October 26, 2014

Downton Abbey 5 - Episode SIX

Season 5, Episode 6: There is an irresistible bounce to the scandalous Downton Abbey

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Day at the races: Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) in episode six of Downton Abbey series fiveDay at the races: Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) in episode six of Downton Abbey series five Photo: ITVAs series five of Downton Abbey (ITV) began its gallop towards the finish line with Sunday's sixth episode out of eight, it felt like there were more plotlines jostling for position than horses at its gloriously picturesque point-to-point race. Jotting them down, I counted at least 11 in total, ranging from Lady Edith's (Laura Carmichael) love child saga to the Dowager Countess's (Maggie Smith) besotted Russian refugee to Daisy's (Sophie McShera) divided loyalty between dusting Victoria sponges with sugar and studying the Spanish War of Succession.
Downton Abbey series 5At fifty minutes per episode, this means that each story has an average of under five minutes per week. This breathless pace is sometimes Downton's strength, and sometimes its weakness: while certain scenes feel laughably peremptory, the drama also has an irresistible bounce. It's rather like Mark Twain's observation that “If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” If you don't like the storyline, put the kettle on then come back: happily, I never have to spend more than a few seconds staring at the broad plate of misery that is Mr Bates' (Brendan Coyle) face before the Dowager Countess is verbally impaling a servant.
We saw the dramatic climax of Lady Edith's story, as she discovered that her missing fiancĂ© had indeed been done in by Hitler's henchmen (at least he hadn't merely choked on a pretzel). Fed up of weeping by the fireside, she snatched her daughter away from her secret foster home and checked in to a hotel for ice cream, champagne and looming ignominy. Her flight was hardly surprising, given that her family – with unfeasible insensitivity – had chosen to commiserate with a picnic and a day at the races. A clash with Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) as the household gathered for dinner also rang false: for all her prickliness, Mary has been built up as a sympathetic character who has matured through real grief, not someone to tell her distraught sister that she “always ruins everything” like a churlish five year-old.
While Lady Edith concealed the family scandal for the time being, Lady Mary contented herself with looking scandalous. She had her hair slashed into a bob, then tore around the point-to-point course in hot pursuit of her admirers, reversing the usual dynamic. How she managed to return from a frenetic gallop across muddy fields with impeccable makeup is a mystery on a par with who killed Mr Green. Still, the femme fatale role suits her as much as the haircut. Bring on the next episode, which promises more swift manoeuvring and gasps around the dinner table.

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  1. oh my gosh, what a spectacular episode. thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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      I also just added it to the main Downton tab/page

  3. Hi - I can't get episodes 6, 7 or 8 to open. Whether Microsoft or Google (6 seems to just be linked to Microsoft), I get messages that say it is no longer available. Is it possible to get an updated link? I get to episode 9/Christmas Special without a problem. Thanks, Susie