Downton Abbey recap: The Real World

Mary juggles her men, Edith tries to handle her pregnancy, and someone turns up dead
Ep. 07 | Aired Feb 16, 2014

Nick Briggs

Other things of note:

Rose and Jack are no more. Sadface. Tom catches them together in Thirsk, and tells Mary. Mary, during her trip to London, visits Jack and tells him that Rose only wants to get married to piss off her mother. Jack thinks more of Rose, but agrees that he can't marry her, because he doesn't want to ruin her life. I will miss the jazz singer.

Edith really has a thing for Downton farmers, doesn't she? She wants to have the baby, and give it to Thomas Drew -- the tenant that Robert helped a few episodes ago -- to raise. Rosamund does not like that plan. Rosamund offers to take Edith to Switzerland to have the baby, and leave it with a childless couple there. Violet also susses out the situation, pushing Rosamund's agenda on Edith.

It's terrible that Edith -- who undoubtedly has the best wardrobe this season -- is saddled with this pregnancy storyline. And where is Michael? Are we ever going to find out what happened to him?

They are really pushing Sarah Bunting on us, aren't they? Tom runs into Sarah in Thirsk, where she insults his political values. He happens upon her stalled car on the road, and helps get it up and running -- not before she insults his working as the estate's agent. And he spots her setting up for the bazaar -- where she insults him again for carrying chairs. I don't like her.

It's safe to say that Robert and Cora are in the best place they've ever been. Their reunion when Robert returns from the States is sweet. I don't think he's dreaming of house maids named Jane anymore.

Isobel has a new boyfriend! Kind of. Violet insists that Isobel come to lunch because Lord Merton -- Mary's godfather and the dad of the dude who poisoned Tom in season 3 -- is coming. Merton and Isobel hit it off, and he even sends her flowers. (He does forget that she was Matthew's mother. Some godfather to Mary he must be.)

In other potential love matches, Molesley and Baxter are getting along very well. He even stands up for her to Thomas. I like the idea of Molesley and Baxter, but we really have seen the maid and footman/valet love story before. (Anna and Bates, anyone?)

I'm glad the whole Daisy/Ivy/Alfred has finally been put to rest. And it was good to see Mr. Mason again, doling out wisdom to Daisy.

The Dowager Countess' best lines:

Isobel: It's only me.
Violet: I always feel that greeting betrays such a lack of self-worth.

My dear, please stop talking to me as if I were a child past hope.

Explaining the Teapot Dome Scandal: What is it always about? Bribery and corruption. Taking money to allow private companies to drill for oil on government land.

No life appears rewarding if you think too much about it.

Rosamund has no interest in French. If she wishes to be understood by a foreigner, she shouts.

Then you have told me the truth. But I would like to hear it enunciated more clearly.

Isobel: I'm a feeble substitute for the entire Crawley family.
Violet: Ah yes, but you're better than nothing.

Switzerland has everything to offer. Except perhaps conversation. And one can learn to live without that.

All life is a series of problems which we must try and solve. First one, then the next and the next. Until at last we die.

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