For a little bit more in regards to Barbara’s fate, rest assured that we’ve got an article all about that now over at the link here. The quick summation that we can offer here is that Barbara is, unfortunately, no longer with us. There were moments within this episode that seemed to offer up some semblance of hope; yet, in the end what won out was sorrow and pain. Barbara is gone, right when it started to seem as though she was going to make it through. Calling this devastating does not begin to even do it justice.
As for elsewhere within this episode, there were questions of faith throughout this as Lucille struggled with finding her place within the local religious community.Eventually, she was able to find it with people she could connect with more on a deeper level.
Meanwhile, we also had a birth-of-the-week couple courtesy of Allison, a young woman who was welcoming a child into the world with less-than-favorable circumstances. The baby’s father in Michael faced some legal trouble as a young woman that was holding him back. He wasn’t able to be there, but he heard the good news from Dr. Turner. In three years, he is going to be able to find a way to be there and be the best person possible for them.
The real importance of this story was seeing Dr. Turner look at this story through the reflection of his own son, who was around the same age and trying to figure out his own life. This offered up some additional perspective that he did not have previously.
Call the Midwife showed yet again within this episode that it has a real knack for mixing the heartbreak with some hope. Barbara’s death rocks the series, there is no denying that. Yet, in finishing the episode with the sequence of getting to see Michael with Allison, coupled with Lucille and the choir singing, we had yet another reminder of the extent of beauty that can be shown through this series. There is pain, but there is always a future. We just hope that Tom now does find a way to move forward after losing so much of what he holds dear.
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