Thursday, January 19, 2012

Downton Abbey- Series 2, Episode 3

This is a quickie recap of episode 3 from series 2 of Downton.  I learned that the dog's name is Isis but it's possible and likely that Lord Grantham mentioned it before and I wasn't paying attention. I also apologize for its tardiness as life has gotten in the way this week.  Who knew that a day off from work would result in me being so far behind on things?  I'd love to say that I was doing something in honor of Dr. King but alas I did not.  I have no excuses.

With the hospital overflowing, Downton has hesitantly opened its doors to those convalescing.  Isobel tries to assert herself fully into the situation but Cora is there at every turn to reign her back in.  Robert is desperate to hold on to some part of his home and is granted a portion of the library and is allowed to still use his dining room but he had to fight for them.  Matthew's commanding officer, General Sir Herbert Strutt, is arriving to see how things are going.  Carson is stressed that he's without a footman to help serve the dinner.  Branson, trying to make a stand against the war, offers his service to Carson but we know Branson really has plans for the General. 

Anna thinks she spots Bates in the village but then figures she must have been mistaken.  When Mary hears this she offers her help in finding out where Bates is and what he's up to.  Her sort-of boyfriend, Sir Richard (aka Lord Newsie), is in the newspaper business after all and has access to lots of information.  Mary soon finds out that Bates is working at a pub in a nearby village so it likely was him that Anna saw that day.

Edith has managed to be useful once again in waiting on and talking to the patients in the house.  She gets to know them all quite well and proves this to the entire group including the impressed General who toasts her at dinner.  I keep hoping that the more Edith finds she's good at, the less she'll waste her time trying to make Mary suffer.  They'd make better allies than enemies but we'll see.

Speaking of Mary, she continues to be slightly jealous of Matthew and Lavinia's engagement.  Lavinia confronts her about information Mary has come across.  It turns out Lavinia gave Mary's boyfriend, Lord Newsie, some information about government spending (the Marconi scandal) and it's assumed that Lavinia would have only given him the info because she was having an affair with him.  It turns out that in exchange for the dirt, Lord Newsie payed off her father's debt.  Oh and she had access to said dirt because her uncle was one of the shady government dudes in question.

Downstairs there's even more going on.  O'Brien is working hard at getting Thomas back in the house but this time her intentions are to protect Lady Cora from Isobel and thinks Thomas can help.  He's fine with it as long as he gets to be part of some scheme, any scheme.

Lang, the valet, is having some serious PTSD and keeps breaking down.  At first it's a small moment of zoning out while putting on Robert's cufflinks but then he escalates to night terrors and a public breakdown.  Carson is about to let him go but Lang has already packed his belongings to leave.  Poor guy.  Interestingly, O'Brien really proved to be a help to him and was able to calm Lang down on a couple of occasions.

William has dropped in for the night to see everyone before he reports to duty.  He also has Daisy on the brain and proposes to her.  She accepts but only because Pattmore forced her.  Pattmore was right though, you don't want to send a heartbroken man off to war.  While there Matthew agrees to help Carson with the dinner after Branson is removed from the dining room.  Anna, Mrs. Hughes and Carson all thought Branson was going to assassinate the general but really he was just going to feed him an icky concoction. 

Am I forgetting anything?  Uh...Anna and Bates!  Anna goes to the pub and they talk.  He tells her his wife, Vera, is still crazy and still blackmailing him with dirt but he won't tell Anna what it's regarding.  He has found out that Vera cheated on him so he should be able to get a divorce from her.  Anna needs to sit tight until it's all straightened out though because he's still not free to marry her.  Anna can't quite keep her hands off of him though and offers to be his mistress. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge! Say. No. More!

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