A friend of Chummy's named Reverend Applebee-Thornton comes to stay at Nonnatus House and soon gets on everyone's nerves. Meanwhile, Jenny and Sister Evangelina deliver a baby with spina bifida, and Sister Bernadette plays matchmaker.
Cheery vicar Applebee-Thornton comes to stay at the convent whilst his house is being prepared. He is taken by the shy nursing assistant Jane and asks her out but she is nervous and stands him up. Later she admits to him her unhappy past and starts to come out of her shell.
Jenny and Sister Evangelina deliver Ruby and Douglas Roberts' third child, a son with spina bifida, who needs special attention. Blaming herself Ruby sinks into a depression and Jenny, to Sister Evangelina's disapproval,takes on childcare duties. However the offer of a place in a home for physically disabled children makes the young couple face up to their responsibility.
Jessica Raine as Jennifer Lee
Vanessa Redgrave as the voice of Mature Jenny
Helen George as Beatrix Franklin
Bryonny Hannah as Cynthia Miller
Leanne Rowe as Ruby Roberts
Dorothy Atkinson as Jane Sutton
Jason Watkins as Reverend Applebee-Thornton
Cliff Parisi as Frederick Buckle
Jamie Thomas King as Douglas Roberts
Jennifer Aries as Joyce
Songs featured Edit
#1 Douglas: "She's turned her back on my flesh and blood."
#2 Ruby: "If I held him, I think I might die with the sadness. Why did they save him?"
Jenny: "Life is never without hope."
#3 Jane: "I’ve been scared as long as I can remember. I used to sit bolt upright in bed and scream. My parents sent me away. Life for me is full of fear but I want you to know that I really wanted to come to the dance with you but I was too scared."
#4 Rev. Applebee-Thornton: "It was in the silences at the dinner table that I felt my parents’ hatred for each other, so I grew accustomed to filling them. I talk so that I won’t know what the silence holds."
#5 Mature Jenny: "It had been the biggest gamble of Douglas’ life, but the dividends paid were high, and beautiful. The Roberts’ baby defied all odds and thrived beautifully."