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September 28, 2014

Downton Abbey - Season 5 - Episode 2

Review from www.metro.co.uk
Episode two of the new season of Downton Abbey reminded us that more than one inhabitant of the house has a secret they really need to hide.
Watch Episode 2   HERE 
We’re looking at you Mary, Edith and Mr Bates, while former thief Baxter was happy to tell her secret to anyone that asked!
We also got to see a nastier side to the usually avuncular Lord Robert as he reacted to the changes going on right under his nose by lashing out and being quite rude.
The mood however was lightened by the appearance of the sparkling Richard E. Grant in a super cameo appearance that I hope is repeated throughout the series.
Downton Abbey: The police arrive but who are they after?
What happened in the house?
Sparks are already beginning to fly between Carson and his master over the site for the village memorial and obviously upset at the change in the balance of power Lord Robert became progressively abusive and boorish as the show went on.
He started baiting Branson about the Russian Revolution and unflatteringly called his friend Sarah Bunting a ‘tin pot Rosa Luxembourg’ and a ‘harpy’, accusing her of pulling Sybil’s widower ‘back to the other side’. Heaven forbid that his former chauffeur should want to leave the old-fashioned family right?
In fact I didn’t like Lord Grantham at all in this episode although it was rather amusing when he asked his wife to tell their guest Mr Bricker to ‘stop flirting with Isis because it’s ill-bred to try to win the affections of someone else’s dog’.
But it’s not the dog you need to be worrying about Robert because the handsome Simon Bricker seems to have eyes for your very own Lady Cora. Watch this space.
Anna and Mrs Hughes found the picture of a baby in Edith’s burnt bedroom and quickly hid it away but how long can this secrecy last? The kindly adopted father of Marigold – Mr Drew – has been trying to establish more of a role in the young girl’s life for Edith, but we can tell this is going to cause trouble among the tenant family as his wife is growing more suspicious of the relationship.







Downton Abbey season 5, episode 2
Why is that posh woman from the Abbey always here? (Picture: ITV1)

Mary’s former paramour Charles Blake arrived at the house to value a painting with his friend Mr Bricker and to wish Mary and Lord Gillingham well in their relationship. So that particular relationship has been put to bed, or has it? The two of them certainly enjoyed a late night flirty conversation which had Mary questioning her choices.
But she was more than happy to pursue her plans to ‘road test’ Lord Gillingham before marriage would be considered and under the pretence of a painting trip Lady Mary arrived in a Liverpool hotel to begin her secret assignation with Tony. Shockingly the two of them decided to make love for as long as either of them ‘had any stamina left’. Goodness!
The annoying Lady Rose got her way and a wireless arrived in the house.







Downton Abbey, season 5, episode 2
Don’t like it (Picture: ITV1)

Despite Lord Grantham originally calling it a ‘fad’ which ‘won’t last’ and only relenting on hearing that the King himself would be broadcasting to talk about the Empire.
On seeing the new fangled contraption being set up Daisy brilliantly remarked ‘Why is it called a Wireless when there are so many wires?’ Mrs Hughes declared it meant that Downton was catching up with the times to which Carson archly responded ‘that is exactly what I am afraid of’.
Dispatches from downstairs – the servant’s digest: 
Mrs Patmore enlisted local teacher Mrs Bunting to assist Daisy with her studies, which obviously means the lovely Sarah will be in the house a lot more and in the path of the disapproving Lord Grantham and the admiring Branson.
She took the opportunity to continue with her campaign to get the former chauffeur to remember his roots and she might well be winning, especially as Branson seemed disgusted with Lord Robert’s behaviour towards her.
We saw off the disgraced Jimmy, and there was an emotional farewell between him and Barrow, which means the end of the below stairs bromance. Now Barrow really does have no friends in the house, and even less to lose so was more than happy to tell the lovestruck Molesley about Baxter’s thieving past.
Anna reached out to the evil underbutler and in a rare moment of reflection he admitted ‘There are times when I’d like to belong’. Could this mark a change in character for the lonely chap?
There was finally a whiff of an understanding between Carson and Mrs Hughes as they fell out over the site of the war memorial, with the housekeeper sagely remarking ‘Every relationship has it’s ups and downs’. Of course a compromise was reached and Carson admitted ‘I don’t like it when we’re not on the same side’. Hooray!
But the good mood didn’t last as a new shock arrived in the shape of a policeman calling on the house to disclose that a witness had come forward relating to the death of the valet Green – who we all know raped Anna in series four and for which we might just think that Mr Bates is responsible. This can only spell disaster right?
Most shocking revelation – the weekly gasp:
Lady Mary recruited Anna to help arrange her saucy weekend away and scandalously asked her to purchase contraceptives – because ‘one can hardly rely on a man’.
Cue an awkward encounter in the pharmacy for the put upon maid but it did mean the pair of allies ended up discussing women’s rights. Hear hear ladies.
Violet Crawley speaks – the best quotes from the Countess:
On hearing the King’s own voice for the first time thanks to the radio the Dowager Countess was distinctly uncomfortable to hear that Isobel thought that he was now ‘less of a myth and more of a man’ remarking that the country’s rulers have ‘thrived on magic and mystery, strip that away and people may think the royal family is just like us’.

Well said milady.

22 comments:

  1. Thank You Thank You Thank You from your number 1 American fan

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  2. Thank you Thank you Thank you from another fan!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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  3. Thank you so very much!! What a wonderful treat :)

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  5. ditto from yet another american fan!! soooo excited that i don't have to wait another 6 months for my favorite series.

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  6. Thank you from Germany, love your page! By the way, on Facebook somebody mentioned that maybe Anna herself is responsible for the evil mans death. She were in London too, so might have the opportunity........it's a good idea, I think.....With best regards

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  7. Finally it's there: the 5th season of Downton Abbey. As I'm in France yours is the only way for me to see it in original version. Many thanks from your greatest french fan !!!

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  8. I feel so happy to have found your blog. Thank you for the work it took to get such great shows available so easily for the rest of us! Such joy and satisfaction! I must agree with you wholeheartedly. I don't like Ms. Bunting. She is more arrogant that any of the rich people on the show. Branson could do ever so much better.

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    1. Miss Bunting is becoming more annoying than ever!

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  9. Thank you from an American couple in Ukraine. It is the finest of the best.

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  10. Another grateful Thank You June from the US of A, down in the bayou!!! This season is starting well. The idea it could have been Anna is intriguing. Look forward to next week!

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  11. Another Yank who is ever so grateful!!!!!!!!!

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  12. I was hoping to find the 3th episode this sunday evening, but the 2nd is still the last - am I right in assuming that episodes are weekly broadcast by ITV on saturday and posted by you 24 hours later ?
    I am a great DA fan in France and the thrill of the sunday evening is allways your new DA episode. Many thanks and carry on the good work !

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  13. Hello! I didn't get episode 3 either. Never thought Anna could have killed him- makes complete sense. :)

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  14. Previous Poster^^,
    I was wondering the same thing, but somehow stumbled on the 3rd episode-finally! Here is the link-hope it works!
    http://www.simplyjune.org/2014/10/downton-abbey-5-episode-3.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SimplyJune+%28Simply+June%29

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  15. I was wondering the same.

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  16. Thank-you so much for your time and effort in sharing these!!
    ...from Canada!

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  17. Any new links since these no longer work? Thanks in advance!

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  18. Google won't let me play any of the episode 2 links, it says it is a terms of service violation!! OH NO!! Any ideas or other links would be GREATLY appreciated!!!

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