Every season, the GBH Drama staff sit down to watch the latest and greatest in British dramas. And now, just a few short months after the last season, we have the springtime return of PBS favorite, Call The Midwife. Between our scrappy nurses, sassy nuns and gut-wrenching emotional trauma that somehow keeps you wanting more, there’s a lot to be excited about. Need a refresher on what happened last season? Check out our Season 10 and 2021 Holiday Special recaps here. Ready? Take a deep (lamaze) breath, and prepare yourself for Season 11!
This episode starts with the voice over saying “we’re nothing without change,” which makes me worry that a storm’s a brewin’ with SOMEBODY in our main squad. Sure, Vanessa Redgrave just told me change is natural, but guess what? I don’t have to like it!! Ahem. Anyway. At Cyril and Lucille’s place, things are looking up: Cyril’s got an invitation for a job interview at the council offices, which is extra exciting after the many rejections he’s gotten so far (job hunting really is the worst), and Lucille woke up with less morning sickness than usual.
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At Nonnatus, Trixie and Sister Hilda discuss a fella called Mr. Packer whom Trixie will be visiting shortly. Poor Mr. Packer has had a rough go of it: hospitalized for fifteen weeks after a worksite fall, he’s now back at home, and has functional paraplegia. Both Mr. and Mrs. Packer are adamant in their choice to move him back home, rather than to a rehab facility, and while I truly do understand the instinct to want your family together, I have to agree with Trixie’s furrowed brow: this may slow his recovery process and be very hard on the whole family.
At the surgery, Phyllis pops in on Lucille in the baby cleaning room to bring some tea.
Lucille: You’re coddling me!
Phyllis: You won’t say that when I bring in the next baby: kid’s caked in meconium. Also don’t forget this tea: you gotta hydrate!
The peace of this sweet friendship moment is quickly shattered when, from the next room, we hear a small voice scream “no!” Unfortunately, it’s little May Turner, who’s got …….