Can we guess what’s going to happen in Call the Midwife series 4 episode 5?

Ellie Walker-Arnott gazes for literally minutes into her crystal ball (and at some preview pictures) before predicting the future of the Nonnatus nuns...

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Last week’s episode of Call the Midwife was a bit of a game changer…

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There was a storyline about a dad who was desperate for a son, but given a daughter, while Sister Winifred ventured into the deepest, darkest depths of Poplar to teach prostitutes about the merits of safe sex. The midwifes faced one of their busiest nights ever, and even Sister Monica Joan assisted at the birth of a little girl.

But the biggest news of the episode? Trixie and Tom hosted the bishop for tea and sandwiches, and the visit didn’t quite go to plan when he asked Tom to move to Newcastle and take on a troubled parish. Trixie realised she didn’t want to be unable to have a say in her future and called off her engagement to the curate, saying “I can’t live up to what you and the church expect of me.” 

The midwife then drank too much gin and ended up unable to take over the night shift from Barbara, who’d been at work all day. It was a sad and troubling episode for the usually perky midwife.

But what’s going to happen this week? Time to make some spurious suggestions…

Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, things are hotting up in our very own Poplar. After Shelagh was called up to help deliver a baby in the middle of the night last week, she’s decided it’s high time she brushed the dust off her scrubs and got back to work. We’ve long been of the opinion that her medical skills are wasted in her new day-job as the surgery’s receptionist. But Patrick could barely keep his hands off her habit, so just imagine what he’s like now she’s in nurses garb. Brace yourself, Turnadette fans…

Trixie and Tom are back in the very spot they got engaged, though reconciliation isn’t on the horizon. The pair are discussing the practicalities of their called-off engagement. Moral, god-fearing man that he is, Tom is keen to donate the presents friends and family sent them to the poor of Poplar – or at least return them to their owners – while Trixie is stubbornly refusing. If you’re going to get your heart broken, you may as well get to do it sipping tea out of genuine bone china… 

With Shelagh practising medicine again, Doctor Turner is in the market for a new receptionist. He ideally needs another newlywed who’s recently given up her own fledging career to spawn babies. Strangely his advert in the Poplar Gazette hasn’t attracted any suitable candidates so he’s off to proposition women on the maternity ward. He’s one resourceful chap…

Hot on the heels of Sister Winifred’s adventures with Poplar’s prostitutes last week, Barbara has taken on a project of her very own. She’s decided to dispel those pesky old wives tales surrounding conception and pregnancy, using helpful bullet points and a jolly old handout. But only two people have turned up to her first meeting. And the poster she put up might not have made it across the language barrier. One of her attendees is rather young…

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Call the Midwife continues on Sunday at 8:00pm on BBC1