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Wrapping Up and Letting Go

Nurse Jenny Lee is holding a newborn, wiping the little head clean. The voiceover is speaking of the beauty of newborns, then the beauty of older people. We see an older woman standing by the water, grey hair flowing in the breeze, barefoot, and in a long white nightgown. I don’t even catch that it’s Sister Monica Joan until Constable Noakes returns her to Nonnatus House. She has a terrible cough, so Dr. Turner is sent for. Sister Bernadette welcomes him and discusses the possibility of a diagnosis of dementia as well as the cough.

A Rose For Peggy

I think this might have been my favorite episode of Call The Midwife! Mystery, romance, fish aversion, pig husbandry, and the revelation that Chummy and Constable Noakes call each other Camilla and Peter. Of course, the main story concerns the housekeeper at Nonnatus House, Peggy, and her brother Frank.

Dances With Nurses

Shirley Redmond gives birth to her first child, a daughter. Shirley and her husband are obviously overjoyed, and I manage to stay dry-eyed. This episode is off to a good start! Shirley's last baby was stillborn, and Shirley dealt with postpartum depression afterwards. She (and her husband, I am sure) are delighted with their new daughter, and Shirley's mental state is excellent. Since we keep seeing her and everything is fine, it's no surprise to see that someone is watching them. Someone with curly hair, who we might remember from the previous episode.

Sister Bernadette, Nurse Trixie, Nurse Cynthia, and Nurse Chummy Character Biographies

Final character biographies, from PBS.org.

SISTER BERNADETTE (Laura Main)

SISTER BERNADETTE is still in her 30's, the closest in age to JENNY and the other secular midwives. A consummate professional, she has a fresh, uncomplicated approach to her work and connects well with JENNY and her other younger colleagues.

Sister Evangelina and Sister Monica Joan Character Bios

I've been having a hard time keeping some of the characters straight, so I thought some background on the characters might be helpful. The bios are from PBS.org.

SISTER EVANGELINA (Pam Ferris)

Reunions

In this week’s episode, Nurse Jenny is given a district nursing assignment of caring for retired soldier Joe Collett. The ulcers on his legs keep him housebound in a tenement flat infested with bugs. Nurse Jenny befriends him and spends time with him after working hours, even though she is horrified by the infestation. Joe is the only remaining member of his family (his wife has passed on and his sons were killed in wartime), and his loneliness and charm touch Nurse Jenny.

Nurse Jenny and Sister Julienne Character Biographies

I've been having a hard time keeping some of the characters straight, so I thought some background on the characters might be helpful. The bios are from PBS.org.

 

Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine)

 

Nurse Chummy Arrives

This episode begins with Nurse Jenny Lee cycling to a patient’s home in the wee hours to deliver a baby. This process is becoming more second nature for the young nurse. Nurse Jenny is calm and collected, and I manage to maintain dry eyes during the birth. Victory for both of us!

Midwife Press and a Reminder

Don't forget that you can catch the first episode tonight at 9 p.m.! So if you missed it the first time or just want to see it again, tonight is your night.

From the New York Times:
Call The Midwife to Premiere on PBS

From Entertainment Weekly:
Call the Midwife Premiere

Call the Midwife!

After seeing the ads for this series about a young woman becoming a midwife in 1950’s England, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d happily watch a show about a young woman finding her way in the world, but as a midwife? While that occupation is rewarding, it’s also, well, gross. I had my son almost ten years ago and I still remember how R-rated the experience was. I was not surprised about the warning that preceded the episode, but was happy to notice that the only truly graphic content was the frank language used by the nuns and midwives.