Call the Midwife Recaps

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 8 Episode 3

Sister Frances (Ella Brucoleri), Trixie Franklin (Helen George) and Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott) at the beach party (Photo Credit: Courtesy of BBC/Neal Street Productions)

This week on Call the Midwife,  Valerie helps a struggling mother accept her son’s birth defect. While overseeing a measles vaccination trial, the Turners encounter an extremely anxious mother with a secret worry. And finally Nurse Crane plans a neighborhood beach party for the upcoming bank holiday, but needs the approval of the new local councilor to make it happen.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 8, Episode 1

Welcome back to another season of Call the Midwife. Once again I'll be recapping the events and emotions stirred by the next eight episodes of Season 8. If you need to refresh your memory about what happened during the Call the Midwife special that aired at Christmas, you can take a glance at it right here.

To begin, let's set the scene. We return to Poplar in 1964. It's spring, a time for new attitudes, a bit of sprucing up and lots and lots of babies!

'Call the Midwife' Holiday Special 2018 Recap

Fred Buckle (CLIFF PARISI) drives his rocket sleigh through Poplar as his wife Violet (ANNABELLE APSION) looks on (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Production/BBC)

Happy Christmas! If you're reading this, you must have just recently watched the latest Call the Midwife holiday special, most likely while enjoying a lovely cuppa with a delicious mince pie or piece of snowman cake. Our friends from Poplar encountered adversity this Christmas season, but kindness and joy outweighed the sorrow.

This holiday season, the Nonnatus Sisters returned to the Mother House to choose a new spiritual leader, care for some newly arrived orphans and help a former resident reunite with her only living family. Meanwhile Trixie came back to Poplar, fashionable as ever and ready to care for her patients better than any hospital. Read on for the rest of the details...

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7 Episode 8

It;s a baby boom for Nurse Anderson (Leonie Elliott), Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann), Nurse Turner (Laura Main), Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) and Nurse Dyer (Jennifer Kirby)  (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions)

In the penultimate episode of Season 7, viewers endured the emotional rollercoaster of serious illness and the untimely death of Nurse Barbara Hereward played by Charlotte Ritchie. Other things happened which you can review here in our full recap, but mainly it was this tragedy and the tear-jerking aftermath that dominated episode seven.

This week we braced ourselves for an emotional Call the Midwife season finale. And while Barbara’s funeral was surprisingly brief, the episode was chockablock with new babies, a birthday celebration, a historical tragedy and poignant moments that honored our dearly departed midwife beautifully.

"Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 7

Laura Main as Shelagh Turner Photo: Neal Street Productions)

Before we face the unbearable sadness of this week’s Call the Midwife, let’s recall how we got to this heartbreaking state of affairs in the first place. You may remember there was the mother on a crusade against Valerie’s health and relationship (aka sex education) class and Sister Monica Joan’s delightful cataract surgery adventure where she made a surprising new friend. But it was Barbara Hereward’s unceasing dedication to the Davidson family through a whirlwind of unexpected death, fire and the birth of twins that contributed to the health crisis the midwife found herself in at the end of the episode. (Need more details? Our full recap of Episode 6 is right here.) 

This week, Patrick helps a bullied juvenile offender, Lucille finds a new circle of friends and Barbara's battle with meningitis and a blood infection turns tragic.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 6

Barbara Hereward (Charlotte Ritchie) with new patient Pearl Davidson (Kelly Campbell) (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017

Previously on Call the Midwife…Amidst plans for a Poplar charity picnic, Trixie made her temporary exit while Barbara and Tom returned from their assignment in Birmingham. Nurse Anderson helped an expectant mother face a traumatic fear and an ill sailor who caused a health scare was rescued by Reggie and Nurse Crane. All rest of the details from Episode 5 can be found here.

This time around, the midwives and their friends rally behind families who have lost a great deal.  Meanwhile, Monica Joan gets a new lease on life at the same time Barbara faces a serious infection.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7, Episode 5

Picnickers Tim (Max Macmillen), Shelagh (Laura Main) and Reggie (Daniel Laurie)  (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

When we last visited Poplar, Sister Monica Joan’s sight was finally restored, the Ganis were emerging from their struggles to work towards becoming a cohesive family and Trixie made a tough decision in order to halt her downward spiral. The complete breakdown of last week's Call the Midwife can be found here.

This week’s episode begins with the departure of one midwife and ends with the return of another. Meanwhile, an expectant mother deals with a traumatic fear and an ill sailor causes a health scare in Poplar. 

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 7 Episode 4

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Mumtaz Gani (Balvinder Sopal) (Photo: Credit: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2017)

I think we can all agree last week’s episode of Call the Midwife left everyone rather gloomy and depressed. The Lunt family suffered devasting illness and loss, Magda’s desperate actions resulted in her departure from the Turners’ employ and a sacrificial breakup with Christopher left Trixie vulnerable enough to abandon her sobriety. Check out all the discouraging details here.

Thankfully, this latest installment provided viewers with a bit more of that reassuring hope we’ve come to expect from the midwives. Trixie and Sister Monica Joan make life-changing choices and a childless woman works through the pain of an unorthodox solution arranged by her Pakistani relatives.

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