Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Downton Abbey Season 4 Episode 6

SPOILER ALERT! This post is intended for those who have already seen Season 4 Episode 6

Well, off go Lord Grantham and Thomas to America to see what Cora's troublesome brother has been up to. And Lady Mary (shockingly) thinks that Thomas may enjoy getting some action away from rural Yorkshire, which I imagine had a limited gay scene in the 1920s. Have fun Thomas!!!

And will someone at Downton please tell Rose that her jazz singer, although a lovely gentleman, will be a bit of an uphill battle for her to integrate into the 1920s elite of London? Lady Edith seems like the likely person to lay it on the line. "Why can't you just fit in for once?"

But what Bates is up to (staying back at Downton) we really don't have to think too hard about. Look out Gillingham/Green! But does Bates' plan include the PIGS, by any chance?!

Line of the night by Lady Mary: "What do I look like?"-Was anyone else yelling "A muddy snooty SNOB!" at the screen? Just me then?

And at another point she says "I'm not aloof am I?"  Well...not when you are throwing porcine excrement at your latest suitor I suppose.

I think we are all relieved that Edith didn't go through with the back street abortion at the place she found in the back of a magazine she found at a train station?! And another baby bouncing through the plot line can only be a good thing for Downton, can it not? But WHERE IS MICHAEL? Are we TRULY not going to see him for the rest of the season? Poor Edith!

The ill Dowager Countess story line had me worried for a bit. Lord Fellowes wouldn't kill off Dame Maggie would he? But then I realized that it was just a bonding exercise for the old dames. Rats...just when Violet was one up on Isobel (game, set and match) now she is in debt to the old drunken vicar herself. Pooh!

Uh-oh, I know I asked for a new love interest for Tom Branson but is this prune faced political dame really what he needs?

My fave scene of the week is a tie between the pig mud fight and Mary actually scrambling eggs. Cooking! In the kitchen! The look on Ivy's face said it all. But of course Ivy had to do the washing up. This is still Downton after all.

Best lines of the week:

Lord Grantham: "I know plenty of relatives of English Earls who belong in jail."

Lord Grantham: "You do know the Americans have a correct uniform for practically every activity known to man."

Lady Mary: "I've been married. I know everything." (LOL!)

Lady Rosamund: "You seem so preoccupée lately."

Carson (flirting with Mrs. Hughes): "You're quite a plotter when you want to be."
Mrs. Hughes: "It's a skill all women must learn."

Lady Mary: "I hope we are good employers. But even we expect to get what we pay for."

Mrs. Patmore: "I do grudge him the tears and the heartbreak that will flavour my puddings for weeks to come."

Violet: "Dr Clarkson when you go can you please take that mad woman with you?"

Dr. Clarkson: "You'll be rewarded in heaven."
Violet: "The sooner the better."

Mrs. Hughes (threatening Mr. Green): "If you value your life I should stop playing the joker and keep to the shadows."

TTFN and see you next week. One more regular episode and then the finale/Christmas episode!


  1. When the Anna story arc developed, I thought she was misjudging Bates and his reaction. I didn't think it was fair of her to assume that he would kill the man. And get caught. Now, seeing Bates glare at the perpetrator, I'm not so sure. I'm beginning to think that Bates only "got caught" killing his wife because he didn't actually do it. Bates could probably make someone disappear forever with absolutely no proof left behind. On another note, I was lucky enough to score a ticket to high tea with Lady Fiona Carnarvon at Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia) yesterday. She gave a wonderful presentation of many of the stories from Highclere Castle and she signed her books for us. It was wonderful!

  2. I REALLY wanted Mrs. Hughes to hit him over the head with a pot! Anyone else think that if Mary finds out who attacked Anna, Bates will have to stand in line to throttle the weasel?

  3. I think the big question is who will Green attack next? He got away with it once, and there's no reason to think he won't try again.

    Relief over Edith not going through with the abortion is an understatement. Watching Sybil die was bad enough, but that would have been even worse.

    I rather liked Tom's journalist friend :)

    Lady Mary wallowing in the mud was a sight to behold!

    Rose is growing on me :)

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