Golly Gum Drops, TELL HIM

Tell Him. MUSICA

(Attention: I’m about to give away everything from season 6, episode 8 of Downty. If you haven’t seen it, run from this space!)


“Tell him!” Cora said to Edith  who was wearing lovely blue lace gloves and sporting a coat with interesting looking trim on the sleeves.


“Tell him,” said Rosamund, who had overdone it a bit with the curling iron and the hair style all the rage called the Marcelle. “Tell him,” I said, and Joe said.  We begged her, but nooooo, Edith’s fatal flaw stays strong, she can’t tell him, she just can’t. Too scandalous to say out loud.


She didn’t trust Bertie. Why, I will never know.


He is such a doll. Cried when Cora was kind to him. Devoted to his cousin. Doesn’t even want to be the Marquess, although he is willing, because he is honorable and believes in duty. And he hopes to use “Edith’s courage” to help himself through it. But Edith has zero courage to share and procrastinates.  It’s clear that someone has to tell him.  Marrying in a lie is not the way to start a life together.  I know, let’s let Mary do it!


She’s in the village with Tom, wearing my very favorite coat when she first hears


. . . that the owner of Brancaster Castle has died, and “worries” that Bertie might be out of his job as agent. “Poor Edith,” she says, smiling.


Later finding out, that NO, in fact Bertie is now the new Marquess. Which makes Mary insta-jealous. Add it to the list of miseries for Mary. (Robert is thrilled when he realizes Edith will be marrying a Marquess and says, “Golly Gum Drops” to show his delight.)


So now it’s time for lunch, Henry has recently stormily departed due to Mary’s edict, and according to Tom, whom Mary tricked into providing confirmation about Marigold, Mary is a bully and “like all bullies, she’s a coward” which makes her the perfect person to drop the bombshell. “You are very forgiving” she says to poor unsuspecting Bertie, “Not everyone would accept Edith’s past.” (GASP! Did you just gasp? I thought I could hear the entire country gasp.) She couldn’t help it, everyone was  having more fun than her, plus Edith would outrank her if she married Bertie. (“Absurd!” she says when she hears), so she decides to destroy her sister’s life over breakfast. Note: Mary did it when her father and mother and granny were not in the room.  She could have just as easily done it at dinner the night before, but she waited.IMG_6019

Poor Edith. Or, as her father would say, “Poor old Edith couldn’t even make her dolls do what she wanted them to.” I don’t see how anyone with that skin wouldn’t be a little bit braver in life.


And off Bertie goes, hurt and dismayed . . . I hope you are satisfied, Mary. But we could see it in her face, she had even shocked herself at this disgusting thing.


So out we go for terrible goodbye forever’s in front of lovely Abbey.


Bertie feels tricked. “Would you have married me in a lie?” He asks. He is such a down-to-earth, elegant man. And she was such an idiot. Because this was real love, not based on money or position, he wasn’t just some “social-climbing banker.” (Although I did have a bit of a worry the way he talked about his mother and thought if I were Edith I might not like living with her.)


And Edith said (showing off the complicated trim on the back of her dress that mirrored the trim on the Abbey), “I doubt we’ll meet again . . . so, good luck.” Proper and mannerly. Just like we knew this would be, right?


Now it is time for everyone to yell at Mary. “Bully! Coward! You finally got what you wanted!  DON’T LIE!”  all from Tom. Eeek, I’m saying to myself. Guess these two won’t be getting married.


“You nasty, jealous, scheming,” dare I say it? “Bitch.” And once was not enough, Edith said it again. “Ubbidy, ubbidy,” Mary tried to lie her way out of it. “STOP,” said Edith, “Don’t demean yourself by trying to justify your venom.”



And I said, you go girl.  Because what Mary did was unforgivable. Even though I love her.


So she went to her gorgeous bedroom and felt sorry for herself. She’s beat Henry back to the point that he’s now called her a gold digger and “abandoned” her, Tom’s disgusted, everyone hates her.


She puts on her black widow spider outfit and feels misunderstood and alone and has no idea why.


And the Dowager comes to the rescue, all the way from France, kind of mad because her butler Spratt isn’t waiting at home to greet her. But it was a good thing she came, because there is no one like a Grandma when times are tough.


And Granny believes in love.


“Oh Granny, can’t you find me some Duke? Mary cries, she just “can’t be a Crash Widow again.” First thing,” Granny says, “make peace with your sister, and second thing, make peace with yourself.”

hearts and flowers



We love Mary. We love Granny. People. We get ourselves into such messes.



So she goes to the graveyard, choking with tears, and tells Matthew she loves Henry and says she wants to marry him and wishes for his blessing. (Why am I crying while I’m writing this?) And then she sends for Henry.


You whistled, I came, so what do you want? Not taking any guff.


This. She wants this. And so, because everyone carries a marriage license in their pocket, we are going to a wedding right now.


Everyone is getting ready for the wedding, and you can see that Anna has a baby on board. And who surprises everyone by showing up in supreme truth and light?


Edith, luminescent with forgiveness. Above and beyond the call of duty, and yet . . . she let’s Mary apologize.  Edith takes it as a matter of course and says, “I assumed you’d be sorry unless you actually are insane.” And gives a lovely speech about how important family is, how someday they will be the only ones to remember Sybil and Matthew, and their parents, and all the souls that “peopled our youth.” So right. For the moment, peace reigns, although how Mary can be happy with her sister having lost the love of her life, I don’t know.


And so Tom becomes the Best Man at Mary’s second wedding.

IMG_6143And I have accepted that my wished-for marriage for Tom and Mary will not be happening. And you are so right, he probably deserves a less foundationally retaliatory kind of person.  And she and Henry are very beautiful together.

And the throwing of the flower petals was just heaven.flowers IMG_6152

But this is where I was finally won over.  It was a wonderful kiss that Henry gave Mary, well done! I predict a very nice first year of marriage!


Although, the hat . . . . .


And off they go!  Where?  Back to Downton? To her room?  Where are they going?


“A New couple in a New World,” says Robert. Bittersweet. Our people are growing up, going away from us.flowersIMG_5914

I had to show the drama and excitement between Mary and Edith ~ we’d waited so long for it! But one of my favorite parts of this episode were the lovely scenes showing the charms of the English Countryside. Like this one of Cora and Edith in the wildflower meadow.

they mow through the wildflowers

(Thought I’d throw this one in just for excitement. You can find this all over England in the spring!)


And the umbrellas, they were fun too. I’ve always hoped they would come back into style! Gloves too. I thought perhaps this germier, sunnier world we live in would require it, but so far, it’s just a wish.


And this scene with the Cruel Miss, boring Lord Merton’s son, Larry’s hideous wife, Miss Amelia Crookshank, having tea with the wonderful Isobel Crawley. Hat, tea, house, grounds, umbrella:happy!IMG_6028

And Isobel tells Amelia that “unless I hear, ‘welcome to the family’ from Larry himself, I’m not joining up!” I do not notice any attraction at all between Lord Merton and Isobel, other than a little hovering on his part every so often. Do you?

IMG_5935This was one of the scenes, I’m not sure where it was, but I would like to go live there for a year or so.

IMG_5960And this pretty scene of Tom and Mary agenting in the woods while he tries to tell her to grow up and quit being afraid and marry Henry.flowersIMG_5920

Now for Mrs. Patmore … this is her reaction when Sergeant Willis tells her that the man in the bushes with the camera in the last episode is a detective, and that the first customers to her B & B were ADULTERERS, that she may have to testify against them in a high profile trial, and that her B & B is now considered a House of Ill Repute!!!! Mrs. Patmore is about to faint.

IMG_5923‘Course her best friend is there for her . . . trying hard not to laugh.


Anna and Mary go into a laughing fit about the whole idea of it.

IMG_6089 You can’t say as much for Carson who doesn’t seem to know from laughter and says he never thought the whole B & B idea was any good from the beginning. He’s upset because  the family is being dragged into a tawdry local brew-ha-ha, and is being a total curmudgeon in every way possible.  “Yes,” Mrs. Hughes says, “But you’re MY curmudgeon.” I don’t know Mrs. Hughes. Except for sturdiness, this guy seems to have very few redeeming qualities. I would like to see him do something silly please. Twirl her, dance with her, get some lemon curd on his coat and lick it off, play a tiny joke, drop your tea bag on your eyeglasses, something!flowerborderIMG_6085

All Mrs. Patmore’s bookings at the B & B are cancelled, she’s ruined! But the family comes to the rescue, they’re going to tea at the House of Ill Repute to give it good repute and avert further scandal. And Mrs. Patmore is so happy, she’s making the tea . . . I just love the kitchen shots.


And that egg holder. I can just picture someone who works on Downton Abbey running down to Waitrose and picking up 3 dozen eggs in two colors.

IMG_6111And here is Mrs. Patmore’s wonderful tea at the B & B. This is why tea parties are so much fun. They are delicious and pretty to look at!


And the cute people in the neighborhood and photographers buy right into it . . . gathering to see and take photos of the Lord and his family.

