Tonight, Call the Midwife season 8 episode 3 kicked things off with a story about a measles vaccine — yet, over time, it became a little bit more of a story about grief. We learned a lot about Hazel over the course of this episode, a woman who struggled with the loss of her first baby and a fear that measles or something else would cause her to go through that once more.
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When Hazel first learned that her baby was unable to complete the trial, she found herself in a spot where she was upset and didn’t quite understand what was going on. What Dr. Turner and some other characters had to do when her new baby got sick was encourage her that everything would be okay, and this was not a case of the past and her present colliding. That wasn’t an easy thing to do.
Meanwhile, we also saw in this episode a mother many times over have to make the right decisions for her family’s future, which was rather difficult given that the family patriarch was often away and there were many other characters who had to be cared for. All of these stories were mixed together and it created some interesting conflicts — yet, at the center of all of this was medical process as the midwives and sisters of Nonnatus House tried to create a safer world for everyone.
Did Violet win the election?
Yes! She has more responsibility, but rather than focus on anything too serious, the bank holiday proved to be a setting for something fun as Nurse Crane arranged for a beach-side celebration in Poplar. It transformed the region and gave it a new light and spirit, something that the entire community did seem to appreciate. This was a story largely about families coming together, and this was an occasion in which that could happen. Look at Fred, Violet, and Reggie; meanwhile, Shelagh and Dr. Turner are getting used to have a larger family now, so much so that they may be willing to continue to be foster parents for quite some time still.
This Call the Midwife episode was about seeing the sunlight on the other side of the horizon; beyond that, it was also about finding a way to uncover joy in the little things and trusting sometimes that the past does not have to be the present. There were fewer present tragedies in this episode, and more of a positive message to help some characters look further towards the future.
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