There is yet another new episode of “Call the Midwife” airing this weekend over on BBC One, and this one promises yet again to be emotional. It’s also going to be a little bit strange watching it without seeing Patsy Mount around. All indications are that Emerald Fennell is going to be returning as the character before the end of the season, thought it does not seem as though you’re going to get a chance to see that happening over the next couple of weeks.
Aside from not having Patsy, there are going to be some other reasons to be sad nice week (unfortunately) — especially when it comes to Shelagh. The network’s being somewhat liberal this season in terms of giving away details of their episodes in advance, so we do have to warn you that there are some MAJOR spoilers in the synopsis below.
“As Nonnatus House settles back into its old regime, Trixie oversees the ante-natal care for churchgoer and single mother Marnie Wallace who is estranged from her husband and expecting her third child. Tom does all he can to support Marnie, but facing eviction and an insurmountable amount of debt, Marnie turns to her wealthy and childless cousin, Dot, for help. Previously Dot had offered to raise the unborn child as her own and clear Marnie of her debts, which Marnie had rebuffed but she now changes her mind. As the cousins enter into this painful arrangement and the newborn baby is handed over, Tom reveals why he is touched more by Marnie’s case than many others.
“Elsewhere, Shelagh is still hospitalised with her threatened miscarriage and bonds with Gloria Venables in the neighbouring hospital bed. Like Shelagh, Gloria is terrified to move with her longed-for pregnancy threatened with miscarriage. Shelagh is rendered helpless when Gloria miscarries the morning she is due to have a surgical procedure to keep the pregnancy viable. Meanwhile, Dr Turner is putting on a brave face and is unable to confide in Timothy his true fears, which actually worsens their pain as the two men struggle to talk to each other.
“Elsewhere, Sister Julienne, with Nurse Crane’s assistance, seeks to recruit a new midwife but the standard of candidates is sorely disappointing. Sister Julienne then remembers how skillful and quick thinking Valerie Dyerhad been helping after the dock explosion and suggests she apply for the job. As Poplar prepares to celebrate the opening of a new park with a chariot race, Nurse Crane gets to grips with her new role as Akela, and Trixie knocks herself and her keep fit ladies into shape.”
Apparently, we’re going to see Shelagh struggle mightily as she does her best to keep positive in the midst of an incredible difficult time. She was so happy to be pregnant, so to have that dream ripped away now would be devastating.
On a positive note, keep-fit trainer Trixie is coming back! This is a side of the character that we saw explored at length over the course of this past season, which was a nice way for her to recover given all of the time we saw with her battling addiction over the course of an earlier season of the show. She’s trying to encourage others to adopt her same lifestyle, but it’s hard to say how much of that will stick.
All in all, doesn’t this seem like a vintage “Call the Midwife” episode to everyone else? That is certainly how it feels to us at the moment.
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