IMG_6127Who have saved the day  . . .


Because, essentially, this a very kind family.

IMG_6130And Julian gives us the shot in black and white, as it would have been in the day.flowerborderIMG_6066

More charm . . . the school house with heart-on-his-sleeve Mr. Moseley learning to teach, wishing to give these kids the chance that he never had.


Daisy, in some pretty good eye make up, listens in, and later tells Moseley in front of everyone in the servants dining room that he’s “a natural” and “the children were spellbound.” Another very sweet kind moment. Everyone clapped and I did too. How about Mr. Moseley and Daisy as a couple?  No?

IMG_6058Then good Baxter saves Barrow’s life with a premonition . . . and finds him in a bathtub with slit wrists, JUST in time, he is so white we almost can’t tell where the bathtub leaves off and he begins . . . “The suicidal footman in the attic,” cruel Carson calls him.


But we would like to see him happy. Poor lonely guy.flowerborderIMG_6081Mary visits and brings her son to give Barrow an orange and brighten his day, they commiserate about loneliness and doing bad things, and we are left with hope for his future. Even the curmudgeon decides they shouldn’t fire Barrow right this moment because maybe he does have a heart after all.

IMG_6102Oh, here he is, the missing Butler turns out to be in London for tea because Spratt is actually Miss Cassandra Jones, the Lonely Hearts columnist for Edith’s magazine! How perfect is this!!? He’s probably been stealing lines from Granny for years!flowerborderIMG_6162

This second to last episode ends with Edith standing at Sybil’s grave smiling ruefully (first time in my life I ever used that word!) as she watches her darling Marigold . . .


run and play and giving us the idea she has come to acceptance, that she is saying to herself, at least I have my child. OH, Bertie, Bertie, Bertie, come back to us. We need you!

And that is it, for this week. Apparently the Academy Awards are on next Sunday so, the very last episode (wah!) of Downton will come on March 6, just in time to welcome Spring.  But I’ll be back on the Blog before that!


You are probably tired and worn out from this recap, but before I go I had to share a bit of Jack with you this morning . . .Jane AustenIMG_5995

Yes, I know, but he is so precious.

IMG_5998All ready for his morning nap . . . And I’m off to work on the calendars some more . . . I showed some watercoloring in the last blog post (which I did just yesterday) in case you want to scroll down and see it.  Joe just came into the Studio to tell me our New Hope, PA “Afternoon Tea” on our Book Tour has sold out!!! How wonderful, I’m so excited! A whole room of kindred spirits!  Most of our events don’t require tickets, but some do, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone, because I’m going to LOVE seeing you. (There has been a little change to the map at the Event in Kansas City, but it is correct in the listing.)

Alright, off I go! Have a wonderful day Girlfriends! XOXO


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509 Responses to Golly Gum Drops, TELL HIM

  1. Susan says:

    Wonderful recap!! I love how you capture the best bits. Edith in the last scene looked radiant, in spite of the recent heart break. Her heart is indeed full of love for her little girl.

    The clothing was especially gorgeous this week.

    Thanks for your post!

  2. Dee Fox says:

    Not am I only going to miss this wonderful show, but your fantastic commentaries that follow as well. What an episode! Mary continually constructs such daunting tests that challenge people to find her goodness, which was all too camouflaged this episode. I imagine the Dowager might have also been particularly extreme as young woman and that’s why she can see the Mary that others cannot find past Mary’s actions. Wasn’t there something about tough nuts to crack?

    I could go on, but you’ve done it so brilliantly, and really added so much fun to an already spot-on episode.

    Thank you!

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, Violet does seem to have lots of compassion for others. Love that about her. When the chips are down.

    • Debbie P ~ Weedsport, NY says:

      I also think that Mary grew up under Carson’s wing and we’re now seeing some of the same stubbornness and bully-like traits that he has. The wedding scene that showed Carson crying got me thinking of that. Then I had to say to myself, as I was analyzing the whole thing “It’s just a show. They’re not real.” lol

  3. Tina Lemke says:

    I cried so many times last night watching Downton……….. What a rollercoaster ride! I’m so glad that you are a fan like me! I will dearly miss these characters. When it’s over perhaps we should just make up the happy ever after stories for them ourselves.

  4. KarenP. (Wisconsin) says:

    Great summary again! I agree with all! Last night’s episode of Downton Abbey was so emotionally up and down. I was sick over Barrow in the bathtub. I feared that Julian Fellowes was going to have him die in the episode. Why Thomas can’t see that Baxter is his friend is so sad. I love her! Such a compassionate person. And Mary! I cannot believe how cold she was at the dining room table! That smug look on her face. I was so happy for Edith….finally…but so very frustrated that she kept putting off telling Bertie about Marigold! Ireally do think she would have eventually told him before the wedding got too close. She’said had so much heartbreak I can understand her fear. I still hope/think Bertie comes around in the finale. I think he will….he loves her and he’s a decent man. Mrs. Patmore looked like Mrs. Tiggywinkle standing there in front of the family upstairs! So precious! I love her. And how great of the family to support her in such a caring way. They didn’t have to do that. Lady Rosamund is a very special, wise person. Robert is so nasty to her….just like Mary is to Edith! Like Father, like daughter! And finally the wedding! It was soooo kind and full of integrity that Edith came around to the wedding! She was even very gracious and her words to Mary about being sisters and remembering Sybil were very moving. I cheered when she called Mary a bitch! Exactly right! And Tom stood up to her with a dose of brutal honesty, too. Bravo! She needed some sense knocked into her. Mr. Carson needs a good spanking! He has been behaving very badly to everyone! Wonderful episode but I couldn’t sleep after watching it….so wound up! Only one more…. ohhhh…. 🙁 xo

    • sbranch says:

      Mary was something last night. It really was awful. Never saw someone so mixed up!

      • KarenP. (Wisconsin) says:

        Emotions were really flying! Never heard so much yelling on the show before. Called for, of course! (Sorry for my long comment there. I get carried away!)

        • sbranch says:

          I know exactly what you mean! 🙂

          • Julie Buck says:

            I have an idea that Mary will make up for things (somewhat) by going to Bertie and explaining why Edith was a little hesitant to believe in her own happiness, and in him), and bring him back into the fold. Of course, I still haven’t given up hope that Marigold’s father will come back and say – “Nope – not dead!”! Either way works for me. Though I had a little inkling that Bertie maybe was in love with his cousin… so maybe not the husband Edith wanted after all. His devotion to his mother was a little troubling. Edith was quaking at the table when he described her exacting ways.

          • sbranch says:

            All very interesting! So subtle, that Julian. Good eye, Julie!

    • Susan says:

      I couldn’t sleep either, I was so wound up!

  5. DonnaRay from the Southern Shores of Lake Ontario says:

    Golly Gum Drops you are such a good writer and story re-teller, Susan! I enjoyed your recap almost as much as the real event. You always point out things that I miss…the blue lace gloves, Anna’s lovely bump… I know that you notice curtains and lace when high drama is going on, but I’m laser focused on those faces, those English faces that show so little emotion most of the time, but really let lose this time….whew! I was wrung out from watching this episode.
    Pray tell, how can Julian leave us like this…wouldn’t you love to watch Mary and Henry’s marriage “evolve”….he surely has a tiger by the tail (oh dear that doesn’t sound right for polite company) and Daisy….we must see her continue to learn and blossom…. and Tom, we can’t leave him without a honey …. we need lots and lots of weddings for the last episode (Mosely & Baxter’s, Edith and Bertie’s of course he’s coming back!, Tom’s with the lovely darling girl who drops from the sky, and Mrs. Patmore and Mr. Mason’s… and surely even Barrow will find “his people” as Mrs. Hughes predicted…. we’ll need a 3 hour episode and lots of lace edged hankies….please, Julian!
    Another Golly Gum Drop about all the work you’ve done in such a short time, Susan. The House of Creativity is also the House of Productivity. I’m feeling a bit like a sloth by comparison. You, hard working, nose to the grindstone girl, are a hard worker and an inspiration!
    Sending love, as always, DonnaRay

  6. Rose Dwight says:

    Your recaps are so great. Thanks for the photos and comments. I went to bed last night with a few tears. Couldn’t believe the evening. When you come to Joseph Beth in Cincinnati check out the Taft Museum. They are supposed to have an exhibit of clothes from Downton Abbey. I can’t find the exact date. But it is to be the first showing in the U.S.

      • Joy Pence from Ohio says:

        Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
        July 2–September 25, 2016
        Fifth Third Gallery (Taft Museum)

        I found this on the web site.

      • Sandra in Ohio says:

        I found the dates for the Taft Museum.

        Upcoming Exhibitions
        Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
        July 2–September 25, 2016
        Fifth Third Gallery

        Tickets for Dressing Downton™ will be available for Members on February 26 and March 4 for the general public.

        One of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey has won numerous awards, including several for its outstanding costumes. Set on a sprawling English country estate, the series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, all fittingly dressed for the period.

