Edith, my poor Edith!
“I think it’s rather unfair that Mary should have an archbishop to marry her and you’ve got poor old Mr. Travis.”
And that sums up Edith’s life. Mary’s wedding gets the two-hour season premiere treatment; Edith’s wedding gets episode 2. Why did I get my hopes up that there might be a HEA in Edith’s future?
Below you’ll find my impressions as I watched this episode of DA. For a good recap of the episode, check out Austenprose-A Jane Austen blog.
1. Edith’s smile: it was radiant at the top of the episode. I felt happy watching her be happy; one of the few times throughout the series.
2. My hubby, “Shouldn’t someone have warned Moseley about Thomas?”
3. Mary is such a shrew. She still hasn’t forgiven Matthew for not taking the money. If he doesn’t, he better prepare for a lifetime of her snide comments.
4. ”He didn’t tell me, Mrs. Pattmore, you told me.” Carson learning a little subterfuge from Thomas.
5. Branson looking sexy in his formal attire.
6. Okay, this has to be the least romantic statement ever, and it was uttered by the bride-to-be. Doesn’t bode well: “Please understand I don’t love you in spite of your need to be looked after, I love you because of it. I want you to be my life’s work.” Cue sound of his penis shriveling up and falling off–if it hadn’t already.
7. I have absolutely no interest in the unwed mother and Isobel storyline. Move on. “It’s no point. It’s all over for me.” Indeed.
8. There was a good five minutes of the episode I like to call Anna, She Wrote. I’d watch that show, too.
9. Oh no, they’ll have to leave Downton for this new place. How ever will they manage? Room to bring only 8 servants? Must I do everything myself?
10. I’m actually enjoying this thing with O’Brien. I don’t feel sorry for her; I’m still mad that she caused Cora to miscarry the baby.
11. I must agree with hubby: Matthew is getting a little tiresome about not accepting the money. But he can wear the hell out of some blue!
12. Minutes later: Thank God, Matthew is taking the money. Bless you, Daisy (the kitchen maid)—so funny that he needs that explained and we don’t.
13. Loved Edith’s dress; she looked beautiful.
14. Minutes later: Is Edith destined to become the first British female serial killer? I don’t understand why the writers are doing this to her. How much must she endure and still expected be a good person?
15. Does Daisy have the worst taste in men? First Thomas, who doesn’t even play for her team, and now this uncouth idiot? Seriously, didn’t she learn anything from sweet, potato-faced William?
16. And now for the Dowager’s choice bon mots:
At my age one must ration one’s excitement.
Aren’t you a wild thing?
Sybil, vulgarity is no substitute for wit. My favorite.
And so ends my thoughts on this episode of Downton Abbey. What were your thoughts on this episode? Do you feel sorry for Edith? Are you enjoying the Downton wars: Thomas vs. O’Brien? How will Downton fair with two masters?
Make sure you check out Meredith’s Schorr’s blog next week for her recap of Downton Abbey, Episode 3. http://meredithgschorr.wordpress.com/
Is there any cheese, Mrs. Pattmore?