Downton Abbey recap: We cry our way through episode four with wounded lovers, more scandal, and the saddest wedding of all time
Least healthy sign of solidarity: This week’s episode begins with Matthew and William’s unit about to attack the Germans. Just before he blows the whistle, they all share a few friendly cigarettes. While many of them are about to die in like five seconds, don’t the rest of them worry about what a few puffs are going to do to their health? Really, haven’t they seen the commercials?
Best use of noble power: Granny spends the entire episode fighting to get poor wounded William back to Downton, revealing a nurturing side we haven’t seen before. Is there something more behind her love of the former footman or is it just part of her Dowager duties to ensure everyone, upstairs and down, is taken care of? (However, despite her very vocal concern, this doesn’t stop Granny from saying “I just have a cold,” when Edith catches her crying at William and Daisy’s wedding.)
Best way to make us wish we had a seriously ill and totally engaged crush: The love in Mary’s eyes as Matthew’s near lifeless body is carried into the convalescent home almost makes us wish we had a near-dead lover ourselves!
Worst person to ask for help: Thanks to Vera, we’re still hung up on Mary’s Turkish transgression—which happened, what, four years ago? Did British society really obsess over the lives of the nobility (especially when more important things, like war are happening) so much that the story would still ruin her? Sir Richard Carlisle seems to think so: when she asks him for help, he’s delighted that her perfect reputation is anything but. We will admit, Carlisle gets the job done (and oh, Vera’s anger is amazing!) however, his ominous “As my future wife, you’re entitled to be in debt to me,” comment to Mary makes us uneasy for what’s to come.
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