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


Please feel free to comment on my review.

This is another one of those ‘Call the Midwife’ episodes where I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, there are some good bits that are uplifting. On the other, there are heartbreaking ones. 😦

In the episode, Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred tries to focus her efforts on helping the prostitutes in Poplar. This is from visiting an unmarried mother-to-be who happens to be a prostitute in the tale.

The unmarried mother-to-be is Holli Dempsey as Bridget Cole. I’ve seen Holli Dempsey before in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘Closing Time’ with Matt Smith and she was in the 2016 ‘Dad’s Army’ movie. 🙂

Bridget lives in a brothel and has syphilis, which is a medical condition that could affect her baby. I like the interaction Sister Winfred has with Bridget when supporting her in delivering her own baby.

Sister Winifred is shocked about the fact that the prostitutes don’t use contraception since their clients are against it. Not sure what contraception is, but I think it’s to do with pregnancy prevention.

In vain, Sister Winifred tries to educate the prostitutes on the benefits of contraception with Ben Caplan as Sgt. Noakes’ help. I don’t think Winifred’s mission with the prostitutes gets explored a lot.

This is due to the other subplots getting in the way. Eventually, Sister Winifred helps Bridget to deliver her baby and she’s cured from her syphilis. Bridget later helps the Sister in her endeavours. 🙂

Whilst that’s going on, Charlotte Ritchie as Barbara Gilbert gets involves in a case where an expectant father is desperate to have a son to take over his business. He’d made a family promise. 😐

The father happens to be George Russo as Frank Robbins whilst the mother happens to be Claudie Blakely as Susan Robbins. I’ve seen Claudie Blakely in many things including ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’.

It was intriguing to see this storyline get played out in the episode as Frank had set his hopes high on having a son since all his brothers had died in the war. He doesn’t consider about having a daughter.

But we all know where this is going, don’t we? Susan eventually has her baby delivered and it turns out to be a girl. Frank isn’t altogether happy and he doesn’t even accept the daughter they’ve had. 😦

Thankfully, Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner persuades Frank to see the benefits of having a daughter since the world is changing. Eventually, Frank comes round and he accepts his daughter in the end. 🙂

There’s another nice subplot where Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan becomes essential in proving her worth in an emergency delivery of a baby. The mother even called her baby daughter Monica. 🙂

Laura Main as Shelagh also proves her worth as a midwife when delivering the mother’s baby herself. It’s like her talents as a midwife never left her once she went to get married to Dr. Turner. 🙂

Sadly, we come to a subplot that ends on an unhappy note. The Nonnatus House midwives have one of the busiest nights to date and even Barbara has to deliver three babies in one night. That’s tough.

It wouldn’t have happened had Helen George as Trixie not drunk a whole bottle of something, following a crack in her relationship with Jack Ashton as Tom Hereward. Here’s what happened here.

Trixie had high hopes of living in a rural area to spend the rest of her life with Tom. But when they both met the Bishop, Tom is informed that he’s to go to a parish in Newcastle. Trixie is very upset. 😐

She didn’t realise that the commitment she would be making to marrying Tom would involve her being ‘married’ to the church. It would mean going to places where the work would be really hard. 😐

Feeling she can’t live up to Tom’s expectations as a curate’s wife, Trixie ends up breaking off her engagement to Tom. This is really sad as Trixie could’ve been of potential worth to Tom as his wife. 😦

I don’t know where the story will go next for Tom and Trixie’s relationship. Maybe the two won’t marry each other all. Tom might find someone else to marry. I can only speculate on what will occur.

Series 4, Episode 4 of ‘Call the Midwife’ has some good touching moments as well as some heartbreaking scenes. I can only speculate on how the series will turn out as it progresses further. 😐

‘Series 4, Episode 4’ rating – 7/10

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