the Call the midwife The season 11 finale opened with the streets of Poplar looking like a scene of war.
Smoke filled the air and debris from the wreckage of the train was everywhere, as survivors limped or were escorted to Nonnatus House for medical attention. Fred directed the police and the injured to where they needed to go and tried to make sure people didn’t suffer more than they should. Somewhere along the way, a bloodied nurse Nancy ran up to Fred and informed him that she was on the train with Sister Julienne and Dr. Patrick Turner, and didn’t know where they were or if they were still in. life.
Nurse Shelagh, as if sensing things were wrong, tried to call Nonnatus House to find out if the sisters and midwives had heard from Patrick, Sister Julienne and nurse Nancy , but no one picked up the phone. She became more concerned as she listened to a radio report of the wreckage, but Tim felt that it might have been a different train than the one their patriarch and the others were on.
The camera then panned to the train where Dr. Turner lay unconscious on the floor of his carriage, and not too far away Sister Julienne lay slumped on a table, also stunned. When Sister Julienne came to, her glasses had disappeared along with her left shoe. She woke up Dr. Turner, who had suffered a head injury, and he said they had to get out. But Sister Julienne informed him that the door was blocked.
Mrs. Carnie, the tea waitress, woke up shortly afterwards and started screaming. Her arm had been burned by the boiling water, and when Sister Julienne examined her more closely, she realized Mrs. Carnie was bleeding. Dr Turner investigated and revealed the blood was coming from Ms Carnie’s upper leg, where her femoral artery was.
Sister Julienne has taken off her habit—have we ever seen that nun’s hair? – and gave it to Dr. Turner to use as a tampon so he could apply pressure, but it was too little too late. Mrs. Carnie, who had asked Sister Julienne to call her Dorothy, died while Sister Julienne was praying and holding her hand.
Outside the train, officers asked Fred for a blanket to cover the body of Lionel, the train driver. He had not survived the accident and, more tragically, his wife Edina was giving birth to their son Benedict and had no idea of her husband’s fate.
Miss Higgins broke the terrible news about Lionel to Sister Hilda, and Sister Hilda swore not to tell Edina a word about her widow until Benedict was born.
Nurse Shelagh finally made it to Nonnatus House when Cyril answered and explained that the train in the wreckage was actually the one Dr. Turner and his colleagues were in. Nurse Shelagh then came to Nonnatus House to wait for more information and to pray, however, she was so upset that she told Cyril she did not know how to direct her prayers. Cyril comforted Nurse Shelagh and encouraged her to help the wounded as a much-needed distraction until she knew what to pray for or learned more about her husband’s plight.
Meanwhile, Tim climbed the ladder to the train tracks and started calling his father. Sister Julienne heard it and screamed for help, and upon hearing it, Tim alerted the officers to break into their wagon. The medical student walked in and Dr. Turner scolded him for wearing his doctor’s coat because Tim wasn’t officially a doctor yet.
Tim certainly behaved like a doctor. He gave Sister Julienne an aspirin, for what appeared to be a heart attack (based on her rapid pulse and blue lips), and he diagnosed her father with a concussion, adding that an X-ray would rule out a broken bone. At the hospital, Dr. Turner informed Tim that his diagnosis was correct. When Tim apologized for the mean things he said when they argued before his father’s medical conference, Dr. Turner jokingly replied that his concussion made him forget everything.
Sister Julienne had a tougher life, but luckily she didn’t have a heart attack. Four of her ribs had been broken and the injury sent her into shock, which mimicked the symptoms of a heart attack. Nurse Phyllis came home early from vacation and got Nonnatus House back in working order. And when Sister Julienne came out of the hospital, nurse Phyllis took her home.
As for Sister Frances and her patient Carole, she made peace with her daughter’s heartbreaking death when Sister Frances spoke to Mrs Carnie’s daughter and she agreed to let the baby be buried with her mother. Sweeter still, Mrs. Carnie’s daughter, Pauline, took Carole under her wing and invited her to spend time with Mrs. Carnie’s rather large and very welcoming family.
Edina Corbett also received a happy ending of sorts when she learned that Lionel wasn’t a reckless conductor. He had suffered a seizure caused by a brain tumor, and that is why he lost consciousness and had an accident.
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