BY MATT D
OCTOBER 27, 2013
It’s fair to say that this series of Downton Abbey has delivered more light than shade. Though there have been some humorous segments, they’ve mostly been overshadowed by a certain event which caused some fans to stop watching all together. However, I found this week to be a lot more uplifting and I have to admit that I laughed a fair few times throughout the episode. That’s not to say that there was no drama to speak of, but with all the jazz music and Maggie Smith putdowns I hardly noticed it.
As I mentioned in the introduction, I found myself laughing throughout this episode of Downton Abbey, something I never thought I’d do. Primarily, the comic interactions between Isobel and Violet were the source of much amusement and it’s a credit to Julian Fellowes that he can excel in light-hearted dialogue in the way he does. Similarly the conversations between Mrs Patmore and Mrs Hughes when Ivy returns from her date with Jimmy made me smile, especially the cook’s line about the Norman invasions. If that weren’t enough already, Carson’s expressions alone at the sight of Jack Ross had me laughing once again. That’s not to say there weren’t some dramatic moments in this episode, namely the continuation of the Anna and Bates story as our favourite couple struggle to stay together in the wake of Anna’s attack. The fact that Thomas knows that there’s something going on between the pair means that he’ll soon get involved in the story and, with the return of Green next week; I have an inkling that he may well have a hand in the slimy valet’s downfall. Elsewhere there were some intriguing twists which surely chart the course of the series’ final two episodes namely the arrival of Charles Blake, the mention of Cora’s brother Harold and the disappearance of Michael Gregson.
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