The women of “Downton Abbey” ruled the roost during the Season 5 premiere, but be warned — don’t keep reading if you don’t want to be spoiled.
The Crackpots and These Women
It was a banner day for nearly every woman at Downton, upstairs and downstairs alike. Baxter stood up to Barrow by confessing her secret to Lady Cora (she was a thief during her previous employment, though there’s more to it than that), and Cora responded by more or less supporting her and realizing Barrow is up to something.
Not only is Baxter brave for telling Cora her secret, but she and Molesley are the new Anna and Bates, so hopefully she begins to trust him enough to tell him.
Lady Edith continues her heart-wrenching storyline by trying to be in her daughter Marigold’s life as Marigold is raised by the Drewe family. But kudos to her for following her heart and perhaps clinging to hope that Gregson is still alive, because we cling to that hope too. No kudos to Edith for “choosing to set her room on fire,” as Lady Mary puts it, but we still love Edith nonetheless.
Speaking of Mary, she’s expressing quite the forward-thinking attitude by maybe agreeing to go away with Tony Gillingham to see how they get on romantically. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen, since their discussion was so rudely interrupted by Edith’s pyromania.
Sarah Bunting came to Downton for a dinner party and delightfully stood up to Lord Grantham at his own dinner table, with cousin Isobel cheering her on from the opposite corner of the table. Kudos must also be given to Lady Cora for supporting Tom’s choice in friends and being kind to Sarah.
Downstairs, Daisy is trying to further her lot in life by studying reading and arithmetic. Hopefully this means she’ll finally run off to help Mr. Mason manage his farm. We don’t want to see Sophie McShera gone from the show, but that would be such a nice change of lifestyle for Daisy.
The only woman we cannot cheer from the premiere episode is the Dowager Countess. She feels so threatened at the prospect of Isobel marrying Lord Merton and becoming a woman of status that she tries to thrust Lord Merton into Lady Shackleton’s arms and remind Isobel that someone of Dr. Clarkson’s status is more appropriate. It’s meddling worthy of an Oscar Wilde play and hopefully Isobel and Lord Merton will find their way to each other, if that’s what she truly wants.
Thoughts & Tidbits
- Jimmy shacked up with Lady Anstruther, which is an on-going thing that has seen her in hot pursuit, apparently. It’s unseemly on both sides but unsurprising on Jimmy’s end. It sounds like maybe we’ve seen the last of Jimmy, though.
- Much like saving Isis in Season 3, Barrow has come through as the hero and saved Lady Edith from dying in the fire she “chose” to set. It’s a convenient way to keep him around after Lady Cora gave him the what-for, but the fire scene was very dramatic and tension-filled, even if viewers have to know that the estate isn’t going to burn to the ground or something.
- Lady Violet: “There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.”
- Daisy: “I was rubbish at numbers at school.”
Mrs. Patmore: “All the best people were rubbish at numbers at school.”
- Tom: “I’m not sure where I live. I feel sometimes I’m hanging in mid-air.”
- Lady Violet: “Don’t be such a snob.”
What did you think of the “Downton Abbey” Season 5 premiere?