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Downton Abbey Series 4 Episode 2 Recap

As usual, this recap contains spoilers.  If you have not seen the episode, read at your own risk.

Upstairs

Edith brings Michael to meet her parents and hopes to receive approval on their relationship. Robert’s lack of money and business acumen comes into play once again when he nearly loses the estate in a card game and Michael has to bail him out.

Half listening to Carson, Robert agrees that Dame Nellie Melba (Kiri Te Kanawa), who is coming to perform should dine with the servants.  Cora rightly calls him out on his error.

Robert is a nice guy, but for the rest of his life, to keep his wife and family happy he should do two things.  Every time Cora makes a suggestion, the only words he should say in response is “yes, dear”.  Any money or estate matters should be filtered by Mary and Tom, otherwise there might be nothing left for George and Sybee.

Anthony Gillingham (Tom Cullen), a childhood playmate of the Mary and Edith has come to visit and seems to be the one who might finally pull Mary out of her grief.

Isobel is still grieving for Matthew. While she doesn’t want Mary grieving for the rest of her life, Isobel is unable to move past the death of her son. My favorite performance of the entire episode was Penelope Wilton’s performance.  While the press and praise often go to Michelle Dockery or Maggie Smith, Ms. Wilton deserves the same press and praise.  If I could have walked through the screen to hug Isobel, I would have.

Tom is feeling out of place and foolish, trying to socialize with his in law’s friends.

Downstairs

I don’t want to talk about Mr. Green raping Anna, but it’s unavoidable.  Of all of the female characters, Julian Fellows chose this fate for Anna. If he was looking for a way to shake up the marital happiness of Anna and John Bates, there are other story lines. Unless he is looking to make a statement.

Mrs. Patmore has an anxiety attack and is forced to relinquish control of her kitchen.

Evil Edna is determined to lay her claws in Tom, even if it means seduction.

Analysis

The series is moving along and as happens in everyone’s life, things happen.  I am looking forward to next week’s episode.

Dowager Moment/Quote Of The Week

“If I were to search for logic, I would not look for it in the English upper class.”

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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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