Steady the buffs!
The Hospital drama reaches a climax this week, thanks be to God. Although, Cora is in for her MIL’s wrath forever, probably, or at least until Violet shuffles off this mortal coil.
The house is open for touring, and the neighbors turn up in droves to see how the other 1% live. Unfortunately, the tour guides–Cora, Edith and Mary–aren’t very knowledgeable about their palatial home. Golly, I could do a better job taking folks on tours! It just goes to show, you never appreciate what’s right in front of you.
Last week, I thought for sure we were headed for a Tom and Mary romance, but they were as brotherly and sisterly as ever in this episode. GAAAH.
But still, a fun and laugh-out-loud funny episode, full of thoughts of the past and future of our favorite castle and its inhabitants!
Episode 6 highs and lows:
1. Violet, sniffing at the idea of people taking a tour of Downton: “But it’s a perfectly ordinary house!”
2. Isabel has her number though (what else is new): “Even Elizabeth Bennett wanted to know what Pemberley was like inside.” If only Mr. Darcy would emerge from the woodwork one of these weeks…
3. I liked the nod to the past (these nods are becoming a weekly staple this season) with Daisy and Mr. Mason placing a framed photo of sweet William in his WWI uniform on the mantle. Poignant. I’m still sad they offed William so early on!
4. I felt bad for Lord Grantham, shut up in bed with only the staff to entertain him (and that one adorable boy who wandered in on tour day). However, it gave me a chance to reaffirm my choice of painting our bedroom “Oceanfront,” which I shall now call “Downton Blue.”
5. The Carsons’ cottage is a DREAM. I daresay I’d rather live there than Downton! In fact, I am quite excited because our 1924 English home is in need of a paint job. Might white trim and a green door be just the ticket?
6. Carson, Carson, Carson!! We understand you just want to bring things “up to standard,” but you’re very lucky you escaped being clobbered with a patty pan last week. Your zingers about “sharp corners” on the beds and home cooked meals that are “not too complicated” are major love busters.
7. Thomas has a major sweet side, and it’s sad he doesn’t let it show more often. I really felt for the guy this week.
8. “I miss you when you’re out of sight, never mind London.” Awww, shades of my old Bates, before all the tedious prison scandals. I also like the way he firmly and gracefully stood up to Lady Mary, so imperious sometimes!
9. “An under-butler is a post fragrant with memories of a lost world,” said Carson. Kind of like being an entertainment writer for a newspaper.
10. “Nothing too complicated,” Mister C says, about his supper. “Oh, well that’s a relief, ” Mrs. H says. Whereupon I almost spit out my coffee.
11. This bon mot was followed up quickly by another. “As president (of the hospital) I am their representative on earth,” says Violet, as if she were some kind of ministering cherubim sent from the throne of Heaven itself.
12. Outfit of the night goes to Mary this week. Her aqua/gold beaded number was stunning, even though she behaved like a dumb-butt with her “We’re all single here-well done” comment to a table full of war widows.
13. If I were Mrs. Patmore, I would get out the kitchen broom and begin beating Daisy with it.
So, what say all of you?
Will Mrs. Hughes sort out her cranky husband? How would YOU sort him out, if you were a DA writer?
Will Mrs. Patmore and Mr. Mason work around Daisy and her bizarre over-protectiveness? Well, we know they will, but how?
And did anyone see any hint of Tom and Mary being more than deadly platonic?
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