Downton Abbey: Pearls Before Swine

PreviewFile.jpg.ashxPreviously on Downton Abbey: Evelyn came back with his rather rude boss, Isobel and Violet went to war (and Violet won, naturally), Edith’s knocked up, and Anna’s still dealing with her trauma.

We begin as the series started, with a telegram being delivered to the house. Apparently it’s summoning Robert to America, which Bates reports to Hughes. She asks if he’s going along as well but he tells her he can’t leave Anna just now.

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Downton Abbey: Surprise!

uktv-downton-abbey-s04-e06-9Previously on Downton Abbey: Bates forced most of the story about Anna out of Hughes, and vowed revenge on the unknown perpetrator. Edith’s stressed about Michael’s sudden radio silence and is seeing some doctor down in London. Tom, Mary, and Robert are finally coming together, while Violet and Isobel are butting heads over a gardener who may or may not have pilfered a valuable keepsake.

Daisy brings some toast in for the servants and is scolded for taking it to Alfred first. Jimmy and Patmore both notice that Alfred’s getting special treatment, and Daisy says it’s because she’s so happy he’s staying.

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Downton Abbey: A Decent Man

o-DOWNTON-ABBEY-570Previously on Downton Abbey: Anna decided the best way to deal with Bates was to treat him like shit, Mary turned down a marriage proposal, Cora got another ladies’ maid, courtesy of Thomas, and Alfred got a chance to maybe train at the Ritz.

Poor Bates emerges from his cottage, alone, and walks up to the house, where Anna stands in her room, alone, and applies some cover-up to her still bruised eye. She comes downstairs and finds Bates waiting at the base of the stairs. A little meanly, she tells him she doesn’t know why he always waits for her. Because you’re his wife and this is the only way he gets to see you now, Anna? He calmly replies that he wants to be the first to greet her. She says there’s no need and he says he’s going to keep this up until she explains what the hell happened between them. Reasonable enough. A dark-haired woman interrupts and is greeted as Miss Baxter. Presumably she’s Cora’s new maid. She asks about a sewing machine, and after she leaves, Bates asks Anna what she makes of the woman. Anna thinks she’s nice enough, and Bates wonders why she’s friends with Thomas, if she’s so nice.

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Downton Abbey: Are You Ok?

rose-jack-ross-downton-abbey-season-4-episode-4Previously on Downton Abbey: The Crawleys hosted a house party, Tom felt like a fish out of water, Isobel disapproved of joy, Mary got a maybe crush, Michael literally bought Robert’s love, and that thing of which we shall not speak happened to Anna.

Speaking of Anna, we start off with her right away, managing her stress by treating her husband like shit. Poor Bates asks her if he’s done something wrong and she briskly says no, she just really wanted to get Mary’s shoes polished, which is why she left their home that morning without waiting for him and now won’t make eye contact. She heads into the servant’s hall and Thomas asks about the black eye. She lies that she fell, and she can barely sit for more than two minutes before popping back up and rushing upstairs. Bates quietly asks Hughes if she knows anything here, because he’s not an idiot, but Hughes is like, ‘strange behaviour? What strange behaviour? I see nothing here!’ Poor Bates. She rushes off and Thomas asks what’s up with everyone. Carson says there’s something not quite on about high spirits at breakfast, so apparently he’s pleased to see multiple members of staff in distress instead of smiling.

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Downton Abbey: A Little Night Music

uktv-downton-abbey-episode-3-27Previously on Downton Abbey: Mary started to get some schooling on estate matters, Edith invited her boyfriend for a weekend house party, and Rose got a crush on a gardener.

Party time! You know, I’m surprised that Downton waited this long to have a house party episode. These sorts of events are great for drama, and if Gosford Park showed us anything, it’s that Fellowes is pretty good at writing these types of scenarios. I’m hoping this episode has rather better pacing than the last two.

Guests are arriving by the carload, and what lovely cars they are. Belowstairs, things are buzzing. One of the valets—belonging to Lord Gillingham—flirts with Anna.

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Downton Abbey: Letters from Beyond the Grave

11981Previously on Downton Abbey: Mary’s grief threatened to swallow up the whole place, so it’s no wonder O’Brien took to her heels and Edith took every opportunity to rush down to London to look amazing and party with the literati. Hughes and Rose meddled in things that didn’t really concern them, bringing back two characters nobody missed at all, and Thomas got the randomly racist nanny fired.

Oh, look at that, the title sequence is back. Guess Mary really has started to shake off the gloom.

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Downton Abbey: ‘Ship Wreck

EMBARGOED_DOWNTON_ABBEY_CHRISTMAS_2012_126.JPGI’m not going to beat about the bush here: this sucked. This sucked so badly I actually found myself apologizing to my family for making them watch it. And just to be clear, I’m not saying that because of what happens at the end. I hated that for other reasons than you probably think.

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Downton Abbey: That’s Not Cricket

Previously on Downton Abbey: Ethel caused a scandal by existing, things got super awkward between Thomas and Jimmy, Edith became a journalist, and Tom was given a job he was wildly underqualified for.

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Downton Abbey: Move Along

Previously on Downton Abbey: Bates was proven innocent, and because the wheels of justice are really well oiled on this show, he was declared a free man in about ten minutes. Robert popped his already stuffed shirt at the thought of Ethel serving lunch to the ladies of his family and Branson threw oil right on that fire by telling him Baby Sybil would be christened Catholic. And Matthew jumped in by having the temerity to suggest the estate not be run quite so idiotically.

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