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One Call The Midwife Mother Struggles To Accept Her Past

Meanwhile, Dr. Turner makes a lucky strike against lung disease, but will one more cigarette break the camel's back?

  • Spin Off Idea
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    The Spies Who Came Down With A Cold

    Patrick Turner, GP, licensed to practice medicine; and secret agent, "Shelagh Turnova" save Poplar from ill health and disease. It's totally an ironic comedy, but neither of its stars realize this and play it like Sean Connery choking on a settee while young Timothy shakes his head in the background wondering how he got parents who were so ridiculous and cute.

    Main Cast: The Turners, Timothy, a pair of black lungs.

    New Characters to be added: Smokey Bear in a musical dream sequence.

    Sample episode plot: Timothy comes in, bearing The Lancet, announcing that a new study shows alcohol abuse causes cirrhosis. The Turners look uncomfortably at their scotch and sodas. "Nah," Dr. T remarks. "That can't be right."

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    Let's Get Physical

    Alert Type: Sports Medicine Alert.

    Issue: Though she is game to Keep Fit, Violet's lower back is not quite ready for Trixie's implementation of the bicycle into the exercise regime, and Violet throws her back out.

    Complicating Factors: She can't run her haberdasher shop while she recovers, strapped flat to a door, nor can she really close it.

    Resolution: Violet (unwisely) takes Fred up on his offer to run it while she recovers.

    Spoiler: Violet sells more sensitive items to her female clientele than just buttons and bows.

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    Local Physician Sails Down River in Egypt

    Timothy Turner, reporting for The Lancet. There I was, reading my recent library score -- The Outline Of Psychoanalysis, the favorite of all teen boys -- when I heard my parents marveling over the uptick in lung cancer diagnoses as they shared a cigarette. Having just read in The Lancet that the government believes cancer is caused by smoking, I did not hesitate to educate these lovable idiots. Of course, Dad thinks he knows everything and said it was bad air that's making people sick, and while that's likely also true, I...this guy's a doctor? I returned to my Freud and waited for my chance.

  • Character Study
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    Night And Day Lady

    Name: Roseanne Dawley.
    Age: Mid 20s.
    Occupation: Mother-to-be. Wife of a relatively well-to-do older gentleman who adores her.
    Goal: To be "good enough" and to "keep her baby safe." Doesn't seem to find the time to look over all the pamphlets she's picking up at clinic...because she can't read.
    Sample Dialogue: "I don't want her growin' up like me."
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    Mrs. Dawley goes into labor and is freaking out. Look, she seems like she may be crazy, but it's got to be scary.

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    Nurse Crane takes the call and has to race out ON A BIKE to help, leaving Delia -- the only one in Nonnatus House besides Sister Monica Joan -- in charge of the phone.

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    Poor Delia, who is not a midwife, must talk Mrs. D through heinous, bleeding labor, concurrently imploring the addled Sister MJ to please go and fetch Patsy from the maternity home.

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    Through many unbearably realistic screeeeaaaaams, Mrs. Dawley delivers the DAMN BABY BY HER DAMN SELF but THE BABY IS NOT MOVING OR BREATHING and SHE'S FREAKING OUT and PHYLLIS IS STILL NOT THERE and FINALLY Delia convinces her to rub the baby's back and THE BABY STARTS CRYING and I guess no one even cares that I just had a heart attack. Beware, anyone who has not watched it: this is some agony and would scare anyone off childbirth.

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    Patsy arrives at Nonnatus just in time to see Delia nearly fainting with relief.

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    The midwives give Delia the ten-midwife salute that night at dinner. She admits that it was much more rewarding than her usual duties on Male Surgical Unit.

  • That Quote
    "I have always assumed the results of the male organ to be more rewarding than the organ itself."
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    Are You Smoking More But Enjoying It Less?

    Name: Frank.
    Age: Early 40s.
    Occupation: Smoker. Cancer patient. Husband, father, etc.
    Goal: To die with dignity and with a serious lack of understanding of what dying or dignity are. Dr. T wants Frank to reconsider radiotherapy to extend his time for the sake of his wife and children. Frank refuses, saying he's made his peace with death. (Timothy, watching him light a cigarette as he leaves and seeing his father do the same, is getting pissed.)
    Sample Dialogue: "I won't leave my kids memories of a sick man getting sicker."
  • Awkward
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    Playing The Woman Card

    Situation: Fred is still running Violet's shop during her convalescence.

    What makes it awkward? It's where women buy important stuff like brassieres and maxi pads.

    How is order restored? Fred drags poor Barbara into the shop on her afternoon off to keep the store running. That requires that, in part, she measure the considerable bazooms of the ladies of Poplar.

  • Hell No!
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    Be Smart. Don't Start.

    Dr. Turner is invited to a post-mortem on a lung cancer patient at the Chest Hospital where he sees UP CLOSE what cigarettes do to lungs.

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    Navy Baby Blues

    Alert Type: Somethin' Ain't Right Alert.

    Issue: Even after literally giving birth like an Amazon warrior and saving her daughter's life all on her own, Mrs. Dawley doesn't trust herself with her baby and seems...not emotionally well.

