March 09, 2014

Call the Midwife 3 - Episode 8 (season finale)

As this episode began, it was not at all surprising to see a terrifyingly pale woman who had just given birth. This isn't a programme for the squeamish (a group among whom I count myself), each week presenting a different birth-related mishap, which luckily turned out all right more often than not. 
This episode was more concerned with some of life's other big moments. Chummy's Mummy, Lady Brown was not doing well, but didn't want to end her days in hospital, and the Turners pursued adoption. Unfortunately, however, Call the Midwife is also a programme where a double-booked Church hall counts as an event, but perhaps this provided necessary light relief in an episode full of drama and strong emotion. 
There were very tender and moving moments as Chummy and Lady Brown's very much imperfect mother-daughter relationship reversed the programme's usual uncomfortable births to an uncomfortable death. Particularly affecting was the subtlety of the scene where Chummy reluctantly manicured her mother's hands, just before she passed away. 
Since her return, Jenny hadn't seemed as enamoured with midwifery. This episode, being widely publicised as the actress Jessica Raine (Jenny)'s last, saw her realise that a change in careers to palliative care was what she wanted. As if the irony of a midwife wanting to work with dying patients was lost on us, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) kindly spelled it out for us. By the end of the episode, it was clear that Jenny had fallen out of love with midwifery, and set off on her new path. 
In a way that seemed to mirror real life, Jenny cycles off on the new bike bought by the others at Nonnatus House, and the good luck cards which adorn the table seemed to wave actress Raine off on her endeavours in Hollywood, too. I'm sure all fans of Jenny Lee the midwife will be watching her next acting moves. 

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  1. I started watching Call the Midwife 3 - Episode 8 (the finale) last night and this morning it's giving this message: "Sorry, the file you have requested does not exist. Make sure that you have the correct URL and that the owner of the file hasn't deleted it." I've reloaded, retried, it seems to be gone! Oh no! Anything need to be fixed? Thanks ever so much for posting these. <3

  2. Bummer it says the file doesn't exist!!

  3. link isn't working :( i got to watch all but the last 5 minutes last night and then it cut out and i just keep seeing the google drive message that the file doesn't exist. Just thought you'd like to know.

  4. Hopefully Jessica Raine is up for Hollywood. She was great in this series, and I think Hollywood can be pretty cruel. Just like Daniel Stevens from Downton Abbey, we haven't heard much about him anymore. I wish them both the best of luck.

  5. Oh no! If Nurse Lee is gone, there goes the whole show! The narrator is sharing her memoirs.
    Will it be Call the Hospice Nurse after this? Somehow that just doesn't have the same ring to it....

  6. there were only 3 books written. it ends with jenny going to hospice. It's sad to see the end of this program.

  7. When does Season 4 start up? Thanks of posting these wonderful shows for the US to watch!

  8. Does this mean that the series is completely over? Or will it continue with out Jenny and if so which direction will the show take. I will be so sad if it ends, but I don't think I would care to watch it with out her.

  9. AnonymousJune 04, 2014

    I read that the producers were leaving the book, but continuing the series. I will miss the character of Jennie a great deal, but hopefully the show will still be good.