‘Call the Midwife’ Season 3 Episode 6 Review

All too soon we are nearing the end of Call the Midwife season three. Episode six gave us a firmer picture of what a Jenny-less Call the Midwife will be like by focusing on Patsy and her dark past. The series reiterated once again that Patsy is not a Jenny replacement in the traditional sense. Where Jenny is warm, Patsy is brusque. Jenny often became overly emotionally involved in the lives of her patients, but Patsy approaches patients with a manner of efficiency, often failing to make a personal connection with them. It is her abrupt manner that gets her taken off midwife duty and put on call as the local nurse during the midwives’ busiest time of the year.

If it was not apparent last week, it is made abundantly clear Patsy is a welcome addition to the series. Her perspective is unlike any of the other girls. We discovered why that is: she was held in a Japanese interment camp when she was just a child and has precious few mementos of her family left. Her mother and sister were killed in front of her, and so she grew to project a sturdy, unyielding personality. Patsy does not understand the need for connecting with others on a personal level, but she does understand how to care for them as a nurse. The trauma she experienced was so monumental it defined the woman she grew up to be.

A dock worker with a similar past experience became a catalyst for Patsy to move forward. She recognized his exotic disease because she grew up seeing ailments like his as a matter of course. He too experienced the horrors of war and being held captive, and he carried the ache home with him in the form of a disease that lied dormant for more than a decade. Patsy’s tireless work to find a treatment for him ultimately bonded the two, and he gave her sound advice. “When there is a storm, leave both doors open.” To let her past stop her from allowing herself to feel would be the greatest tragedy of all. Happily, Patsy gets to see first hand when she leaves Nonnatus House without informing the nurses or midwives where she is going that she has a community who cares deeply for her. This was the story of how Patsy found her home and it was a beautiful one.

Elsewhere, Trixie embarked on a new romance with the handsome curate Tom. This is the first time we have seen Trixie flirt with the idea of a serious romance. As far as we know, Trixie prefers to date around rather than be tied down, and Tom is certainly the kind of man who would look for something permanent given his vocation. Their terrible first date made it appear their love story was over before it began, but later when Tom rushed to baptize a baby having difficulty breathing, Trixie decided to give him another chance. I relish the idea of seeing Trixie embark on a serious relationship, if for no other reason than it means we get to see more of her.

Our two primary couples are still having trouble communicating. We only saw a glimpse of Chummy and Peter this week, but things are still contentious between the two of them. I am beginning to wonder if the series would go so far as to have them separate. We are approaching the ’60s with its changing mores, and a separation would give Miranda Hart brilliant material to play. We saw more of Shelagh and Dr. Turner, who decided to adopt a child, with the blessing of Timothy, of course. Once Dr. Turner actually had the papers in hand and had a look at the amount of personal information the agency wanted, he balked at the idea. It certainly seems as if Dr. Turner has something in his past he does not want Shelagh to find out about. With both our key couples facing relationship dealbreakers, and a new character finding her place in the House, Call the Midwife has brought us to an interesting crossroads as we prepare for the final two episodes of season three.

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