    Complicating Factors: Mrs. Dawley comes into Violet's shop to pick up a pram cover and is given her first taste of Real Motherhood. Nope, not diaper duty, not sleeplessness, not any of that: UNSOLICITED ADVICE. Yes, that's what it's all about -- what some old biddy thinks about how you're doing something. Really, the old lady in the shop is quite sweet, admiring Mrs. Dawley for her incredible strength, but Mrs. D seems weird and distant and unable to connect with anyone. Basically, she is losing her damn mind. She abandons her baby outside the haberdashery.

    Resolution: Nurse Crane brings the baby home which...what?! Why wouldn't she take her to the police station? What on Earth? The baby is found in her pram outside the shop, and they recognize the bunting and are like, hmm, I guess Mrs. D...forgot her? Let's run her home? Uhhhh....

    Spoiler: At the house, Nurse Crane tries to suss it out, but I have to say, I feel like there should maybe be some EMERGENCY SUSSING. Did people just routinely leave newborn babies places? Surely not. Phyllis says she'll come back tomorrow. She looks worried, and my heart attack is flaring back up.

  • Dialogue

    Back at the Turners, Timothy takes extreme measures to get his dad to wake up about smoking, not knowing he already did.

    You're smoking? My son, my fourteen-year-old son, is smoking?
    Kenneth Parker smokes. He's six weeks younger than me.
    You are on thin ice. If I ever catch you with a cigarette again...
    You'll what? Light it for me? Tell me why I shouldn't smoke. You said yourself, "Cancer's just a school of thought." If you don't care, then why should I?
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    I Learned It From You, Dad!

    Bye Bye, Baby

    Y'all, Mrs. Dawley AIN'T RIGHT. Her husband very reluctantly leaves for a meeting, noting that she doesn't seem herself. She really, really doesn't. Thank GOD Phyllis shows up later that morning to find the baby -- alive, and I was fearing the worst, but abandoned, a barely comprehensible note left behind by Mrs. Dawley saying she's sorry she can't keep the baby safe. Girl, she'd be a lot safer if you'd stop leaving her places alone!

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    Diagnosis

    Frank would live longer and better if he would just consent to radiation therapy! The stubborn jerk won't do it, insisting that he wants his wife to remember him healthy. I guess the guy has never seen anyone die of cancer, because what does he think is going to happen in that case?

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    Emotional guilt at the most heartwrenching level. I haven't been married to an ex-nun all this time and not learned anything useful!

    Refill   many   times
    Save most piteous expression until in front of Frank's wife and children
    Sit back and wait for his regret and pain to marinate

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    "Hard work makes a mother. We like to think something magical happens at birth, but the real magic is keeping on when all you want to do is run."
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    Working Girl

    Name: Nelle.
    Age: Early 30s.
    Occupation: Prostitute.
    Goal: To make Mrs. Dawley understand that having a husband who loves her means she's "good enough" already, and to teach her that what her daughter needs is her mother's love.
    Sample Dialogue: "I take those men, those filthy sods, and I save every shilling. 'Cos my girl's going to have a better life."
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    The Customer Is Always...Bye

    Situation: Fred has made a complete cockup of Violet's shop, forgetting orders and generally just creating disaster.

    What makes it awkward? Now that Violet's better, she has to deal with the angry customers, like neighborhood harridan Mrs. Cadmon up there who snits, "Don't he know this shop's the only thing you've got?"

    How is order restored? Violet kicks her big ass out "toot sweet," as Fred would say!

  • Wrap It Up
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    Dr. T is fired up about lung health and cigarettes. So much so, he goes in to the Board of Health and, while dogging out his boss for smoking, asks for a locum doctor to cover for him twice a month so that he can have an ongoing Chest Clinic. He gets once a month for half a day and seems thrilled.

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    Reading The Little Prince to his kids, Frank realizes he wants to get as much time as possible with them, and asks to receive therapy after all.

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    Nelle calls Nonnatus to bring out Nurse Crane to see Mrs. Dawley. Phyllis asks Sister Winifred, experienced as she is with seeing the scars of prostitution, to come with her.

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    At Nelle's, Mrs. Dawley tells the utterly gut-wrenching story of her early life. She was abandoned in the Newman Children's Home, unloved. She became a prostitute, and started wandering into a church sometimes for sanctuary, which is where she met Mr. D, who was in charge of bringing in the incense. He saw through the things she had to do in her life in order to survive, and loved her. Oh, yeah, I'm crying.

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    But then Nurse Crane reveals the story of her own childhood -- how her mother had been thrown out by her parents and had to raise Phyllis alone; how she had done anything and everything she could to support Phyllis and give her a better life. "You had a wretched start," she tells Mrs Dawley. "We don't choose to be unloved by those who should love us."

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    Okay, that's it -- now I'm dying. Phyllis talks about wishing her mother were here now so that she could tell her how good an brave she was, and I won't survive this. "Shame will keep us in all kind of prisons if we let it. Your little girl wants you," Phyllis begs Mrs. Dawley. "Don't abandon her because you were abandoned."

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    Mrs. Dawley runs home to her husband and, with Phyllis's help, settles into her life of unconditional love as a mother. She names her baby Faith, after the faith her husband has always had to see the best in her.

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    Dr. Turner tells Timothy he got the Chest Clinic gig, and that he took Tim's advice and used psychology to get it, asking for double what he wanted to get half. The Turners suddenly figure out Tim was playing them all along about the cigs.

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    "You're my world," Timothy shrugs, and it's cheesy AF, but I don't care, because though it may be something very few kids would ever actually say, it's absolutely what they all feel.

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