Last night @swearronchanel and I were talking about how our perceptions of Phyllis, and how Phyllis herself, have changed from Series 4 to Series 6, and it led me think about the 2 scenes in the screenshots above.
In episode 4.4, Phyllis Crane was still the new nurse™ and she came across very efficient, but extremely blunt. In the above scene we see an interaction between Shelagh and Phyllis that was quite brusk. Shelagh is filling Phyllis on patients and Phylis tells basically tells her to leave the nursing to the nurses. I remember watching that scene and being ready to fight Phyllis because like how can you be mean to Shelagh she’s such a precious angel. but I digress.
Something that I really love about Call the Midwife is that the characters are all flawed, but also undergo a lot of character growth throughout each series. None of the characters are stagnant, which is something that happens often on television shows I think. Phyllis Crane is no exception, and obviously neither is Shelagh.
From series 4 to series 6, Phyllis and Shelagh’s relationship has changed A LOT. When Phyllis first arrived, she didn’t Shelagh, or her story. She didn’t know that Shelagh was the once one of the most accomplished midwives at Nonnatus. Phyllis was just trying to do her job, and I think she was also trying to leave the emotions out of her work. Throughout series 4 and 5 we saw more interactions between these two nurses, and we actually got to see their relationship change. They went from brusk interactions to being family, just like everyone else at Nonnatus. We never saw Phyllis’s reaction to finding out Shelagh used to be a nun (althought I wsih we did… still salty about it), but I would imagine that when Phyllis found out, her perceptions of Shelagh definitely changed. Phyllis begins to show more respect for Shelagh, and they’re on a more even playing field. Rather than “do your job so the nurses can do ours” its “lets figure out this problem together.” And then, we have the holy grail of Shelagh and Phyllis scenes, in episode 6.8, where Phyllis brings Shelagh into the kitchen to comfort her. In this scene, I think we see just how much admiration Phyllis has for Shelagh, and how respectful the women are of each other now, and I think that’s pretty amazing.
Okay so I have written a few text messages between the characters because I felt like it. This is not an actual chapter, I just wanted to have some fun and this happened. It is very long so I had to add the “keep reading” part. I hope you like it, if you don’t I won’t do them again. This is just a test of sorts.
2. What’s your most recent fic and how far do you think you’ve come?
I think that’s Fangs and Fur and Claws (and Crystal) which I’m collabing with a friend. We wrote 4 chapters so far, which is rad…. but not nearly close enough to what I wsih it was. (I just want to get to the gaaaaay)
3. In your opinion, what’s your best fic?
I’m gonna say Sharing is Caring because that’s a fic that manages to be both one of my faves and actually objectively well written in my opinion
4. In your opinion and without looking at any numbers, what’s your most popular fic?
I don’t even have to look at the numbers I’m pretty certain that’s There’s A Beast On My Skin And It’s Looking For You. Hell I wrote it like four years ago and I still get asks every once in a while asking for a sequel (someone else wrote a sequel with my permission actually, a pretty well written one too.) (personally I’m pretty meh about this fic but it’s a popular trope about popular pairings so I get why people like it.)