Colin Mochrie of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” is creator Julian Fellowes, letting us all know that this is the Season 4 premiere episode.
“The fans of ‘Downton Abbey’ got their knickers in a knot because of Series 3 ‘car trouble,’ so I made a call to my mentor Shondra Rimes and she said, ‘Make a musical.'” says Mochie, as Fellowes.
What follows is a terribly funny spoof of, and commentary on, everyone’s favorite British import.
The actors playing Michelle Dockery as Mary and Allen Leech as Branson sing a duet lamenting their dear, departed significant others while clutching their babies, then later Sybil appears in ghost form — and Matthew doesn’t.
“I suppose he broke his feet jumping off the bandwagon!” yells Mochrie, of Dan Stevens’ infamous departure from the show.
Other highlights include “Society, Propriety and Tea,” where Carson and Mrs. Hughes argue about (ahem) tea-bagging. And Bates and Anna crack jokes about their happiness always being so short-lived.
Anna: “Spoiler alert — the house burns down.”
Bates: “Episode 2.”
Anna: “Which is an episode longer than we thought it would last.”
And poor Lady Edith. She gets a song full of suitors, with Mr. Gregson, Sir Anthony and (what?) Molesley — until Rose slinks in.
There have been many, many parodies and spoofs of “Downton” since its inception, but this really might be our favorite.