‘Call the Midwife’, Series 5, Episode 7 (TV)


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This is another ‘Call the Midwife’ episode that had some positive outcomes in it, like Series 5, Episode 5. I know I’ve made criticisms about the Series 5 episodes, but I am enjoying the series here.

In the episode, autumn is on its way. The appetite for change is rife across Poplar. Stephen McGann as Dr. Turner is excited to be administering the contraceptive pill to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

However, not everyone at Nonnatus House is enthusiastic about the green-lit contraceptive pill on the way. Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne is concerned about this, considering its moral implications.

It’s interesting how the contraceptive pill issue gets tackled in the episode. I’m not sure if it’s right or wrong for women to have contraceptive pills, especially when it concerns sex before marriage here.

But it’s interesting how it gets addressed in the episode. Jack Ashton as Tom Hereward gets asked for his opinion on the issue, but his answer is more lecture-worthy and isn’t helpful for the sisters. 😐

Charlotte Ritchie as Barbara is disappointed by Tom’s answer when put on the spot by Sister Julienne. But Tom and Barbara still love each other. I like how it doesn’t damper their relationship. 🙂

In fact, the love scenes between Tom and Barbara are quite nice to watch. One scene is ruined by a ‘sexy’ gramophone record playing the background, but I like seeing Tom and Barbara together here.

Although, during their love-making, Tom’s greasy head does leave a mark on one of the walls of Nonnatus House. I hope Tom uses a different type of grease for his hair next time he sees Barbara. 🙂

A married couple who could’ve benefited from using the contraceptive pill are the Matlins – Grace Stone as Gina and Danny Walters as Leslie. They had married each other because Gina was pregnant.

But it doesn’t seem that Leslie is interested in becoming a father whilst Gina is having the baby. This is something Barbara and Linda Bassett as Nurse Crane become concerned about during the episode.

Thankfully, during a terrible storm in the episode which threatens Poplar, Nurse Crane gets called upon to assist the new mother in a post-natal emergency after she’s had her baby in the TV episode.

The reason why I say ‘thankfully’ is because the danger the storm brings also has the once-distant young couple coming closer together. Leslie is also more devoted to his wife as well as to their baby.

I like how that gets resolved in the episode and how Leslie shows more interested in Gina once she becomes ill. It’s also good that Leslie stayed with Gina in the ambulance on their way to the hospital.

Elsewhere, Emerald Fennell as Patsy takes charge looking after a Bargee woman, Kathryn O’Reilly as Daisy Blacker. Patsy tries to ‘help’ Daisy change her ways by delivering her baby in a maternity home.

She and Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred try to see to it that her other children go to school and have an education. But Daisy Blacker is resistant to change and wants to give birth in her community.

Thankfully, during the terrible storm, Patsy visits Daisy inside her barge when she’s about to give birth. All is forgiven once Patsy helps to deliver Daisy’s baby and Daisy seems very grateful to her. 😀

After the storm subsides, a welcome face returns to Nonnatus House. It’s Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina. It’s nice to see Sister Evangelina back. She seems better from being away from Poplar. 🙂

But there are still concerns regarding Sister Evangelina and her health when Sister Julienne discovers she had a stroke during her time away. I wonder how long Sister Evangelina’s happy return will last?

The episode also sees Patsy and her lover Kate Lamb as Nurse Delia go out to a club where they can dance together and not be questioned. How long will it be before they’re found out in the series? 😐

I like how Sister Julienne’s concern for Bryony Hannah as Sister Mary about her recent assault in Series 5, Episode 6 gets addressed in the episode. It’s good it wasn’t forgotten about in the TV series.

This is a good penultimate episode in Series 5 of ‘Call the Midwife’. I wonder how things will conclude in the series finale. Will it all be happy endings or will there be sadness along the way here?

‘Series 5, Episode 7’ rating – 8/10

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