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‘Downton Abbey’ s5e7 – Isis finally sees the vet

1 Mar

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

“Downton Abbey” s5e6 – “Pola Negri comes to Downton”

22 Feb

“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

‘Downton Abbey’ s5e5 – “Golly, what a night!” is right

8 Feb

“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

‘Downton Abbey’ s5e4 – Ghastly people, jolly proposals and the Battle of the Little Minx

1 Feb

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

‘Downton Abbey’ s5e3 – Paging Dr. Clarkson

25 Jan

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

‘Downton Abbey’ s5e2 – Widowed future countesses just wanna have fun

18 Jan

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

‘Picture Shows & Petticoats’ DAs5e1 – The one where Elizabeth is Latin…or Irish

14 Jan

‘Downton Abbey’ s5e1 – Is Molesley Latin? Or Irish?

13 Jan

With most other tv shows, the time between seasons means awkward new hairdos and a very different look to the characters when a new season resumes, even if no time at all has gone by in their fictional world. But though it’s been almost a year since we were last at Downton, once again the transition to a new season is absolutely flawless. It’s like we never left. I love this show. Continue reading

Happy OETA Day

28 Apr

Today was OETA’s annual day at the state capitol, and I’m so pleased I was able to attend for the first time with Elizabeth.  The OETA staff was extremely welcoming and gracious.  If you’re not following them on both tv stations and social media, you’re missing out!  There were so many children who showed up to hang out with the OETA Kids characters, but there was plenty other fun for grown-up fans like us.  We love and support our local PBS!

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‘Picture Shows & Petticoats’ ep22 – The one where I am #TeamMary

22 Feb

Also known as ‘The one in which I can’t remember the name of An Ideal Husband.’  For shame.

‘Downton Abbey’ s4e7 – ‘A desire of suitors’ (edited)

22 Feb

“All life is a series of problems which we must try and solve…until at last we die… Why don’t you get us an ice cream?” – Granny, Dowager Countess, cheerer of souls

So now all of the sudden Edith has taken an interest in Mary and Tom and the estate management…right. I find it hilarious that she’s suddenly out on business with them, but also think it’s high time she got interested in being part of the family and that which concerns them and keeps them fed and together.

It’s possible that Edith may have developed a case of “baby brain.” Now that Edith has decided to keep her baby and can’t live without it in her life, she’s also decided from just this one brief encounter that this tenant farmer is so trustworthy he would not only take her baby but let her come and go from his farm all she wants to see it and never tell a single soul. But Aunt Rosamund (finally) has a big plan to go away to the Continent for several months to “learn French.” But as Granny says, “If [Rosamund] wishes to be understood by a foreigner, she shouts.” In about two shakes, Granny does the math and holds a High Inquisition, I mean, luncheon for Rosamund and Edith. GRANNY KNOWS will be our next t-shirt. Continue reading

‘Picture Shows & Petticoats’ ep21 – The one with scrambled eggs

19 Feb

Do yourself a favor and fast forward to start at 1:10…that’s where this episode actually begins.