On tonight’s “Downton Abbey,” it’s all gone pear-shaped as the British say. Which is to say, things became sticky wickets with several of the characters and their relationships. Not the jolliest of episodes, I must say.
1. Things start out in the lonely breakfast room, where we are all missing Tom Branson keenly. I mean, Lord Grantham, Mary and Edith–that’s it? Reading a letter from Rose makes us miss her, too.
2. “As usual, you add two and two and get fifty three,” Edith remarks dryly to her sister, Mary. (Good line, but a little tired of their barbs.)
3. “Let me discuss it with our pig man,” says Mary. She’s become quite the farmer, our Lady Mary. Next thing you know, she’ll be at the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market, handing me a pound of ground pork and telling me she knew that pig by name (true story).
4. Julian Fellowes spoke of having ladies in England follow him round the grocery store to ask him about juicy developments or give him a piece of their minds. Should I see Julian shopping at Meijer I will whack him with a bunch of bananas! I ABHOR the Edith-gives-Marigold-to-the-Drews-to raise-then-takes-her-back story-line.
5. Therefore, I refuse to cast Mrs. Drew as a villain. The poor lady is not stable–I grant you that–but she’s a victim here. I love the show, but this story piece is reckless and offensive to anyone touched by adoption.
6. So, obviously, I really take exception with the use of the word “substitute” to describe an adopted child, as in Anna telling Bates “you want your own child, not a substitute.” Really, now, if I ran into Mr. Fellowes security would have to be called.
7. Still, hopeful for Anna that the London doctor can help her carry a child. But if she can’t, I hope she and Bates adopt and realize there is nothing pseudo or sham-like about an adopted child. No one could be more genuine, permanent, real and true than a child of someone’s heart.
8. The only truly witty line of the night: “We must give them time to be alone and gnash their teeth,” says the Dowager. Mustn’t we all?
9. Trouble in paradise for Carson and Mrs. Hughes, who are at a stalemate over where the nups will take place. A simple do at the village school, or the grandiose doings at the Abbey? I actually see both their points, but think Carson should stand up to the Crawleys and give his girl the wedding she wants.
(BTW: Classic standoff between a man, his wife, and his family!)
10. Everyone in this episode needs to sit down and drink some tea together–Edith and Mary, Carson and his Sugar Bear Honey Bunch, Violet and Isobel, Cora and Isobel, Edith and her editor–because this episode was too down in the mouth, and we all know this:
Here’s hoping next week will be so much more tickety boo!
Check out my recap for Episode #1: Carson and Mrs. Hughes Contemplate Knowing Each Other From a Biblical Standpoint! (And boy, did they ever contemplate it!)
What do you guys think–Team Carson or Team Hughes?
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