Saturday, January 3, 2015

Downton Update!

I haven't done a comprehensive Downton Abbey update for awhile, so in light of the season opener this weekend, I will give it a try despite the fact that there's been SO MUCH DRAMA.  Here goes...

It all starts with this guy, Lord Grantham.  He is getting on up there in years (he's what--50?) and he needs to think about who will inherit his vast property, and it won't be his daughters (because they're girls and this is can read about that HERE).  So one of his daughters has to marry her cousin (as if this was Appalachia and not the UK) in order to keep the castle.  Meanwhile, the servants (whose numbers are legion) are trying to keep the castle in order.

And that's where this $hit gets interesting.

These are the sisters, from left: Dead Rebel, Loosey, and Barker. They are wearing the latest in Laura Ashley spring fashion.

*The cousin goes down with the Titanic, perhaps because he isn't interested in girls?...

*So Loosey sleeps with a swarthy Mediterranean dude who is so swept up in the moment, he keels over, dead as a doornail.
This is not the last time that Loosey is...well, loose.  Guys keep falling in love with her and she keeps playing.  I'm looking forward to see who she plays with next.

*Rebel falls in love with the chauffer, who is an Irish rabble-rouser.  She marries him, has a baby, and dies. Her husband is promoted to farmer.  He has concerns that he will never fit in with the others, so he mostly just stands around. Very little farming is getting done.

*Barker falls in love with everyone.  None of them love her back.  She loves the Titanic dude, but he loves Loosey.  She loves an old guy with a bad arm, but he leaves her at the altar. (This is not a metaphor.  They are actually standing at the altar when he says he changed his mind.) She falls in love with her married boss at the newspaper, but he leaves her to go to Germany, where he can get a divorce. (Germany between the wars?  WHAT WAS HE THINKING??? Actually, I know what the actor Charles Edwards was thinking...he was given the opportunity to do stagework with Angela Lansbury, and y'all know how I feel about Mrs. Fletcher!!)

 Anyway, she is left pregnant and she places the baby, Marigold, with a pig farmer, but not the Irish one. I'm wondering who she will fall in love with next. One of the pigs, perhaps?

Meanwhile, in the basement, we have drama with the servants. 

*First, there's Mrs. Hughes the head housekeeper and Carson, who is in charge of butling.  They are secretly in love and I think that Marigold may actually be their child. 

*There's evil Thomas, who is evil.  He is busy doing evil things.

*There is the cook, Mrs. Patmore:

...and her assistant, Daisy-of-the-ears, who is going to inherit a farm, but not the same farm. 

*The sweethearts of the basement are Anna and Bates.  Bates is the bad boy of the basement, kinda like Marlon Brando, and Anna is the nice girl who was raped by Mr. Green, who has met an untimely demise at the hands of....?

*And, last but not least, there's Molesley.  Actually, Molesley IS least.  Bless his heart, as we say in the south.

Most importantly, there are The Dowager Lady Violet and Mrs. Isobel Crawley.  They mostly do this fun banter and I want to say "You wanna reindeer to go with that slay?" and I *heart* them.  In a perfect world, we would all have a fun love/hate relationship like that, just to keep us on our toes. Plus, don't forget about the sweet-a$$ hats.

Now that you're caught up, won't you join me each week for my recaps?  I promise that it'll be fun!!


pcb said...

I'm ready!

Rita C. said...

I don't watch DA but I sure know everything there is to know now - that was awesome! But hey, watch it! I'm from Appalachia - ouch! ;)

Kim said...

I can't wait for it to start again!!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

So looking forward to this!!! Yay! :)

frances said...

I've already seen the season, but I can't wait to read your thoughts on what is a snore fest really, I looking to you to make it interesting this season Kirby haha cheers Frances

Miss Kitty said...

I have never watched DA. Has Lord Grantham actually died yet or is he holding on till one of the girls get good and married?

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I have yet to watch this show, but your posts make me want to!

frances pickard said...

Couldn't have written a better recap myself! I think we must have similar thoughts about DA! Looking forward to your comments this season

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...


Gwen said...

New to your blog, HUGE Abbey fan (and The Good Wife returns tonight, too! it's a HOLIDAY!) This should be fun! :)

Art and Sand said...

Thanks for the update - can't wait to see what happens.

The other night we were at the future in-laws house and our future DIL mentioned that she had not caught up on Downton. Her mother casually says, "it was so said when Matthew died". Aylin chided (a Downtonish choice of words) her mother for the spoiler alert. The next night Aylin was telling my daughter about the spoiler alert and my daughter said, "I can't believe Matthew died in a car accident". Another upbraiding took place for my daughter's spoiler alert. I told Aylin that she can't expect people to not tittle tattle about Downton.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Waiting for 9 p.m.......looking forward to your lively reviews!

Little Miss Maggie said...

That was quite a review. I must tune in weekly for the blow by blows.

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