The last episode of the season (before the Christmas Special of course) was like the Downton Abbey we know and love since season one. It had drama, made you smile and even giggle a little.
Upstairs: Mary’s admirers and a bazaar
– The giggle part had clearly to do with Mary’s admirers. She has three(!) men ready to drop everything to be by her side if she would let them. We all know that Evelyn Napier still doesn’t stand a chance after all these years. I also think that Tony Gillingham is completely annoying, by not taking no for an answer and calling off his own engagement. So the third guy Charles Blake (Mary’s challenger) might be a match? Although Mary is keeping all these men at arm’s length for now, I think we are going to see some interesting developments during the Christmas Special because these guys won’t go down without a fight. I hope she chooses Charles, but I think she is going to play it safe and give into Tony Gillingham eventually.
– I was so glad there are still smart people at Downton Abbey, the Dowager Violet Crawley to be precise. Finally someone pointed out to Lady Edith and aunt Rosamund that they’ve been acting out of character as of late. I wonder what Lady Edith will do with the baby, I hope the times are changing fast enough for her, so she can keep the baby close and not put it up for adoption in a foreign country.
– Lady Rose decided to move forward with her black band leader Jack Ross. I have to say that I agreed with Lady Mary on this matter. I think Lady Rose might have liked Jack Ross, but loved I’m not so sure… I think it suited her that she was able to piss off her family (especially her mother) with this union. But what I liked most about this story was Jack Ross being sincere about his feelings for Lady Rose and the conversation he had about it with Lady Mary. She didn’t just dismiss the situation. She heard him out and even approved of him when she mentioned that she would root for them if they lived in a better world. I’m glad how this storyline played out and I hope they won’t revisited in the Christmas Special.
– The bazaar was a nice touch this episode. It’s nice to see that the dark clouds that gather above the Abbey after the last Christmas Special finally have dissolved.
– Robert, who returned from America, and Cora were super adorable when they greeted each other again. Glad that he is back safe and sound.
Downstairs: Filling in the blanks
– The rape case hit another level, when Lady Mary decided to do everything in her power to protect Anna from encountering Mr. Green ever again, without spilling the beans about it to anybody. The only fishy thing about it, was Mr. Bates day off which matches the time of death of Mr. Green. I couldn’t believe the news when I heard it, but I’m glad we won’t see him again. I hope there aren’t any consequences for the Bates anymore, because they have suffered enough already. But I have a feeling that Mr. Bates had something to do with Mr. Green’s death.
– The love triangle between Alfred, Ivy and Daisy was finally solved too. We even said goodbye to Alfred, I think. I’m glad how they handled this situation (and Mr. Mason was back for a few lines!), but it took a little too long to get there in my opinion.
– Mr. Molesley and Mrs. Baxter seemed to have found each other during the absence of Thomas Barrow. I really liked their scenes together. I hope that Mr. Molesley is able to get Mrs. Baxter to share something about her awful past, because I still wonder why she has a connection with Mr. Barrow.
– Just one weird thought: sometimes I wonder why Jimmy won’t pursue Lady Rose. Clearly he would love to live an upstairs kind of life. He can be so lazy sometimes. I loved how Mr. Carson put him in his place at the bazaar.
Downton Abbey 4×08 quotes
Mrs. Patmore: “You’re a very optimistic generation, I’ll say that.”
Edith: “Quite the businesswoman.”
Lady Mary: “We must rise to life’s challenges.”
Lady Edith: “Yes, I suppose we must.”
Lady Rose: “Isn’t it time people knew there are bigger and better values than the mean-spirited ones they live by?”
Mr. Molesley: “It’s just coffee. You won’t have to surrender any of your independence.”
Mr. Molesley: “But I wish you’d give us credit for making up our own minds about you.”
Lady Mary: “No tails? You know Granny’s coming.”
Tom Branson: “Oh, God, is she? I didn’t realize.”
Lady Mary: “No, don’t change. It’s time she learned about the real world.”
Tom Branson: “That’s a phrase with more than one definition.”
Tony Gillingham: “It gave me time to think for once.”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “Oh, what about particularly?”
Tony Gillingham: “My life, I suppose.”
Isobel Crawley: “Everyone should, from time to time.”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “Oh, I can’t agree. In my experience it’s a dangerous occupation.”
Tony Gillingham: “Dangerous?”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “Well, no life appears rewarding if you think too much about it.”
Lady Rose: “I love him. And I won’t listen to any imperialist nonsense about racial purity and how he should be horsewhipped for daring to dream.”
Lady Mary: “I’ve told you I’m not on the market, Tony. I’m not free. Sometimes I almost wish I were, but I’m not. And that’s all there is to it.”
Cora Crawley: “I’m sorry to see them go.”
Lady Rose: “Not as sorry as Mary. What’s a group noun for suitors?”
Cora Crawley: “What do you think? A desire?”
Aunt Rosamund: “A desire of suitors. Very good.”
Lady Mary: “If you’re going to talk nonsense, I have better things to do.”
Daisy: “We can’t fall out, we’ve never fallen in!”
Aunt Rosamund: “I wonder how long it’ll take for them all to propose to Mary.”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “Isn’t Lord Gillingham engaged?”
Lady Edith: “He’s supposed to be, but he still seems as keen as mustard.”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “Rosamund has no interest in French. If she wishes to be understood by a foreigner, she shouts.”
Aunt Rosamund: “That’s not fair.”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “Isn’t it time one of you told me the truth?”
Lady Edith: “If I told you the truth, Granny, you would never speak to me again.”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “Then you have told me the truth. But I would like to hear it enunciated more clearly.”
Isobel Crawley: “I’m a feeble substitute for the entire Crawley family.”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “Mmm, yes, but you’re better than nothing.”
Isobel Crawley: “How warming you make that sound.”
Sarah Bunting: “I thought that when the agent was a cousin or son-in-law, he had free shooting for life, but others did the work.”
Tom Branson: “To quote my wife’s grandmother, you’ve been reading Socialist newspapers again.”
Tom Branson: “I don’t believe in types. I believe in people.”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “Well, Switzerland has everything to offer, except perhaps conversation. And one can learn to live without that.”
Isobel Crawley: “They were happy, which makes the parting worse, but gives you strength in the end, as we know.”
Jack Ross: “I suppose you’re here to say that Lord Flintshire would find the prospect of a black son-in-law preposterous. And your father would agree.”
Lady Mary: “To be fair to Papa, he’d find your being a band singer even harder to swallow than your color. Mr Ross, are you sure about this? Marriage is a challenge, even when everyone wants it. Even if everyone prays you’ll be happy.”
Jack Ross: “I’ve enjoyed her dreams. I think she’s more than you allow.”
Jack Ross: “It doesn’t mean I think it’s right. I wouldn’t give in if we lived in even a slightly better world.”
Lady Mary: “It may surprise you, Mr Ross, but if we lived in a better world, I wouldn’t want you to.”
Tony Gillingham: “I won’t give up, Mary. Not until you walk down the aisle with another man, and very possibly not even then.”
Lady Mary: “I find that both irritating and beguiling in equal measure.”
Mr. Carson to Jimmy: “Let us consider this. She wants you to enjoy yourself, I want you to run the tent. Now, which of us can make your life more uncomfortable?”
Lady Edith: “Sometimes I feel that God doesn’t want me to be happy.”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “My dear, all life is a series of problems which we must try and solve. First one, then the next, and the next until at last we die.”
Violet Crawley, the Dowager: “I agree. He’s the most unconvincing fiance I’ve ever come across.”
Mrs. Patmore: “If you were my own daughter, I couldn’t be prouder than I am now.”