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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 Recap- Series 4, Episode 1

I’ve decided to write recaps of the previous night’s Downton Abbey episode.  These posts contain spoilers, read at your risk if you haven’t seen the episodes.

Upstairs

The main plot point of this episode is mourning, especially for Mary and Isobel. It’s been six months since Matthew’s death and both are clinging to their grief.  Robert thinks the best way to help Mary is to wrap her in emotional bubble wrap, while Tom is eager for Mary to join him in the running of the estate.  Violet’s goal is to help Isobel return to her life, using Isobel’s causes as the method to bring her out grief.

While Mary and Isobel are lost in their grief, Edith and Rose are living it up. Edith is still with Michael Gregson, commuting between Downton and London. He proposes that they marry, but he must find another country that will allow him a divorce.  Rose is a typical teenager, complete with a bedroom strewn with magazines, music playing and a penchant for wanting a good time. She begs Anna to come with her to a local tea dance. Upon entering the establishment, Rose hides that she is a niece of the house to blend in with the rest of the working class patrons.

Downstairs

The kitchen has received a blender. Daisy and Ivy are thrilled, Mrs. Patmore is scared that her job maybe in jeopardy.

The love quadrangle of Jimmy/Ivy/Alfred/Daisy continues.

O’Brien has left for another job during the middle of the night, leaving Cora  without a ladies maid. Evil Edna, who was fired during the series 3 finale takes the position and starts trouble.

Thomas starts trouble (but what else is new)?

Caron’s former acting partner is in the workhouse. He wants nothing to do with him, but Mrs. Hughes and Isobel step in help.

Mr. Molesley is out of a job after Matthew’s death and hard pressed to find work.

Analysis

The wait was worth it.  It was an incredible season opener.  Julian Fellows has hit it over the park again.

Michelle Dockery deserves an Emmy,  A Golden Globe,  some sort of award for last night’s episode.  If this is Mary’s story arc and we only saw the first episode, the rest of the series will be incredible.

Kudos to the costume department. Laura Carmichael’s beaded dress is absolutely stunning. What a transformation from the dowdy, forgotten middle sister to a woman who is choosing  her own destiny and not afraid to show it.

Dowager Moment/Quote Of The Week

Violet: You must choose life or death?

Mary: You think I should choose life?

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