Downton Abbey Episode 9 Season 3

How tin can I write about anything else that happened this episode also the absolute tragedy of the concluding ii minutes?  Certain, a lot happened. The Crawleys went to go visit their miserable Scottish relatives, Shrimpy and Susan; Thomas and Jimmy finally hold to be friends; Mary had a infant; Carson held a baby; and the new maid wants to brand a infant with Branson.  Only when you summit off a show with what transpired at the very end, everything else pales past comparing, doesn’t information technology?  Peculiarly when it concerns one of the more tolerable characters on the show.  This is a tough one, just on with the recap.

How about we hit the storylines that didn’t brand the states sob into a pillow outset, eh?

Tom Struggles with Being Branson

The Crawley family had ever had mixed feelings over Branson.  He volition always exist the lowly chauffeur that married Lady Sybil, unworthy of being treated as part of the family.  And he would have none of information technology, either; his radical Irish politics defied the English aristocracy and everything that information technology stood for.  Merely since terminal episode, when Matthew finally got his fashion with the running of Downton, Branson took on the role of Manor Manager, and fifty-fifty helped to win the cricket lucifer for Robert (and allow’s face it, that’south what really sealed the deal).  Another huge cistron for him staying at Downton was Baby Sybil; she would get to stay close to her family and not live over some garage with Branson’s repugnant brother, Kiernan (who we had the pleasure of meeting in the terminal episode).

In this very special episode of
Downton Abbey, Branson is struggling with his newfound station.  Though he’s been living at house for a year now, he all the same doesn’t experience like he quite fits in.  While the rest of the family is abroad in the Highlands, Isobel invites him to dinner and tells him that he has a real role at Downton now, and that he tin talk to whomever he wants.  We can tell that he’s still pretty uncomfortable with the idea, as seen by when Mrs. Hughes asks him for permission to take the maids clean during the 24-hour interval.  He tells her that she doesn’t demand his permission, but Mrs. Hughes insists that she does.  Information technology appears that the merely person who may not know that Branson is the Estate Manager is Branson!

Complicating matters is the infinitely annoying new firm maid, Edna.  She’s got eyes for Branson and loves the idea that he, as a chauffeur, married i of the laides of the house.  She implies that he thinks he’southward better than them because he won’t eat dinner with the servants.  Since he’s yet conflicted most his station, he asks to eat dinner with the servants.  So she stalks him and goes to where he said he was going to have luncheon the next day.  As if that wasn’t enough, this pushy woman invades his chamber while he’south dressing, then doesn’t leave when asks, then kisses him, and then tells him to meet her for lunch the side by side day.  The funny function is that Branson is totally conflicted nearly what his place is at Downton, and Edna similarly doesn’t know her place, either, but in a completely different way.  One is understandable and kind of charming, and the other 1 is disrespectful and abrasive.  I’ll let y’all decide which was which.

In the end, Mrs. Hughes and Carson make the conclusion to allow Edna become (Praise JESUS!).  When Mrs. Hughes delivers the news to Branson, she says “You let Edna make you ashamed of your new life.  But you lot’ve done well.”  Amen, sister.  But when information technology came down to it, Branson’s cursory flirtation with Edna was really merely about him missing Sybil, and he sobs telling Mrs. Hughes about how he tin can’t alive without her.


I like that the writers didn’t brand Branson’s transition to aristocratic life an easy one.  He’s already go much more comfortable with the lifestyle, simply I like that he hasn’t completely lost his edge after living a life of political rebellion.  It
be difficult.  Afterwards last calendar week’s cricket friction match, I was concerned that they would have him just fall in line, just in fact, he’s nevertheless seen every bit kind of an outsider, and he struggles with his new social standing.  Having said that, I HATED this Edna character.  She was just insufferable, and she fabricated me incredibly uncomfortable because she had absolutely no boundaries.  I’m not fifty-fifty certain what her purpose in this arc was; I mean, was she just there to amplify Branson’s conflict with his new role at Downton?  Could this accept been done without her outright throwing herself at him?  I remember information technology could have been, and in the end, we were left with a truly irritating element in a storyline I liked in general.

Most Miserable Couple in Scotland Host the Crawley Association

In what I found to exist probably the least interesting storyline of the episode, the Crawleys (sans Isobel) get to visit Rose’south parent’s, cousins Shrimpie and Susan, in the Scottish highlands at their hunting lodge.  It’s seriously but a bunch of hunting, and us discovering that Shrimpie and Susan’s union is aging.  They spend most of the time saying snarky things to each other and making their guests incredibly uncomfortable.  They really need to learn how to button their feelings way, way downward like good hosts.  Anyways, we finally got to see why Rose is the way she is; it’s considering her parents are dicks.  They are constantly putting her downward and on her case about something, so no wonder she wants to run off with married men and sneak off to jazz clubs.  And then, instead of taking her with them to Bombay (where Shrimpie’southward work is taking him), they make up one’s mind to hand-off their unruly daughter to the Crawleys while they’re abroad.  One of the other revelations was when Shrimpie confessed to Robert that the money is about to run out, and Robert realizes that Matthew was wise to modernize the estate.


I was kind of baffled why nosotros were existence introduced to these completely new characters (Shrimpie and Susan) and expected to care well-nigh their deteriorating wedlock.  It’s not like they were even sympathetic or engaging characters on their ain, which would have made information technology easier to give a crap about their unhappiness.  But they were just 2 miserable people that we had to watch be horrible to each other, and that’s just not fun.  The merely mode in which this worked was that information technology made empathizing with Rose a lot easier.  Equally my final review stated, I plant Rose and her storyline kind of irritating.  But she was much more endearing hither, and I now look forward to seeing more of her in the upcoming flavor.  And the fact that Robert finally realized that Matthew was right to modernize Downton and run it differently was a nice way to conclude a conflict that has existed all season.

