Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 6 Review: The 1920s Bob!

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On Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 6, numerous story lines took pinnacle turns that will determine what plays out in the rest of the season. 

The biggest thing that happened, although not the most shocking, was the telegram that confirmed Gregson's death. The most painful part being that his death occurred almost a year ago, but couldn't be confirmed until now. I don't care what people say about the how interconnected the world is these days, I don't envy the era where information traveled so slow. 

After Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 5, I thought Edith's story was dragging on, but the news of Gregson's death pushed her over the edge. No matter how this scenario plays out, it will be earth shaking for the Crawleys.

I wonder what Edith's plan is anyway? The end game I see is that the family will overcome their judgment and accept her back into the fold.

The news about Gregson's death was that he died in the Nazi's Beer Hall Putsch, which was led by Hitler who was sentenced to five years in prison. I really enjoy knowing what historical events are coming up and comparing it to what the characters say.

Even though it is still the 1920s and the characters still make references to World War I, we all know the seeds that will lead to World War II are already being watered throughout Europe. 

Mary was a real exhibitionist in this installment and got a 1920s bob! Although I really liked Mary's long hair, I like seeing the side of her that this haircut represents.

Oh, it is you. I thought it was a man wearing your clothes.


It is also great to see a female character who can go up against Mary. 

Mable: Then why turn up looking like a cross between a Vogue fashion plate and a case of dynamite.
Mary: Well I can't make it too easy for him.

Charles and Mary are equals when it comes to intelligence and the drive to get what they want, and their scenes together are exciting.  

Charles: You might have allowed her to be the first woman.
Mary: Nonsense, I don't believe in letting people win.
Charles: Even if it is in your own interest.

The side of Mary I didn't like was her being insensitive and harsh toward Edith. Come on Mary, it wouldn't be that difficult to be a little nicer. 

I thought Thomas and Mrs. Baxter had the best scenes during this hour. Thomas is such an ass most of the time, but somehow I feel the most sorry for him when he has a problem. It was heartbreaking to see him cry when Sybil died, and it was intense to see him deal with his drug problem.

He was trying to change who he is and really hurting himself in the process. I hope he takes to heart what Mrs. Baxter said about him being brave and what he could do if he would put his mind to something. Although, Thomas might feel like he has already tried that after the whole war thing didn't quite get him anywhere different for long. 

It was also interesting to hear Dr. Clarkson's advice. Like most people during this era, he didn't exactly think Thomas was OK as he is. He still sees it as an unlucky affliction, but he encouraged him to just bare the burden and accept who he is. 

Meanwhile, Violet and Isobel really have some juicy love lives these days. Violet and Prince Kuragin have had secret meetings before and he clearly knows her better than anyone else. 

Isobel didn't exactly say she had accepted Lord Merton's proposal, but I certainly hope she has. She hasn't been the same since Matthew died, and he would be happy to see her happy. 

The most applause worthy scene was Cora laying down the law for Robert. We all remember that kiss you had with a maid a long time ago Robert. 

If you can honestly say you have never let a flirtation get out of hand since we married. If you have never given a woman the wrong impression than by all means stay away. Otherwise, I expect you back in my room tonight.


My favorite bits: 

  • Mrs. Patmore could be living the dream in her old age
  • Carson asking Mrs. Hughes to invest in a property with him 
  • Violet saying nobody sat around thinking before the war 
  • Moseley giving Daisy a book to read
  • Violet's face when she found out that Atticus is Jewish
  • Edith inheriting Gregson's publishing company 
  • Mary pretending to ride side straddled for Violet 
  • The stylist commenting on all the "bald monkeys" he has seen 

My not so favorite part is where this Anna and Bates story is going. Why does there have to be another prison story line? Why does there have to be lack of evidence all over again? Why do I have to continue bringing this up?

What did you think of this episode of Downton Abbey? Do you think Tony will take Mabel back? What do you think Edith's next move is? 

Find out what happened this episode when you watch Downton Abbey online via TV Fanatic! 

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Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 6 Quotes

Igor: You wouldn't admit it if it were true. You think to be unhappy in a marriage is ill-bred.
Violet: You do know me Igor. That I must concede.
Igor: Yes.

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Mary: I am tempted to remind them of what they have been missing.
Anna: You would never be that heartless.