Fred finds her shoes sat in the snow by the docks, while her habit and wimple are found in a bin on Commercial Road. He is ordered to undergo hormone treatment, and the couple are despised and shunned by neighbours. Cathy's sister wants the police to take action against the practitioner, but there proves to be little that they can do. In return for his revelation, she reveals to him her own struggles with alcoholism. Christopher says his ex-wife is just bitter, but even so, Trixie wants to repair her image. It is later revealed that her reluctance to give birth is because she knows that the child will be dark-skinned, the result of a brief affair. Sister Evangelina finally seeks help for pains which have been troubling her for some time.
Turner arrives by train with a large tin of mince pies in hand and Sister Julienne greets her with a warm and grateful hug. Fiercely independent, she refuses to move to a care home, even when ordered by the courts. As he pounds on the door, Trixie is showing off the little black dress her godmother bought her in Paris. Cynthia, now Sister Mary Cynthia, returns to Nonnatus House. Motivated by his visit to the orphanage, Fred collects some discarded toys with the intention to fix them up for the children who have so little. But there is bad news for the midwives as Nonnatus House is earmarked for demolition. After some initial difficulties fitting in, Jenny's first assigned expectant mother is Conchita Warren, a Spanish woman who does not understand English and already has a huge family.
Barbara, Patsy, Fred and a host of children head out on a red double decker to see the Christmas lights in central London. The first episode also takes a hard look at an issue which will be a recurring one this season: abortion, which was illegal in the United Kingdom until the Abortion Act of 1967. They find the health of the patients severely threatened by a dwindling and dirty water supply, and must try to convince a local land-owner with a grudge against the establishment to allow a new life-saving pipeline to run across his farm. Sister Bernadette comes to a decision about her feelings for Dr Turner. Shelagh and Fred want to bring holiday cheer to the orphanage, too. Patrick agrees that they have plenty and they are always expanding. As their different perspectives on the matter bubble up to the surface and spill over into a super awkward luncheon, Sister Mildred chimes in to remind the Sisters that the struggle between their personal desires in the world and the things that are demanded by them from a higher calling is a part of who they are and should be embraced.
At the hospital, Jimmy has been readmitted. Tom and Barbara return to Poplar. The baby is four weeks early, but the delivery goes smoothly. The death of a local man leads Sister Julienne to discover a dark history of emotional, physical and sexual abuse that have split the family. There they hold a well-attended oral polio vaccination clinic. Christmas is a sad time for her, having lost her only little girl at four months years ago — and her pain is closer this year, when her niece gives birth to two perfect twins. The last memory Lena has of her brother is of him holding the hand of a kind Nonnatan — Sister Julienne — while the bus taking her to the Mother House pulled away.
Handling the case of a single mother helps Trixie come to terms with the fact that boyfriend Christopher wishes to take their relationship further. Let's take a look back at this eventful episode. The next day, Mabel was brought in with broken ribs and a black eye, and Anthea had run away. Phyllis helps a mother who is desperate to escape her violent husband. For better and for worse at times, Jenny has dominated the series.
No numbers need apply; you are dismissed, thank you very much. Inspired by an expectant mother with very poor dental hygiene, Dr Turner spearheads a programme to improve the teeth of the borough's residents, during which Trixie is introduced to handsome dentist Christopher Dockerill. The vote is in and the new Mother Superior is… Sister Mildred! Valerie is horrified to discover that her beloved grandmother Elsie is an illegal abortionist. Do-lang, do-lang, do-lang… When Nadine tells Trixie about her love for her new baby, Trixie sighs, some people spend their whole life waiting for a love like that. An elderly couple who have not been apart since the war must face separation when one is diagnosed with cancer. Unable to cope with the revelation or to go through with her wedding, she unsuccessfully attempts suicide, but ultimately finds support from her family and her understanding fiancé. Meanwhile, Fred has acquired a pig and plans to make money by selling its bacon, but he soon discovers the pig is pregnant and can no longer bring himself to raise it for food.
Neither can the results from the tests she had a St. Sister Julienne Jenny Agutter interrupts the preparations to inform the other nuns that the head of their order, Mother Jesu Emanuel is dying. Trixie admits that she is an alcoholic and joins an alcoholic support group with the help of Sister Mary Cynthia. Meanwhile, Trixie and Cynthia deal with the case of a woman in her forties who is upset at having become pregnant comparatively late in life, even though her husband is delighted at the prospect. It drives us forwards, upwards, to our knees in prayer.
As soon as the women find themselves together again, they receive unfortunate news from the motherhouse informing them that their Mother Superior, Sister Jesu Emmanuel, has fallen ill with a brain tumor. They care for the desperately unwell nun, who is refusing to be taken to hospital. Her Sisters caution her that they must obediently go where they are called to which Winifred defiantly responds that there is a difference between going where they are called by God and doing what they are told by human beings. Violet stands for election to the borough council but is disappointed by Fred's lack of support. In Episode 1 we meet Arnold and Ruth Gelin. Elsewhere, shopkeeper Annabelle Apsion is running a betting pool on whether the country will welcome a new prince or princess. You may recall she left for Italy after a drinking relapse.