The weather begins to turn on Boxing Day and by the next morning, Poplar residents wake to find two feet of snow on the ground and no delivery from the milkman. And the , when Trixie ran outside to stop from falling apart and Barbara found her. Sometime between and this episode, Ben Chaplan announced that he would not be back to this season. Meanwhile, Shelagh Laura Main who has been thoroughly enjoying being home with her newborn son, Teddy, has forced herself into her girdle to sets out rescue her husband and get his surgery in order. And while we can only imagine what someone like Nurse Crane might gift to Trixie, or Trixie to Sister Julienne, Sister Monica Joan was the real winner this year.
Is it any wonder Anthea refuses to come to the funeral? We montage about Poplar for a bit on Christmas. After it was discovered she was pregnant, her father threw her out of the house. Valerie trawls through the drifts to the caravan where pregnant Linda is staying with the adoring Selwyn, who knows he is not her baby's father, for a potentially upsetting early birth whilst Sister Julienne hears a shocking story of domestic abuse when she visits the wife of a hypothermia victim. Sister Monica Joan says their standards have slipped seeing as they delivered uninterrupted during the Blitz. Anthea ran away when she was 15 and pregnant.
Over at the surgery, Dr. She tracks down the office records for Anthea. Selwyn gives her a hot water bottle to keep him warm. Returning the 10-shilling note to Mabel, she puts everything behind her, hoping to start a new chapter with her mother in her life. The Thames froze over and for 62 consecutive days, snow lay on the ground across the south of the country. Suddenly she hears a sound - the baby is alive and crying.
The cold deepens… Trixie is upset that Christopher caught a glance of her in her curlers in the hallway. It seems like Reggie is sticking around and possibly Sgt. Trixie and Barbara are rather close friends at this point. The Herewards check with Sister Julienne to see if she will take Barbara back in six months to which she replies they will always need good midwives, especially in this fractured world. Yet despite the traumatic events of her childhood, we see that Anthea has made a life for herself with a growing family of her own and as a loving foster mother. What about that groovy version of musical chairs? Armed with an address from Mrs. He has Sister Julienne go inform his wife, Mabel, of what happened.
Mabel then tells her she is glad because he was abusive to her and their children;one who joined the army to get away from him and the other who ran away. While the others attend to the ~facilities~ and try to survive the cold, dark British winters, Valerie receives a new patient, Linda, a young woman who promptly reveals that her boyfriend Selwyn is not the father of her child. She thinks it must be a false alarm because Linda is only eight months along. Later in his office, Dr. Trixie explains to the parents in a very nice way that their child survived after all.
Trixie shows up on the hunch that there must be a problem since Nurse Dyer had been gone so long. More importantly, Tom has finally decided to accept the Birmingham assignment. They return victorious and the formerly surly crowd cheers as the milk floats head out to make their delivery rounds. He left home to get away from his physically abusive father. Despite Valerie performing mouth-to-mouth on the infant, he is stillborn.
She thought Valerie was gone too long for a routine check up. Nurse Franklin Helen George has Christmas plans of an up-scale nature; she and her dentist beau, Christopher Jack Hawkins are taking a skiing vacation to Zurich. Turner soon identifies the deceased man as one of his recent patients, Percy Tillerson. Tom comes home and gets into bed with Barbara. I won't give any spoilers! He spent the entire day sitting with a dying retired sailor.
She likes the idea of the dinner and panto very much. Though she admits that Selwyn has promised to love her baby as his own, she voices her concerns about this to Valerie who tries her best to not look uncomfortable, as one does when a stranger shares their life story with you. A sewer line bursts nearby and Dr. Barbara peers back while Tom is leading her out. Trixie seems to still be in the older sister phase with Valerie.
Anyway, on the way to the clinic Nurse Crane and Sister Julienne are stopped by Gruff McNewCop. Sister Julienne appears right on cue and Dr. She's embarrassed that they live in a caravan, but like any good midwife, Valerie is not judgmental about any of it. They all have a big goodbye scene and they are only leaving for six months. Curious about what she's watching? But with the snow and the distance from a phone, Valerie deals with everything herself. She explains to Sister Julienne that she wants to keep every memory and person from those events in the past.