Life and love created a number of challenges for the dedicated midwives at Nonnatus House on Sunday’s episode of Call the midwife.
No challenge was greater than Nurse Lucille’s heartbreaking miscarriage on the beloved PBS series. She and her husband Cyril were so happy and excited about the arrival of their unborn baby that they started lathering up to make sure the child would be cared for and adored.
Still determined to join the professional class, Cyril continued to send in her CV and Lucille continued to work, but confessed to nurse Phyllis and Cyril that she would eventually have to move into health consulting work which could provide hours more appropriate for a working mother.
Phyllis immediately understood Lucille’s concern, but Cyril felt threatened by Lucille’s choice. He worried that she didn’t think he was a good enough provider. Lucille told Cyril that her decision to eventually give up midwifery had less to do with him and more to do with her desire to continue working. The two argued and Cyril stormed off.
Cyril went down to the docks to clear his mind and a prejudiced white cop got him moving. The next morning, when Cyril got home, Fred gave him the letter he was praying for: a job offer in civil engineering. A relieved Cyril then bought Lucille a bouquet of roses and went straight home to apologize.
Lucille also apologized and everything seemed to be going great until Lucille delivered her patient Amy’s baby and realized that she herself was bleeding. The midwife finished the delivery (Amy gave birth to a beautiful baby girl) and called nurse Phyllis, who arrived immediately and convinced Lucille to lie down.
As Nurse Phyllis completed the final stages of Amy’s delivery, Lucille realized her dreams of motherhood would have to wait as she learned the tragic truth in the bathroom. She and Phyllis cried and the senior midwife called an ambulance because Lucille was bleeding excessively.
Cyril came to visit Lucille as she recovered in St. Cuthbert’s Hospital and wisely told her it wasn’t about crying – because he, too, was grieving – but about waiting. that something good would happen that would carry them through their sadness. An encouraged Lucille smiled at Cyril and it was clear that they would find a way to get over their loss.
Nurse Trixie, meanwhile, has had to deal with a few tragedies. For starters, she was disappointed that she hadn’t realized that Glenda Packer was physically abusing her husband Gordan Packer, a paraplegic who left hospital early, and their children. Trixie had seen the bruises on Gordan’s back but mistook them for injuries from a fall.
But after Deborah, the eldest of the Packers, told her teacher and eventually Sister Hilda what was going on at home, the midwife learned the terrible truth and immediately contacted the NSPCC and a female officer intervened. . Trixie and the officer later saw Glenda threatening her son David with the same dog leash. Deborah said the wife and mother often beat them, and Gordan confirmed the accusations were true. Worse still, Gordan said, they didn’t even have a dog.
Glenda was arrested and Gordon was granted custody of their children. Just as Trixie was beginning to recover from her work troubles, she received terrible news that her godmother in Italy was dying and she rushed to be by her side. Trixie also told Matthew to wait for her and “keep their lives warm”, and Matthew said he was only a ferry ride away if Trixie ever needed him in Italy.
Meanwhile, Phyllis, who had inherited her mother’s £5,000 premium bond, embarked on her own adventure and eventually used up most of the vacation time she had accumulated.
Phyllis embarked on a six-week coach tour and tried to convince her best friend, Miss Higgins, to join her, but alas the secretary’s motion sickness wouldn’t allow it. So Phyllis left to enjoy a life without examination, but not before swearing a triumphant return soon after.
What did you think of the last Call the midwife? Do you think Trixie and Phyllis will return? Drop your thoughts in the comments.