|Anna and Bates marry- Finally!|
So Anna and Bates have finally gotten married and had their 20 minutes of happiness (in bed...pasty English body alert!) before tragedy strikes this story line again. Boy, I didn't see that one coming...again!
|Matthew- We can have children now!|
|Look out Carson, Mary's going to blast some flapper music!|
|Dowager Countess Violet pondering the aftermath of the Spanish Flu|
- "All this unbridled joy has given me quite an appetite."
- "I was watching her the other night when you spoke of your wedding. She looked like...Juliet on awakening in the tomb."
- "Marriage is a long business. There’s no getting out of it for our kind of people. I mean, you may live forty...fifty years with one of these two women. Just make sure you have selected the right one."
- "Marry in May, rue the day."
- "Will someone please tell me what's going on, or have we all stepped through the looking glass?"
- Branson thinks Violet "deserves to know" what's going on. "Why don't I find that reassuring?" says Violet.
- Lavinia has been given a gramophone. "I'll stand well clear when you light the blue touch paper."
- Lady Edith: "I've left space at the front for jewels. I know Lavinia's getting something from Papa."
Violet: "And from me. Though she's so slight, a real necklace would flatten her."
- "I used to think Mary's beau was a mésalliance but compared to this he's practically a Hapsburg."
- "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class."
- "The plot thickens!" (Mainly for her little grin. Amazing.)
- "Wasn't there a masked ball in Paris when cholera broke out? Half the guests were dead before they left the ballroom." (Made even better by the following pause and the Earl's: "Thank you, mama. That's cheered us up no end.")
- "And while I am sure Branson has many virtues…He's a good driver."
- "I do hope I'm interrupting something."
|Ethel discovers Charlie's grandad is a real bastard!|
I think I have invented a new game. Eat an Oreo cookie (or similar chocolate treat) for every time the word bastard was used in this episode with respect to Ethel's love child. I believe have a tummy ache now however. I hope Ethel doesn't live to regret her decision about little Charlie, however horrible his moustachioed grandfather.
And did anyone else shriek at the return of the beanie baby/good luck charm? What is that thing anyway? Rabbit? Dog? Well, whatever it is Matthew will never give it up.
And any of you think that O'Brien almost used the word "soap" when feeling all guilty about her nasty past?
The maid Jane and Lord Grantham storyline was a bit weird. Poor Lord Grantham is just knocking around Downton trying to find something to do. Or someone to do. Oooh sorry for that one!
|Lady Sybil clearly not enjoying the dinner table chitchat|
Robert: And perhaps we should let Lavinia's last gift to us be a reminder of what really matters. Of course, you'll think that's soft.
Violet: Well, not at all. The aristocracy has not survived by its intransigence. Oh, no, no, we must work with what we've got to minimize the scandal.
Robert: But what have we got to work with?
Violet: Well, you'd be surprised. He's political, isn't he? And a writer. Well, I could make something out of that. And there's a family called Branson with a place not far from Cork. I believe they have a connection with the Howards. Well, surely, we can hitch him onto them.
So meet me here again next week for the recap of the two hour Christmas special. I hope Isis the new bouncier Labrador Retriever gets a little doggy stocking with a bone or two from Mrs. Patmore! I can't wait to see more of Thomas the former footman. He is sooooo smarmy!
Help for non Brits with references from this episode:
Carson: Definition of "a guinea a minute" which Carson uses to describe Mary as a child-means a "barrel of laughs" or "a hoot".
Sybil: The phrase Uncle Tom Cobley and all is used in British English as a humorous or whimsical way of saying et al., often to express exasperation at the large number of people in a list. The phrase comes from a Devon folk song "Widecombe Fair". Its chorus ends with a long list of people: "Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan'l Whiddon, Harry Hawke, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all."
Violet: Light the blue touch paper was originally used as instruction for British fireworks- "Light blue touch-paper-stand well back". Became a way of suggesting someone had done something dangerous or foolhardy and needed to beware of the consequences, especially, for example, when having said something that was likely to cause someone else to respond explosively