Mon
Oct 28 2013 9:33am

Downton Abbey Season 4 (Series 4), Episode 6 Recap: Birthday Surprises

Earl Grantham and his countess in Downton Abbey 4.06

The Crawley family and their devoted staff are back in Downton Abbey Series 4, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Naz's recaps when Season 4 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note for U.S. Viewers: Last night's episode of Downton Abbey was aired as “Episode 5” on PBS but originally aired as “Episode 6” in the U.K. in October, when this recap was first posted.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's episode, 4x06. Enjoy!

We start the episode with Daisy happily giving Alfred preferential treatment at the breakfast table because he’s staying at Downton. Upstairs, Mary tells Anna that Evelyn and his boss, Mr. Blake, are coming to stay in a few days, and that she’s looking forward to learning how to manage the estate better from them. She also asks Anna if everything is “sorted out” now that Anna’s moved back to the cottage and looks a bit better, and Anna tells her that things are not all better, but they’re getting there. It still amazes me how no-one pressed Anna to tell them what was wrong. The infamous British stiff upper lip and all that, I suppose! Bates is “brooding” (as he puts it), but at least the two of them are smiling at each other again.

Meanwhile, Robert has received a letter from America, and apparently, “Uncle Harold” (Cora’s brother) has made a bad investment (involving oil leases) and is in a bit of trouble. I can’t wait for him to show up at Downton! We all know that the incomparable Paul Giamatti has the role, so it’s definitely going to be something to look forward to!

Rose has planned an extra surprise for Robert’s (also surprise) birthday party, and she hasn’t told anyone what it is, not even Cora. It turns out that she’s hired a band to play after dinner, and she enlists Mrs. Hughes with the arrangements. It’s a great inconvenience for the staff, who have to roll up carpets, and get everything set up, not to mention arrange for food and rooms for the players. Thomas tries to suss out what Rose has planned, but Mrs. Hughes won’t tell him anything. It’s really funny to see Mrs. Hughes get him all riled up! Poor Thomas. He’s never going to have the staff’s trust.

Tom and Mary are inspecting the estate, and their new venture in pig farming, when she asks him if he’s really planning on going to America, and he assures her that he won’t leave until this new farming scheme is well under way.

Downton Abbey 4.06Back at the Dower House, a Japanese netsuke goes missing, and Violet, who’s convinced Pegg’s the thief, fires him, and of course, Isobel is enraged. She goes to see Violet and protest, and while they’re arguing, the butler shows up with the netsuke. Apparently, the little statue had fallen inside the maid’s cleaning bucket. Violet’s pretty embarrassed (although she claims to be “relieved,”) and Isobel looks triumphant.

Isobel: “Aren’t you going to say you’re sorry?”

Violet: “Certainly not. He may not have taken this, or he may have sneaked it in to the maid’s bucket when we weren’t looking.”

Isobel: “Oh. How you hate to be wrong!”

Violet: “I wouldn’t know. I’m not familiar with the sensation.”

Ha ha! Clearly, Violet’s not going to give up on this, and admit that she made a mistake.

Edith still hasn’t heard from Gregson. No letters, no calls. She’s pretty distraught, and Cora tries to reassure her, but Edith knows something is wrong.

Downton Abbey 4x06Oh, look! Alfred got in to the program at the Ritz! One of the candidates dropped out, and since Alfred was next on the list, he got in! Daisy’s not too happy about that, of course, but everyone else congratulates him. Anna and Baxter offer to wash and mend his clothes, and Carson tells him that he can leave as soon as he’d like. Ivy goes to comfort Daisy, but she accuses Ivy of being the cause of Alfred’s wanting to leave. They’re just about to get into it when Mrs. Patmore comes in and puts a stop to it. After dinner, the family congratulates Alfred, and he takes the opportunity to thank Robert and Mr. Carson for taking such good care of him, and teaching him so well. Oh, Alfred! You’re so sweet!

Meanwhile, Jimmy is not missing his chance to ask Ivy out on a date, and Anna asks Bates to go out on a date with her. Mrs. Hughes asks Mr. Carson to call Molesley and ask him to come in and take over Alfred’s position, but Carson refuses, because Molesley was so…hesitant the last time he was offered the job.

Mrs. Hughes: “He agreed the last time.”

Mr. Carson: “Yes, he agreed much as Kaiser Bill agreed to abdicate with the greatest possible reluctance!”

