Downton Abbey Series 5 Episode 8 Recap: Rose Is Married, Daisy And Tom Are Ready to Bolt And Anna Is Arrested (Sob!)

As usual, this recap contains spoilers from this weekend’s episode. Read at your own risk if you have not seen the episode.


Rose and Atticus are officially married. But before that, Atticus has his stag party. But just before he is ready to hit the sack, a woman enters his room and then walks out. The next day, Rose is sent the pictures. There are two suspects, both of whom do not want this marriage to happen: Atticus’s disapproving father and Rose’s nasty Debby Downer mother, Lady Susan. In discussing his future daughter in law with his son, Lord Sinderby uses the S word, shiksa. To a Jewish parent whose child is involved with someone who is not Jewish and is not happy about the relationship, that is the ultimate 4 letter word.   But in the end, Rose’s wonderful father, Shrimpy steps in and confronts his ex-wife, who paid for the woman and the pictures.  I’m genuinely happy for Rose, I hope they have a happy life together.

Atticus’s father disapproves of several things, one of which is Rose’s relationship with his son. He also disapproves of scandal and divorce, both which have come into the room when the knowledge that Shrimpy and Susan’s marriage has ended. Atticus’s mother, being the sensible, reasonable and loving mother that she is, tells her husband that if he prevents their son’s marriage, she will leave him and create a real scandal, fast. That shut him up.

Robert, despite his traditional facade, is not as traditional as he thinks he is. When playing chutes and ladders on the floor with Sybbie, he admits that his father would not have not done the same with his daughters. He finally comes out of his haze and realizes that Marigold is his grandchild. And, to his credit, he gives Mrs. Patmore’s nephew a fitting tribute.

The will they/wont they saga of Mary and Tony Gillingham is over. Tony and Mabel have resumed their engagement and have set a date. Mary admits that Tony was good when she needed him, but it was not meant to be. Matthew Goode will having a guest spot during next week’s finale, which means that even with Tony out of the picture, Mary will continue to have men at her beck and call.

Will true love conquer all for both Isobel and Violet? The engagement between Isobel and Lord Merton, now referred to as Dickie continues, but with sons like his, it will be a fight to the finish. Prince Kuragin, despite the fact that his wife is still potentially alive, tells Violet that he wants to spend whatever time he has left with her. Then he plants himself down on the couch and looks like he will not move until he gets an answer.  Violet looks surprised at the suddenness and stubbornness of his proposal.

Edith looks finally happy. She has her publishing company and her daughter, both of who come from her late boyfriend.

Tom seems like he is ready to move to Boston with his daughter. His cousin proposes that they go into business together. Mary admits that she may be a bit lonely without Tom and Rose.

And finally, during wedding party, one of the guests comes up to Cora and Robert and makes a comment about Rose marrying into a Jewish family. Without cracking, Cora tells the woman that her father was Jewish. Score one for the countess.


Julian Fellows seems to have a sadistic streak with the Bates’s more than he does with Edith. While the rule for on screen relationships is that happiness turns away viewers, what he did to them this week blew my mind. Anna is arrested for killing Mr. Green and taken away in handcuffs in front of entire household (No!!!! Sob!!!). Mrs. Hughes tried to interject when the police came to the London house to question Anna, but she was rebuffed.

I am convinced that Baxter and Moleseley cannot linger in this awkward, but comfortable platonic state forever.  If I could ask one thing of Julian Fellows for series six, I would ask him to get these two together.

After seeing the possibilities that London has to offer, Daisy gets a bee in her bonnet to leave Downton (and Mrs. Patmore specifically) and find another job. In a very surprising show of emotion, Mrs. Patmore admits that Daisy has become more than just an assistant cook to her.

Thomas is proving to be one of the most interesting characters in the Downton Abbey arsenal. One moment you think he is an a**hole, then the next moment, he is saving a young, naive and temporary footman from the conniving claws of Miss Denker, who continues in her merry war with Mr. Spratt.


This is the next to last episode of the season. Story lines are being tied up, but just enough to lead into the final episode of the series and into series six. While some story lines are getting old (i.e. Robert and Carson moaning on how times have changed or Poor Edith), I feel satisfied with the the series up to this point.

Dowager Moment Of The Week

While Maggie Smith always gets more than her fair share of smart lines (and for good reason), Violet’s shock and momentary silence of Prince Kuragin’s proposal is my Dowager moment of the week.


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.


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.


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.


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?

Throwback Thursday-In Her Shoes (2005)

Ah, sisters. She can either be your best friend, your worst enemy or something in between.

In In Her Shoes (2005), Rose (Toni Collette) and Maggie (Cameron Diaz) don’t have the best relationship. Rose is the responsible straight laced lawyer, while Maggie is the wild child who has yet to get her act together. The relationship is nearly severed when Maggie sleeps with Rose’s boyfriend. It takes the discovery of their unknown grandmother Ella (Shirley MacLaine) to bring the sisters back together and heal decades old family wounds.

I like this movie. Based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Weiner, the relationship between Maggie and Rose feels very real. The story really starts to move forward when we meet Ella and we learn about Ella’s late daughter (Rose and Maggie’s mother), who had issues that nearly destroyed her family.

I recommend it.

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