‘Call the Midwife’, Series 4, Episode 7 (TV)


Please feel free to comment on my review.

This is another emotionally gripping episode in the ‘Call the Midwife’ series. It’s also interesting to see how a formidable member of the Nonnatus House family becomes vulnerable making a mistake.

In the episode, we start at the maternity home where two school friends are reunited. One of them happens to be Lisa Greenwood as Shirley Dent! Oh hi Flip! Yeah, it was nice to see Lisa on the screen.

For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, Lisa Greenwood plays Flip Jackson, one of the Sixth Doctor’s companions in the Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’. I was so amazed to see her here.

I caught on that she was Lisa Greenwood from hearing her voice in the ‘Doctor Who’ audios. She’s exactly how I imagined her and she seems bubbly and cheeky playing Shirley Dent in this episode. 🙂

The other school friend happens to be Katie Moore as Marion Smith. It was interesting to see Shirley and Marion reunite with each other when at the maternity hospital. Shirley wants to stay in touch. 🙂

But Marion wants to distance herself from Shirley as she considers her school life being that of the past. I did think Marion was a bit cold towards Shirley, considering Shirley was very nice towards her.

It turns out their lives become intertwined with each other in the most unexpected way. That turns out to be Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina’s fault once she’s returned to work at the maternity home.

Shirley and Marion have daughters, which are successful operations. Pretty soon, a fire breaks out. Whether that was an unexploded bomb going off, I don’t know. I think it probably was in this case. 😐

In the confusion however, Sister Evangelina gives the wrong babies to Shirley and Marion. I like how that gets unravelled in the episode. For a while, we’re led to think the correct babies got given back.

This is because the name tags weren’t given to the babies due to the fire/explosion going off. Sister Evangelina discovers this when something doesn’t add up regarding one of the baby’s birth marks. 😦

Sister Evangelina shares this revelation to Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne later on in the episode. I like how Sister Evangelina is clearly distressed about this and it shows her more vulnerable side here.

It’s not helped when Marion’s baby (which is actually Shirley’s baby) happens to have a heart problem. The parents are told the truth and the reactions from Shirley and Marion are so intriguing.

They’re distressed of course, but Shirley’s more open about her emotions whilst Marion seems closed off. In some ways, Marion doesn’t want this situation to have her more involved with Shirley.

At first, it’s intriguing how Marion seems more resistant about being part of Shirley’s life than Shirley is about being a part of Marion’s. I like how the two seem closer to each other by the episode’s end.

It doesn’t get resolved as to whether Marion/Shirley’s baby recovers in hospital or whether the two school friends seem more of each other. That’s open-ended and it can either be a happy one or not.

Elsewhere, Charlotte Ritchie’s Barbara and Bryony Hannah’s Sister Mary Cynthia team up to implement a brand new technique on a bedsore patient. 🙂 The patient is David Ryall as Tommy Mills.

In fact, this episode happens to be the last on-screen appearance of David Ryall. He passed away on Christmas Day 2014, two months before this episode was transmitted. There’s a tribute at the end. 🙂

The episode also features Una Stubbs as Tommy’s wife Gert, who gets diagnosed with cancer. She refuses to leave her husband’s side. I’ve seen Una Stubbs in the ‘Fawlty Towers’ episode ‘The Anniversary’.

Tommy Mills also happens to be the elderly cousin of Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle. I also like how Fred and Annabelle Apsion as Violet Gee end up sharing their feelings for each other, becoming engaged.

There’s also more explored in Emerald Fennell as Patsy’s relationship with Kate Lamb as Delia. Both clearly love each other and want to be together forever, but 1950s/1960s standards won’t allow it. 😐

This episode is a pretty emotional rollercoaster. I enjoyed watching it and it was nice to see Lisa Greenwood in the flesh after having heard her play Flip in the Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’. 🙂

‘Series 4, Episode 7’ rating – 8/10

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