September 30, 2014

Downton Abbey 5 - Clues from Episode 2 on what is to come!

Well, at least Carson was right in the Season 5 previews when he said that times, they are a changing.  Yes indeed! I hardly recognize my old friend...
To say that last week's Downton was a bit of a  departure from the prim and proper Abbey we've grown used to, well, that's an understatement.   
No more gasps in horror from Lady Mary at the thought of Mr. Pamuk in her bedroom.....Nope.   In episode two of the new season we got condoms, pre-martial sex  and Cora making eyes at an art dealer over dinner while her unaware or oblivious husband looked on.  Not even the Dowager commented on the googly eyes being thrown Cora's way.   The Dowager notices everything!  But no snide, judgmental or sarcastic comment at all?  Seriously, what is up with that?  
But that is far from all going on at Downton in episode two!   Mr. Drewe comes up with the idea for Edith to become little Marigold's 'benefactor' - a sort of fairy-godmotherish role so she could then spend time with her secret daughter without raising suspicion.  Uh...okay.   Mrs Drewe looked less than impressed by this idea but the Crawleys?  Sure!  Why not?!  
Now to Lady Rose.  What a HUGE change from season four!  So, how old is she again?   Last season she was all about going out and partying but this is a new season and no one is their normal self.   Especially the scandalous Rose.  Ready for this? Brace yourself.  Okay, Lady Rose is.....
...desperate for Lord Grantham to buy a radio.  Seriously.  That's it. 
Last year she was dressing as a maid to kiss a stranger at a dance.  This year?  She wants to hear the King's Speech.  Wow.  Parents of teenage daughters, we MUST find out what the Crawleys did over the summer break to upgrade the parenting skills and bring such an astounding change to a 'willful' young lady.  Brilliant.
Mary, ready to leave on  a week of living in sin with Gillingham, has Anna pack all her dresses (with easy fastenings) and then sends her to buy contraception.  Yeah. Clearly Anna does not get paid enough.
Meanwhile, Isobel and Violet go on a trip to flirt with men.  Yes, that happened. And it was pretty entertaining!  But wait!  There is more!   Right before this episode ends, a policeman visits Downton to announce that there is now an investigation into the death of Mr. Green because a witness had come forward. Dun, dun, duuuuun.  (insert strange look on Mrs. Hughes face)
So the episode ends with Mr.Bates freedom under question once again, Lady Mary poised to unfasten her undergarments and make love all night, or for "as long as either of us has any stamina left"  (super classy)  and oh yes, I forgot... Lord Grantham thinks Cora's new admirer is flirting with Isis the dog.  
I barely know what to imagine for episode three but they have released a few photos so maybe I'll give by best guess....
Lady Mary, Downton Abbey, Lord Gillingham, sex, Liverpool
Photo #1  Lady Mary grinning.  I think she is leaving her hotel in Liverpool after a 'visit' with her new lover Gillingham and thinking to herself, "Oh Mr. Pamuk, if I were going to potentially tarnish my reputation, which was important to me last month, I wish it was you I slept with  instead."   And then she imagined it.  Thus, the grin.
Spratt, Lady Mary, Liverpool, Downton Abbey, series 5, episode 3
Photo #2   It's Spratt - Violet's  butler is in Liverpool. Either he's here to give in to his lustful desires like Gillingham or he has just spotted Lady Mary.  I am hoping he goes straight to the Dowager with this news, just so I can see that conversation take place.  Since this is Spratt we are talking about, I think it is safe to say that when the Dowager finds out it will most likely be at an awkward luncheon that she finds out her granddaughter is earning skymiles at the hotels around Liverpool.  At least, thanks to Anna's painfully awkward trip to the pharmacist there won't be any secret love children this time. 
Lady Cora, Simon Bricker, Richard E Grant, Downton Abbey, series 5
Photo #3  Cora and the Art Dealer.  A stroll with a single man? Cora should know better than to wander narrow streets in the twilight looking all coy with a charming gentleman by her side. I suppose she must be in Liverpool, too.  When in Rome...
Hmmm.  Maybe it's Cora that Mr. Spratt sees instead of Mary! Interesting...
Downton Abbey, series 5,
Photo #4  But not as interesting as THESE dudes!   What have we here??  They look Russian to me.  Russian mob comes to Downton?  Sure!  Why not?  If all the women are running about having affairs, secret children and pre-marital sex, why can't a few chaps put on furry outfits, grow impressive facial hair and take up smoking? Seems legit.  
Downton Abbey, series 5
Photo #5   Is the dude with his back to us (in the grey suit) is he wearing a surgical mask?  Hey, it could happen.  Russians have turned up at the Abbey seeking refuge from....uh.....something evil.  Possibly the new 'wireless' radio that is...dun dunn dunnn.....NOT wireless!  gasp!  Didn't see that one coming did ya?!
Downton Abbey, series 5, Bates, prison
Photo #6  Mr. Bates with the look he has perfected over the years.  Victim of the unjust, unfair and unkind.  Doer of good....OR IS HE???    Even if his presence in London on the day Green died is a complete coincidence, as a former inmate he'll be first in line for questioning.   Which means......ready for a plot twist???
That is why the Russian mob is at Downton!  Did Bates hire the mob to take out Mr. Green?  Is he going to grow out one of those beards?  Does he own any of those sets of dolls that stack one inside of the other?  Did he indeed own a set of dolls but Thomas stole them and is trying to frame Mrs. Patmore so he can work for the Russians by laundering money in the pudding each night?   Oh, Julian Fellowes, what does it all mean??  
The worst part of all?  The one thing that has stayed the same is the intense dislike I have for Miss Bunting.  I still find her extremely rude and annoying and totally wrong for Branson totally stayed the same.  
Maybe the Russains can take her back with them....


  1. Yes, I too despite Miss Bunting.

  2. Let's punt Miss Bunting over to the next county.