Mrs. Hughes: “But surely …”

Mr. Carson: “I’m sorry Mrs. Hughes. Young Alfred gave thanks tonight for the courtesy and the kindness that he has received here, both from the family, and from me, and that is what I like to see: gratitude. I don’t want someone who has to be dragged into the house by his heels.”

Even when Mrs. Patmore pleads Molesley’s case, Carson won’t budge. Thomas corners Baxter, and tries to figure out what the “secret” is, and he thinks it might have to do with the estate not being able to afford so much staff. He urges Baxter to find out what’s going on. Well, Alfred leaves the next day, and before he goes, he tells Daisy that she’s a good person and will find a man someday, but that man was never going to be him.

Back at their cottage, Anna tells Bates that she wants to start making some new memories. She wants to make sure that their memories of happiness are not from “before.” And he tells her that he’s happy whenever he looks at her. Aww! Anna starts crying and tells him that he’s really not happy, and that “everything is shadowed. Every moment we share is shadowed.” Yes. No matter what happens, and how Julian Fellowes ties up this particular storyline, this will stay with Anna, and Bates, for the rest of their lives.

Oh, look at this! Isobel has clearly not given up on the matter with Pegg. She hatches a scheme to teach Violet a lesson. She hides outside the Dower House, and as soon as Violet leaves, shows up and pretends to be dizzy, so the butler shows her to the drawing room and leaves her alone. As soon as the butler leaves, she starts scouring the room, and finally finds the missing letter opener in the cushions of Violet’s usual chair! She gives it to the butler and asks him to make sure to give it to Violet. Oh, this is going to be good. I can’t wait to see Violet’s reaction!

Isobel comes back later in the evening with Dr. Clarkson in tow, and confronts Violet. She accuses Violet of being unjust, and while she’s ranting away, Clarkson steps in and asks her to calm down and give Violet a chance to respond. Violet rings for the butler, and tells him to ask Pegg to come into the drawing room. Ha ha! Seems like Violet beat Isobel to the punch and rehired the young man. Good for her! It’s really fun to watch these two old ladies battle it out like this, but of course, there is no way that Violet would let Isobel outsmart her! Apparently, not only did she rehire Pegg, she actually apologized to him for thinking he was a thief. As Dr. Clarkson put it, “that was game, set, and match to Lady Grantham.”

Bates and Anna in Downton Abbey Season 4Bates and Anna show up at a posh hotel restaurant for their date, and the snooty maître d’ won’t honor their reservation. He makes some lame comments about how his establishment only caters to the very best, and how at that very moment, the Countess of Grantham is dining with her friends. Of course, Cora comes over and sorts everything out. Yay, Cora! The maître d’ seats Anna and Bates immediately, and starts groveling. Hah! Their date doesn’t really go very well though. Anna can’t seem to enjoy herself, and she feels bad about it.

Anna: “Sorry. I was a fool to think we could leave it behind.”

Bates: “Don’t be sorry. I’m sorry. Every time I remember what you’ve been through, I want to murder.”

Anna: “But I’m not a victim. That’s not who I am. The worst part is that you see me as a victim.”

Bates: “Oh, my darling! I see you as a woman I should’ve protected.”

… And, Cora interrupts them. Sigh. I wish they had finished this conversation. Good for Anna for not wanting to be a victim, and I hope she really means it. Back home, Cora’s in her room getting ready for bed and starts confiding in Mary that she feels there’s something wrong with Anna and Bates. Baxter’s in the room too, and she hears everything. Oh, great. Now Baxter’s going to go and report all of this to Thomas, and all hell will break loose. Ugh. She tells Thomas what she’s heard, but she also tells him that she doesn’t like being in this position, tattling on the family like this. Thomas reminds her that she took the position knowing the conditions, and that she needs to decide where her loyalties lie. What is Thomas up to? And what is his relationship with this woman? I actually like her. She seems really nice. I wonder what she’s done for Thomas to have such a hold on her.

Edith in Downton Abbey Series 4, episode 6Back at the Abbey, the evening post brings Edith a letter. And no, it’s not from Gregson. It’s from the doctor she visited in London, and oh my goodness! Edith’s pregnant! She goes off to have a good cry in the library where Robert finds her. He offers to help, if it has anything to do with Gregson, and she tells him that there’s a detective in Munich working with the German police looking for Michael. She tells Robert that she just wants to know what’s happened to Michael, even it means finding out that he’s dead. Robert tries to comfort her, but of course, he doesn’t know about her condition.

