By Randi Bergman and Paige Dzenis
The biggest rule of Downton Abbey is that all things exciting will soon turn tragic. In the opening sequence Edith is overjoyed by the preparations for her wedding—only to quickly have “her life’s work” leave her at the altar. However, the benefit of the show is that it satisfies its audience by just as quickly bringing joy back to those it has shunned—so we’re certainly hoping things will once again look up for poor Edith. Until then, let’s discuss the other developments of episode two: Matthew gets a letter that surprises no one (except himself), the Dowager Countess continues to meddle and we wonder if the show will be forced to change its name to Downton Place. What? Read on for our full recap.
Best upstairs downstairs moment:
When the Crawleys journey to Downtown Place to get a look at their future living quarters, their reactions are just as high-class as ever. The Dowager Countess’s stiff “It’s nice enough” is quickly countered with the chauffer Tom’s “You do believe for most people it looks like a fairy palace.”
Best old timey sex joke that’s not even a sex joke:
When Sybil makes a sexy quip about Edith not getting much sleep on her wedding night, the Dowager Countess quickly shoots back “Sybil, vulgarity is no substitute for wit.” While making sex jokes around your grandmother is still not recommended, wouldn’t it have been kind of hilarious if granny lol-d?
Loveliest discarded headpiece:
Oh Edith! We were so nervous when we saw Sir Anthony listening to Gran’s snide remarks about your marriage and can’t believe he left you at the altar. No matter how sad you are now (apparently you can’t even see the food that was prepared for your big day) do hold on to that pretty barrette. It’s very Rodarte and you’ll certainly be able to wear it again throughout the roaring 1920s.
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