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Downton Abbey Recap Series 5 Episode 7: Daisy The Rebel, Edith’s Secret Is Out (Sort Of) & Wedding Bells Will Be Ringing

As usual, this post contains spoilers from this weekends episode. Read at your own risk if you have not seen the episode.

Upstairs

It has been confirmed that wedding bells will be ringing twice. Isobel has accepted Lord Merton’s proposal. While the rest of the family is thrilled, Violet admits that she will miss Isobel’s company with a slight tear in her eye. Dare I say that she has become accustomed to her face? For a recently engaged couple, Lord Merton and Isobel are rather staid, but considering the period, it’s rather acceptable. The biggest hurdle that Isobel will face is her future stepsons. They are just as pleasant and gentleman like are they were the last time we saw them, when Larry insulted Tom and got him drunk the night before Mary and Matthew’s wedding.

Rose and Atticus are engaged. Atticus’s mother likes Rose, but his father is not so keen on having a gentile daughter in law.

Poor Isis has cancer and is slowly dying. Robert seems to be paying more attention to his dying dog than his missing daughter. He also insists on bringing guests in when Edith is still missing. Father of the year, he is not.

Tom is considering moving to Boston. He contemplates the idea with Sybbie as they drop twigs into the river.  It was a sweet father/daughter moment, one that we do not see too often.

Mabel Lane Fox, Tony Gillingham and Charles Blake are all at the house. Mabel is still quite attached to Tony and Mary, is well Mary is talking to Charles Blake about his trip to Poland. It seems that Tony has finally understood that Mary is not going to walk up the aisle with him anytime soon.

Rosamund and Violet tell Cora the truth about Edith. Cora, quite rightly, tells her mother in law and sister in law that they need to let Edith make her own decision in regards to her child.  Rosamund and Cora find Edith in London at the publishing house that Edith has inherited from her late married boyfriend/ baby daddy. In order to prevent a public ruckus, Edith agrees to meet her mother and aunt at a local tea house. Just when you think the entire truth will be revealed, it will not be revealed. Cora suggests that they tell the family that the Drewes are unable to care for Marigold for financial reasons and Edith is stepping in to help. Cora and Edith even go so far as to have Mr. Drewe travel with Marigold to the next station when they get to Downton station and they see Mary waiting for the next train to London. Honestly, if this child grows up to be a normal adult, I will be surprised, considering her first few years of life.

There is still no word of the fate of Princess Kuragin. I suspect that this story line will not end just yet. After years of endless insults against Edith, Violet finally tells Mary to be quiet. About bloody time.

Downstairs

Things are peaceful (for now) in the Bates household as we did not see the police sniffing around, looking for more clues into the death of Mr. Green. I suspect this little pocket of sunshine will not last.

Daisy has become quite the little rebel. She rattles on and on about the Labour government and how the lower classes are getting the short end of the stick. Who knew that the mousy teenager whose only lines in the first few episodes of the first series were “Yes, Mrs. Patmore” or “No, Mrs. Patmore” would take up the cause of politics?

Thomas was Thomas this week, without the drugs in his system. As was Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson.

Mr. Mason invited Daisy, Miss Baxter and Mr. Molesley to his farm house for a meal. Miss Baxter and Mr. Molesley are quickly becoming my favorite downstairs couple. Can we get these two together already?

While we did not see Miss Denker this episode, Spratt put in his notice, claiming that Miss Denker cannot be trained. I don’t think she needs to be trained, Spratt needs to remember that he is simply the hired help.

Analysis

We are third to the last episode to the end of this series. My favorite storyline so far has been Edith. I hope we will go from #PoorEdith to #GoodForYouEdith.

Dowager Quote Of The Week

“He is a man. Men don’t have rights”.

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Downton Abbey Series 5 Episode 5 Recap: Mr Bricker Crosses The Line, Mrs. Patmore Is An Heiress and Rose Has A New Boyfriend

As usual, these recaps contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you have not seen the episode.

Upstairs

The gloves are off between Mary and Mabel Lane Fox (Catherine Steadman). Mabel is still not over Mary stealing Tony Gillingham from her, even though Mary has still not changed her mind about ending the relationship with Tony. The person in the middle is Charles Blake. If I were Charles, I would get out of the way, other he might get scratched when these two lionesses fight over the coveted king of the jungle.

Rose has a new potential boyfriend. She meets Atticus Alderidge (Matt Barber) when he helps her with her bags on a rainy day. They walk to the church where the Russian Refugees are spending their days. Mr. Alderidge is the great-grandson of Russian-Jewish refugees who left Odessa after a series of pogroms in 1859 and 1871.  Rose is not phased by the fact that some of the Russian refugees carried their anti-Jewish prejudices with them when they left Russia. Between the African-American Jazz singer last season and a Jewish man this season, Rose is quite the progressive young lady.

