March 02, 2014

Call the Midwife 3 - Episode 7

The biggest excitement of this week’s Call the Midwife (BBC One) was the welcoming of Jenny (Jessica Raine) back into the capacious collective bosom of the nurses and nuns of Nonnatus House. Jenny had been away to rest and recuperate following the death of her boyfriend three weeks ago. And Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris) wasn’t alone in finding her absence painful. Some of us despaired of her ever returning at all. But barely was she back five minutes, when she announced she on the move again – on secondment to the maternity ward of the London Hospital. Her new lilac uniform had mutton-chop sleeves that made her look capable of vertical take-off and landing.
Elsewhere the Poplar air was thick with frustrated romance as pixie-haired Trixie’s (Helen George) clerical squeeze Tom (Jack Ashton) asked her out, only to back off when she wanted to go dancing. Possessed of two left feet, he turned – as any sensible curate would – to handyman Fred (Cliff Parisi) for advice and soon found himself tripping the light fantastic… just not with Trixie.
As for Chummy (Miranda Hart), she got rather a shock when her Mater (Cheryl Campbell) arrived in town from Madeira, and announced she’d left Pater. Frankly, Mater was a gorgon of such stone-faced ferocity it was hard to believe her marriage had lasted as long as it had. But, of course, there was an explanation for her horridness that went even deeper than abysmal snobbishness. Which left us pondering whether it was better to have a horrid posh mother, than no posh mother at all.
Postpartum psychosis filled the slot marked “interesting medical condition of the week” as a new young mother (Sophie Rundle) took a dislike to the saintly Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) – a sure sign that she was wrong in the head. It wasn’t long before she was exposing her infant daughter to serious danger while trying to protect her from “the germs, the germs”. The cure – electroconvulsive therapy – looked almost worse than the ailment, but it was worth it in the end, apparently, as a tearful reuniting of mother and daughter brought things to a happy close.
But not as happy as Jenny’s decision to abandon the London Hospital, having found its heartless, modern regime not to her taste. “How did care become so lightly valued?” she asked, in a remark that predicted a 50-year trend. No matter, her continued presence in Poplar is secured for now, at least. Phew!


  1. Seven different shows! Wow, how do you have time for Mr. Wonderful and those kids? Do you watch these at work? ;)

  2. It seems as though the link to Call the Midwife 3 - Episode 7 is broken. Would love to watch, if possible. Thank you for posting these lovely shows.

  3. This currently says that the movie file doesn'tt exist. I'll check back later in case it's just busy, but wanted to let you know in case you need to reload the file or something. And THANK YOU so much for all the wonderful shows! I love your blog and have enjoyed watching Downton S4, Sherlock S3, Midwives S3 ahead of the PBS schedule. (Because I'm not patient... I want my British shows ASAP, dang it!) And I also liked Death at Pemberly, which I wouldn't have known existed if not for your site. Keep it up! :)

  4. Could you please reload this episode. I am dying to see it. Thank you so much!!