So who cleans up after Lady Edith sets her room on fire? Anna and Mrs. Hughes, who find a photograph of little Marigold under Edith's pillow. Does she really believe people won't figure this out? (Hello? You spend a year in Switzerland and then the minute you get back, the Pig Man adopts a baby? File this under "I Believe Everyone in My Family is an Idiot." Mary reassures her that SHE is the idiot. Not to mention the fact that the Pig Man's wife is not too crazy about the whole arrangement, as evidenced by the fact that she keeps giving Edith the side-eye.)
Jimmy, who was caught in flagrante with a visiting cougar, has been dismissed. He uses this as a reason to let Thomas know that he never thought he could be friends with...well, you know...but he is glad that they were friends and that he hopes Thomas can find some happiness. And now that it's 2015, he can! Even in NC! Yay! (I have purchased a fabulous dress in anticipation of these fabulous weddings. A pre-emptive strike, so to speak.)
We have LOTS of interesting things going on with Russians, radios, and artwork. Lady Violet is happy that Mrs. Crawley is once again discussing medicine with the Doc and Lady Mary is discussing family planning (or rather, planning NOT to have a family) with Anna. Lady Mary has done her research and read Marie Stopes' book. (Dr. Stopes actually wrote several books on feminism and reproductive medicine.) When Anna goes to purchase whatever this mystery product is, the shop clerk gives her some lip. Instead of b*tch-$lapping her, though, Anna is her sweet self. On further inspection, she does get ticked off, and says she's going back to get 13 more. I'm guessing this is an inserted device, based on the conversation. Ladies, we should never take our reproductive choices for granted.
Molesley gets real pitiful when he talks to Miss Baxter about her thieving past. I almost feel sorry for him. I also believe there is more to this, but I'm not sure what. I'm hoping that it's something really cool, like she was a spy for the Allied forces or a hitman for the mob. She be all gangsta and whatnot.
The Dowager and Isobel take a girl's trip to see Lord Merton. He is proud to say his maman redid all the rooms in the 80's, but I see no evidence of mauve or wedgewood blue.
(photo courtesy of House Beautiful. Believe it or not, this was the dream living room of every 23 year-old girl who bought a house in 1984.)
Charles Blake shows up at Downton with a guy who wants to see a painting. Blake is a little pi$$y with Lady Mary, telling her she should have let him know she wasn't interested. She doesn't tell him she'll be "traveling through the countryside with a friend," which is a euphemism for "sleeping with the guy who isn't you."
Rose feels compelled to once again invite Miss Bunting to dinner, seeing as she's right there handy, tutoring Daisy. She declines, having heard that some Luxemberg woman was both shot AND thrown in the canal, and Bunting is not in the mood for a swim.
The guy that Blake brought to look at the painting is tan, and they keep pointing it out, just as they kept pointing out Molesley's hair. I am not sure this is very polite, but I guess if you have money, you can comment on folks' appearance. I'm glad I'm not at Downton with my big ol' self, or they'd probably ask me how I got so fat. (And I'd answer, "The Christmas Diet, where the four basic food groups are carbs, sugar, turkey and wine. See how well it worked!") He is also the guy who was Bob Cratchit in the Sir Patrick Stewart version of A Christmas Carol, which throws me for a loop. Except as Cratchit, they made his teeth gross. I always wonder how they do that and if it freaks the actor out when he looks in the mirror and his teeth aren't pretty. But I digress. On a related note, Lord G gets a little uppity, noting to Saint Cora that the Cratchit guy needs to "stop flirting with his dog." As a metaphor, this is not the way to woo your wife, sir.
Lord Grantham acquiesces to having the wireless at Downton for the purpose of listening to the King talk. (No, not Elvis, the other one.) To Mrs. Patmore's dismay, she cannot talk back. It's a fad. It won't last.
Mary misses all the radio excitement, as she is shacking up at the Motel 6. Lord Gillingham gets connecting rooms, and his plan is to make love all night. Apparently he has borrowed Viagra from that old dude with the wonky arm who left Lady
Meanwhile, there is a lot of stress regarding the WWI Memorial. Lest you've forgotten, there was some controversy when Carson was put in charge of the committee. Lord Grantham doesn't want to give up his cricket pitch, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. It has even created a problem between Carson and Mrs. Hughes, which makes Carson feel bad. Again, you two: get a room. But the matter is settled by a widow in the village, and Mrs. Hughes and Carson are in
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