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Series 6 - Episode 5
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Call the Midwife
, why must you torment us with sadness every week? This episode delivers heartache with both barrels, with a few swift kicks to the shins thrown in, just to make sure we’ve been given a proper emotional pasting.
Firstly – poor Sister Mary Cynthia! She disappeared ages ago and her name is mentioned at Nonnatus House only in whispers accompanied by knowing glances. But a chance encounter reveals the full horror of her predicament as she’s at the mercy of the worst that institutionalised 1960s mental health care can inflict.
Then there’s a lovely young lad called Reggie who has Down’s syndrome. His devoted but ailing mum has always made sure his life runs on straight lines. But when she’s no longer around Reggie is lost, though he’s lucky that Fred, a distant relative, is close by to ease the burden.
A distant cousin of Fred's who has Down's Syndrome is taken in by the Buckles following the death of his protective mother, but Violet struggles to cope and Shelagh is forced to make other arrangements for his care. New recruit Valerie prepares for her first day at Nonnatus House, and Trixie comes to the aid of a pregnant woman who is in urgent need of dental treatment to avoid an infection. The nurses discover what has happened to Sister Mary Cynthia, a revelation that has distressing consequences for Sister Monica Joan.
Cast & Crew
Nurse Phyllis Crane
Sister Monica Joan
Nurse Trixie Franklin
Sister Mary Cynthia
Nurse Barbara Gilbert
Dr Patrick Turner
Nurse Delia Busby
Voice of mature Jennifer Worth
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