“My dear, love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.” – Dowager Countess
It’s been months and months since the last episode — well, at least more than two months according to Mary’s estimation of when Shrimpie and Susan should have returned from India. And Rose has just finished up the shortest engagement ever — once again off-screen. She’s sticking with Atticus (because they’re just right together, you know), but it’s very clear he’s the right choice. Lucky for Rose he’s such a dishy Prince Charming…and that she’s part of the Fantastic Four when “racy” photos arrive from after the stag party in his hotel room. He may have been duped, but he’s smart enough to marry Rose in spite of her mother.
Susan’s behavior is so appalling it’s not worth my time repeating. All I have to say about her is whatever sympathy I may have had for her as a woman that Christmas at Duneagle is gone. Now that she’s been separated from everyone it’s clear her troubles are her own and not brought on by others as she claims. She’s certainly made her own choices without taking into consideration anyone else’s advise or feelings. I suspect that not only was she the loneliest person at Rose’s reception, but that she also has far lonelier days to come.
Speaking of Susan and her troubles…WHERE IS O’BRIEN??? Continue reading
Sparks fly when Mama Bear finds out her cub has been pregnant, born her another grandchild and been grieving for her fiancé. Cora finally gets the truth about Edith…from Mrs. Drew. Whoops.
But then it’s game on. It’s an all-girl Team Crawley off to London in search of Edith and a mission to restore her to the fold. Forget society. Let’s get this girl — and grandchild — home. The audacity of Edith to abuse Mrs. Drew made her all the things she whines about Mary calling her. Put Edith side by side with someone like Baxter for a minute. Edith is a snob about the truth of her situation, full of self-pity rather than taking responsibility for her own actions. She’s the one who wrote to the Turkish ambassador…what does she expect from Mary or from her own life? Just when I start feeling sorry for her she goes and feels it all for herself. That poor Marigold is back at a strange hotel being babysat by random strangers instead of Edith or Mrs. Drew. Hardly sounds jolly to me. Continue reading
“Oh, it is you. I thought it was a man wearing your clothes.” – Dowager Countess
Fashion enthusiasts everywhere simultaneously squealed with delight this week as Lady Mary stepped off the cover of a magazine and claimed her bob. However, her character is unfashionably wearing her season one attitude, so overall she’s a draw.
“Will this cover it?” she says to her hairdresser. Would he tell her if it didn’t? Is Lady Mary a good tipper? Do the shop folk in London see her as a country bumpkin? Inquiring minds want to know. I’m sorely tempted to start saying that every time I pay for something, you know, so people can feel they’re truly in the presence of poshness. Lucky shopkeepers. Continue reading
“Shall I have a bed made up for you here or are you going to tell me now?” ~ Dowager Countess
Rosamund’s returned to Downton to straighten out Edith (again), but her heart is only sort of in the right place. She and Granny share the fear of scandal at heart. It hides under the guise of “good of the family” but what could be good for the family about giving up a beautiful little girl? It’s high time Cora knew the truth. And Mrs. Hughes. The episode closes with Edith using Mr. Carson’s phone to make a trunk call…to whom? And even better, who will overhear? If only Mr. Drew had let his wife in on the truth, his plan would have been very nearly perfect.
Isobel still hasn’t answered Lord Merton. What are we waiting for? Continue reading
Granny grabs gal-pal Isobel and sneaks off to the soup kitchen to determine the real story of the Russian ex-pats and Prince Kuragin. Does she doubt their story? Does she suspect other motives in his reappearance in her life? Or is she twenty-something all over again and terribly curious about the life of the charming prince? Regardless, she discovers the truth of their situation and determines to step in and get the missing Princess found.
Molesley may be back on his white horse, but he’s slipping again. Hopefully Baxter has the patience to continue to help him understand the concept of grace. Now that her own issues are settled, she’s free to exercise forgiveness and as it happens, even try to help Thomas. Thomas is back from his day trip to London (for typically nefarious purposes, we assume). And then we see the syringe. And then there’s the magazine article. I jump to the conclusion that Thomas has become an addict. But Baxter knows more and senses the truth…he’s ill and trying to treat himself. It’s hard not to feel sorry for Thomas. We need Lady Sybil to come back and nurse him. Continue reading
So, Mary. Where are all your sketches?
Tony & Mary’s weekend special turns out to be almost a week of being seen together all over Cheshire. None other than Spratt himself comes to Liverpool just in time to see them depart the hotel together. But nobody knows, right? The smashing good fun is watching Granny’s mini-stroke when Spratt tells her. Paging Dr. Clarkson! The composure it takes to come up with such an adequate lie so quickly and deliver it so sweetly…the woman is a diabolical genius. Granny manages to actually turn it around so that Spratt feels embarrassed for even knowing about it, and when Mary arrives for a little chat, Granny slides behind Spratt to let him ask Mary how Liverpool was. My sides still hurt from laughing at Mary’s turn to have a mini-stroke. Almost makes up for the nausea I had watching Mary use Tony like he’s a dish towel. Just wait till she throws over Tony, and he goes (unknowingly) to Sir Richard Carlisle seeking retribution for it. I predict that Mary will be taking the same boat to America as Tom. Continue reading
I hope you’re keeping up with technology. Things keep changing so much over the decades, so here’s a handy-dandy guide to keep you from getting confused:
British radio, or “thief of life” = Wireless
Having no wire = Wireless
Cellular phone or broadband = Wireless
Phew. That’s much better.
A few days ago I was watching a different period show where the characters started talking about “getting their mojo back.” One of the things I love most about Downton Abbey is the beautiful attention to detail in every aspect of production. It’s like Ralph Lauren’s philosophy that we get to hear every week before the show is taken straight from the production team. It’s not something that happens very often, and I just had to give kudos where they were due. Continue reading