jenny doesn’t confide in her anymore. It was tense as Jenny complains to Trixie about her not treating her fairly. 😐

Soon, Jenny becomes involved with the most challenging case yet. She meets an expectant mother of three, Seline Hizli as Doris Aston. Trixie’s also irked Jenny is attending to Doris and not her instead.

Apparently Trixie used to attend Doris with her previous children and Doris makes it clear that she prefers Trixie over Jenny. But Jenny is so determined to attend to Doris when she has her next baby.

Doris however has a bigger problem. The child that she’s expecting isn’t fathered by her bullying husband, Ben Bishop as Cyril Aston. It’s really fathered by a black person following a one-night stand.

We never get to see the father of Doris’ child, but it’s clear that if her husband Cyril finds out, she’ll be in trouble. Sister Julienne arranges for Doris to go away for the birth and have the baby adopted.

But the baby arrives early. It’s chaotic when Cyril comes home and finds out. It isn’t like the situation in Series 1, Episode 3 where a black baby of a white mother is born and the white father’s accepting.

Cyril is enraged and calls Doris a ‘whore’. He becomes aggressive but thankfully Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner arrives, threatening to call the phone unless Cyril stops being aggressive towards his wife.

Cyril tells Doris to get rid of the baby and soon walks out in a temper. It’s really upsetting to see this happen, although Doris has to accept the circumstances of her own actions when having this baby. 😦

In the end, the baby gets taken away for adoption. Jenny agrees to keep a letter for the baby from Doris, explaining the situation for when she is older. It’s sad how this subplot finishes on this note. 😦

On a happier note, in another subplot, Bryony Hannah as Cynthia spearheads a new birthing practice for the expectant mothers of Poplar. She gets inspiration by the progressive methods of Dr. Latham.

Roger Molridge as Dr. Robert Latham comes to visit Poplar to give a lecture. Sadly, Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan is a heckler whilst she’s knitting at the lecture, but Cynthia becomes interested. 🙂

Cynthia also helps a young girl, Faye Daveney as Nellie Short, who’s afraid to go through with her pregnancy and she wanted her mother to be there with her. Sadly, her mother died five months ago.

Reassuring Nellie that Cynthia will look after her, the day soon comes when Nellie’s about to deliver the baby. Cynthia even gets to impress Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina once they use Dr. Latham’s methods. 🙂

There are a few subplots like Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred getting to put her green-fingered skills to good use and Miranda Hart as Chummy continuing to juggle her work and her home lives. 😀

I don’t think they’re glossed into too much detail though. Jenny also continues to enjoy her romantic relationship with Leo Starr as Alec Jesmond, despite some hiccups regarding the date they’re having.

I also liked the scene between Dr. Turner and his wife Laura Main as Shelagh when they look after Doris’ new-born baby for a bit. Shelagh wishes for her and Dr. Turner to have their own child soon. 🙂

Overall, Series 3, Episode 2 of ‘Call the Midwife’ is a very good entry in the series. It’s sad how the Doris baby subplot turned out but I’m glad Cynthia was a reassuring presence to fragile Nellie in this.

‘Series 3, Episode 2’ rating – 8/10

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