Meanwhile, Jimmy makes the moves on Ivy again, and they end up kissing in the park after they come back from the movie. He tries to do a bit more than kissing, and Ivy pushes him off. Okay, we really don’t need another sexual assault on this show right now. Seriously. He tells Ivy that he’s been good to her, taking her out on dates, etc., and that it’s not right for her to not give something back to him in return. What? Ugh. Ivy tells him off and goes back to the house. Good for her! I never liked Jimmy, to be honest. Any way, Ivy lets Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore know what happened. Daisy’s in the room too, and as soon as Ivy starts talking about how Alfred would’ve never tried to impose himself on her like Jimmy, Daisy loses it. She tells Ivy that she shouldn’t be talking about Alfred’s virtues after she broke his heart. Ivy’s confused about Daisy’s outburst, but Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore basically tell her that she had it coming. Ha ha.

The next day, Evelyn and Blake arrive at the Abbey. It turns out that they’re not really surveying the estates to help them recover, but simply to analyze what the effects of their deterioration has on the overall economy. Mary doesn’t like Blake’s attitude, but he really doesn’t care. He says that the government is more concerned about feeding the country than hurting the feelings of the aristocracy. Ouch. Mary immediately starts being snarky with him, and tells him that he has to “try” and be witty that evening because it’s Robert’s birthday, but after that, the family will lower their expectations of him. Double ouch!

Molesley, who’d been repaving the station entrance, sees Alfred leave, and comes over to the Abbey to let Mr. Carson know that he is still “willing” to take the position. Carson tells him that there is no position available at the house, and sends him on his way. Molesley appeals to Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore, but they tell him that Carson won’t change his mind. Poor Molesley! He’s so despondent. Well, the ladies take matters into their own hands and Mrs. Patmore “hires” Molesley to help serve the servants’ tea during Robert’s birthday dinner. When Carson finds out that Molesley has lowered himself to that level, he gives up and hires Molesley. Yay!

Isobel shows up a bit earlier and goes up to the nursery to visit with little George. Both Mary and Tom are up there too, getting ready to feed the babies. Isobel asks Mary if she’s okay with Gillingham’s engagement, and Mary tells her that she’s fine with it, because she’s not ready to be happy with someone else.

Isobel: “When I got engaged, I was so in love with Reginald, I felt sick. I was sick with love. Literally. It seems so odd to think about it now, it really does.”

Tom: “It was the same for me. As if I’d gone mad or been hypnotized or something. Days. Weeks. All I could think about was her.”

Mary: “And me. I was standing outside in the snow, and I didn’t have a coat. But I wasn’t cold, because all I kept thinking was, ‘he’s going to propose. He’s going to propose’”

Isobel: “Well! Aren’t we the lucky ones!”

What a fantastic and sweet scene! Watching these three, who’ve lost their loves, bond like this, and remember the people they loved so fondly. Sniff.

Jack Ross in Downton Abbey 4x06Rose goes downstairs to let the servants know about the band, and thank them for their help and just as Carson assures her that they can handle the extra work, the band shows up and oh, look! It’s Jack Ross! The singer from the Lotus Club! Oh, Rose. You’ve really done it this time. What are all of these snobby guests (and equally snobby servants) going to think of this? While the band is relaxing, Carson asks Jack if he’s ever thought about visiting Africa. Ha ha!!

Jack: “And why should I go to Africa, Mr. Carson? I’m no more African than you are. Well, not much more. My people came over in the 1790s. We won’t go into why or how.”

Carson: “Oh no. Better left unsaid.”

Mrs. Hughes: “Oh, Mr. Ross. You’ve uncovered something about the past that Mr. Carson doesn’t approve of. Well done!”

Hah! And of course, Carson defends England as having led the world in the fight against slavery.

Upstairs, the dinner is well underway, and Mary is arguing with Blake about pigs, when he tells her that she’s a “sentimentalist who cannot face the truth.” I’m assuming the conversation started about aristocrats, and not pigs! Any way, Evelyn still seems to have a soft spot for Mary, and is not necessarily happy with the way Blake and her are arguing. Isobel asks Tom why he wants to emigrate to America, and he tells her that as much as he’s gotten to love the family, he doesn’t feel like he belongs, and that the likelihood of another Earl’s daughter, who’s as “free” as Sybil, to fall in love with him is not very high. Robert is happy to see Isobel come out of her shell, and of course, Violet tells him not to be too happy about it, because it also means that she’s ready for battle again!

