Tonight’s “Call the Midwife” followed the tradition of many of the BBC series’ other recent installments, at least when it comes to providing a story that had all sorts of different layers to it. There were of course some serious moments that took place throughout the episode, but in a way, we feel like there was a strange sense of peace and hope near the end.
One of the significant questions that this episode asked was how you choose to honor a stillborn child. They were a living person, even if they passed away before really getting a chance to live. The service for the child April was therefore powerful for this reason, and it may have allowed her parents and her twin brother a chance to really honor her properly. We saw that peace near the end of the episode.
As for other moments of joy, we saw the engagement of Trixie and Tom be celebrated completely, as she is now really starting to prepare for this phase of her life. Also, the arrival of Phyllis proved to be worthwhile. Even though she is rather strict and likes to adhere to the rules (even to the point of being at times passive-aggressive both them), we feel like she will make for a good addition to Nonnatus House in the end. She finally agreed to wear the uniform!
As a whole, this episode was a massive step up from last week’s for us, and mostly because we had more of a full gamut of emotions. It is okay to feel at times sadness and despair, but shouldn’t there be something else to go with it. The fact that this episode provided us with light and shade brings a smile to our face. Grade: B+.
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