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October 19, 2014

Downton Abbey 5 - Episode 5

Downton Abbey: Lord Robert let's rip and Simon Bricker gets it

Kapow! All that pent up frustration exploded to the surface as Lord Robert finally landed one on his wife’s would-be suitor in the most thrilling scene of Downton Abbey season five so far.
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The fifth episode opened with the exciting news that a nudist colony had been opened in Essex, which caused Violet some concern because ‘isn’t it terribly damp’ in that county? Indeed! Moving on to the good stuff…
Most shocking revelation – the weekly gasp:
Robert was invited to a racy cocktail party which meant spending the night away, and lo and behold who arrived to keep Cora company? None other than Simon Bricker.
And the the charming chap suddenly became rather oily as he presented himself in the lady of the house’s bedroom after dark, the shocked Cora rebuffed him of course but he pressed his suit asking her when she had last ‘been cherished’. Ergh.



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Is this the last we’ve seen of Simon Bricker? (Picture: ITV1)

Her husband arrived home unexpectedly to find the two of them in his room, he quite rightly saw red and thumped Mr Bricker before indulging in a spot of fisticuffs on the floor.
Bricker left the next morning in high dudgeon and I doubt we’ll see him again but he has left the Lord and Lady not on speaking terms as Robert has obviously had his nose put out of joint by the suggestion that he didn’t appreciate his wife enough.
It’s true though!
What else happened in the house?
In other news – Aunt Rosamund came to stay and was eager to question Edith about her daughter and see little Marigold for herself. (Remember the helpful Lady Painswick was the one who helped Edith hide her pregnancy.)
Mr Drew told Edith that she couldn’t come and visit anymore or his wife would make them leave, taking their adopted daughter with them.
Violet and Rosamund joined forces to convince a very distressed Edith that the child should be sent away to a secret boarding school. All of this will surely force Edith’s hand to do something desperate and reveal the true identity of her daughter? She looks to be taking matters in to her own hands as she made a secret call to London.
Mary had another dinner with Charles Blake which was also attended by Lord Gillingham’s ex Miss Lane Fox. Naughty Charles tried to get her to entice Tony back so he’d leave Mary alone but quite rightly she was rather offended at the suggestion saying she certainly didn’t want Mary’s cast offs.



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Oh Mary, we’re as bored as you are with this storyline (Picture: ITV1)

Violet Crawley continued with her quest to help her cast out prince by finding his lost Russian princess and her continuing endeavours had her friend cousin Isobel saying ‘you’re as infirm as Windsor Castle’.
Violet also tried to enlist Dr Clarkson’s help with keeping Lord Merton and Isobel apart. The good doctor suggested that the Countess liked her friend better when she was ‘more middle-class’ and did she ‘resent a change of position’ for Mrs Crawley, but Violet only suggested she didn’t want Isobel to live ‘a hollow existence in a large and drafty house’.
During a lunch Dr Clarkson suggested that actually the Lord and Mrs Crawley were actually well suited and it seems that the Countess finally agrees. But will they marry?
Lady Rose finally got a storyline as she bumped into a handsome chap called Mr Aldrige and told him all about her Russian teas, but his family heritage was questioned by the refugees. Are we too late in the season for Rose to really create a stir this time?



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At last! A plot for Rose (Picture: ITV1)

Branson told Robert he was’t going to invite Sarah Bunting to dinner anymore after last week’s little showdown but confessed that when he was with her he didn’t feel like a ‘freak or a fool’. Robert reminded him he had befriended people he had once seen as enemies as they shared an illicit drink BEFORE dinner – don’t let Carson catch you.
Tom finally made a decision and broke it off with the schoolteacher saying it was best before one of them got hurt and that he didn’t despise the family even if he was still a socialist.
Sarah decided to leave the village but not before letting him know that she could have really loved him. He thanked her for reminding him of who he was but does that mean the former chauffeur will finally settle with the family for good?
Dispatches from downstairs – the servant’s digest:
The police came to interrogate Anna and Lady Mary and it seems the investigation into the valet Green’s mysterious death is now looking toward the lady’s maid.
Surely her husband Bates will step in and admit to the crime in order to save her from further suspicion? He promised his wife that she would always be safe and they would grow old together, I do hope so, I think they’ve been through enough.
Barrow – who is looking more and more peaky as the days go on – was soon on the case asking Mrs Hughes what Anna and Bates had to do with Green, how long can it be before he sniffs out the real reason?



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Branson calls it off with the school teacher – no more awks dinner parties then (Picture: ITV1)

Mrs Patmore was left a small inheritance which she asked Carson’s advice about, she was unsure of his suggestion about investing in a building firm and her and Mrs Hughes confessed that maybe a man’s advice isn’t always the best. That’s right ladies. She decided to buy a little cottage with the money and take on lodgers and brilliantly made it seem like it was the head butler’s idea all along.

With only a few episodes to go in this series I do hope that the Green storyline gets wrapped up and even more I hope that Edith ends the season happy?

review by www.metro.co.uk


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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the insightful posts about each episode and providing me with my weekly Downton fix!

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  2. Thanks, June. You're a star!
    Wendy

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  3. so exciting! loved this episode. thanks so much for posting - can't wait for next week. exit ms.bunting - yay! is isobel going to accept lord merton?! i hope she does! i like the looks of lady rose's fellow! mrs. patmore, mrs. hughes and mr. carson - at their finest! come ON robert, stop being such a jerk to your wife! but i'm glad to see that you were fighting for her, anyway. now apologize for being such an a** lately and make up already!!

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  4. June, Thank you SO much for letting us yanks get our Downton fix early. I was going crazy, and this is the easiest way to do it!

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  5. Thanks for the links each week, Simply June! :)

    I was wondering if you also write for Metro? I've noticed your posts are the same as the Downton review on their site?
    http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/19/downton-abbey-season-5-episode-5-lord-robert-lets-rip-and-simon-bricker-gets-it-4908194/

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  6. As always thank you so much for your thoughtful posts..... I just adore this show I need my fix :-)
    Kathy

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