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 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.


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.


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.


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”.

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?

Downton Abbey Series 5 Episode 2 Recap: Bye Bye Jimmy And The Not So Secret Secrets

Like all recaps, these posts contain spoilers from Sunday’s episode. Read at your own risk if you have not see the episode.


Mary is chugging ahead with her plans to go away with her semi boyfriend Tony Gillingham. She tells her family that is going away for a “sketching holiday” with a female friend.  I doubt that she will need her pencils and sketchbook. Before she goes away, she asks Anna to pick her up a little something to make sure that baby#2 does not come. When buying birth control Anna has to prove that she is not a slut by loudly announcing that she is married. The night before Mary is supposed to leave for her “sketching holiday” Charles Blake returns, they have a very interesting conversation on love and sex.

Mrs. Drewe is become increasingly suspicious about Edith’s curious interest in Marigold. I would think the same thing if I were in her shoes.

An art historian, Simon Bricker (Richard E Grant) has come to the Downton to examine a painting.  His interest lies beyond the painting (and towards the lady of the house) while her husband  is oblivious.

Speaking of Robert, the idea that Tom might take up with Miss Bunting and return to his old ways does not make the lord of the manor happy. Adding to the unease is the idea that Carson is heading the committee to build the war memorial instead of traditionally deferring to the Earl.

Rose, like many young people, is interested in the latest and greatest. To her, that is the wireless. Robert has to be eased (as he does into many things that modern) into the idea of bringing a radio into Downton.

Violet continues with her Emma like meddling and matching making with Isobel, Lord Merton and Dr. Clarkson.


After discovering Jimmy has been discovered in bed with Lady Anstruther, his pretty boy backside is out of Downton. Thomas admits to Anna that he and Jimmy had something going on, despite their history.

Mr. Carson is as bothered by Miss Bunting as Robert is. Daisy continues with her lessons with Miss Bunting.

Anna and Mrs. Hughes discover Edith’s broken heart when they begin to clean up her room.

Miss Baxter tells Mr. Molesley about her past. Mr. Molesley does not believe that everything she is saying is the truth.

Policemen come to the servants hall to investigate the mysterious death of Mr. Green last season.  Does this pose trouble Anna and Bates?


I like the way the season is progressing. If the theme of this season is secrets, there is more than enough to keep the storyline going.

Dowager Line Of The Week– Unfortunately, I don’t have one. But I am so thrilled that Joanne Froggatt won the Golden Globe on Sunday for best supporting actress. It was well deserved.


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