Any way, at the end of the dinner, the band starts to play, and Rose ushers Robert out, who promptly stops and stares aghast at the singer. Uh oh. He recovers gracefully though, and everyone starts dancing. Phew. I thought maybe he’d make a fuss. Edith seems to have more of a problem with Jack Ross, and Violet tells her that she needs to be “wary of being provincial,” and to let her “time in London rub off a bit more.” I love Violet. Seriously. She always rises to every occasion and handles it with so much grace and elegance!

Evelyn: “Is this your first experience of jazz, Lady Grantham?”

Violet: “Oh, is that what it is? Do you think any of them know what the others are playing? Hm?”

Ha ha! Mary and Blake continue their tiff, and Mary accuses Evelyn of bringing a “traitor” into their midst. Blake tells Evelyn that he doesn’t really like Mary, because she feels entitled to all of her wealth, without wanting to work or fight for it. Oh, Mr. Blake. You don’t know Mary at all, do you? Tom asks Isobel to dance, and she tells him that things can happen at Downton that no one could have imagined. I think she’s trying to dissuade him from leaving.

After the party, Robert and Cora discuss the surprise, and he tells her that they might make a “modern” out of Carson after all, since the butler felt that Jack Ross was a decent fellow. They also talk about Edith and Gregson, and how there’s no information about him. Robert doesn’t seem to be worried too much about Michael, but is pretty concerned about Harold. Cora is too. She says that she had a letter from her mother about her brother as well. Meanwhile, Mary goes downstairs to catch up with Jack Ross and ask him to bill Robert for the band (instead of Rose), and catches Rose making out with Jack. She doesn’t let on that she saw anything, but how much you want to bet that she’s going to call Rose on it later?

Next week, Robert’s been summoned to America, I’m assuming to deal with whatever’s happening with Harold. Violet doesn’t feel well (oh no!) and Isobel looks after her, while Mary continues her contentious exchanges with Blake. Rosamund confronts Edith, and oh no! Green comes back to the Abbey and we see Anna crying in the hallway. Eep!

Editor's note: Downton Abbey fans, take note! The book Behind the Scenes of Downton Abbey may well be relevant to your interests—it's full of Season 4 goodness.

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Naz Keynejad is an avid reader, copy/story editor, and is currently working on her Masters degree in English literature. She’s a self-professed literary nerd and has a “thing” for period dramas. She will watch anything as long as it’s filled with British accents, suppressed sexual tension, angst, and of course, period costumes. Oh, and there has to be tea. Lots of tea.

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sl1878
1. sl1878
Silly me for thinking the pregnancy related plotlines had been exhausted by this point...
sl1878
2. Canucks
If the DA watchers thought that S02 was a downer, S04 may soon do that season one (or more) better.

Consider the following:

S01 started with the down of the Titanic, death of a Turkish diplomat, and ended in the loss of a baby and the start of WWI!

S02 started in the trenches of The Somme, death & destruction of the Britain's young, and ended in the death of a sweet girl and the arrest and incarceration of a good man. (Never mind its Christmas Special .. 90% of which was devoted to a "waiting game" where the "prize" was knowing whether the good man was going to be hung!)

S03 started with a car speeding towards an Abbey which was in clear danger of being lost, a horrific death of one of its true angels, and ended watching the same speeding car approaching Abbey but this time in the cruel and bloody death of one of its two rocks which arguably formed the foundation of this show's past three seasons!

This year ... S04 literally opened with the darkest of the shots of an Abbey where everyone was still in mourning, proceeded to give us a brutal rape of one of its most beloved characters, and now is destined to end with this rapist coming back into her and other people's lives …

Please someone tell me that this writer-creator fellow knows or has ever experienced a happy life when he was growing-up, or perhaps, does even today.

Someone please remind me a scene or an occasion, where two innocent and beautiful babies that were born into this show, Sibbie and George, are “held close” … I mean really close … by someone, anyone, in this family this season.

Someone please tell me that there really is something truly real and genuine in this series that should compel us to watch it for its celebration and beauty of goodness, happiness, and enduring love in life.

