Sunday, February 14, 2016

Downton Abbey and the cars of death (the one in which Mr. Molesley takes his PRAXIS)

(I just threw this picture in here because I love the Dower House...not as much as the cottages, but it's still nice.)

The show opens with a plan to go to watch the races at Brooklands, where Mary will watch Henry race and Edith will see Bertie Pelham. There's an exchange between Edith and Mary that lets us know that Edith is prepared to give as good as she gets...this will either (a) shut Mary up, or (b) backfire. I hope it is the former, but I fear it is the latter.

Now, we are all feeling a little sorry for Thomas the Butler, are we not? Mrs. Hughes-Carson knows that he needs someone in his life (she says "friend," but we all know what she means) and she encourages him to look for a place where he might find those friends. But no one seems to understand HE DOESN'T WANT TO GO!!!

This is an awesome shot. Great camera work!!

P.S. I don't know what she's carrying here...a bundle of straw??

Or are they dead white poinsettias??

The Dowager goes to talk to the little girly that Larry (Lord Merton's tooly son) and calls her out on the real reason she is okay with Mrs. Crawley and Lord Merton getting married...she wants Lord Merton to be somebody else's problem. The Dowager calls her "a cool little miss..." which is something I'm totally going to use. I've got a couple of cool little misses who need to be taken down a peg. Meanwhile, the Dowager plans to spend "a month among the French," which sounds like a euphemism, but it's not.

Edith, girl about town, invites her editor to the races with the family.

She's very cute and would make the perfect match for Tom, I love her hair and her rimless glasses and I used to be cute like this, THIRTY YEARS AGO. Dangit.

At the NASCAR   Brooklands race, Mary is hyperventilating, Edith is having fun, Tom is in his element, and Charlie Rogers is killed.

That'll put a damper on your afternoon.

Despite all efforts from the world's smallest hand-held fire extinguisher, there's nothing they can do to save Charlie from the inferno. (Which begs asking: Where did they find all those vintage racing cars? and how long did it take the set people to recreate one to burn? Inquiring minds want to know.)

Anyway, because of the horror of Charlie's death in a crash-and-burn, Mary breaks up with Henry. But Edith?

Edith gets a proposal from Bertie!! Of course she cannot accept him immediately, as there is Marigold to consider.

In other happy news, Mrs. Patmore's cottage is getting some B&B business, there's a new puppy at Downton, and Mr. Molesley has been asked to teach at the school based on his exam scores! And perhaps the best news yet: Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore have pulled one over on Carson, and if he complains again about Mrs. Hughes' cooking? Well, let's just say he probably won't.

Stay tuned for more next week (will Thomas find that new job? Will Edith say yes? Will Mrs. Hughes kill Carson in his sleep?) and on Thursday we will have another Downton related post!


Kathleen George said...

So happy for Mr Molesley! Do you think Edith will tell Bertie about Marigold and will he reject her? Before my husband went to bed, he caught the beginning of the episode and had to watch a bit to observe Maggie Smith acting, we both admire her. Had to laugh when Mrs. Hughes and Mrs Patmore taught Mr. Carson a thing or two!
Yes, that camera on Thomas showed the angst he's dealing with, dang, he looked so lonely. Especially when he wasn't invited to sit on the couch with the Carsons.
I think we all know " A cool little Miss".
Good review, Kathleen in Az

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

It was a great episode. I got to watch it early thanks to my husband finding it online. You see, the all-star basketball game was on at the same time and Downton Abbey got kicked to the curb. You just can't keep me from watching! BTW, I think the Dowager is done on the show and that they won't be bringing her back from Paris....just a feeling :-)

Bliss said...

I have to go look up what a praxis is before I can read this post, even though my spell check tells me right now that it does not recognize that word.

Chris K in Wisconsin said...

And who was the chap taking notes outside of Mrs. Patmore's B & B???????

Diane Higdon said...

I was wondering that too!

Diane Higdon said...

I look forward to your review about as much as I do to watch the show. Spot in again but u didn't touch on the person taking notes outside Mrs Patmores Bed and Breakfast. Oh the suspense. :)

Patti Estep said...

I love Downton Abbey and will sad to see it end. Your recap was wonderful and "spot on" as they say. :)

Webb Rowan said...

Thanks for the main highlights! This series has that addictive narrative that always gets me glued to my seat and anxiously wanting more. I see what you did there with the race car segment and we all already managed to figure out the correlation somehow.

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