Monday, February 10, 2014

Downton Abbey 4.6 (SPOILERS)

Let's begin with the end of the episode: YIKES. Mr. Bates = scary. And in this case, I kind of love it. And what a champ Mrs. Hughes is for taking on the bad guy in a room by herself! And what a skeezball Green is! Strong emotions all around.


I was so worried when Lady Violet developed The Cough. I've read enough old-timey novels (and seen enough lazy movies) to know that The Cough is a harbinger of DEATH. Instead, Mrs. Crawley's loving care of her was so touching. What is the word for a bromance, but with females? Because these two women are epic.

I knew it. I knew they were re-grooming Evelyn Napier as a love interest for Mary. And I have to say, I have a bit of a soft spot for him, dating back to Season 1. But is Blake also a love interest (good to see you, Jeremy from Foyle's War)? And now Gillingham is back? Good thing Mary also realizes how ridiculous this all is.

Aunt Rosamund is a gem. I loved her conversation with Edith about her Big Decision. Sniff.


Aimee said...

My favorite line of the night was Mary talking to her dad when she was trying to convince him to take Barrow instead of Bates. She quipped about how he would enjoy looking at all the stewards on the ship. He said, "What do you know about that?" and she said something like, "I know about all that, I was married." It made me laugh.

I was a little frightened for Mrs. Hughes confronting Green. I am sure Bates may manage to "dispose" of him in some way, especially after Green talked about the horrid singing and so he came below stairs to get away from it all. Dumb move, is he challenging Bates to take him on?

Yay! Isobel for taking care of Lady Violet and good for Dr. Clarkson for calling out the DC when she was about to kick Isobel out.

Edith, oh Edith. I really actually like her and her character and it bothers me that Julian Fellowes must hate her. Give the girl a break. I think she is intelligent, beautiful and not at all "sharp-tongued" like Cora talked about. Umm, have you heard your eldest daughter's sharp tongue? I also liked how Rosamund, whom on occasion seems so ridiculously flighty, was grounded and supportive of Edith, and was convinced that Cora and Robert would also accept an out-of-wedlock child. Hmmm, not sure about that one.

I liked the pig scene with Blake and maybe Sybil isn't the only aristocratic daughter that would romance those below her station. I chuckled about Mary making scrambled eggs, it reminds me of what girls these days can cook, since many have no interest in cooking.

Ariana said...

The mud throwing/smearing was the funniest thing ever.

Bridget said...

That was a GREAT exchange between Mary and her dad!

Agreed on all other points.

Bridget said...

You know, I FELT that scene coming, and I was all ready to hate it because it was like checking another box. But when it came, I was totally charmed by it. Well done.

Nancy said...

My cousin calls a female bromance ro-tic (like romantic without the man). It's not quite catchy enough for my taste, but I'm just going to throw it out there anyway...

Of course, that's the adjectival form. I'm not sure exactly how the noun would sound: roce. That really doesn't work... :)

Aimee said...


Sarah Familia said...

I am voting for Thomas to come home and devise some devious and horrible fitting revenge for Mr. Green.

elliespen said...

As more of the house finds out about Anna, I can't help hoping for a Murder on the Orient Express type solution to the problem of Mr. Green.

I just call the DC and Isobel BFFs, even though they don't know it. That scene where they're playing cards—I just loved it.

And can I just suggest that maybe the Crawley sisters should take vows of celibacy? Because really. Terrible things happen when they have premarital encounters and/or become pregnant. How many more people have to die?

As a final note: I really wish Molesley weren't still around. He is just so awkward as to make watching him a painful experience.

elliespen said...

Okay, actually, one last thing: between the fact that he's obviously getting interested in Mary and that he only met her because Evelyn Napier brought him to the house, I am very concerned about Blake's safety vs. the odds of his imminent demise.

Bridget said...

Ooh, that's good.

Bridget said...

I am in favor of revenge by Thomas AND revenge by Orient Express method (look it up. no spoilers here).

Yes, the Crawley sisters seem to have particularly lethal lady parts. :-/

Cait said...

I was rooting for this too!! Oh well.


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