SERIES 5, EPISODE 2
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It took a while for me to get around to reviewing this ‘Call the Midwife’ episode. Mainly because of other projects, but also I found the episode rather depressing in certain areas. This is a big shame. 😦
Not that the episode is bad or anything. On the contrary, the performances of the cast are well-done and the stories told are well-constructed. But it’s saddening when something bad happens to characters.
In the episode, Charlotte Ritchie as Barbara faces the biggest test of her career. She has to help the wife of Jason Maza as dockworker Johnny Becker, who is Katherine Rose Morley as Stella Beckett. 😐
The problem is this. Stella keeps getting high blood pressure, which isn’t good for her baby. This is due to Johnny spending a lot of time in the pub as he’s not going to work like he should do for Stella.
Stella believes that Johnny is work-shy and even threatens to throw him out of their home. Johnny has his own reason however. He keeps this terrible secret that will prevent him seeing his new baby.
It turns out Johnny is suffering from leukaemia. When he’s admitted to hospital, Stella is forced into a difficult decision about her impending delivery. She asks Barbara to help her deliver her baby early.
This is so Johnny could see the new baby before he dies. It’s so sad when this happens and even the sisters of Nonnatus House object to the proposal made by Barbara about delivering the baby early. 😦
Thankfully, Barbara has Helen George as Trixie supporting her and they see to it that Stella’s baby gets delivered. I did wonder if something horrible would go wrong in the process. Thankfully it didn’t.
Stella has her baby delivered and Johnny gets to see the baby in time before he passes away. This is one of the depressing factors about this episode as I wish that Johnny could’ve lived to see his baby.
Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina also gets forced to take action when a mistake comes to light. She comes to doubt her professional skills, taking a six month break from the convent. What happened?
Well, Sister Evangelina became insistent about Jessie Cave as Connie Manley breast-feeding her baby, which almost results in the child’s death and Connie’s health. This is down to one certain thing.
Sister Evangelina was against mothers using ‘formula one’ milk instead of breast-feeding their babies. I know breast-feeding is a necessity, but even mothers like Connie can’t do it for their young.
My Mum told me that she couldn’t breast-feed me when I was a baby and gave me ‘formula one’ milk instead. Bryony Hannah as Sister Mary Cynthia tells Sister Evangelina about Connie’s condition.
I don’t know what will become of Sister Evangelina in the series as she doesn’t return until the seventh episode of Series 5. I wonder what will happen once Sister Evangelina does come back here.
Meanwhile, Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane meets a new friend who promises great adventure. This happens to be Paul Copley as Tommy Smith. I’ve seen and heard Paul Copley before this episode. 😀
In ‘Doctor Who’ circles, Paul Copley was in the audio drama ‘Spare Parts’ with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. He also appeared in that ‘Torchwood’ five-parter ‘Children of Earth’, which was Series 3.
Phyllis Crane and the charming Tommy Smith meet at Spanish class and the two seem to get on very well together. It was nice to see Phyllis’ softer side when she seems to be falling in love with Tommy.
But Tommy keeps a secret since he happens to be still married, but his wife has become old and demented. Phyllis gets upset about this revelation as she struggles to forgive Tommy in this episode.
Thankfully, the two make up for it in the episode. It’s also nice to see a budding romance between Barbara and Jack Ashton as Tom Hereward the vicar, though I don’t know if they’re aware of it here.
Trixie is clearly noticing the two becoming interested in each other. I’m not sure if she’s jealous on her part or just sad. The question’s evident? Will Barbara and Tom become a couple in the TV series?
Series 5, Episode 2 of ‘Call the Midwife’ is a well-made episode. I wouldn’t call it a great one since it has some depressing moments, but I am intrigued about the Tom and Barbara relationship in this. 🙂
‘Series 5, Episode 2’ rating – 7/10
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