Sister Monica Joan might be an Anglican nun, but she is not without her superstitions, as fans learned on Sunday’s Call the Midwife.
When a crow ominously flew into Nonnatus House and got trapped inside, the woman of God worried death would come for her or one of the other nuns or midwives. So she sought confirmation from a clairvoyant that Miss Higgins recommended named Dulcie Greenhalgh. Sister Monica Joan visited the woman, but the psychic slammed the door in her face and screamed that she no longer predicted people’s futures.
Sister Monica Joan doesn’t give up easily, however, and she returned to the woman’s flat bearing gifts of cake. Mrs. Greenhalgh let her in and said she had three spirit guides, but was no longer listening to them. As she was saying this, Mrs. Greenhalgh removed the cloth shielding the right side of her face, and Sister Monica Joan saw a giant red wound on her cheek.
She asked Mrs. Greenhalgh what happened, and the witchy woman blamed it on an accident involving hot cooking grease. Sister Monica Joan offered to help, but Mrs. Greenhalgh grew cross and threw her out. The nun returned once again and realized she didn’t fear death, but rather the deathly loss of one’s purpose in life. Sister Monica Joan added that she, like Mrs. Greenhalgh, was given a vocation to aid people. And she said she wanted to help the clairvoyant, even if Mrs. Greenhalgh couldn’t return the favor, in order to feel alive.
Mrs. Greenhalgh cried and said she was too ashamed to show her face until Sister Monica Joan assured her that as a nurse, she’d seen it all. Mrs. Greenhalgh caved and removed the fabric, and it was as Sister Monica Joan had feared. The clairvoyant had a rodent ulcer, which is now more commonly known as a basal cell carcinoma, or skin cancer. Sister Monica Joan brought Dr. Turner for a second opinion, and he confirmed the nurse/nun’s prognosis.
Dr. Turner also said Mrs. Greenhalgh shouldn’t worry because it wasn’t a life-threatening form of cancer and the ulcer could be surgically removed at the hospital. But Mrs. Greenhalgh refused to go to the hospital, so Sister Monica Joan returned yet again, and this time, she had the patient’s estranged son with her. Seeing Arnold’s face instantly cheered up his mom, and Mrs. Greenhalgh agreed to get the medical care she desperately needed because she had a reason to live now.
The mystical mommy was so grateful to Sister Monica Joan, she agreed to do a psychic reading for her, and was so disheartened by her vision, she initially refused to share it. A fearless Sister Monica Joan demanded the truth, and Mrs. Greenhalgh revealed that her spirit guides predicted an “unfortunate” happening at Nonnautus House. Gasp!
In between visits to Mrs. Greenhalgh and her eventual vision, Sister Monica Joan also helped a contemplative Cyril when she saw him sitting alone on a park bench. The nun challenged the civil engineer by saying the easiest choice wasn’t always the best one. Sister Monica Joan then urged Cyril to tell his wife, Nurse Lucille, that he was grieving the loss of their unborn baby, too, and “sometimes we show our true strength by acknowledging our weakness.”
Cyril’s first attempt to talk to Lucille didn’t go well, and his wife admonished him for putting their business in the streets. Time helped heal Lucille’s pride, and when she was able to better communicate, she apologized to Cyril for trying to be so strong that she shut him out. Cyril stated that they couldn’t be strong without each other. He further comforted Lucille by adding that her miscarriage wasn’t a failure, but a sign that the pregnancy wasn’t meant to be, and their shared pain would help them heal.
Elsewhere in the episode, Nurse Shelagh delivered the baby of a hippie squatter, whose newborn daughter suffered from gastroschisis. It’s a condition where a baby is born with his or her intestines on the outside. Nurse Shelagh stayed calm, and with Matthew’s help, safely transferred the hippie to the hospital. The baby had a successful surgery, and the woman (whose real name was Susan) decided to give her hippie name, Clover, to her strong-willed daughter.
What did you think of the latest Call the Midwife? And are you worried about Mrs. Greenhalgh’s premonition? Drop your thoughts and theories in the comments.
I’m glad Cyril was able to tell Lucille how he felt about the loss of their child.
I fear for Sister Monica Joan.
Nah! There’s no such thing as seeing into the future!! Keep the episodes coming!!! And give Sr Monica more to do; just becuz shes elderly shouldnt limit her contributions to the HOUSE!
Fantastic as always but this last show grew Dark with the storyline and loss of 2 others even though we know it for a vacation and family reason (Trixie)and the sad birth of clover and the miscarriage of Cyril and Lucille’s baby I can’t but feel not all is well ahead for our beloved characters and friends.
I love the first 6 episodes of CTM.
I use subtitles so as not to miss the quotable words of Sister Monica Joans.
Speaking only for myself, there isn’t a single episode of Season 11 that I would
view again. That said, the show was brilliant and will remain a treasure indefinitely. Thank you.
I swear I live in Covid-hell but both I and my husband have been devoted fans of Call the Midwife from day one. We have rewatched everything during the pandemic to save our sanity! Another major logistics problem is how we could relocate there. Sigh.
I FFed through much of this episode. It is one of the worst episodes of the entire series. I watched the Cyril and Lucille stuff, but the rest was pretty bad/boring. Way too much with Sister Monica Joan.
i love Call the midwife. That woman with the skin cancer. Isn’t that the woman who was the grandmother of one of the previous midwives? she looked awfully familiar
I love this show . Look forward to it everywhere. I cry and I laugh. Thank you .
I love Call the Midwife it is superb
love this show but it’s hard to watch when a woman loses a baby or miscarries..it brings tears to my eyes
I love Call the Midwife.I look forward too it every week.Keep it going its the best program on TV these days. Kathy
No I’m not worried about the vision. Maybe it was about the loss of the baby.Hopefully it’s nothing bad.
I started watching the call of midwife on netflix fell in love tell all my friends everyone to watch new episodes on pbs can’t wait until SUN nights for a new episode!!!!