‘Call the Midwife’, Series 3, Episode 5 (TV)


Please feel free to comment on my review.

This ‘Call the Midwife’ episode doesn’t feature a lot of Jessica Raine as Jenny in it. She’s only like at the beginning of the episode as she’s taking compassionate leave following the death of dear Alec. 😦

I guess this is the producers’ way of easing Jenny out of the show since Series 3 is her last season and she isn’t in the next episode. But she is in the last two. I wonder how Jenny will depart the TV series.

Anyway, Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne collapses with exhaustion. She’s told by Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner to take a few weeks’ rest whilst Laura Main as Shelagh returns to take Julienne’s place.

This episode also features new regular character Emerald Fennell as efficient nurse Patsy Mount to the series. Patsy has been in ‘Call the Midwife’ before, since she last appeared in Series 2, Episode 3.

She even mentions meeting Jenny in that episode to confirm that. I don’t know what Patsy will be like as a new regular, but she seems to be very on the dot and she’s pretty good about cleanliness. 🙂

Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina finds it difficult to get used to an efficient nurse like Patsy who’s one step ahead of everyone. But other nurses like Trixie, Cynthia and Chummy do get on well with Patsy.

The Nonnatus House crew also plan to have a party to mark the jubilee of Sister Evangelina taking holy orders. This is something Sister Evangelina’s not very keen on as she doesn’t want to be fussed.

It was also interesting to see Sister Evangelina’s interaction with Shelagh, since she’s not entirely comfortable with her dropping her vows to be with Dr. Turner. But they’re still fond of each other. 🙂

This episode also features Evangelina’s brother, Tony Turner as Vincent Atwood, who happens to be an alcoholic tramp. Evangelina steals food for her brother before she sees him admitted to hospital.

In this episode, Sister Evangelina’s real name happens to be Enid. It was fascinating to see and learn more about Evangelina’s character and family background, especially leading up to a certain jubilee.

The episode also features a subplot where a young woman with Down’s syndrome becomes pregnant. This woman happens to be Sarah Gordy as Sally and her mother is played by Debra Gillett.

I’ve seen Debra Gillett before in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode, ‘The Idiot’s Lantern’. Sinister circumstances are assumed. Sally being pregnant could mean she had been raped by a terrible man.

But it turns out that the father of Sally’s child happens to be Colin Young as cerebral palsy sufferer Jacob, who lives in the same residential home as her. Sally and Jacob state that they love each other.

It’s interesting to see how these two people with disabilities are in love with each other, but their love for each other is doomed from the start. I’m not very sure whether it would’ve worked out fine.

Sally’s father, Jim Conway as Mr. Harper probably wouldn’t have approved, since he’s seen to have a temper, though thankfully he doesn’t meet Jacob. Sadly, it’s not a very happy ending in the episode.

You see, the baby gets delivered but it’s stillborn. The baby doesn’t wake up as it’s too small. This is sad. Jacob and Sally were aiming to marry despite this, but Jacob gets sent to another home instead.

Jacob and Sally are each heartbroken, especially when they’re not given a chance to say goodbye. But at least Jacob leaves Sally with a gift once she returns to the residential home after he has gone.

Meanwhile, Timothy Turner takes his first steps without his callipers to support him. I like how Shelagh becomes concerned about whether she’s become over-protective of him during the story. 🙂

Chummy also has to double her work shifts due to Sister Julienne being unwell, which does causes tensions between her and Ben Caplan as PC Noakes. Thankfully, they are still talking to each other. 🙂

In the end, Sister Evangelina’s party goes ahead, despite her protests. The community show their appreciation of her work over the years. I like how Evangelina is so grateful to everyone on that day.

Series 3, Episode 5 of ‘Call the Midwife’ is a good episode in the series. I miss Jenny Lee in this one, though it was great to have that Sister Evangelina subplot and to be re-introduced to Patsy Mount. 🙂

‘Series 3, Episode 5’ rating – 7/10

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