Call the Midwife Season 9

'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.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 3

Nurse Valerie Dyer (Jennifer Kirby) or dress mannequin? (Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions)

Welcome back to another Call the Midwife recap! Elderly narrator Jenny tells us that it is May and spring has truly arrived in Poplar. This week focuses on the outstanding service of Nurses Crane and Anderson (and in Lucille’s case, how dedication to your job can mess with your private life.) The midwives also come together for a worthy and fashionable fundraising event spearheaded by Nurse Franklin and Mrs. Buckle.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 2

Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) goes to visit a new patient   (Photo credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

This week’s episode of Call the Midwife is framed around the periods of Lent and Mothering Sunday, and its story conveniently focuses on sacrifice and motherhood. As people all across Poplar are denying themselves the simple pleasures of sugar and cigarettes, Sister Julienne tries to prepare a young woman for motherhood, a family falters when their strongest member suffers a health emergency and a blossoming romance falters in the midst of illness.

'Call the Midwife' Recap: Season 9 Episode 1

Nurse Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT), Nurse Franklin (HELEN GEORGE), Nurse Crane (LINDA BASSETT) and Nurse Dyer (JENNIFER KIRBY) are back on the job   Credit: Courtesy of BBC / Neal Street Productions

Spring has arrived and that means the return of Call the Midwife on PBS! I’d like to welcome you back to another round of episode recaps in which we highlight the often poignant, but mainly uplifting, stories of Poplar residents and their steadfast caregivers, the sisters and nurses of Nonnatus House.

The debut episode of Season 9 begins in January of 1965 with the death of Sir Winston Churchill, a passing which saddens citizens across the U.K. Meanwhile, Poplar experiences an alarming outbreak of diphtheria and an abandoned baby is reunited with its troubled mother.