        Through 36 costumes, as well as accessories and film stills, Dressing Downton explores British fashion between 1912 and the early 1920s, a period of great change bookended by the sinking of the Titanic and the dawn of the Jazz Age. World War I (1914–1918) had a lasting effect on people’s lives and on what they wore. The exhibition shows the progression of women’s fashion from figure-altering corsets and bustles to straighter profiles and shorter skirts. For men, the de rigueur white tie and tails for dinner gave way to the more relaxed dinner jacket with black tie. On Downton Abbey as in history, clothing reveals important information about evolving social and economic classes. The exhibition will also draw connections to Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft, contemporaries of the fictitious Crawleys, who lived in the Taft historic house and assembled the collection that is now the Taft Museum of Art.

        • sbranch says:

          We’ll just be arriving back on the Island July 3, so we’ll miss it, but this is great news for people in your area! Thank you for providing the information!

      • gardengoddess42 says:

        July 2 to September 25.


        • sbranch says:

          We arrive back on the Island July 3rd! But I’m sure lots of our Girlfriends will love knowing about this!

          • Laura says:

            This is a travelling exhibition!! The website details dates. It is in Chicago right now. Just talked to my husband and we may make a weekend out of it! Sooooo excited!!!! Oooooh lala

  7. Carol in Oregon says:

    I was exhausted watching this episode. And so very disappointed that Mary and Henry reunited and married in such short time. Really, who carries a marriage certificate in their pocket? I was so holding out for Mary and Tom to be a couple. So much to digest last night, and sad knowing there is only one episode left. I am going to miss this program so very much. Is there going to be a therapy group for those of us who will miss watching Downton Abby???

    • sbranch says:

      The way it’s going, there is still PLENTY of time for Mary to divorce Henry and marry Tom! I think the last episode is two hours! 🙂 I would have loved to do commentary on the Great British Bake off, but I think it might be over. Very hard to tell from Google.

      • Charissa says:

        I loved that show and have been looking for it myself with no luck. I will try more sleuthing

      • Charissa says:

        thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk/marks-set-bake-great-sport-relief-bake/ this is the new season. It just started. not the same did you see the us version? did you see this ? digitalspy.com/tv/great-british-bake-off/news/a674822/mary-berry-is-remaking-the-great-british-bake-off-in-the-us-for-abc/ it aired around the holidays Again, it was not the same. That’s all I can find:(

        • sbranch says:

          Yes, I ran into the same thing. Something tells me it’s over. Too bad, I was just getting seriously into it!

          • Nan Sadler says:

            Oh yes, Susan, please do a recap of the next round of GBBO – that would double the pleasure! Can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your running commentaries on Downton – as someone else said, you have doubled the pleasure! And as I live in England and already know what happens, it is all the more delicious to read your ponderings as to what might happen next! Thank you so much for delighting us all, Susan!

          • sbranch says:

            Thank you Nan, for keeping all your Downty secrets! 🙂

  8. Kathy George says:

    Golly Gumdrops, what an excellent review. Plus you always notice things I miss. Love reading the blog. So happy to hear your book is at the publisher. Hello to Joe. 😄

  9. nancy says:

    Cora’s coat looks like a piece of that lovely blue wedgewood china with the
    raised white trim – beautiful and Mary’s red coat is so perfect. This season
    has been one of real beauty and I’ll have to watch again just to admire the
    tea things, china dressers, cottages, gardens and well, everything. Henry
    should never wear a hat however. What I really loved was seeing the Grannie
    give a real honest to goodness hug to Mary. They all need more hugs in
    that family and I cried watching Mosely giving hope to those children hope for a different kind of life. Thanks again for the recap and photographs Susan. Enjoy the snow moon tonight.

  10. Heartsdesire says:

    Lovely recap, Susan. Wouldn’t you love to get your hands on that red coat of Mary’s? It’s so gorgeous. I wonder if the clothes will be for sale after the show is over. What else could they do with them? I hadn’t noticed Anna’s pregnancy until you mentioned it, but it was quite visible in that shot. Will she have the baby in the last episode? I love Mary, too, but she can be a very cold fish. Poor Edith, the love of her life gone so soon. But, she should have told him about Marigold. I guess a proper Englishwoman would not be expected to have had a child out of wedlock, and she was afraid of what Bertie would say. I’m so glad Baxter saved Mr. Barrow, and Mr. Carson is keeping him on — for a while anyway. Things are starting to take shape for the show ending, and I think it will be a good one. Sweet pictures of Jack, nose kisses to him from my portly kitty.

  11. Marilyn H says:

    I love to read your recaps of Downty. It’s like a replay and just solidifies it til next time which 2 weeks is too long. I do hope Edith finds happiness and hopefully Bertie will come back and declare he can’t live without her. But we shall see. I really do not love Mary tho no matter her confession of “crash widow” fear, she did the unthinkable to poor Edith. Truly love Edith tho after what she said to Mary about them being the only ones to remember certain people and family occasions. How sweet is that. Ok I have to say now that your kitty photos are so adorable. Jack is just so sweet. Our tuxedo cat does the exact same thing with his forepaws when he lays. Puts them up like a “bunny” my husband says. Maybe it’s a blk/wht cat thing.
    I must get dressed and on with business. But I do know my priorities and I was sure to visit your blog first thing. Blessings. TTFN

  12. Judy Adair says:

    That last picture of Edith at the cemetery in the red outfit with navy and white coat was stunning. Very bohemian. I think her clothes surpass Mary’s in some ways this season. That outfit is just fabulous. Edith deserves to end up in the cat bird’s seat and I hope she does. I am waiting for something good to happen for Barrow. I can’t wait until the last episode.

  13. Lynn Marie says:

    I was on the edge of my seat during the whole show last night! And what I wonderful surprise when it was 15 minutes longer that usual!! I was cheering both Tom and Edith on when they were giving Mary the “what for” and also when she finally decided to get on with life and pick what makes her happy.
    I can see now that the “Golly Gumdrops” line will be a favorite of all the girlfriends from now on. Anxiously awaiting the finale but at the same time NOT as that will be the end of it all. I am looking forward to seeing you in Wilmette, IL in May. ☺

  14. Susan Morgon ( an Ohio gal in SoCal ) says:

    Golly gumdrops! Oh, I had to back it up to hear that more than once. Such a fun recap this week, Susan! I ‘m going to go back again and read this blog entry more than once as well. We’ll miss it all like crazy, but there will be other things to talk about. (Trying to think positive ) Well, I certainly didn’t expect to end last night’s episode with a wedding! I was certain that the whole Tom/Mary idea was a no go after I read a comment last week saying to forget Tom and Mary. This was from someone who’d already seen the show. I thought it might be vaguely possible that someone was trying to throw us off the trail. Well, Henry loves her, so he is perfect for her after all. Poor Edith – couldn’t we all shake her? And Mary? I gasped too, exactly 3 hours later here in CA. Anyway, now I am wondering….I think Chris W might be on to something here. Did you notice that Marigold ran past a headstone that had the name Gregson carved on it? Was that foreshadowing? Could it be that he might be home for Christmas? If not, I am hoping for Bertie to realize he loves Edith and will love Marigold too. I had the same thoughts about the mother-in-law though. This was an episode that brought laughs and tears both. I will miss these people!

    • Susan Morgon ( an Ohio gal in SoCal ) says:

      I have to take it back! I actually paused the tv at the end , and it was Branson on the stone, not Gregson. The children were chasing around Sybil’s grave. Well, it will be interesting to see how it all turns out. In March, sheesh!

    • sbranch says:

      I don’t think we ever heard for one hundred percent sure that Gregson died, but if not, where the heck has he been all these years? War is over, and has been for years.

      • Chris Wells From Knickerbocker, W. TX says:

        Amnesia?? But now I am not so sure I want Michael Gregson to come back. I just love Bertie! Who couldn’t love a sweet man named Bertie?! Surely he will come around and believe in his heart that Edith would have told him about Marigold and decide he must return and marry her! After all, she loved him when he was just a land agent!

        • sbranch says:

          I love Bertie too. I think he’s a doll. But now he has new responsibilities . . . and there is that question of how Edith, her magazine, and her child fit into his new role as keeper of the 19th century flame.

        • Susan Morgon ( an Ohio gal in SoCal ) says:

          Possibly held captive somewhere and just reported dead, or am I letting my imagination get away with me? I was all for Bertie in this last episode until he was so quick to say now he didn’t trust Edith. Couldn’t he have taken into consideration what her reservations were and how difficult it would be at that time to have to tell a man that? He just up and left the table and then asks for transportation. That doesn’t say love to me! I will forgive him if he comes back and satisfactorily says he’s been a cad and a fool and he loves Edith more than his own life. Nothing less will do!

      • Gina P. from NY says:

        Good point about the years that have gone by with Michael Gregson missing. But I still hope he could come back! Speaking of the years that have gone by, just how old are Mary and Edith now? I mean it was 1912 when we first met them, and here we are in 1925. So that is 13 years. I’m guessing that Mary must be about 33, and Edith either 30 or 31? And not married yet? I guess Edith is considered an “Old Maid” at this point! Hurry back Bertie or Michael!

