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‘Downton Abbey’ s5e8 – ‘The big parade’s passed by’ but the show goes on

1 Mar

“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

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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’ 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’ 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

‘Downton Abbey’ s4e4 – Higher & holier

3 Feb

“I don’t accept there is any shame in this.  You’re not spoiled.  You’re made higher to me, and holier because of the suffering you have been put through.” – Bates

It’s finally Bates’ turn.  This is his episode for heartbreak, detective work, and the beginning of his journey toward justice…or revenge.  The husband rises alone in his no longer cozy cottage, Anna rises alone in her attic room in the Abbey, and the two who have fought so hard to be one are now living their lives separately.  And Bates still has no idea why.  His grief drives him to eavesdrop on Anna’s conversation with Mrs. Hughes and threaten to quit and leave forever if Mrs. Hughes doesn’t tell him what’s happened.  If he didn’t care so much for Anna, he would not have gone to so much trouble.  Or have been so devastated by the truth she had to relate…and the lie. Continue reading

‘Downton Abbey’ s4e2 – ‘Viewer discretion is advised’

19 Jan

Downton Abbey is “back at full strength” with a big house party of people ready to make an impression.  The coronets have been dusted off, and the white ties are out in force.  What a shame we didn’t get to follow the ladies into London for their wardrobe shopping trip before the big event!  These are some snazzy rags.

Too bad all the people who arrive are not as snazzy on the inside.

But we’ll get to that later.  This is a “parental guidance suggested” episode…and so is this blog post.

Mastermind Edna is using her Jedi mind tricks on Tom…and once again it’s working.  Slightly terrified they’re going to work.  Or they already have.

“You understand me, don’t you?” ~ Tom

Ewww. Continue reading

‘Downton Abbey’ s4ep1 – A time of mourning

11 Jan

It’s 1922, and we’re rejoining the Crawley family six months after the death of Matthew.  No funeral.  No grieving.  Just a very dark-colored episode touching on bits and pieces of mourning.

O’Brien takes her bangs and exits on the sly in the middle of the night.  Wait.  What?  The woman who sugar-coats everything, and blames others for what she did wrong, and owes Cora A LOT just shoves off with no warning, no notice?  This blogger wonders if maybe the past six months have fed her fears that Thomas is no longer the only one who knows her secret.  Did she choose disloyalty over sticking around until the truth comes out?  Will she someday return to the show?  Better the O’Brien we know than the Edna we don’t.

The moment with the tombstone carvers was one of only two moments of real grief we were allowed to participate in.  It was short, but very beautiful…a simple, un-preachy reminder of our loss, and a small stab in the Dowager’s heart as she’s reminded of the reality of her family’s tragic losses.  You can’t make what that tombstone means go away. Continue reading