This week’s episode was fantastic! Some great highs and lows and shockers. The short version of this review is that this episode made me laugh, cheer, scream and almost cry.

*SPOILERS AHEAD!* Lots of things happen this episode. We’ll start with some of the small stuff, like seeing Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson as a married couple. They seem to be having typical newlywed problems, just compounded by the fact that they’ve both been living on their own for so long. Mr. Carson would like a home cooked meal once in a while, but Mrs. Hughes doesn’t really cook, and especially not to Mr. Carson’s standards. So we’ll see how that plays out over the next little while.

Daisy’s Mr. Mason has moved into his new farm with Downton Abbey and for some reason Daisy is very possessive of him. I don’t really understand that, but we’ll see how it goes. What’s interesting about Mr. Mason’s move is that Mrs. Patmore seems to be taking a shining to him, and he to her. I totally ship it. 😉 Also, Andy takes a great interest in farming and offers to help Mason with the pigs. Andy has mentioned a few times that, despite his city upbringing, he’d like a country life. So Mason lends Andy a few books to read about pig farming, raising and breeding.

There’s just one catch. No body knows it, but Andy can’t read. Thomas, of course, figures it out and offers to teach Andy how to read. Earlier in the episode, Andy is talking to Anna and Bates about how he doesn’t want to give Thomas “the wrong idea”, in regards to their relationship (Thomas is gay, Andy is not). But when Thomas is sincere in his offer to teach Andy, the olive branch is extended and I hope to see their friendship grow. Thomas has gone up the love vs hate scale for me. 😀

edithAnd now to the big points! We’ll start happy. Edith and Bertie kiss! I literally cheered and clapped when this happened. I love seeing Edith happy. She deserves happiness more than anyone else in this whole series, period. The big question is, if and when she’ll tell him about her daughter, Marigold.

Speaking of Marigold, it seems that Mary is starting to put 2 and 2 together. Everyone else in the family knows that Marigold is Edith’s daughter, but it’s only now that we see Mary coming to this realization.

Then the final point that literally made me shout and cover my mouth in shock. Richard’s ulcer, which he’s been suffering through for a while, exploded during an important dinner with a government official. It was shocking and bloody. You can tell he isn’t feeling good and he stands up to leave the table and I thought he was just going to collapse and have a heart attack or a seizure, but nope, blood spews everywhere.

He’s rushed to the hospital, the ulcer is removed and so far everything seems okay. But for a moment there I was really worried he would die. The very thought of that brought tears to my eyes.

There’s a couple other points I could go into, but those are the big things that happened and mattered to me. *SPOILERS ENDED*

Question time! So what are your thoughts on this weeks episode? Funny side note: I folded laundry and drank sparkling white grape juice while I watched this episode, what do you like to eat or do while you watch Downton Abbey?

Thanks for dropping by!

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