  15. Mary Brehm says:

    Your recap was as good as the show last night. I am too verclempt for words…All of it was wonderful..I love Mrs Patmore most of all. It’s sunny and chilly here and I…ahem…am taking down my christmas tree (so embarrassing). Have a lovely day <3

    • sbranch says:

      I would love to be related to Mrs. Patmore. She seems like such comforting person. Yes, ahem, get the Christmas tree down! 🙂

      • Logan says:

        You know, Mrs. Patmore and Baxter are sort of the invisible glue that hold things together, aren’t they?
        I am so glad I discovered your blog, Susan. And now I am going to miss your reviews on Mondays so much when it is all over. I enjoy your commentary and everyone’s comments too!

        • sbranch says:

          I was just thinking that, and Cora too. . . they link things.

          • Mrs. Patmore is the image of my Gramma. About the same size and the face is almost the same,,,Only difference is my Gramma spoke English with a Norwegian accent….I can’t keep my eyes off Mrs. Patmore when she on the screen, it’s like having my Gramma home again…Gramma passed away in 1967….I miss her so and so nice to see Mrs. Patmore with that cheery smile…..absolutely love her….

          • sbranch says:

            Your grandma was a little doll!

    • Victoria Miller says:

      Personally, I think Christmas gets packed away too soon. After all, with December come the serious winter months, January, February and then March. All that lovely Christmas stuff and then almost nothing, for some of the worst months of the year! I have been known to leave my Christmas Tree (not a live one, of course) up through the month of February.

    • Barbara Hull says:

      Apparently, sisters think alike, because I was just about to say the same thing (sans the christmas tree. Seriously). And I too wish Carson would find a teabag dangling from his reading glasses …lighten up you old curmudgeon!

      • sbranch says:

        Yes, and walk into the kitchen and surprise everyone by showing them “what happened.” 🙂

        • Chris Wells From Knickerbocker, W. TX says:

          Somehow I just don’t think Mr Carson capable of that! Being laughed at?! Poor man has had to be so proper his whole life. So devoted to service!!

          • sbranch says:

            Laughed with! 🙂 I know, you’re right, he’s had to keep the stiff upper lip and control of all things for a very long time.

  16. Michelle says:

    How can we bring Golly Gumdrops back as a saying? Along with hats and gloves and pretty parasols? I say we start a movement to bring back everything graceful and charming!

    • sbranch says:

      I couldn’t be more with you. I think if people were left on their own, it would happen naturally, but forces beyond our control want us to move forward, and change ~ mostly I think, so we can buy more things!

    • Mary S. says:

      I bought a parasol at Disneyland! And I use it, too, if I’m standing in the sun. 🙂
      Love from Mary S. in Fresno, CA

    • Patsy in Nixa, MO says:

      I’m in. Susan, can you fix a way so we can post photos in our comments so we can show off our hats, etc. ?

  17. Karen says:

    It must be the Mary in me that fought it so hard, but I had to let my husband win one as he figured out that the B&B guests were adulterers last week. But, Golly, I almost threw something at how Mary allowed herself to swim among the pond scum with that vindictive behavior of hers. It was almost unforgivable, but when I witnessed the return of her vibrant red power coat…I knew all would be well again. I adored the loving and right counsel Granny gave to Mary…we needed to see that the English can be affectionate too. No doubt that Henry and Mary’s children will be among the most beautiful to ever grace the Abbey, but I still long for Matthew, as I feel that he loved her in a way that allowed her to be her absolute best self! Henry will be passionate, spontaneous and able to keep Mary on her toes…but, I am a bit haunted by Mary’s pronouncement to Anna a couple of weeks ago that went something like, “Yes, opposites attract, but can they stay married for life”. I have no doubt that Bertie will be back for Edith, but what is to happen to Tom? Did they only bring him back to Downton to initiate Mary’s and Henry’s relationship? I need some Tom resolution! Looking forward to your Spring pictures on the Vineyard…I can almost feel the warmth!

    • sbranch says:

      I would never have come up with that house of ill repute thing on my own, your husband is a wizard! I have English friends who are very affectionate, loving, darling witty cute creative and amazing people, just like Downton folk! But of course they are of this century and haven’t been raised (for the most part) by nannies! Yes, me too, Tom Resolution!!! He has a daughter who needs a mummy!

  18. Cyndee Randall says:

    I have been saying all season that Barrow would attempt suicide. So glad he was discovered in time. My prediction: Marigold’s father shows up in the final episode. He has not been mentioned in ages. I think Julian is hoping we have forgotten him so there will be a surprise for the ending. I shall so miss all of this. Thanks for a great recap!

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, I’m thinking you are right. I’ve also been worried about Barrow. SO isolated. And Mr. Carson drilling him every single week!

      • Cyndee Randall says:

        I agree. I am really growing to dislike Mr. Carson. As for Barrow, I am hoping the staff and family will grow to love him and allow him to stay. (He takes Mr. Moseley’s place since he is now a successful teacher?) The children are so fond of him. What is the male word for Nanny? Nanner? It is hard to remember how cruel Barrow was in the beginning. Maybe there is hope for Mary.

  19. Chris says:

    Oh dear, Susan….what will we do when Downton and all it’s lovely people are no longer in our lives? I truly wish this had been a book made into a series then we would have it it read again and again. If you and Michelle(above) decide to go Downton I will gladly join you. the Red Hat Society started on the west coast…maybe The Downton Society could begin on the east coast and move west.

    Golly Gumdrops! I’m so looking forward to the new book.
    Chris in Florida

    • sbranch says:

      Julian’s sister wrote a book called something like Behind the Scenes at Downton (I just made that title up, it’s probably not like that at all) — but search for it, I hear it’s good. It would be fun for all of us to have a giant Downton party somewhere!

  20. Betsy in Pennsylvania says:

    Cora’s coat reminded me of Wedgwood’s Cream On Lavender pattern. One of the most beautiful patterns ever. I am so mad at Mary, I’m done having any sympathy for her.

  21. Vicki says:

    I so enjoy your blog posts – everything! You have an exciting year ahead, which makes us exciting for your readers. Enjoy your day!

  22. Jackie P says:

    Popped into the blog this a.m. ’cause I KNEW you would have to comment on last night’s episode of Downton. Thank goodness Tom gave Mary a piece of his mind. He said everything I wanted to say! What will we do Sunday evenings when this is over? (Hopefully be reading Isle of Dreams!)

    • sbranch says:

      It’s not going to be an easy time for us, but spring will come, and we will go outside and play and we will, in time, with help from the birds and the garden and the sea, forget.

  23. CarolK (cent'l NJ) says:

    Waaaaaaaaaa, you made me cry all over with your recap of DA. I kept saying to Edith “TELL HIM” but she just wasn’t listening to any of us. Did you notice the look on Mary’s face at breakfast just before she dropped the bucket on Edith’s love life? She looked like the cat who was ready to pounce on a little bird. Darn her any way! Edith should have shown some backbone right then and there and thrown her eggs at little Miss Bitch. This show is ramping up into the stratosphere coming into the home stretch. Wahooooo!!! See you in New Hope ~ double Wahoooo!!!

    • sbranch says:

      I think she was mad because Henry actually WENT. And she took it out on Edith’s happiness. With sisters like that, who needs enemies? Stratosphere is right!!!!

  24. Charly Fowler says:

    Maybe Tom will get involved with Edith’s editor. That would be nice. They would make a good pair. He needs someone now that his role as Mary’s matchmaker is done. Darn the Academy Awards anyway. Don’t they know????? I will be in Montana visiting a friend on March 6 and I might have to wait another week beyond to see the end and read your blog! I don’t know if I can do it! They could offer to postpone the Awards a week, couldn’t they?. Well, maybe, though, waiting that extra week will make it all the sweeter.
    Thanks for you!
    P.S. The Downton Costumes will be displayed at the Taft Museum in Cincinnati from July 2 to September 25. I hope that corresponds with your visit to Joseph Beth!

    • sbranch says:

      I know, don’t the Academy Awards seem insipid compared to Downton? Thank goodness for the dresses because the rest of it is actually not that exciting! I like the red carpet part the best.