Edith Locks it Down

While visiting in Duneagle Castle in Scotland, Edith invites Mr. Gregson over then that everyone tin run into him.  Robert isn’t too happy with it, and Mary is full of snarky comments about how he must accept bought tails just for the occassion, but Cora is but dying to run into him.  So they invite him to go hunting with them and to say for dinner.  While hunting, he confides in Matthew his situation: that he is in love with Edith but that he’due south married to a crazy person and can’t divorce her.  While Matthew sympathizes with the situation, he advises Gregson to let Edith downward like shooting fish in a barrel at dinner that dark and not encounter her anymore.  When the time comes for him to do  that, Edith won’t permit him.  She decides that despite what her family may think, that she wants to pursue the relationship with Gregson.


This could be easily categorized as Edith just being and so desperate for a man that she convinces herself that the man in front of her is the one she really wants, simply I don’t recollect that’s the example here.  She and Gregson have real chemical science, and not but that, only he loves her for her mind and her independence.  He encourages her to be the best that she can be and to speak her mind, which is something none of the other men Edith has been interested in has done.  He’s handsome, smart, somewhat successful, and he adores her.  I consider this a happy ending for Edith, I only hope that the writers let her relish it for a little bit and resist the urge to kill the guy off.

The Affairs of the Off-white

Besides Branson’s storyline, the other major plot at Downton revolves around the servants wanting to get some free time to go to the fair while everyone is abroad.  Carson gets to be predictably prickly most the whole affair, which is kind of fun to watch, merely anybody seems to be super excited about the prospect of getting out of the house and finally having some actual fun.  I don’t recall I’ve fifty-fifty seen most of the downstairs folks in the daylight, so this should be interesting.  What makes things even more than interesting is that Mrs. Patmore gets hitting on past the new delivery guy, and Dr. Clarkson asks a very clueless Isobel to the fair as a sort of date, even though Isobel seems to miss all the clues that it’due south meant to exist more a friendly outing.  What transpires is that Mrs. Patmore finds out that her cursory beau, Mr. Tufton, has eyes for near annihilation with a heartbeat and Isobel unwittingly shuts down a come-on by the shy Dr. Clarkson.  Information technology’s a shame, too, because that Dr. Clarkson is a handsome young man and Isobel could benefit from a practiced boinking.   Another central development from the fair is that the losing team from the tug of war goes to attack a very drunk Jimmy, but Thomas intervenes, telling Jimmy to run and go out of danger, while Thomas gets badly beaten in his defense.  Information technology takes a while for Jimmy to come effectually to thanking Thomas, but when they practice, they agree to be friends.


I really enjoyed seeing the servants get out to let loose at the fair.  And I think information technology will be interesting to see how the Thomas/Jimmy relationship develops from here now that they’ve decided to put what happened in Jimmy’southward bedroom behind them.  The fact that Isobel kiboshed the ambrosial Dr. Clarkson was kind of infuriating, only in a hilarious fashion. She’south and then used to not beingness hitting on that she doesn’t know how to read the signs when it actually happens, the poor woman.  She’southward also definitely not used to being hit on by men as handsome as Dr. Clarkson.  I hope that he doesn’t surrender on her and that the two can have a little romance because I retrieve they’d make a super cute couple.  Oh, and while everyone is gone, Carson picks up a babe in what I retrieve will go down as the most sickeningly ambrosial moment of the entire episode.  More Carson with babies, please!

A Bye to Matthew

And now for the shocker.  It begins with Mary deciding to return to Downton early with Anna so that she tin rest.  But after they get off the train, Mary tells Anna that they must become to the infirmary at once because she thinks the baby is coming. Long story short, Mary goes to the hospital and has their little male child, and Matthew arrives shortly afterwards.  As Matthew holds his son, he says crazy cute things similar, “I feel like I swallowed a box of fireworks.”  Leave it to Mary to make information technology seem like a business transaction, stating, “Nosotros’ve done our duty.  Downton is prophylactic.”  Hope that maternal instinct kicks in sometime soon.  Matthew shamelessly dotes upon his newborn son, and showers Mary with the most loving declarations, near in a manner that made me sense that something terrible was going to happen.   Similar it was a little scrap Also good to be true.  After Matthew leaves, he gleefully drives his car back to Downton so… crashes into a huge truck and goes off the side of the road.  The last image we have of Matthew is of splayed halfway out of the car, eyes open up, with claret dripping from his ear.  And then we cut back to Mary lovingly property her newborn baby, unaware of the tragedy that just occurred.  Heartbreaking.


Heartbreaking, and kind of senseless.  I know that Dan Stevens didn’t desire to renew, but couldn’t they take sent his character off in a fashion that wasn’t so goddamned painful?  I mean, seriously?  As he drives off ELATED after the birth of his son, he gets striking by a fucking truck??  It’south so tragic as to seem laughable.  Information technology felt too forced.  Information technology felt to deliberate.  It’south equally if the writers were trying to find the most fucked upwardly way possible to impale-off Matthew’due south character, and boy did they succeed. Was it constructive?  Sure, in a kind of manipulative way.  It would accept made way more than sense for him to have died during a hunting accident at the castle, simply as information technology made sense for Sybil to die in childbirth.  I know that
Downton Abbey
specializes in melodrama, but this was a bit much.  Even so, it was notwithstanding effective considering in the end, we’re left without i of the show’southward near endearing and charming characters.  How they program to fill the gap left by Matthew’s absence, I don’t know, but it had better exist good.