Tom has finally said goodbye to Miss Bunting (did I say finally? 🙂 ).  Rabble rouser that she is, Daisy tells Tom that Sarah loves him, but she is leaving Downton.  Tom sees Sarah off and tells her that he is part of the family. Now that she is hopefully gone, I feel kind of sorry for her. If she loved Tom as she said she did, it didn’t show.

Simon Bricker crossed the line, a la, Mr. Pamuk entering Mary’s room in season 1.  While Robert is away for the evening, Mr. Bricker enters Robert and Cora’s bedroom professing his love for her, wearing his night clothes. Then Robert enters and gives Mr. Bricker his just desserts. As someone who has done Muy Thai Kickboxing for nearly two years, I congratulate Robert on his jab. It was truly spectacular.   Mr. Bricker left the next morning like a dog with a tail between it’s legs. Maybe Robert will now learn to appreciate his wife.

Rosamund is visiting Downton for a week. When Rosamund comes, trouble is not too far behind. Edith brings Rosamund to the Drewes to introduce her to Marigold. Mr. Drewe all but threatens to move away and take Marigold with  him.  Then Rosamund and Violet reenact a conversation that easily could have been part of a Golden Girls rerun. Rosamund accuses her mother of becoming rude in her old age. Rosamund makes the suggestion to Edith of taking her daughter, putting her in a school in France and visiting every once in a while. Rosamund is starting to sound like Lady Russell from Persuasion. Listening to her godmother instead of following her own intuition didn’t help Anne and I have feeling that while Rosamund has her niece’s best interest at heart, I think Edith should make the decisions about her life.

Violet has pit Dr. Clarkson against Lord Merton. The prize (as much as I dislike to say it) is Isobel. Isobel has not yet made up her mind about Lord Merton’s proposal from last weekend’s episode. Violet is playing a dangerous game, taking on the role of Emma to Isobel’s Harriet. As anyone who has ever read Emma knows, when one plays matchmaker, one better be prepared for an unexpected outcome.

Downstairs

Daisy’s lessons with Miss Bunting have ended now that Miss Bunting is on the way out. But I have a feeling that lessons that Daisy learned go beyond the school books.

Mrs. Patmore is an heiress. An elderly childless aunt has left her a little bit of money. After consulting with Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, she decides to invest in a cottage. Good for her, setting up a nest egg for retirement is always a good choice.

Thomas is looking more and more like a drug addict. Miss Baxter tries to help, but I don’t think even her intervention will help.  Mr. Molesley is convinced that Miss Baxter is a pawn and innocent. I wouldn’t mind seeing them together, they both deserve a little happiness.

The police once more swirl around Anna and Bates. Anna is questioned by the police. There is talk of a potential baby Bates in the future. I wouldn’t mind a baby Bates.

Analysis

While the British with their stiff upper lips and the centuries of tradition (especially among the upper classes) are not known for being emotional, it was nice to see a little emotion. Whether it was Robert decking Mr. Bricker or Mabel Lane Fox taking the proverbial gloves off, I enjoyed this episode.

Dowager Moment Of The Week

While there is no specific quote, I kept thinking of Emma as I watched Violet play matchmaker with Isobel. Is there “Badly done, Violet” moment coming up in one of the next few episodes?

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Downton Abbey Series 4 Episode 6 Recap

*-As usual, these recaps contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you haven’t seen Episode 6.

Upstairs

Can we talk about Mary and Charles Blake in the mud and then eating scrambled eggs, which she made?  That was a rom-com setup if I ever saw one, especially with the pig man conveniently not around when he is needed.  A part of me says that any man that Evelyn Napier, who tepidly attempted to tell Mary that he is attracted to her,  brings to Downton and attracts Mary’s attention should come with a warning sign.  However, Charles Blake is smart, attractive and realistic and he has a Benedict and Beatrice relationship with her.  And of course just as we think that Mary and Charles Blake might be going somewhere, Anthony Gillingham returns and dodges the question about his off screen fiance. Did we honestly think that Julian Fellows would let us off that easily?

Robert has to go to America to bail out Cora’s brother. We all know why Hugh Bonneville wasn’t seen for the rest of the episode. He is in Monuments Men, which I hope to see very soon.

Do you remember that childhood rhyme about the kissing couple? Rose and Jack, sitting in a boat, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes an explanation about why her parents have biracial grandchild.   She also does the walk of shame and evades Rosamund’s questions about why she really in London. Wasn’t there a little movie called Titanic about a doomed couple called Jack and Rose on a boat? I don’t think this will end well.

I like the changes in both Edith and Rosamund’s characters. Rosamund, who previously was Downton’s resident Yenta, promised Edith her complete support, even if it meant a scandal.

Edith, over the past four seasons has grown from an angry, hurting and vindictive young woman to a mature woman who must make some real life altering decisions. The kudos goes to both Laura Carmichael and Julian Fellows, as both performer and writer to show the audience how this character has grown.  The decision on whether or not to abort her pregnancy just broke my heart.