Please, please ... someone tell me ... that this is not what we now know as “entertainment” on a Sunday night.
Naz Keynejad
3. nazkey
@sl1878 - to be honest, Edith's pregnancy was predictable, especially after Rosamund cautioned her that it might happen. We'll see where they're going to take this storyline, I suppose, but I just hope that after everything Edith's endured, she doesn't end up with an "illegitimate" baby!

@Canucks - I'm really, really upset that Green's coming back in the next episode, but I also knew that it would be inevitable. They have to resolve that somehow. I just hope that Bates doesn't do anything crazy (or "murder" as he put it). The series has become very difficult to watch, frankly. And I agree with you that the "entertainment" value has diminished significantly.
Brianna
4. carmenlire
Am I the only one who is actually really enjoying this season? I know it's really dark, but I like the drama and intensity. I can't wait to see what will go on with Anna and Green--and when Bates will piece it all together with certainty. With Edith's condition, she has been through so much, and I have come to really like her. She has definitely grown as a character and I think that she has such strength, which she will only begin to realize during this situation. Things are getting interesting with Rose and Jack, , , Mary isn't one to gossip, but I can't wait to see her confront Rose with it. I only hope Rose isn't completely immature and naive about it. Who know Carson could be such a modern thinker? And how true that nothing really seems to ever faze the Dowager. Jimmy? REally? Can't say that came as a shock, but at least Alfred is gone--and his scene in the drawing room and later with Daisy was very well done! I hope that this gives Dasiy impetus to spread her wings a little and maybe see the farm that she will inherit.

As for this episode, I spent at least half of it laughing hysterically. The exchanges between Violet and Isobel were priceless, especially with Violet faking dizziness and searching for the letter opener! And Carson and Mosely were just perfect! Mosely is just the character that makes you want to sign over his obliviousness and laugh at the same time too.
As for the next episode, I'm scared for Violet's health!! But I love that Isobel helps her through it.
Sorry for all the rambling!
sl1878
5. sl1878
@carmenlire

Nope, I'd definitely enjoying it too. I didn't bother watching DA in seasons 1 and 2 for the most part because I found it boring. Season 3 reeled me in somewhat, and S4 has me hooked.
sl1878
6. Friederike H. Keck
I am also enjoying this season. DA is still a million times better than anything we ever had in Germany. No one beats the British with period drama.
Happiness is gerat in real life but in a TV show there is a need for drama. So for me Julian Fellowes is still doing a wonderful job.
I am looking forward for the last two episodes and the CS.
I hope the Dowager Countess will recover, I hate the thought to loose Tom, I like the storyline around Lady Edith, I am interested in uncle Harold and the Americans. Mr Carson and his scheming underbutler are always great fun. There are storylines I am less involved with but I still enjoy every minute of the show.
Friederike from Munich (Germany)
Naz Keynejad
7. nazkey
I wouldn't say that I'm NOT enjoying it, because yes, it's dramatic and intense, and full of energy. There have been no "throw away" episodes like we've had in the past. My thing is that Anna's story is just not easy to watch. It's heartbreaking. I'm hoping that we will have some sort of resolution (without Bates ending up in jail, or being hanged for murder).
sl1878
8. Friederike H. Keck
Naz, you are right of course. There is no "easy" solution for Anna´s story. And I really hope that JF does not try to do so. I am very relieved that she is not pregnant on top of all.
In the past I really did not like the "easy" pie-solution for the whole Anna-Bates-jail-drama.
So lets wait and see and drink a lot of tea (as I do at the moment).
I am still hoping for a Anna-Bates-baby but certainly not this season. And I am looking forward to your next great recap. Thank you again. Cánt wait till Monday.
Friederike (Munich)
sl1878
9. Canucks
You will soon find out the trouble Harold Levinson is in and why Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham is heading out to the U.S. of A.

Though the clues that were dropped in this episode do not jive precisely with the known historical context, it may also be the case that these may also be hints for potential story lines in S05.

Since some of us enjoy this show when there is a bit more paint from the history bucket, here is a bief history lesson for the benefit of like minded DA viewers:

Albert Bacon Fall & the US Oil Reserves Scandal - 1920-23

Teapot Dome Scandal, also called Oil Reserves Scandal or Elk Hills Scandal, in American history, is a scandal of the early 1920s surrounding the secret leasing of federal oil reserves by the secretary of the interior, Albert Bacon Fall.

. . . . . . . . . .

