Monday, February 20, 2012

Downton Abby Finale: Lady Mary Finally Finds Her Match

By TheImproper,
February 20th, 2012

Lady Mary and Matthew finally tied up a loose end that has been driving the plot of “Downton Abbey” for two seasons. What better way to end, after so much grief, than to see the young heir on bended knee proposing in a wonderous snow?

 Of course there was the little problem of Sir Richard (Iain Glen). He tried to leverage his way into the Crawley family and Lady Mary’s (Michelle Dockery) heart by holding her scandal with the Turkish fellow over her head. Despite winning her hand, Sir Richard, a crass and willful London media baron, couldn’t get over the obvious chemistry between Mary and Matthew (Dan Stevens).

Mary seemed to rub it in his face. Matthew and Sir Richard are like flint and stone. Every time they bump into each other and sparks fly. Finally, Matthew can no longer take his high-handedness with Mary and punches him in the face. The two trash the drawing room in a scuffle, while Mary looks on horrified.

Lord Grantham ((Hugh Bonneville) finally steps in and puts an end to it. Matthew apologizes to the dowager duchess (Maggie Smith) for breaking a vase, and she replies with a zinger that has infused the series with wry humor. “Oh don’t be. It’s a wedding present from a frightful aunt—I have hated it for half a century.”

Downstairs, things are just as chaotic.

 The long-suffering Mr. Bates is heading to the gallows for the death of his wife, after Lord Grantham, Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) and O’Brien (Siobhan Finnernan) reluctantly testify for the prosecution. It was Mr. Bates, though, who put them on the spot with his unfailing honesty.

Interestingly, the plot spins around an oijua board. They were first sold in 1890 as a parlor game. But during World War I, an American, spiritualist Pearl Curran, popularized them as a way to reach the spirits. Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) takes over an ouija board game to convince Daisy to visit her late husband’s father.

He relieves her of her guilt about marrying William and offers to adopt her as a daughter. Daisy likes the arrangement. Her parents are dead. For once, she feels special.

In an interesting subplot, Lady Rosamund (Samantha Bond) arrives with her new maid (Sharon Small) and a beau in tow, Lord Hepworth (Nigel Havers). He’s penniless and in danger of losing his last estate, unless he can marry the wealthy Lord Grantham’s sister.

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