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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” 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’ 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

‘Downton Abbey’ s4e3 – ‘Honesty is the best policy’

3 Feb

My heart broke all over again as Anna walked so slowly across the opening shot.  She’s not the same woman, and maybe I’m not the same Downton Abbey viewer.  Since there’s no going back, my greatest hope is for justice for her…and it cannot happen too soon.

She accidentally seats herself next to Green (her attacker) at breakfast and then launches away from the table to her chores.  She won’t let Bates touch her, won’t tell any of the Crawleys when they ask after her, and she blames herself for what’s happened.  I love Mrs. Hughes’ counsel with all of my heart…

“I wish you would decide that honesty is the best policy.” – Mrs. Hughes Continue reading