Monday, February 17, 2014

What I’m Watching: Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey: Season 4, Episode 7 (B+)

These end-of-season parties are always full of rich developments, and it’s always enjoyable to see them play out in a more relaxed context. I am heartily enjoying the fact that Mary’s suitors have now started carpooling, coming to Downton on numerous occasions with the intention of courting the former ice queen and then leaving after being rejected despite fond memories of pigs and offers to call off engagements. If only poor Edith was in a better situation, with her aunt’s plan to take her to Switzerland to learn French being so quickly revealed as a sham to Violet, who wasn’t as disapproving or lecture-oriented as one might expect, but still counseled against her plan to give her baby to a local farmer so that she could still have a relationship with her child. It was nice to see Alfred return and share a wonderful moment with Daisy thanks to William’s father’s gift basket and the fact that they could be friends since the whole love triangle with Ivy just never worked out. The news of Mr. Green’s death is deeply disconcerting given Bates’ highly publicized field trip, and let’s hope that Mary doesn’t go spilling the beans and that Anna doesn’t press her husband for too much incriminating information. Rose continues to try to buck societal trends, and having Mary counsel her about the error of her actions isn’t exactly a treat, though it probably is for the best. The best new semi-romance of the episode is undoubtedly that between Molesley and Baxter, a genuinely kindhearted couple who haven’t always had the best luck.

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