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Downton Abbey Season 4 Episode 2

By Jennyallworthy
Downton Abbey Season 4 Episode 2
SPOILER ALERT! This post is intended for those who have already seen Season 4 Episode
Oh. My. Stars. Has Anna not suffered enough? If we were ever in any doubt about whether Joanne Froggatt can act, tonight should dispel that. I don't know about you but I found the end of this otherwise light episode really hard to watch. I kept hoping Anna's screams would be heard above Nellie Melba's arias but alas, this was the only time in the history of the house that there was no one in the servant's area of Downton Abbey to hear her!
Well, it is a subject that is just as relevant today so I suppose we should thank Lord Fellowes for a plot line which might help someone, although it made a lot of us really uncomfortable. Very possibly the point.
Downton Abbey Season 4 Episode 2
On a lighter note, Edith's chappie (who looks so much like Michael Palin he actually played him once!) is now not only learning German but cheating at poker to get in good with Lord Grantham. Good work!
Rose is getting everyone dancing to jazz (very awkwardly I might add) and Molesley has his third menial job in 2 episodes. Oh, the indignity of having to wear gloves!
Alfred is cooking again and Lady Mary actually laughed! Poor Tom is being set upon (yet again) by Edna, the I'm-too-good-to-be-a-housemaid. Oh, dear.
Downton Abbey Season 4 Episode 2
I wish we had been able to hear more of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as Nellie Melba. What I heard was lovely despite half of the cast sneaking out or whispering through it. Or worse.
Ah well, off to best lines:
Lord Grantham: What does one say to a singer?
Mrs. Patmore: How are the squabs doing? What about the syllabubs? Oh my god, the vegetables!
Dowager Countess Violet: If I were to search for logic, I would not look for it in the English upper class.
Molesley: You want me to be a footman? I'm having my career backwards!
Lady Mary: It's been so long since I've been in the saddle. I'll be stiff as a board the next morning. (tee hee!)
Countess Violet: I am afraid Tom's small talk is very small indeed.
Lord Grantham: Not everyone can be Oscar Wilde.
Countess Violet: Well, that's a relief!
TTFN! See you next week!

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