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S05E02 is the second episode of the fifth series and the 36th episode overall of Call the Midwife. It originally aired on 24 January 2016 in the UK.


Sister Evangelina's vocal opposition to mothers using formula milk causes a young woman who is unable to breastfeed to doubt her abilities as a mother and places her baby in danger through dehydration. In the aftermath of the incident Sister Evangelina asks to temporarily leave Nonnatus House to spend time with an enclosed order. Barbara is caught between an expectant mother and her husband, who is accused of being workshy. When it is discovered that he is actually terminally ill, his wife begs to have her baby induced before her husband dies. Phyllis develops feelings for a man she met at an evening class, drives him on a country outing, but is shocked to find that he has concealed from her that he has a wife with dementia.


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Stella Beckett
Connie Manley
Marjorie Smith


Songs featured[]

  • I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline
  • Quizás, Quizás, Quizás by Nat King Cole


  • Fred and Violet Buckle do not appear in this episode.
  • The character of Sally is played by Nicky Goldie, who would later go on to be cast as Aunt Flo.


"Soup's a loose term. I make something hot and wet for the poor devils." - Tom to Barbara after she asks him about making soup for the tramps every night.

"I'm sorry Sister but you have such influence. Please take care how you use it." - Sister Mary Cynthia to Sister Evangelina regarding Connie Manley's refusal to use formula.

"I need to be somewhere where the only being I can speak to is a higher one. I've got so wrapped up in my work, I've forgotten my calling. To be a vessel for God, to do His work. I've got to start listening again. Connie tried to tell me she couldn't breastfeed. I thought I knew best. My way or no way. We both know how I am. I'm all mouth. And He knows that too." - Sister Evangelina explaining to Sister Julienne why wishes to spend time with an enclosed order.


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