Well sheeeeeee’s back! The Dowager Countess has returned from hiatus and is freely dispensing zingers and bon mots. The halo comment made me bust out! And now she has taken to giving a very sinister chuckle after she dishes it out which makes me laugh even louder. I must give Lady Violet credit though, the recipient of most of her slap shots was Mrs. Crawley, and mercifully she has been quite gentle with Isobel early on, but now that Isobel is emerging from her grief and immersing herself again as a good deed doer, the Dowager is unleashing her tongue once again. But I dare say, I suspect she unloads them wrapped up in a bow of love…with a spoonful of mischief! Charlotte posted below one of her best lines all season!
So on to the Bates-Anna saga. Mr. Bates coerced Mrs. Hughes into disclosing Anna’s secret, and Anna frankly seemed relieved now that he knows and has reacted favorably, but in Mrs. Hughes presence Mr. Bates swore that this is not over. When he did that it made me very uncomfortable that he seems to be hell-bent on revenge, and even though Mrs. Hughes and Anna covered up the true perpetrator, I know that Mr. Bates will find out. Will be interesting to see where this goes.
Lady Edith has not yet heard from Mr. Griegson who has left for Germany. Its taken every bit of willpower not to search for the answer to her fate on the internet, but I shall remain in the dark. She did however pay a visit to a physician in London, based on the ruse of going to Mr. Griegson’s office. Could she be pregnant? Maybe Lady Rosamond’s prediction will come true, Edith may very well be feeling sorry later for her lapse.
Alfred got his chance to test at the London Ritz for a full scholarship to culinary school, however despite much practice, he did not get in. I dare say though Daisy is quite pleased that he will remain. And the hapless Mr. Molesley missed yet another opportunity for employment at the Abbey while Alfred was away, by taking too long to make up his mind to work as a footman. I hope he eventually gets a break, but it makes for a continuing story line having him endure all the hard knocks.
We have yet to find out the connection between Thomas and the new Ladies maid, Mrs. Baxter. He certainly has her in his clutch, we just have to find out why.
Mary had a visit from an old love interest, Mr. Napier, but it seems like he brings with him some rather distressing reasons why he and his boss are in Yorkshire. Lord Grantham continues to be the advocate for the old ways, bestowing a lease on the heir of one of the estates tenants, and while Branson was pleased, hopefully the tenant will pull his weight to support the estate. Mary remains skeptical, but a healthy dose of skepticism is a good counterbalance to her father’s pollyanna. We’ll see where it goes.
So that’s all for this week, until next time…