There are few episodes of “Call the Midwife” out there that are not in some way terrifying for their characters, but we’d say that Sunday night’s new episode may have been just that more than many others. It was terrible enough that there was someone out in Poplar attacking women, but this started to hit home in a truly devastating way.
Having Cynthia be one of the women attacked was a move by the series to really show the impact of predators, as horrifying as it may be. What may make this even worse is the knowledge that this is an attacker who could have been stopped, had Lizzie went to the police first and done her best to report him. Unfortunately, this is the sort of fear that many women ultimately end up facing,
In the end Cynthia was the one who found the bravery and the inner strength to try to do something about the attacks, which to us was a wonderfully courageous move and also one of the great ways in which the BBC series chooses to showcase faith. We know sometimes in the media there are many negative depictions of it, but it’s hard to see anything derogatory in a woman who finds her inner strength in a deity in order to do something for the good of others. This brings hope to Poplar that all will quiet down.
The man was arrested in the end, and this story thankfully concluded on a relieving note. Elsewhere, there were funny moments, especially when it comes to Dr. Turner donning some crazy short-shorts as he went on a brief little holiday. Sure, he still struggled to relinquish control. We also saw Trixie reveal to her friends that she has been going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for months. These stories helped to make this perhaps one of the best episodes of the season, albeit a particularly difficult one for some. Grade: A-.
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