  25. ArlineLA says:

    Thank you Susan for the pictures and the chance to examine the clothes slowly and carefully. Hopefully you take the shots on your second run through! Two thoughts. They made such a point of describing Bertie’s dragon-lady mother, I am sure he will be back and probably have her in tow. Perhaps she will even like Edith? And the unlikely Spratt as the advice columnist? Wouldn’t it be a hoot if he was actually the mouthpiece for Violet? Is the next episode the Christmas special or do we actually have 2 more? Arline in So. CA

  26. sylvia in seattle says:

    A hectic episode for sure! Loved Mrs. Patmore’s tea party solution with family coming to her rescue AND I thought she looked kind of all right in that group photo. Cute outfit! Lets hear it for the short round people!!! Since I’m pretty much built like her I scoff at the sunken chested terribly tall artistocratic types. Sour Grapes you say? Weeelll. We all have our issues. But seriously, how about Mr. Spratt 🙂 Hah, A secret writer on the side, I can appreciate.
    Anticipating withdrawals from all this I was perusing Julian Fellowes on Wikipedia and found he once wrote the screenplay and directed something called Separate Lies, which I had lurking in my DVD collection. He does the commentary on the extras track which I found most interesting as he delves into the psychological makeup of the main characters. This movie is set in a small English village, contemporary times – situations timeless – with beautiful interiors of a country house and a London flat and Big town house that are really fun to see. Julian’s son has a brief appearance in one scene. I’m soaking up information for my next life as a writer — yes I am. Thank goodness the Oscars are coming next Sunday. Everything better turn out okay on March 6 or Julian is going to hear from me . . . I imagine if one just addressed a letter Julian Fellowes, Britian – it would get to him. But wait, maybe he’s on the East Coast of America deep into his next project . . . . One can only hope.

  27. Barb from Ohio says:

    What a wonderful recap! There was so much that happened in last nights episode but I think you covered it all. The most touching moment for me was when the girls were making up, and Edith was reminiscing about Sybil and that they were the ones to carry on the memory of everyone at Downton. I doubt that the sisters will ever be the best of friends, but I hope they can be more civil to each other. Perhaps Mary will go after Bertie and talk him into coming back to Edith? Too much to ask? Only one more episode to go and we must wait two weeks for it! So glad Thomas survived, and loved how Mary brought George in to see him, she has really been nice to the servants this season, at least. And poor Mrs Patmore having her b&b saved by the Granthams, so great of them to do that. Mr Molesly found a way to get through to the school children by admitting his commonality with them, loved that too. All in all, one of the best episodes ever of the show.

    • sbranch says:

      I don’t think Edith would go after Bertie, she’s such a defeatist, and the rules of society at that time were so very clear when it came to children out of wedlock. It would have to be him that came to her. I think. 🙂

  28. Karen Williams says:

    Oh Susan, Susan, Susan…golly gumdrops and a bag of pear drops too! I have laughed out loud reliving Downton with you all each week and this one has to be one of your best reviews! Thoroughly enjoyed…and then to cap it all off – the most fabbie pics of Jack!! Rofl!! Actually, Jack looks like he’s rolling on the floor laughing!
    Such fun and I wish I had kept all the episodes when they first came out here in Blighty….but I didn’t so I can’t…but I will enjoy recapping them all with you….and how very dare the academy awards come and spoil your Sunday night next week!!

    Please let us know the dates you will be in England and Scotland later this year, as a friend of mine and I are going to try to come and meet you!
    Much love
    Karen x

    • sbranch says:

      That will be wonderful! I believe the date for our Stourhead Picnic will be September 18th, I’m 99% certain, but I’ll be sure to confirm it as we get closer. It’s BYOPicnic Basket, and pray for a beautiful day!

  29. deborah.t.norling says:

    YES YES YES…I’ve been waiting for your delightful recap ! Mary w a s horrid !! I loved when Tom let her have it..and she deserved everything Edith said to her.. Then of course she won me over at Matthew’s grave site and then even more by bringing George to visit Barrow. Mary really was maddeningly stunning in every scene even when she was in distress.. every dress and gown were absolute perfection on her…..Bertie has to come back to Edith ! ….and…you must have taken that 1st photo of Jack…when he heard Edith call Mary….the…”B” word..

  30. sylvia in seattle says:

    PS- Carson 🙁 reminds me of my ex, except he talks and has hair 🙂 Bye

  31. winnie Nielsen says:

    I’m so bummed out!! Mary marries Henry and runs Edith’s beau off. Say what? I was glued last night to every word and looking for all the possibly ways Mary and Tom could be together. Alas, Jullian Fellows stuck to the formula that Mary had to marry someone with more English heritage than best friend/brother Tom. How did you like it in the car when Tom tells Henry to take good care of Mary because he loves her?! Waaaaaa!!! My only hope is that Bertie will come to his senses in Tangiers and come back asking Edith for another chance together. After the disappointing marriage of Mary, Julian has to give us some better love resolution than the impending Isobelle and Dicky (ICK! I wanted Dr. Clarkson). And Tom? Is he going to connect with Edith’s editor now? Will he live at Downton still? It is complicated here and I can’t believe we have to wait two weeks for the solutions.

    Thanks for giving us this recap and your thoughts. It has been so much fun sharing Downton Abby here and enjoying all of the other GF’s perspectives!

  32. Kathy Phenix says:

    Great recap! Even “my own curmudgeon husband” asked me what you said in this blog. He was hoping, like you that Mary and Tom would get together. Now he and I are wondering what Tom will do for the rest of his life. Sybie needs a mother.
    Edith and Bertie must reconcile and live happily ever after. Mrs Patmore and her farmer need to marry and Anna will have to have her baby. Can all of this happen in just two hours?
    I like Carol’s idea of a support group for fans going through “Downton withdrawal”. What will we do with our lives after March 6??? Kisses to Jack.

  33. KarenP. (Wisconsin) says:

    One more comment….”Bananas!” Hysterical! 🙂

  34. Kathie says:

    What fun Downton was last night! I told my husband that the last few episodes were rather slow and then wow, things happened. Mary was so terrible, yet Edith forgave her. We see who has the stronger moral character. And now maybe Barrow can stay to be a better person. People can change, at least in fiction. Can we actually wait two whole weeks?

    • sbranch says:

      I’m going to! No matter what. And I have the last episode, right here in my house, at a touch of my fingers. I got the whole set for later. But I refuse to peek. This from a girl who used to secretly and carefully unwrap her Christmas presents under the tree, and then wrap them all back up again. I was ten, but still. Secrets are a very painful thing!

  35. Janet says:

    What about that look on Mary’s face when Grandmama asks her why she did what she did to Edith? I was laughing out loud!! “Because she was just so…(insert happy-wacky face)!”

    Since it is Washington’s birthday, I cannot tell a lie – I have seen the last episode and have just one piece of advice – make sure you bring a box of tissues or, on further thought, a lace-trimmed embroidered linen handkerchief. After all, it IS the last episode.

  36. Kathy says:

    I’m enjoying your Downton Abbey recaps, and only one more to go! So, here is what I’ve started to wonder. Maybe Michael isn’t dead after all, and he will turn up next week and he and Edith will live happily ever after. What do you think?

  37. KarenP. (Wisconsin) says:

    Just had a thought as i was watching the end scene with Edith cherishing her Marigold for a second time….Mr.Gregson may come back for the finale if not Bertie!!! I feel confident Edith will be happy!

    One more comment….”Bananas!” Hysterical! 🙂

  38. Pamela says:

    Oh . . . thank you Susan. Golly Gumdrops completely missed me last night. Until you wrote it. .. you always point out the best things!
    What a great episode it was! I cried more tears – Granny is the best – her way of saying things like “make peace with your sister”, so simple and direct and right.
    I admired Robert for standing by solidly with Mrs. Pattmore, Cora’s voice and way of speaking has a lovely lilt to it. She is so sweet. And little George with the orange for Thomas was the heart melting moment.
    These people have come to mean so much to me. What a marvel of a show!
    Weren’t the umbrellas on parade last night?! I liked the one with butterflies best, though NOT the person carrying it. I think we must bring them back on our sunny summer walks – let’s start a new trend! For sure, you must take one to England on your trip or buy one there.
    I’m glad Tom gave it to Mary straight – isn’t he one of the most honest and true characters? And he writes letters, too. Ya gotta love a guy like that!
    I never tire of your recaps – the longer the better for this girl.
    Darling Jack! High cuteness factor. . .
    Spring is going to really sing this year with your new book coming out – Traaaa Laaaa Laaaaa. . . .

  39. Susan says:

    Keep telling you, Susan-who-shares-my-name and my-obsession-with-UK, Marigold’s daddy will reappear! And Carson badly needs not a spanking but an enema, I believe.

  40. Chris K in Wisconsin says:

    Loved the recap!

    Does anyone else think that Mary and her new hubby will build a mini-castle near Downton and Barrow will become the Butler/Driver/Manny at the new house?

  41. Mary S. says:

    It was sooo much fun, reading your re-cap!!!! Almost like watching it again! You always make me laugh, but two comments in particular:
    “And Edith said (showing off the complicated trim on the back of her dress that mirrored the trim on the Abbey)”
    “…her black widow spider outfit…” ROTFL!!!!!
    And you ask, “(Why am I crying while I’m writing this?)” Because we’re ALL crying, and we still miss Matthew!! :'(
    Jack’s little paws look so cute!!! I just lost a beloved kitty a few days ago. Her name was Ophelia and we had her for about 15 years. She was ready to go, but I wasn’t ready to let her go. I have 8 more kitties, but each one is equally loved, because each one has a unique personality!
    I am so excited because I just started watching Downton all over again! This will be my 4th time. So many changes over the years! So far I’ve just watched season one, episode one: There is a full staff, Daisy is laying the fires, the newspapers are being ironed, Miss O’Brien’s biting tongue and her wicked scheming with Barrow, and, of course, the end which always makes me cry… Matthew opening up the letter from Lord Grantham, and Isobel saying, “What does he want?” “He wants to change our lives.” WAH!!!!!!
    Incredibly excited to get your new book!!! I’m on pins and needles!!
    Love from Mary S. in Fresno, CA xoxox

    • sbranch says:

      Oh I can’t wait to start it over!!! I think I will save it for next winter, I don’t want to be interrupted! Even your comments make me cry!!! LOL!

