First, how wonderfully satisfying to see Tom back at the breakfast table, exuding peace and goodwill and hearty, Irish Tom-ness.
Second, though the cat (Carson) was away, the mice didn’t play too hard; the whole of episode four was really quite upbeat, with some harbingers of doom ahead:
1. For those who yearn for Tom and Mary to make a match, Mary was pretty clear. “You’re my brother.” Also, re: being on board with Tom’s love life: “No more Miss Bunting if you have any pity.” Same. If you have a shred of pity in your whole body, Tom, do not foist that woman upon us again.
2. I was delighted to see that deliciously shrew-y FANNY DASHWOOD from “Sense and Sensibility” on Downton as Prudence, Lady Shackleton, toting her handsome nephew Henry Talbot to the Abbey. Can we keep Prudence for more than one hour?
3. Yes, “40 strong men” would have to die in order for Henry Talbot to be earl, but GOLLY, the sparks flew between Henry and Mary, did they not? “We should have lunch, or drinks…or something,” indeed.
4. Best Dressed of the Night goes to Edith, again!, for her aqua beaded dinner dress. Oh, but Edith, where’s your helpful paste-up man from last week?
5. Line of the Night: “(Mrs. Hughes) knows the mystery of life by now,” sighs a dreamy Mrs. Patmore, “which is more than I can say for myself.” (Is some worthy gent taking a big shine to Mrs. P too much to ask?)
6. When Gwen, the former housemaid, comes back as a lunch guest, and tells the family that Sybil was the one who helped her move upward in life, grief and memory co-mingle in a bittersweet moment. Beautiful, nuanced acting, especially from Michelle Dockery (Mary), and Allen Leech (Tom).
7. SO GLAD Anna finally told Bates that she was pregnant. I know this show can be sudsier than a bubble bath, but keeping a pregnancy secret–really?
8. Speaking of secrets. what in the world is ailing Lord Grantham? The stabbing pains in his abdomen do not bode well. I predict a cancer diagnosis, which will play right into the ongoing hospital drama.
9. Re: The hospital drama–I felt the vaguest spark of interest this week, after not caring for the past three, although, perhaps it was a touch of Dyspepsia. Anyone out there give a rip yet?
10. Were Carson and Mrs. Hughes (tee hee–apparently the upstairs cannot be expected to keep up with staff name changes) toasting their homecoming with Raspberry Cordial? 🙂 What better way, I ask you, to toast to their now presumably full knowledge of “the mystery of life”?
11. Violet and Cousin Isabel Zinger Du Jour:
Violet: “I haven’t been down to the kitchen for 20 years,” she said, on the way downstairs to greet the blushing bride and groom at the little reception.
Isobel, dry as dust: “Have you your passport?”
Episode 4 was a little packed, but overall good stuff this week. What say you????
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