‘Call the Midwife’, Series 4, Episode 6 (TV)


Please feel free to comment on my review.

This episode in Series 4 of ‘Call the Midwife’ is a lot better than a few of the previous episodes of this season. The subplots for this do seem to have happy outcomes and the characters are well-handled.

In the episode, Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane…Phyllis attends to a 17-year old diabetic girl, Nell Hudson as Paulette Roland. She is currently living with her mother, Matilda Ziegler as Dulcie Roland.

I’ve seen Matilda Ziegler before when she played Mr. Bean’s girlfriend with Rowan Atkinson and she was in ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’. Oh yes, this is a bit of reunion for Matilda Ziegler and Linda Bassett.

Dulcie becomes shocked when she hears that Paulette has been proven to be pregnant via a urine test. It also becomes clear Dulcie’s overprotective of her daughter, getting on her nerves sometimes.

Who’s the father of Paulette’s expectant child, you ask? Well, it happens to be Sam Gittins as local bad boy Vaughn Sellars. Although, he seems rather charming when he meets up with Paulette here!

I like the interaction Phyllis has with Paulette and Vaughn respectively in the tale. She’s prim and proper in her ways, but she does her best in performing her duties as a nurse and show compassion.

The scene between Phyllis and Vaughn where he’s fixing her car after some boys took off something from the tyres was good. Vaughn does his best to be good after he’s caused trouble in Paulette’s life.

It’s sad about Paulette’s circumstances since Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner believes that giving birth will put Paulette’s life at risk. He books her in for a legal termination of the baby to protect her.

Paulette doesn’t want to get rid of the baby and she and Vaughn plan to run off and get married. This puts everybody into a panic, including the midwives and Paulette’s mother once she’s run off. 😐

But when the two lovers go out and camp somewhere, Paulette sinks into a diabetic coma. Vaughn does the right thing, taking her back to Poplar. Vaughn interrupts a local dance to fetch Dr. Turner. 🙂

Vaughn’s good deeds impress Dulcie and Phyliss in the end. I’m not sure what happens to Paulette and whether she and Vaughn live happily ever after, but I think the circumstances are more positive.

Meanwhile, the midwives of Nonnatus House get involved with a settlement of Irish Travellers. I don’t think it’s fair to say that these are gypsies, even though they travel about in caravans and such.

They also seem to prefer to isolate themselves from others in Poplar and wish to do things their own way. Bryony Hannah as Sister Mary Cynthia befriends some of the Irish Travellers, helping them out.

This includes checking over a recently delivered baby of a young girl as well as helping to deliver the baby of Maria Doyle Kennedy as middle-aged Attracta. I like how Cynthia befriended Attracta here. 🙂

This also happens to be the first time Sister Mary Cynthia has delivered a baby since becoming a nun. Usually, Attracta would prefer Rita Davies as Pegeen, an old lady who delivered babies in the past. 😐

Sadly, Pegeen can’t deliver Attracta’s baby since she’s too old and Cynthia has to deliver it instead. But Pegeen does get to see Attracta’s baby for herself once Cynthia managed to deliver in the story.

Pegeen sadly does pass away in the episode and it’s touching how the Irish Travellers send her off in a ceremony by burning her caravan does. The Irish Travellers are soon sent off once being evicted. 😦

It was nice to see Pam Ferris back as Sister Evangelina after her sick leave ended. She continues to be frustrated by Judy Parfitt’s Sister Monica Joan but enjoys chatting to Victoria Yeates’ Sister Winifred.

Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle also takes an interest in Annabelle Apison as local shopkeeper Violet Gee when asking her out on a charity dance. I’ve a feeling these two will see more of each other here. 😀

There’s also more touched on the sexuality of Emerald Fennell as Patsy Mount when she interacts with her lover in the series. The two can’t openly dance together when they’re at the charity dance. 😐

This episode has been more enjoyable than previous Series 4 episodes of ‘Call the Midwife’. I’d like to think that’s the case for the next two instalments of Series 4, but I’ll just have to find out myself. 🙂

‘Series 4, Episode 6’ rating – 8/10

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