  42. Cynthia Avalos says:

    Susan, loved this as usual.
    “You are very forgiving” she says to poor unsuspecting Bertie, “Not everyone would accept Edith’s past.” (GASP! Did you just gasp? I thought I could hear the entire country gasp.)

    Oh yes, we gasped! Going to miss this so much. Plan on watching from the beginning all over again on Netflix or Amazon or something!

    • sbranch says:

      Even though we knew it was coming, I still gasped. I was ready for her to attack at the dinner the night before, she had it in her eyes. Then at breakfast, she hears Henry has left, her eyes go into something like HUGE ANGER, and then OMG. Just shocking.

  43. Susan Cohen says:

    Thank you for the lovely recap!

    Have you seen Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van? She is wonderful!

  44. Mary Ellen says:

    Hi, Susan! Thanks for these wonderful DA recaps, and Congratulations on your latest accomplishments. So happy for you that you will have some free time to enjoy; very well deserved.
    Before I launch into a lengthy segment on DA, let me say that I feel you have outdone yourself on the 2016 calendar. I received it as a gift from my daughter, and my favorite pages are July, Sept, June, and Dec, in that order. I feel it is your best one ever, and can’t thank you enough!
    As for Downton, thanks for mentioning that the final episode is two hrs. Thank God! I couldn’t imagine how he could wrap everything up in one more hr!
    I too want Bertie back, and I truly hope something will happen. Maybe Granny will intervene, and come to the rescue, as she did for Mary and Isobelle? Or, maybe Bertie’s Mom will see he is forlorn and convince him to forgive Edith? Maybe by telling him a story from her own life experience?
    Or, the family may attend the service for Bertie’s cousin, coming to Edith’s rescue in a similar way to what they did for Mrs. Patmore. That would be a way of reopening the dialogue between Edith and Bertie. Maybe Bertie himself will figure out that if she was too afraid to tell him, that was really an indication of the depth of her love for him, because of how very desperately much she feared losing him. I thought she should at least have defended herself by saying that she tried to tell him several times.
    A really powerful way for it to be fixed would be for Mary to approach Bertie and speak up on Edith’s behalf, trying to persuade him to reconsider. Julian will probably surprise us with some completely “out of the box” plot twist, as he often does, but I truly hope Edith will end up happy.
    Last but not least of my ideas: Who has staunchly stood by Edith through thick and thin, and been her loyal friend & ally when she felt alone? Tom! It wouldn’t shock me if in the course of his trying to comfort her, they both have the sudden realization that they’ve been deeply in love all this time and want to be together forever. So he would end up with the other sister!
    I’ve been so tempted to try to watch the ending sooner, since it aired in Britain already, but I’m trying not to, and I have no time for that anyway. The suspense until March 6 will be delicious, and I agree with the comment that there are so many other weddings we’d like to see. Just the proposals will be sufficient, Julien!
    Thanks again for this forum, Susan. To echo the comments of others~~I also learn things that you point out that I would never notice myself.

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you for the comments on the calendar! I am having SUCH fun designing this new one for 2017 because of all the new art I get to use! They are very much a treat for me to do! Thank you for all of your Downton comments too! That Julian, he really has us doesn’t he!!!

      • Sharrie says:

        I love your calendar and gave away three as gifts this past Christmas. It tickles me so to visit my dearest friend, Sarah, for a cuppa, and there’s yours/our calendar in her tidy kitchen. 🙂

        Of course I also have the calendar in my smaller and a bit more jumbled kitchen. It is something shared between us and the girlfriends!

        Perhaps after the 2017 calendar, in all your spare time 😉 you could do three Januarys, three Februarys, three Marches, etc. so we won’t “lose” you to calendar duty this time next year! Haha!

  45. Martha Jean says:

    Susan-I have loved all of your recaps! Last night was a doozy…one minute I jumped up and down for Edith and the way she finally stood up to Mary and the next moment, I cried and cried when Granny came home to save her granddaughter. ..and when Mary went to the cemetery to ask for Matthew’s blessing, oh my gracious…..it just about did me in. I don’t think I have ever cried over a show like I did last night! I holding on to hope that Bertie will ride in on a white horse in the last episode and sweep Edith off her feet. P.S. I promise there were several scenes of the beautiful fields and such that I had flashbacks to reading A Fine Romance and your beautiful descriptions of the English countryside! Thank you, thank you and have Golly Gum Drops kind of day! Martha Jean

  46. Hi Susan,
    I agree with DonnaRay – we will need a 3 hour show March 6! We have tons of weddings to be invited too. 😉
    Do you think Bertie will come back?
    I do hope so.

  47. Dianna says:

    Now that we can’t have Mary and Tom hoping he will find a lovely match. The Downstairs couples should be Baxter and Mosely and Daisy and Andrew and Mrs. Patmore should marry Daisy’s father in law. Barrow should hang in there long enough to take over when Mr. Carson finally retires. The icing on the Downton Cake would be if Bertie returns from Tangiers and tells Edith that although he is disappointed she didn’t trust him to tell him about Marigold he would be miserable without her and wants to marry her anyway! How we will miss these people and their lovely world! Love your re-caps, like seeing each episode twice!!!

  48. Bernie says:

    Golly Gumdrops is the best saying since “Have you done something jolly with your hair”?
    I predicted Mary would spill the beans about Marigold. It did not surprise me at all because that’s how she operates. I dont understand how you would wish her on Tom. Even her sorrow and anxiety is no excuse for being a,”rhymes with witch”!!
    I really do hope Bertie comes back, and Edith has the MOST splendid wedding gown of all (although she is very practical), and I’d feel very smug that she would, as Robert said, “outrank them all”. I just LOVED the coat she had on in the “wish you luck, good-bye Bertie” scene. Stunning!!!
    I will miss this show, but I’m sure Julian Fellowes’ next project, “The Gilded Age” (or is it Era?) will be just as special with lots of eye candy, and fodder for your future re-caps!

    • sbranch says:

      I wasn’t wishing her on Tom, I was wishing Tom on her! But I’m over it now! I keep hearing hints about the Gilded Age. Is it true, a fact, that it will happen? Heaven!

      • Susan Morgon ( an Ohio gal in SoCal ) says:

        This is the most recent information I could find on Google:
        It’s almost a year old, but I couldn’t see anything more up-to-date available. The most exciting part was the mention of a Downton film sometime in the future, although nothing has been planned yet.

  49. Robin in NJ says:

    Please say it isn’t so!! The New Hope, PA stop on the book tour has sold out?!?! I didn’t even know that was a possibility! Did I miss something in that listing? Ugh.
    So sorry I won’t get to meet you this time. I was so looking forward to it!
    You’ll love New Hope. It’s a very quaint little town – with a lot going on. 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      I heard New Hope was wonderful and I’m sorry to miss you . . . you can always call and get yourself on the waiting list, I know they’ve started one. And who knows, perhaps they will get a larger room? Anything can happen! 🙂

  50. Jennifer says:

    I think I’ll miss these recaps almost as much as the show itself. I don’t want either to end!

  51. Pamela H. from Macungie, PA says:

    Susan…….Loving your recaps and sharing them with my friend (another Susan!) as we have to discuss these episodes every Monday!! It was such a great episode last evening. But here’s what I think…………….I love Bertie and would actually love to see him return to Downton, having thought things through and realizing that he shouldn’t spurn Edith because of shortsightedness. However — what if Mr. Gregson would now somehow materialize???? Wouldn’t that be rather fabulous, too??? No problems with the idea of Marigold, they would run the newspaper together, etc etc. Just another fun thought!!!!! We’ll have to see what Julian has in store…………two long weeks from now!!

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, I think that last scenario is a very good possibility!!! I’m now working myself into the idea of loving it so I won’t be disappointed in case darling Bertie never comes back!

  52. I think Mr. Fellowes has found someone new with immense talent to film or set up shots this season. Both the indoor scenes and outdoor scenes have been substantially nicer. They were nice, now they are gorgeous!! Has anyone else noticed a big difference?

  53. Queendeke says:

    I prefer Edith’s hats over Mary’s…if you will observe from many of the episodes, Edith’s hats have a shorter brim or are often flipped up as if to open up her face and make her approachable. Whereas, Mary’s generally have a wider brim creating a feel of detachment, guardedness, standoffishness. I loved Edith’s casual outfit and appearance in her last scene with the children. BTW, as much as I, too, wish for a love life for Tom, his character could certainly embody that of a man quite content and satisfied with having one true love in his life and honoring her forever. Doting on their child and offering keen advice to nieces and nephews would make him an endearing family member for life!

