Call the Midwife

'Call the Midwife' Holiday Special 2020 Recap

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Christmas is finally here, and we know this for sure because the Call the Midwife holiday special has arrived as well. And I feel I speak for all of you when I say “Blimey, did we need this right about now!”

This year’s holiday adventure is only the second time in the past five years where all the midwives have spent the Christmas season in Poplar. No globetrotting to South Africa or galivanting to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.  Not even a road trip to the Mother House. It feels good to have all our ladies home for the holidays.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Finale

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter), Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri), Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt and Nurse  Anderson (Leonie Elliott) work to save Nonnatus House     Credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

Welcome to the final recap of Call the Midwife Season 9. A lot is packed into this episode. There’s the compulsory patient story, but this week we have a 2 for 1 situation. In addition, several overarching plotlines are resolved, some more hopefully than others but always with compassion and grace.

As the episode opens, November has arrived and the many of Poplar’s residents are making preparations for Bonfire Night. But others have more pressing issues on their minds.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 6

Shelagh (Laura Main), May (April Rae Hoang) and Patrick Turner (Stephen McGann) set off for an anxious reunion   Credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

I don’t know whether Call the Midwife is getting more heartbreaking or if I’m extra emotional due to the state of the world today, but I bawled my eyes out watching this episode.

There was the lovely, but let’s face it, increasingly habitual community event organized by one or more members of the Buckle family and Dr. McNulty returned to give Dr. Turner some much needed help in his busy surgery. On the more upsetting side, the Turners’ adoption of little May hit an unexpected snag. And then Valerie’s cousin Maureen and her family weathered an unimaginable and heartwrenching ordeal. Okay here we go…

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9, Episode 5

Welcome back to a Call the Midwife episode that was both gleeful and touching. Folks in Poplar are certainly aquiver about the arrival of the nun-centric The Sound of Music! Meanwhile, our actual Nonnatus Sisters are front and center in the plotlines this time around. Frances and Hilda strive to provide services and reassurance while Sister Julienne must examine the accusation that she is out of touch with the population she has vowed to serve.

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