A little late with this review, what an episode of Call The Midwife it was though – I’ve had plenty of time to reflect upon the journey it took us on. Lulled into a false sense of security when Phyllis (Linda Bassett) was safe after the shop fire, only to be flung into a state of panic (well, I’m in a panic anyway!) about Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) and her sudden illness – here are a handful of highlights from a busy instalment:
Eye’ll be seeing you
Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) is going ‘under the knife’ and she’s beside herself for more than one reason. Another patient in the ward is to chatty for her liking and her nerves are more than getting the better of her. Until after the event when her strength finds its way and she comes into her own again – marvellous scenes from such a talented actress.
When there’s a fire in the local shop Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) and Phyllis (Linda Bassett) are quick to dash in to wake the family who have newly moved in. Barbara escapes with every head in tow, except for Phyllis…
Fears for Phyllis
Was your heart in your mouth? Phyllis is one of my favourite characters and I was beside myself with worry! As was Barbara, the thought of her best friend being trapped in the burning building is one she’s not prepared to be faced with. However, its a happy ending when her friend emerges, fairly unscathed bar some smoke inhalation. Phew!
Except phew isn’t the over-riding feeling for long when Barbara appears to have a flu bug and she’s tucked up in bed. This time it’s Phyllis’s turn to worry over her as she raises the alarm to Dr Turner (Stephen McGann) that Barbara has more than merely a cold. The stiff neck and inability to move her head is the first clue – something serious is going on! Noooooooooo!
As a final note, I want to add what a great actress and a fantastic choice to play the fellow inpatient with Sister Monica Joan. She and Judy Parfitt played opposite each other deliciously in a masterclass de force. Glorious scenes. I saw June Watson in a play called Road at Royal Court Theatre, London – she was phenomenal and stole the show. If she could make a come back for Sister Monica Joan’s second eye operation, I’d be over the moon!!