First, though, could I just get something off my chest? Cora. Seriously, I've tried. I really have. I love Elizabeth McGovern--I've loved her since the '80s when she starred in "She's Having a Baby" alongside Kevin Bacon. So I was thrilled to learn when DA first came out that Elizabeth McGovern would be playing the Lady of the House.
Is it just me, or does she deliver the same line in the same way every time? With that half-mooned smile on her face that just demands to be slapped?
And, I know this isn't EM's fault, but is Cora not the most clueless mother in the world?
"Hey, Mom, I kinda want to take off for Switzerland for a few months because, you don't know it yet, but I'm having a baby."
"Well, I really don't know what to think about that, but I'm so busy with this church bizzaaaarrrrre that I can't even begin to think about that so, oh well, why not?!"
It took less than two seconds for her to think that one over.
This week just about did me in where Cora is concerned. Every time she came on screen I just cringed. Please, make her stop!
Alright, I feel so much better now.
Wait. One more rant. I jotted down four phrases this week that were definitely NOT in use prior to the 1920s. What is that?! It bugs me so much when Julian Fellowes writes modern colloquialisms into his scripts.
Anyway, here are the four I picked out. Did you find any more?
"I'm not on the market." (Mary said to Tony G.)
"It's like herding cats." (Cora, of course.)
"It's no big thing." (Mary)
"You know the drill." (Carson)
Could we not just stick to using words like "Golly" (which Cora used at least twice in this episode)?
Despite all of my complaints, I still loved this episode. Let's get to my favorite lines from this week.
1. I think things might be turning around for Molesley. He actually seemed like he had a backbone when he was talking to Miss Baxter.
"It's just coffee. You won't have to surrender any of your independence."
Good one, Molesley!
2. And how about that Mr. Drew, the pig man? Words of wisdom from him:
"Work's like old age, My Lady. Worst thing in the world, except for the alternative."
3. Violet was up to her wonderful ways again this week. How I love her! And that scene when she invited Edith and Rosamund to "luncheon"? Priceless.
"Rosamund has no interest in French. If she wishes to be understood by a foreigner, she shouts."
Of course. Who doesn't?
4. I absolutely love what has happened to Mary's character this season, especially in this episode. She has matured into a lovely, level-headed, wonderful woman, and I like her a lot. I'm so glad she came out of the fog she was in during the first episode and has gotten herself an occupation.
Side note: the scene with Tony when they are having lunch in that big, glass conservatory-type building? I wish I knew where it was, but it looks exactly like the Orangerie at Kensington, and if it is, I'm so happy because Kate and I had tea there one time.
Anyway, in that scene, Tony professes his love for the how-many-eth time (Go team Tony!), and Mary has a great response.
Tony: I'm not giving up, Mary. Not until you walk down the aisle with another man, and quite possibly not even then.
Mary: I find that irritating and beguiling in equal measure.
I may have to add that one to my lexicon.
5. I had to save my sweet Daisy for last because this week her scenes made me cry so hard.
First of all, this picture. I gave you a wide shot because just LOOK AT THAT SETTING!!! Want to know why I love England? That.
Anyway, Mr. Mason, what a dear, gives the best advice to Daisy regarding Alfred.
Mr. Mason: There won’t be too many people that you love in your life, and he’s one.
Daisy: I don’t know what I feel about him, not now.
Mr. Mason: Even so, you need to say goodbye to this young man, with nothing jagged, nothing harsh between you.
See? What a dear!
And then, that scene when Daisy says goodbye to Alfred (poor puppy). I was sobbing!
Later still, when Mrs. Patmore comes outside to tell Daisy how proud she was of her? Ahhhh. Just all around television goodness, that was.
Runner up. I have to give a runner up prize this week because, although it didn't make it into my top 5 list, I'm sure it might have come up in yours, and I'm sure it will come up in all kinds of promotional materials for its PC-ness.
Tom: I don't believe in types. I believe in people.
So there you have it. My faves from this week. What were yours? Dish in the comments, please!