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All's Not Fair In Love And War In This Week's Downton Abbey

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10/15/2013 11:27 am
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All's Not Fair In Love And War In This Week's Downton Abbey

Mata Lauano

Staff Writer

How has everyone coped since last week’s harrowing Downton Abbey episode? In case you need a refresher, I doubt you do, but go on here for last week’s recap. Keep in mind what will follow is a thorough discussion of this week’s episode of Downton Abbey, so spoilers ahoy. You’ve been warned. Picking up the very next day from the night before, as Downton wakes up and readies for the departure of its party guests, from the get go we immediately see how Anna is faring from the night before and, understandably, it isn’t well. Her bruises are visible, Thomas comments on it when she walks into the room, but even more important are the mental ramifications of what happened to her, which are extensive and so heartbreaking to behold. It permeates her life, it’s so sad to see the nicest person in Downton become the most scared and withdrawn. Even Lady Mary comments on Anna’s disposition, asking if she was all right. However Anna takes her leave. Mr Bates doesn’t know what’s wrong with Anna, but he knows something is wrong. Although Anna insists that Bates has nothing to do with how she’s acting, he can’t help but blame himself as he has no idea why she would be avoiding him and rebuffing any offers of comfort. Despite Mrs Hughes’ advice and insistence that Anna goes to the police and/or tells Mr Bates, Anna refuses for fear of Bates’ retaliation on Green landing him on death row. In any case, Anna wants to move back into Downton to get away from Bates, she’s clearly suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the aftermath of her ordeal. She won’t let her husband touch her and she flinches at every little thing and is just experiencing severe anxiety and fear. “I shall remember this visit for a long time to come,” Green says to Mr Carson as Mrs Hughes looks on and her face as she stared at him mirrored mine. We’re not likely to forget the visit any time soon, either. I just want him to get his comeuppance; it’s all I want from series four. “I can’t pretend I really like him,” Gillingham says to Mary, so even his employer doesn’t like him. There’s something inherently disquieting about him. Branson getting life advice and encouragement from the Duchess is touching, however he’s reeling from the weight of his own drunken indiscretions. Granted Edna organised the entire thing, but poor Branson is consumed with guilt and utter shame. He’s dishonored Sybil’s memory and feels he’s not worthy of the Crawley’s kindness because he allowed himself to fall prey to Edna’s advances. Braithwaite tries to coerce Tom into marrying her with a “s’pose I’m pregnant” bid. Interestingly enough Thomas Barrow catches one of their hushed conversations and stores the information away for future use. When Mary asks Tom what’s made him such a downer, he responds with that if he told her she’d despise him. Mary draws a comparison between his words and her own to Matthew regarding her own indiscretions. Mary’s advice to Tom basically amounts to setting himself free through veracity, to anyone, with regard to his inner turmoil. And so Tom turns to the maternal HBIC Mrs Hughes and it seems Mrs Hughes finds a way to sort his troubles out. Stray observation, Mrs Hughes has the best pokerface. When she stares down Edna and calls her out on her bluff, it’s a relief to see Braithwaite wilt under the weight of her gold-digging and social-climbing scheme. I almost applauded when we see Braithwaite make a hasty getaway. We find out more about Carson’s past, and we discover that he wanted to marry Alice however she chose Charlie and that was that - until Charlie told him that Alice spent the rest of her life regretting her decision as she had loved Carson. Mrs Hughes, who really seems to be this episode’s MVP (most valuable player), remarks that Carson’s knowledge of the now-deceased Alice loving him back matters as it changes Carson for the better. The Dowager Duchess attempts to bring Cousin Isobel back to the world of the living are somewhat sad but heartwarming; “I hope you find a way to make friends with the world again.” When Isobel acknowledges Lord Gillingham the last time he visits Downton, following Mary and co back from London on the train, you get the sense that she’s trying and Violet remarks that Isobel’s virtue demands admiration, even if it hurts her teeth to say so. Edith stays the night at Mr Gregson’s, and although it’s rather scandalous of her in regards to the era, I can’t help but want to high-five her. GO EDITH. Aunt Rosamund’s maid sees Edith sneaking back to her room at around six in the morning. Aunt Rosamund advises Edith that she is not a spy, however it would do Edith well to not be under any illusions about the times. Warning her that she might not be sorry now, but she could wind up “feeling” sorry later. Tony Gillingham asks Mary to marry him but she isn’t free of Matthew, he fills her brain. He still fills ours, too and we also don’t want to be without him. I don’t know whether it’s fair of Tony to put Mary on the spot, he’s set to marry some girl named Mable should Mary refuse - which she does. He does request one more favour, asking her to kiss him and she obliges. It seems that in that kiss something occurred to make Mary question her decision. I want to feel relieved that Branson’s problems with the Evil Edna Braithwaite are finished, however I don’t know that I can trust Fellowes to leave it at that. Not when we’d thought that Braithwaite was gone after series three, only to have her worm her way back into Downton and also into Tom’s bed. However I want to be happy that he isn’t so weighed down by his drunken dalliance, orchestrated by Braithwaite in an attempt to marry up by using Tom’s guilt against him. Mary, however, may regret her decision to turn down Tony’s offer of marriage and intimates as such to Branson as they drive off to carry out Downton business. Subplots that I can’t, for the life of me, make myself care about: - Down in the kitchens Ivy doesn’t really have a skill but she’s hoping it’s cooking. While she tries to not be put back into “kindergarten”, as per Mrs Patmore, she’s readily pursued by Jimmy, who really just wants an adventure, and doted on by Alfred, who incidentally wants to be a chef and is the object of Daisy’s unrequited love. Alfred might end up becoming London’s Next Top Chef if he wins some sort of chef-school scholarship. - Anything Rose is doing at the moment, granted Jack Ross, the African American jazz singer, could be interesting. Especially when he saves her from humiliation at the club by dancing with her when her drunken date runs off, presumably to vomit in a hallway, but I still haven’t forgiven Rose for being instrumental in the return of Braithwaite. Quotes I would like to paraphrase at people: “I always think there’s something rather foreign about high spirits at breakfast.”  - Carson “Better a broken heart than a broken neck.” - Anna “Don’t be transparent.” – Lady Mary “No man should be able to do what he did and get away with it.” – Mrs Hughes “It will reassure the staff that you belong to the human race.” – Mrs Hughes “The business of life is the acquisition of memories, in the end that’s all there is.” – Carson, ever the philosopher. So that’s it from me, next week (where Anna and Bates’ relationship continues to deteriorate, Barrow brings in his own puppet to replace Braithwaite and there’s more of my favourite BROTP: Violet and Isobel) you’ll have the wonderful Erika again, dear Downtonians. But until then, acquire memories and try not to be so boisterous at breakfast.


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