Now of course we're all bowing our heads for a moment of silence.
(And a confession: Downton wasn't my most-read blog of the year--that was the bathroom, which is very nice but not nearly as much fun as Maggie Smith. If you want to see it, it's here.)
Anyway, a few years ago I began writing Downton Abbey recaps for fun and because I can't get a whole lot of projects done during the school year because I work 12 hours a day. (All together now: three more years!) Little did I know that they would become as popular as they are. If you need to catch up, you've come to the right place!!
(Disclaimer: Last year didn't start getting exciting until about halfway through, so the first few posts are a little lacking.)
The first episode had Edith (she of the misplaced baby) riding a bike an Molesley dying his hair, which prompts the Lord (the Downton one, not the God one) to remark that he looks Latin all of a sudden.
In the second episode, Mrs. Hughes and Carson have a tiff regarding the placement of the WWI memorial. But it's eventually settled, and there may be a "happily ever after" after all. There's also speculation regarding Marigold's parentage, but good servants never talk. Unless they're Barrow.
Things start to pick up in the third episode, where my imagination runs wild, as did the Dowager when she was whisked away (in a SLEIGH, fercryin' outloud!) by her Russian Prince.
If you read my recap of the fourth episode, you know which guy I'd pick. You'd also know that I don't trust the Russian Prince, mainly because he wears a pinkie ring.
In the fifth episode, the whole Cora and the Slimy Art Dealer story comes to a head when he shows up IN HER ROOM uninvited and has a really cheesy pick-up line and Lord G walks in and they get into a wrestling match. (Lord G and S.A.D., not Cora.) I liked that story line because it involved Cora as an active participant, not just the mom or the wife. *sigh* Which is how all us middle-aged ladies feel, on occasion.
I let my imagination run wild during the sixth episode, when I thought it might be fun for Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Patmore, and Mr. Carson reenact an episode of Three's Company. Was I feverish?
Other that being obsessed with doors in the seventh episode, I am worried for all the folks who seem to be unaware of what history will show us is happening in Germany. Charles Blake goes to Poland to escape Lady Mary, and Atticus is Jewish.
The final episode is all about love and hats. Mostly because I was in love with the hats.
If you watch DA, what do you love most about it? If you don't watch...well, you don't have to because you can read all about it here at Brandywine Cottage, where we pretend to be British and wear hats and have waaaay too much good china and Royal Doulton figurines and