Anglophile, Downton, Downton Abbey, drama, Edith, Grantham, Maggie Smith, period drama, period piece, Shirley MacLaine
Ahh, the house was abuzz as everyone quickly prepared for Edith’s wedding to the older Sir Anthony. What are my thoughts? Well, there will be spoilers below, so don’t say you weren’t warned. Here’s my 2 cents on an episode that kept me rivetted:
- I’m wondering if Mrs. Hughes really is well or if she just hated all the fuss and told Mrs. Patmore she was.
- Why didn’t Mrs. Levinson stay for Edith’s wedding? Was there some previous engagement? Isn’t she aware of Edith’s feelings of inferiority to Mary and therefore sensitive to the fairness of staying on? If she doesn’t like Downton, she could have gone to London or the Lake District to take in the sights and then returned to see Edith wed.
- I did think Shirley MacLaine was poorly used last week. She sparred nicely with Violet, but that could have been better and she was one dimensional as the Yank who believes in change. She had few scenes with her daughter, which was weird. I wanted to know how Cora could be so different from her mother Martha. They seemed like acquaintances, not relatives, let alone mother and daughter. Very odd.
- I’d glad the money issue will work out. I wasn’t ready to give up Downton and I’m like Mary in that I see the Countess of Grantham as living in Downton Abbey.
- I hope someone divests Daisy of her fascination with fast women. It’s not her character and so she’s on thin ice. Trouble looms, my dear, when you stray from your true self.
- There was a fair amount with the prison and Bates. It’s not looking good, but at least he was tipped off about the knife his cellmate planted.
- What will O’Brien do to Thomas? He best be careful as she’s shrewd.
- Edith will need to find something to do, something noble. Stop all this spinster talk. Mary was older when she married.
- Sir Anthony, how could you? it’s one thing for a hobbledehoy to jilt a bride at the altar with all her family and friends watching, with thousands spent for delicacies and libation, and quite another for a grown man. You’re no school boy and we all expect more character from a gentleman!
- Violet’s best line: “Vulgarity’s no substitute for wit.”
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O’Brien is shrewd and scary, but Thomas is just plain evil. Their conflict gives me anxiety! And Sir Anthony?!? I almost spit out my tea! How could he?!?! Makes me feel bad for Edith, and forget all the nasty things she has done….
I love that comment “I almost spit out my tea.” It looks like Edith will be okay, though. Time heals all wounds and the British are good at persevering. I do hope that she not only champions women’s rights, but finds a good husband. She’s only second fiddle at Downton. If she were abroad, she could be seen for her own qualities. I don’t dislike Mary or Sybil, that’s just how it is as a middle sister.