Some have used the story line as a platform for their pro-life views.  The way I see it, Julian Fellows did not use Edith’s decision as a platform to share his opinion on abortion as either pro-life or pro-choice.  I don’t think a recap of a television show is the right place to share one view’s on this topic.  However, I will say that the decision she made was the  one she thought was best for her, her future and the fetus that will become her child.

That being said, let’s go down a to a lighter topic.  Isobel plays Florence Nightingale to  Violet, who does not want to show her son that she is sick. Forced to go to the political event alone, Tom briefly meets a young woman who might become the next Mrs. Tom Branson?

Downstairs

Bates does not want to go America with Lord Grantham, still worried about his emotionally fragile wife.  Mary convinces her father to bring Thomas instead. While in America, Thomas gives Baxter the task of reporting back to him the reason that he and not Bates was to go to America.

Alfred returns for a visit and Daisy and Ivy are back to the same old argument. Am I the only one who is tired of this?

With the return of Lord Gillingham, comes his valet. While the rest of the downstairs, is laughing, Mrs. Hughes and Bates are both sending death stares toward Mr. Green.  Elsie “Mama Bear” Hughes is back,  not afraid to face Anna’s rapist.

Analysis

Julian Fellows continues to surprise us.  Not only with the decision for Edith to keep the pregnancy going, but also for the scene between Mary and Charles Blake in the pig pen. We haven’t seen that kind of smile from Mary since last series, before Matthew died.  We’re coming to the end of the series, I have a feeling that Julian Fellows has a few more tricks up his sleeve.

Dowager Moment/ Line Of The Week

“Goody, goody.” Violet, playing a game of Gin Rummy with Violet after spending the last few days in bed. Tempered, but still Violet.

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Downton Abbey Series 4 Episode 5 Recap

*-Recap contains spoilers. Read at your own risk if you have not seen the episode.

Upstairs

Edith is pregnant. That’s right, she’s got a bun in the oven, going to join her sisters in the state of motherhood. And Michael is still conveniently still missing.  I’m not one to point fingers, but wasn’t it Edith who used the s-word against her sister in the first series after the Pamuk incident?

Speaking of Mary, Evelyn Napier has brought his boss, Charles Blake  (Julian Ovenden) to Downton. Their relationship can only be defined as Beatrice and Benedict like. Anyone well versed in the rules of rom-coms can predict where this is going. Lord Gillingham who?

Isobel and Violet are back to their Odd Couple ways (Do I smell a spinoff?) In an effort to prove that young Mr. Pegg did not steal from the Dowager, Isobel goes to her house and pretending to be tired, does a little sleuthing (Another sequel, perhaps, Isobel Crawley, Mistress Sleuth). She finds what was conveniently was thought to be stolen.

The surprise for Robert’s birthday is to bring Jack Ross and his band. Not surprisingly, Rose was found with Jack after dinner making out in the servants dining hall.  Sybil’s relationship with Tom has nothing on Rose’s teenage rebellion and her relationship with Jack.

There was the inevitable awwww moment when George and Sybbie were brought into the nursery after the discussion between Mary, Isobel and Tom about their lost loves.  It was a simple, sweet scene that Julian does not often put in, but is appreciated when it is part of the show.

Robert has to go America to rescue Cora’s brother Harold from a scandal.  Welcome to America.

Downstairs

Carson looked as if he might burst, not only when Jack enters the servant’s dining, but when Jack has the gall to sit in his chair at the head of the table.  He tried to be polite, but you knew he wasn’t happy.

Anna and John go to a nice restaurant for dinner, but the hoity toity matrei’d denies them a table, despite making a reservation.  That is until Cora conveniently puts her two cents and they get a table.

Jimmy has become Mr. Willoughby, or Gaston, whichever floats your boat. Either way, he went from merely cocky to a jerk. Good for Ivy, standing up for herself.

One of the candidates who made it in the training program in London dropped out, so Alfred is off the London. Daisy rages while Molesley finally does something sensible and accepts the footman position.

And finally,  Baxter or O’Brien 2.5, despite receiving a warning from Cora that her conversation with Mary about Anna does not leave that room, goes to Thomas with the details of the conversation.

Analysis 

Edith’s pregnancy was not the big shocker that I thought it would be.  It wasn’t that hard to predict.   Charles Blake seems to be another Matthew in the early moments with Mary. Is Julian Fellows setting a pattern of Mary’s romantic partners?

Did anyone else notice the not too subtle wink wink nudge nudge to Elizabeth McGovern’s  professional past? The line about Ragtime music towards the end of the episode. Back in the day, she played Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime.

Dowager Moment/Line Of The Week

Isobel: How you hate to be wrong.
Countess Violet: I wouldn’t know. I’m not familiar with the sensation.

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