Editor's Note (1/31/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Downton Abbey 6x05, airing tonight on PBS in the U.S.
Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?
Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. We'll be repromoting Naz's recaps then, so feel free to wait to read them until that time to remain unspoiled.
Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Series 6, Episode 5. Enjoy!
I’m going to call this week’s episode “When Unpleasantness Visits Downton.” Everything about the show was about some sort of unpleasantness, with the exception of three teeny tiny moments. I’m going to recap the episode a bit out of order since there weren’t many connecting storylines.
The first bit of unpleasantness was the whole business with Mr. Mason moving into the Drewes' farm. That is, of course, not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, but I’m so disappointed with the way the poor Drewe family was ushered out that I simply can’t feel happy about kindly Mr. Mason living within a “20-minute walk” of the big house. Anyway, Mrs. Patmore suggests going down to help him get settled, and Daisy and, surprisingly, Andy, follow along. While they’re all gathered around, Mary and Tom (who are on their way to see Henry Talbot “look” at the racing car–more on that later), stop by, ostensibly to wish Mr. Mason luck, but really to make sure that he is able to care for the pigs given his feeble old age. Before Mr. Mason has a chance to say anything, Andy jumps in and tells everyone that he and Mr. Mason had chatted about it and he was going to stop by to help with the heavy lifting (so to speak) whenever needed. Keep in mind, he’s planning on doing this during his “breaks” at the house. Yes, let’s not talk about how unrealistic that would be.
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