Tonight, Call the Midwife season 8 episode 2 told the story of some hard times, especially when it comes to a new patient in Miss Milgrove.
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Who was this woman? She was a hoarder and someone Lucille was desperate to try and care for. Yet, along the way it was very much clear that she did not want it. She wasn’t able to care for herself in some ways, and she fired back at anyone who questioned her. Things escalated over time and because of that, we eventually saw Miss Milgrove in crisis. The police wanted to remove her so that she could be taken to a place that she could be properly cared for. Of course, she didn’t want that — there were reasons why she hoarded things, and it had to do with trauma and other hardship that she had endured.
This story tonight culminated with a stand-off between the police and the old woman, who didn’t want to leave and started throwing things at some various people outside as a result of that. Lucille eventually re-entered the home and soon after that, pushed her to head to a home and actually allow some people to help to care for her. She eventually left her home with dignity and with the help of Lucille — she realized that some of these people were just trying to help.
Miss Milgrove did eventually have her peace but, at the end of the hour, she also died. Lucille worried that her actions moving her out of her home led to her death, but she did have to realize that it really was not her fault.
Good news for Violet
She has a chance to run for local office! She kicked off her campaign tonight with enthusiasm, but soon after this realized that Fred wasn’t altogether interested in supporting her in the way that she would’ve liked.
Despite his error, Fred eventually realized his mistake, apologized, and then encouraged Violet to actually go for it! He made it clear that he wanted her to run for office and beyond that, he was there with her every step of the way.
Other odds and ends
Tonight, Trixie had a baby-related storyline to take care of, though it didn’t have as much of an impact as what we saw with Lucille. She did have to find a way to make this family feel okay with the spread of sickness, and make them feel as though they are going to make the world better.
As is often the case with Call the Midwife, this was an emotional, thought-provoking episode that brought a lot of content to the table. It was powerful from start to finish, and it certainly had its fair share of heart-wrenching moments to go along with it. If you love emotional, powerful British drama, you had plenty of it tonight.
What did you think in regards to Call the Midwife season 8 episode 2 overall? Be sure to share some of your thoughts in the comments. (Photo: BBC.)