How positively Tickety Boo! After last week’s dour doings, with the Drews and Edith and boring hospital squabbling and SO MUCH ANGST, this week was sunbeams and rainbows, just the tonic for the upcoming week. Here’s how I saw the hour unspool:
1. Mrs. Hughes, aka “Elsie,” will get her big breakfast wedding after all! Because who wants it the way posh people do it, standing about “with nibbly bits getting stuck in their teeth?”
2. Mrs. Patmore, I wish you could come and live with us here in Grand Rapids, so I could soak in your one-liners on a daily basis. “You’re not wasting money, that’s for sure,” is the absolute best and only diplomatic thing to be said in the face of Mrs. Hughes’ bleak wedding dress.
You lost me at “brown day dress,” luv. Don’t say yes to that dress!
3. Did Mrs. Hughes say she was wishing for a bit of a “hooey?”
4. Spratt’s back! I missed him last week. His voice, I realize, is about halfway to my dear, departed Alan Rickman’s low, peculiar voice. Dicey business, about hiding his fugitive kith and kin in the potting shed, though. Denker will make him–and us all–pay.
5. Outfit of the Night: Edith’s working lady ensemble, with pale and watery blues mixed with a crisp camel coat. Looking good, Edith!
6. Must be why she attracted the notice of that very nice gentleman, whatever his name was, who asked her drinks and then mucked in with her all night, pasting the magazine together. Reminds me of my college all nighters, putting the “Moody Student” to bed.
7. Really? Cora, normally grace on a PLATTER, picks that moment to snap at the help? And I named my cat after her!
8. Carson’s vows: “With my body, I thee worship…” Quite an utterance from a man who, two weeks ago, couldn’t manage a conversation about “wifely duties” without flapping his hands in terror.
9. “Mr. Carson would forgive you if you attacked him with a brick,” the new Mrs. Carson said. And of course she’s right. Mary can do no wrong in the eyes of Carson, her own Matthew Cuthbert.
10. TOM! TOM! TOM! I knew when Allen Leech was involved in Season 6 press that he would make an appearance at least! And then his sad letter to Mary, dreaming of Downton…Welcome back, Tom and Sybie! The Abbey lacked warmth and brotherly love without you there.
So, is everyone revived adequately by this gumdrop of an episode? If the nuptials weren’t enough to raise our spirits, surely the appearance of Tom and Sybie was.
What do you think about this week’s episode? Will Edith finally find happiness with her paste-up man? Will Thomas find a new position or will something shift at Downton? And will Mr. Carson and his blushing bride call each other Charles and Elsie or “Mister” and “Missus”?
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Don’t miss my recaps (and the savvy comments in the comments section!) of the last episode: Farmer Lady Mary Shows Well at the Late Pig Show Plus Lots of Angst,