‘Call the Midwife’ season 4, episode 3 review: Tears, plights, and dysentery

Call the Midwife -Sunday night’s new episode of “Call the Midwife” may very well take the cake as one of the most depressing editions of the series that we’ve seen ( which is saying a lot since a lot of terrible things happen on this show). It was somber, difficult to watch, and without a doubt the hardest episode of the season.

The primary storyline this week revolved around a couple who, while in the process of a medical crisis, had a struggle of a very difficult kind. The husband was arrested for kissing another man on the street, and there became questions as to how the two were going to be able to move forward. It was harrowing listening to such things as “getting help” or try to eradicate the homosexuality from within the man. These are notions that would not exist in the present, but were prevalent then.

In the end, we come out of this episode feeling somewhat mixed. There were a few moments of hope for some of our characters near the end, but this was not an easy episode to watch. While it may have been an important look into what life was like for homosexual men during this time period, there was not too much to take away from this for our regular cast members. Trixie is looking forward to the future, while Shelagh and Dr. Turner worked to ensure that dysentery did not destroy Poplar.

Maybe the crowning of the rose queen at the end was enough to cheer you up somewhat … if nothing else, at least it was a display of some wonderful costumes. Grade: B-.

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