“I’m surprised you know what a gear shift is.”
“I know more than you think.”
I don’t know why I never noticed it before, but Tom Branson wears enormous hats. In the opening scene of Downton Abbey Season 6, Episode 4, we see Tom walking the estate, and his hat is huge. But when I went looking for pictures, it turns out that this goes back practically to the introduction of his character. Here’s a picture of him with Sybil and it’s like he’s practically the Flying Nun. Look at that thing!
The “agent conflict” between Tom and Mary is going to amount to nothing, because Tom wants to be an auto mechanic (or “in that world”) when he grows up. He was a chauffeur, remember? So I guess he likes cars. And Mary likes running things. And for the record, Lady Mary calling Tom her “brother” should go a long way to calming you weird Tom/Mary ‘shippers. I never could get behind that one.
In other news about people named Tom, Thomas Barrow is just about on my last nerve. He’s Mister Mopey, all put out and sad while grinning. There was one steely-eyed gaze that made me think he’d return to being Thomas the Villain, and at this point, I’d relish it, but it remains to be seen. Thomas is doing what Thomas always does, being a bitch to people who won’t love him, because he’s a bitch, and then feeling sorry for himself because no one loves him. This is simply not fascinating, although his guided tour of Bad Places to Work in Yorkshire has been somewhat entertaining. But we didn’t get that this week.
We didn’t get much this week, in terms of actual events. The war over hospital management is interminable. Lady Edith may get involved with a college for women. Gwen came for lunch. Everyone felt sad about Sybil. Mary reunited with Talbot, who, because he is played by Matthew Goode, is a better prospect for a love interest than anyone else. Seriously, don’t hire a movie star if you want the audience to be surprised about a budding romance. The Carsons came back from their honeymoon, and everyone was absolutely overjoyed that Mrs. Hughes won’t be allowed to use her married name at work, because GOD FORBID THE GENTRY SHOULD BE MILDLY AND TEMPORARILY INCONVENIENCED. In those days, a married name meant a lot to a woman, and still does to many women today, and yet they all cheer to take it away from her because, for a few weeks, they’ll trip over their tongues, and that’s simply too much to ask. Assholes.
Mrs. Pattmore declared she will die a virgin, which sucks. She also called Daisy “Karl Marx”. Honestly, the whole Daisy thing makes no sense. It’s a series of miscommunications and half-communications and assumptions worthy of an episode of Laverne & Shirley, except with class warfare thrown in. But Daisy’s class warfare is incoherent; she’s not arguing that the lower classes should have additional rights, but that the upper classes should be more considerate out of the goodness of their hearts. And, in the case of the Crawleys, they are, so Daisy should never have gotten mad in the first place. In truth, it’s the plot that’s incoherent. People like Mr. Mason really were dispossessed, because, of course, they never were able to own “their” farms. Neither Daisy nor the show is interested in changing that, and the show further implies that if the lower classes would just shut up and wait, of course the gentry will help out. This doesn’t reflect reality. But the costumes are great. This is probably why Daisy is so incoherent–ugly costumes.
Oh, there’s this Baxter thing, and that could get good, except a dramatic confrontation of a serial abuser doesn’t seem very Downton Abbey, so it’ll probably happen off-camera, and then Baxter will thank Moseley, or something meek like that. I did like the ferocity with which she rolled her eyes at him, though. Also, Anna almost had a miscarriage, but didn’t, because the upper classes were there to throw money and cars and doctors at things.
In Very Important News of the Gentry, His Lordship has GIRD.
I don’t know why Lady Mary chased off her suitors, or why she is happy about it. This all happened off-camera. Now, a suitor is back, and he’s Matthew Goode, and they have a delightful dinner flirtation.
Also, I choked up over Sibyl. I don’t believe Mary misses her nearly as much as she claims, because it would involve Mary thinking about other people, but I choked up.
How about you Basketcases? Do you miss Sibyl? Did you remember Gwen? Who do you think Thomas will poison?