  54. Jacqueline A Walton says:

    I’m not a Downton fan (gasp!) but I do love little Jack!

  55. Karen Saunders says:

    Well….I guess I’m the only one with far-fetched ideas because I still think Marigolds long lost father is going to turn up because truthfully it’s always better to have your real parents together and also….if it was me, wouldn’t want Bertie’s possessive-over-powering mother..not in a million years!!!!

    • sbranch says:

      I think you are right, Karen. The more I’ve thought about those heavy “mother hints” them more I think we were being set up.

  56. Virginia says:

    What will we do without your recaps? I can’t wait til Monday to read them. I hardly dare blink when I watch but you see so many wonderful details I have missed–the baby bump, the lace on the gloves, the back of Edith’s dress.

    This was certainly one of the best episodes ever. Loved Tom finally getting his fire back and telling Mary off. I’d say Mary and Edith are even now for doing awful things to each other. They need to start with a clean slate. How profound to realize that someday they will be among the few who remember those they loved who are gone. They should build on that. Fingers crossed.

    But I have to say I agree with you that Mary & husband will be happy for a year or so. She was right to hesitate about this marriage. The smoldering romantic part was there…but then what? They have deep differences and I don’t see this working long-term, just as Mary said herself. Why did her family push her so? Oh, dear. How will we wait two weeks?

  57. Joleen Standley says:

    Susan, thank you for the great recaps. Your next book should be a Downton Carries On type of sequel. I’m sure Fellows wont mind. If he does just give us new recaps each week. That will ease our pain from losing the show.

    • sbranch says:

      Ha ha ha! Probably someone out there right now trying to figure a way to keep it going. But without the wit of Julian, I’m afraid it would be a pale imitation.

  58. Mary Ann says:

    I so enjoyed your re-cap… felt like I watched it all over again. Poor Edith is right! She really gave it to Mary and as she said – she should have done it a long time ago. And, shame on Mary – it didn’t seem like she was that sorry for what she did. I think in the end, Lady Edith will get Bertie and a TITLE and will live happily ever after. When Mary let it out at the lunch, I whispered to my husband….. ‘you can hear a pin drop.’ Can hardly wait until the last 2 hour episode… and your re-cap of the end. You certainly don’t miss a thing! That’s why I love all of your books and calendars and you!

    • sbranch says:

      I think Mary does not know herself and was in shock that everyone was so mad at her. But she did what her grandmother told her, and at least that was something. She left so much wreckage in her wake. Thank you dear Mary Ann, for the kind comments. xoxo

  59. Sharon Byars of North Carolina says:

    Thank you, Thank you….for this re cap. I am obsessed with Downton. I was so angry with Mary last night that I was shouting at the tv ! Crying in between. Ok, so I was so wrong about Mary and Tom but my new prediction is Bertie will come back and marry Edith and Barrow will go to work at the “big estate” and live happily ever after. I do not know what the rest of us are going to do…..

    • sbranch says:

      Barrow already works at the big estate. But it’s the living happily ever after that is still in question. Fingers crossed for him!

  60. Kim says:

    I think we NEED a Downton Spin-off about Lady Edith’s life in London as a successful magazine publisher.
    I am still furious with Mary and haven’t been able to forgive her yet. Mary and Carson are two peas in a pod who are lucky to have such Good People in love with them!

  61. Rosanna says:

    Lovely to read your recap. It seems like things are wrapping up nicely for so many of the characters — though I have to say Edith – not so much. She seems to be in the same league with Barrow when it comes to good luck.

    Despite everyone else always wanting Tom and Mary to be together — I am VERY happy it didn’t turn out that way — sorry, but I still contend Miss Mary is a MISERABLE person who would not deserve Tom even if she parted the Red Sea, cured cancer AND raised the minimum wage to $35 an hour.

    Personally, I think Tom deserves better. (I had to throw that in — and Edith is not the only one who used the ‘b’ word — the phrase “What a bitch!” was heard in our home last night – and I wasn’t the only one who said it!)

    But above all, I liked that Grannie came to the rescue – yet again – and I greatly admire what Edith had to say to Mary before the wedding…….about having shared memories of all the people in our lives……something I think we all might benefit from don’t you think?

  62. Lee Rose says:

    Ooooohhhhh, I was so mad at Mary. Still am, it will take a little time to get over. To Edith’s defense, she never said yes. He kept saying “I’ll take that as a yes.” I kept thinking, get out of the hallway so you can tell him without being interrupted or overheard. I do want to shake her sometimes. Maybe she is meant to be a hugely successful London magazine publisher not married to a country marquess.

    Great re-cap Susan.

    • sbranch says:

      I was always thinking that Bertie liked that part of Edith and that she wouldn’t have to give it up, but I bet she would have to give it up if she married him. Thank you Lee!

  63. Rose Utterback says:

    I dearly love your sweet kitties. They are so cute!

  64. Diane Ely says:

    I am so glad to have your recap, as I find myself so caught in the drama I miss the detail, the gloves, parasols as I wait for Mary to ruin Edith’s chances, although I did notice that egg holder, and and all the pastries for the tea. I just knew Barrow would do something, his remark about everyone being happy, that was a roller coaster ride of an episode, and I am glad I have the season to watch again. I loved the wedding scene as it looked so much like a scene from one of the Jane Austen movies, the tradition continues, sigh, oh, how will it end? Thank you

    • sbranch says:

      The wedding scene, wasn’t it beautiful? I kept thinking of the people who had walk-on parts for it, dressed up in the old clothes, experiencing this beautiful day. How fun for them!

  65. Susie (Rocky Point, NY) says:

    Whew, what an episode last night. I felt like I had an episode by the time it was over. Mary went overboard in the itchybay department. Good ole Tom sees right through her and let her have it. I’m still not sold on the fact that she really does love Henry. Her treatment of Edith was heartbreaking. I think Bertie will come to his senses once he thinks it all over. The shock of it all. Mostly about her not telling him up front. He will realize what a diamond she is and come for her to give her the title and respect she was born to live. Aahhh! I will watch it again tonight. Loved seeing Master George come in with the orange for Barrow. So sweet. It was so full of every emotion. It was tender and loving too. Bravo! Loved your recap. I could not wait to get home from my appointments today, make a cup of tea in my Princess Charlotte Emma mug and savor your every word. Thanks! And a big thanks to cutie pie Jack. Smooch!

  66. Kay Bennett says:

    Thanks again for your lovely recap of Downton last night. So much happened, it was refreshing to see it again through your eyes. Loved the fashions. Wonder what they do with them when the show is over. Granny always looks so elegant. I was disappointed in Henry and Mary’s wedding, even though it was beautiful. Had held out hopes for Tom. Glad Barrow didn’t die. I do think Bertie will come back to Edith. She has had so many disappointments. I have a lump in my throat just thinking about March 6th. It’s always so sad when a television show you have followed ends and this one will be the saddest. I remember how I was in tears when Mary Tyler show ended and she turned the lights out. (Oops just dated myself) 🙂 Enjoy your day creating so any beautiful things and scratch Jack’s soft tummy for me!

  67. Stacey says:

    Always love your wonderful and insightful Downty recaps! That episode was so packed with emotion and events! I was happy Edith finally told Mary off for once, she did indeed deserve it. Hopefully Bertie will come back around…I for one, think Mary should go and talk with him and convince him to marry Edith! The shot you shower of the lovely English house with the roses around the door…I was think the same thing…how gorgeous! You may have seen this show while you were in England: Escape to the Country on BBC2. If not, you must look it up on YouTube where you can watch full episodes. It’s a house hunting show in the countryside regions of Great Britain and the houses are just to die for…such a lovely show, I know you will love it! Cheers!

    • sbranch says:

      Trust me I will go there the minute I get done here! Thank you Stacey! THAT is a show that should run in America, we would love it!

  68. Cathy Wegner says:

    I love your recaps and I love Mary but Edith was right! I can’t believe we have only one more episode. Sniff, Sniff.

  69. Pom Pom says:

    Oh yeah! We have to wait two weeks. I cried. I loved this episode. Granny is the BEST!
    It was so beautiful. Sigh.
    Yay for sold out events, Sue!

    • sbranch says:

      I know, I can’t wait!!! I love it that everyone brings their best friend or their daughter or their mom! It’s such a family thing!

  70. Kathy says:

    Well done, Susan! I will be entering a 12 step program when Downton comes to an end!

  71. Donna Hrehor says:

    I LOVE your Downton Abbey recaps!!! I’m going to miss your recaps & Downton so much!!! So sad you aren’t stopping at any book stores in Idaho or Washington. Would love to meet you in person. Have a great day! Donna (Idaho)

  72. Sharon says:

    Jack looks like such a sweetie-pie! I love seeing pics of him, especially after reading about all the drama & doings of Downton! He’s like my “ahh, I can relax now” cue.