As a member of the Republican Party, Albert Bacon Fall was elected as one of the first U.S. Senators from New Mexico in the year 1912. During his tenure in the US Senate, Fall become close friends with the people who would later make up the infamous Ohio Gang, which secured him a cabinet position in March 1921.

The Ohio Gang (1921-1924) was a gang of politicians and industry leaders closely surrounding Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States of America. Many of these individuals came into Harding's personal orbit during his tenure as a state-level politician in Ohio, hence the name.

During the Harding administration, several members of the so-called Ohio Gang became involved in financial scandals. These included the Teapot Dome scandal and apparent malfeasance at the U.S. Department of Justice, many of which ended in prison terms and suicides. Following Harding's sudden death of a heart attack in 1923, many members of the Ohio Gang were effectively removed from the corridors of power by Harding's Vice President and successor, Calvin Coolidge.

. . . . . . . . . .

After President Warren G. Harding transferred supervision of the naval oil reserve lands from the navy to the Department of the Interior in 1921, Fall secretly granted to Harry F. Sinclair of the Mammoth Oil Company exclusive rights to the Teapot Dome (Wyoming) reserves (April 7, 1922). He granted similar rights to Edward L. Doheny of Pan American Petroleum Company for the Elk Hills and Buena Vista Hills reserves in California (1921–22). In return for the leases, Fall received large cash gifts and no-interest “loans.”

When the affair became known, Congress directed President Harding to cancel the leases; the Supreme Court declared the leases fraudulent and ruled illegal Harding’s transfer of authority to Fall. Although the president himself was not implicated in the transactions that had followed the transfer, the revelations of his associates’ misconduct took a severe toll on his health; disillusioned and exhausted, he died before the full extent of the wrongdoing had been determined.

Fall was convicted of accepting a bribe in the Elk Hills negotiations and imprisoned.

Doheny and Sinclair were acquitted of charges of bribery and criminal conspiracy, but Sinclair spent 6 1/2 months in prison for contempt of court and contempt of the U.S. Senate. Although the secretary of the navy, Edwin Denby, had signed all the leases, he was cleared of all charges.

While “Teapot Dome” entered the American political vocabulary as a synonym for governmental corruption, the scandal had little long-term effect on the Republican Party. Calvin Coolidge, a Republican, was elected president in 1924.

But Senator Albert B. Fall, the former secretary of the interior, earned the dubious honor of being the first US cabinet official ever sentenced to prison.

It is my guess that we will shortly learn that Mr. Levinson was, too, "circulating" in these coridors of power and was likely involved in the early stages of what did eventually become the Teapot Dome scandal.
sl1878
11. scub81
I gotta tel ya, this season so far up to 7 episodes(yeah I got them, downloaded them already) Has bees GREAT, enjoying the hell out of it
sl1878
12. Travelover
In my opinion Lady Sybil wanted to better society by breaking with tradition, while Rose seems to just want to experience every "taboo" there is. At this point she's the one character that annoys me. I liked Blake because he isn't a bore like what's his name who left last week to get engaged, yet kissed Mary goodbye. I am looking forward to some "royal" battles between him and Mary, AND hopefully it will build to a TRUE romance and they'll have some love scenes that will knock her socks off. I still think it's a shame Rose was raped, and I STILL believe it was to give her and Bates a storyline - totally unnecessary when there are so many other alternatives. I like Carson, but I think he has a tendency to be a bit of a snob, and Mrs. Hughes is great at reining in his prejudices. I LOVED the scene in the restaurant where the maitre d came out looking like a fool. I LOVE the number of costume changes for the women - the different time periods - before the war and after the war - the noticible change in fashion. I'm looking forward to seeing the 30's!
sl1878
13. Phyllis Meyer
The absolute loveliest moment was the conversation between Tom, Isobel and Mary as they remembered those moments of first love each of them had.
Naz Keynejad
14. nazkey
@Travellover - I like Blake too. A LOT more than Gillingham!

@Phyllis - I agree. Makes me cry every time I see it.
sl1878
15. Natalie Burrows
I complain about the soap-opera aspects of this series but keep going back for more. I really don't like the truncated scenes and quick cuts, however. I can guess where, more and more, the plots are going; but it's fun to see if I am right. I find the underlying history of special interest and am hoping we will learn more about the Munich Putsch in which I think Edith's beau is involved.
I'll keep watching.
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