‘Call the Midwife’, Series 4, Episode 3 (TV)


Please feel free to comment on my review.

This is quite a tough episode to talk about. On the one hand, it does present homosexuality in an intriguing way in terms of how it got dwelt with around the late 1950s/early 1960s. This I appreciate.

On the other hand, it makes for tear-breaking, bittersweet moral drama when choices are made. It’s also very fascinating how some of the characters talk about the issues regarding homosexuality here.

In the episode, the Nonnatus team rally around to support first-time parents Richard Fleeshman as Tony Amos and Cara Theobold as Marie Amos. Tony commits a crime of gross indecency in this tale.

He’s caught kissing another man, which happens to be a police officer in disguise, after complaints have been able about Tony’s ‘misgivings’. Ben Caplan as Sergeant Noakes sees to the arrest of Tony.

It’s intriguing how a man of 50s/60s would be hiding homosexual instincts whilst being married to a woman. I suppose you could say that Tony is a bisexual in the episode but the law does not approve.

Tony is soon taken to court where he’s put on trial. Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner speaks up for him. I wondered whether Tony would be sentenced two years of imprisonment to pay his ‘crime’. 😐

Surprisingly, he’s lucky as he’s permitted to go free so long as he takes ‘medical treatment’ which will be monitored. Marie insists that Tony takes the ‘treatment’, not taking in it might damage him. 😦

Things aren’t made any easier when bigoted attitudes surround Tony and Marie, making their lives difficult. The nurses’ opinions become divided on what should happen to Tony and Marie’s marriage.

Whether you agree with homosexuality or not, it’s fascinating how this ‘Call the Midwife’ episode tackles the situation. Some are in support of Tony and Marie’s predicament, some aren’t supportive.

Emerald Fennell as Patsy, who secretly happens to be a lesbian herself, is supportive of Tony and Marie here. It gets distressing once Marie accuses Tony for ruining the ‘perfect’ lives that they had. 😦

You could argue that Tony’s homosexual instincts took over due to his reaction of becoming a father and being scared by it. It becomes too much for Tony as he tries to commit suicide in a garage car. 😮

This is when Marie’s about to have the baby being delivered by Patsy. Thankfully, Colin Mace as Arthur Watts, Marie’s father, who was so against Tony’s actions, saves his life from dying in that car.

I did think this episode was going to end in tears with Marie having her new-born and Tony dying at the same time. But ‘Call the Midwife’ didn’t do that. It’s amazing how those surprises came about. 🙂

I like how the episode resolves some of the issues with most of the regular ‘Call the Midwife’ characters supporting Tony and Marie over the bigoted opinions against them. It’s heart-warming. 🙂

Poplar also gets gripped by an outbreak of dysentery. Watching the ‘washing your hands’ scenes put me in mind of the Covid-19 guidance about ‘washing your hands’. It cannot be a coincidence here. 😀

Meanwhile, Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane becomes concerned for Siobhán O’Kelly as the sickly Dolores McAvoy. It turns out she’s living in a filthy hostel and she’s living far away from her husband.

It’s intriguing how Dolores is ashamed of her plight to seek any special help. Her family can’t afford decent accommodation. She lives at the hostel with two children as her husband works somewhere.

I like how Crane locates the hostel to find Dolores with Helen George as Trixie helping her. At the same time, Crane also finds the source of the dysentery. Hopefully most of the problems are solved.

Crane and Trixie stand up to the hostel’s owner who isn’t bothered about the state and the decay her establishment’s in. It was very shocking when a giant cockroach crawled by whilst Dolores was giving birth.

Elsewhere, Jack Ashton as Tom asks Trixie to take over organising events for the Rose Queen contest in Poplar. This is after the rector’s wife broke her ankle. Trixie takes on the duty happily for Tom. 😀

Series 4, Episode 3 of ‘Call the Midwife’ isn’t what I’d call a favourite of mine, but it left me an impact regarding how homosexuality was dealt with at the time. It’s a fascinating approach to the situation.

‘Series 4, Episode 3’ rating – 7/10

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