Have you even been able to come down from Sunday’s episode of Downton Abbey? So many new angles to the story leaving us with so much to think about through the week.
Who is Mr. P. Gordon and will the real Patrick please stand up? Nevermind. That was insensitive of me. It probably hurts like the dickens for him to stand, what with all the burns and everything.
And will Matthew . . . Matthew . . . Matthew ever walk again? He did feel something, right?
Did Bates kill his wife, Vera, or was her suicide one last, desperate attempt to frame him? On second thought, as one of my girls pointed out at dinner last night, Anna does seem to travel to London frequently. . . .
And what about Jane hanging out a little too long where Lord Grantham “just happens” to be? Shouldn’t she be cleaning the little crystals on the chandelier or something? I’ll tell you one thing, she sure shouldn’t be barging into the library, disturbing the great Lord of the Manor while he’s terribly busy reading the newspaper or generally fretting. But she seems to do it anyway . . . a lot.
Ah well, these are the threads of this week that will be left hanging until next week. (Unless PBS has already sent your pre-ordered copy of Season 2.)
In the meantime, we have some great lines to ponder from Sunday’s episode. Here are five of my favorites.
5. Sir Richard, while eavesdropping on Mary and Matthew (heretofore to be referred to as M&M): “Oh dear, should I be worried?” He also muttered that to himself while watching M&M stroll (sorry, push) their way across the lawn. Seriously, he said that same line at least three times in one episode. Is it really foreshadowing if it’s obvi?
4. Violet, referring to Sir Richard: “I don’t dislike him. I just don’t like him.” My sentiments exactly, Grandma.
3. How about that Mrs. Hughes trying to talk some sense into Ethel who, by the way, seems to have spent the past 10 months just sitting in some lonely shack somewhere just waiting for Mrs. H. to bring her some food? Seriously, Ethel, get a life. You have a child, go take care of it (him? her?).
Of course, Mrs. Hughes doesn’t help when she says things like this: “You were ruined already, my girl, so let’s don’t go overboard.” Nice.
2. In one of their soon-to-be-infamous scenes, Isobel and Violet are talking about where best Isobel can “bless” others with her many talents of leadership and doctoring and her general ability to tell others what to do, and Violet is not-so-subtly just trying to get rid of her.
Isobel: “Now you’ve struck a chord.”
Violet: “Have I really? Oh, thank heavens.”
1. Cora gets top billing this week with this most excellent jab at her husband . . . and all of England while she’s at it: “I’m an American; I don’t share your English hatred of comfort.”
With that, I’ll just see if I can get my lady-in-waiting to start my bath. Oh, right, I AM the lady in waiting. (If you haven’t played the “Which DA Character Are You?” game yet, you should. It’s fun. I’m Anna.)
How about you? What was your favorite
jab line from Episode 5?