Sunday, January 18, 2015

Downton Abbey - Season 5, Episode 3

What Happened (A Very Short Summary)

Lots happened!  Mary and Tony chatted at the hotel as she prepared to leave for Downton.  He said he wanted to observe all her routines since they would govern his life.  After Tony left, she had a forlorn expression.  Mary was found out by the Dowager Countess, who was not at all pleased.  A London bobby investigated the death of Mr. Green, and Bates came under suspicion.  Drew's wife decided not to share Marigold with Edith.  Cora's admirer, Simon Bricker, caused conflict in her marriage.  The Dowager Countess met with an old admirer - a Russian prince.

Line of the Night

"You have to take control of your feelings before they take control of you." (the Dowager Countess to Lady Mary)

Character Of the Week

The Dowager Countess has a past!   This was particularly interesting after her umbrage at Mary's behavior.

Most Striking Visual

The moment where Violet saw Prince Kuragin was perfect, classic Downton.

"Oh My" Moment

A tie between Mary being found out by the Dowager, and the Dowager reuniting with her Russian admirer. 

What I Hope Will Happen Next (All Speculation - No Spoilers!)

I hope that Mary painlessly breaks things off with Tony.  I hope Tom drops the awful Sarah Bunting.  I hope that Edith is reunited with her baby.  I also hope that Isobel finds happiness, since there was a hint of a big scene with Lord Merton in the trailer for next week.

What did you think of tonight's show?  What would you like to see happen next?  I would love to hear from you in the comments, below.


Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I am fascinated by how soap opera-y this all is without diminishing my enthrallment to it! I cannot wait to see what happens next. Of course I would like to see everything happily settled, but then it would all be over. But no fear of that....I like your observations, Trish!

Me_imperturbe said...

Violet insinuated she had a past when that Lord Whoever wanted to marry Rosamund for her money in the 3rd season, and Violet said something in French about his father back in the 1860's. I don't think it's the fact of these things happening, but that you DON'T get found out.

Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks, Kristi! I am also fascinated by how soap opera-ish the show is. I think that is part of the appeal, esp. combined with the great period detail.

Birdhouse Books said...

David, you have a great memory of the show! I do agree that the sense of appearances and propriety was important.