  73. Drop a tea bag on his glasses. LOL…can’t-stop-laughing…Sorry Joe.

  74. bobbie Calgaro says:

    Jim and I just sat and enjoyed your recap. Well done! We laughed and laughed! You make Downton even more special with your observations. Thank you. I hope Bertie comes back too but quite frankly I think Edith would have a hard time giving up the magazine which she would have to do in order to marry him. So maybe that’s Julian’s angle. She is the modern woman looking to the future rather than the past. And who knows maybe sometime later in the world we’ll never know, there will be a modern London man to sweep her off her feet. Another Michael Gregson without a crazy wife to be divorced. I think that would be a rather good way to think about it. After all she’s not old no matter what her father says.
    I guess a little separation until the last episode will make the anticipation that much more sweet but certainly will make the parting even more bittersweet. Have a wonderful week.

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, giving up the magazine, that would be awful! She still has Gregson’s apartment. I wonder . . . Say hi to Jim for me! xoxo

  75. Donna says:

    Love your recaps of Downtown! It was so sweet and bittersweet at the same time. I want them to all be happy in the end with no strings left hanging. But that may be too much to ask for one last episode….. I wonder if we’ll know about Anna’s baby, will Edith EVER Be happy?! What will happen to the sad Mr Borrows? What about Daisy, where will her education take her? What will happen to Downton Abby and the family; will there be enough money to keep the house in the family???? I think we need one more season!!! 🙂

  76. I too think Mr. Carson should do something like spill curd on his jacket, then he will get off his high horse and grow a heart.
    Yes Henry and Mary look great together. I think Edith’s beau will return.
    What is the red flower in the English field? Is there some orange too??

  77. Sadie says:

    “Golly Gum Drops” was a highlight of the night. I’m going to start using that phrase now myself…I love it! 🙂

  78. Diane says:

    Molesley is such a gentle, special soul.

    • sbranch says:

      A great man!

      • Janice says:

        Yes, and I don’t see a romance between him and Daisy… I think he is being portrayed as a gifted teacher who genuinely wants to see others succeed, such as the potential he saw in Daisy and now encourages his students. I think Daisy admires him the same way, from that point of view. There are other things to relationships besides romance… which is why I never saw Tom and Mary as a couple either. Mary cannot hold a candle to Sybil – or to Tom – yet he is a man of integrity who is loyal to all the family.

        • sbranch says:

          I think Daisy would probably be too young for him, but I love both of them for their dedication to education and for their never-give-up attitudes about life.

  79. Sally Roth says:

    During “The War”, my parents rented a house they called the House of Ill Repute which is what the neighbours thought! The tenants were all WRNS and RN officers having a break from War Work. People came and went, and the lace curtains nearby were twitching… Thanks for the memory provided by your lovely post, Susan.

  80. Ann Y. says:

    Oh, my….WHAT YOU SAID! I am still thinking Bertie will change his mind while he is away and realize he cannot live without Edith. She never actually said YES…he kind of assumed it and he knew she was worried about something….so I have HIGH HOPES. Yes, loved the coat…and the tea ! The final episode is on my birthday so I am wishing for a happily ever after for everyone !

  81. Marianne in Mo. says:

    I just finished watching my recording of DA. I know better than to come here before watching! 😉 Your recap was great as always. I was choking back tears multiple times throughout the show, so glad I waited to watch until this afternoon! I would not have been able to sleep at all. I knew Mr. Barrow was on the verge of trying to end his sad life, and I “oh no’ed” when he was found in the tub. Don’t know how he will deal with the sympathy and “kid glove” treatment when he is well again. I fear he will complete the job at that point. ( Hoping there is not enough time left for that!) Mary was horrid this episode. She should have been rebuffed by her man after the way she behaved. Why do things always seem to come up roses for her int the end? Once again, we say poor Edith. She always gets in her own way and messes up. Will we see Tom find love? This last episode will be filled I hope! So sad to see it all end. I think I need to buy the boxed set, so I can enjoy it over and over!
    Seems you have bounced from chill to beautiful as we had! We saw snow a week ago, then this past saturday it was 75 degrees and everyone was in tank tops and shorts! But it didn’t last, we are headed downward as we speak, but not too severe! I too am ready for some spring, seems to have been a long winter for me.
    Don’t work too hard! I know you have deadlines, but try to enjoy a bit of living too!

  82. Wonderful, witty recap! Do you want to know what I think about Bertie high-tailing it? I think Marigold’s daddy is going to show up! I swear, I have not looked ahead, but it would be perfect, wouldn’t it?

  83. freda says:

    They tied up a few loose ends last night but I was so sorry for Edith I had a hard time being happy for Mary. Maybe Bertie will have change of heart or maybe Marigolds father will reappear actually I think both those ships have sailed but I just want Edith to be happy. I hate to see the series end, seems like there is more to tell. Isn’t it awful how we get caught up in these things. As you say dear Susan it isn’t real. And poor Mr.Barrows I want him to be happy too. I enjoyed your recap.

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, I didn’t really feel total joy for Mary either. It was all too fast and she had truly left burn marks across the land. Can’t wait to see what happens for Barrows. And everyone!

  84. Lorna says:

    I have to admit that without your recaps I would miss the details in the dressing. I get so caught up in the story, that I forget to look around and see the world in which they are living – including their wardrobes.
    I recently moved and as I was unpacking I came across a small zip lock bag from my mother’s dresser – with 4 gorgeous pairs of long and short, filly and plain, buttoned and laced gloves of the era that I believe were her mothers. Ahh history – it is lovely to see how they actually lived in the early 20s.
    I must admit that one of my favorite expressions is “golly gosh gumdrops” – but I guess Tom was shortening it a bit! And how lovely that Mrs. Hughes is proving to be a delightfully assertive without the tough as she deals with her curmudgeon (thanks to a little nudge from Mrs. Patmore’s sprained wrist).
    Have a grand week calendaring our futures!

  85. Paula says:

    You are always here for us! It is like sharing with an old ( I mean dear, not really old) friend to read your humorous recap. And no doubt you have some super skills and writing talent you demonstrate! Recaps are HARD TO DO and do them well! ( I usually don’t use exclamation marks for fear of appearing like a junior high school girl in my older age. ) Thankfully, my husband loves the story line too, so I’m super lucky there, but you are a jewel! I love, love hearing from your insight and comments. Just plain fun.

    • sbranch says:

      I know, most of the “writing” books say we should steer clear of exclamation points. But they are so demonstrative, it’s like leaving any sort of firework off the page! Sometimes we need them! Uh oh, just noticed, I’m doing it again.Thank you Paula!

  86. susie says:

    Susan, I think I am getting spring fever…then I looked at your previous post. Oh my seeing those lovely spring flowers, yes, I want spring time. I always love seeing your cats and the birds and the sea. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo,Susie

  87. Sharon in So. Calif. says:

    Golly gum drops!! I loved that. Loved your recap Susan, as always, so fun to read. Here is my little recap in no particular order. I was so glad Edith ‘finally’ found her gumption and told off Mary, I felt this was loooong over due. I was a little surprised at the b word, oh my…and you go too, Tom, telling Mary exactly what he thought, he wasn’t about to take any of her brew-ha-ha! I have to say that I am still on Mr. Carson’s side as I think he just cannot handle his “so very traditional” world crumbling all around him. It is too hard for him to move ahead so quickly (if at all. lol). I think Mr. Moseley is a natural born teacher. Loved it when you could hear a pin drop in that classroom. This really did seem the episode of “come-uppences”. Loved how Isobel put that awful Amelia in her place! Other ‘loves’, Master George’s voice when he said good-bye Mr. Barrows. I Love his little voice. The clothes, (to die for), the gloves, the parasols, the meadows, even Mrs. Patmore’s house of ill repute, golly gum drops! Here is my list of happily ever afters: Bertie and Edith, Isobel and Lord Merton, Mrs. Patmore and Mr. Mason, Daisy and Andy, Tom and his people, and maybe even Tom with Edith’s editor!! Happy Snow Moon to you and I just want to rub that cute and fluffy black & white belly! xoxoxo P.S. Must say Congrats on finishing your book! So thrilling. And now you’re hard at work on 2017! That’s a golly gum drop for sure ~ lol

  88. I have to confess that I’ve seen the last show. I bought the DVD! I guess you know from this week that just when you think you have it all figured out the story twists in a different direction! I won’t tell you any details, but you all will be very happy at the end!

    Maybe they could do a special next Christmas!

  89. Julie V from Springfield, MO says:

    Golly Gum drops! We had it all last night – I was crying most of the time. Oh Edith – I was about to pull my hair out waiting for her to tell Bertie about Marigold. And Mary – well I am at a lose for words. So glad that Branson took her to the wood shed about her terrible behavior. I don’t know if I can take waiting two weeks to see how it all ends. Mary needs to make things right for Edith. The whole thing with Mrs. Patmore – laughed until I cried. Moseley is finally getting his just desserts. Has there even been a series that will be missed as much as Downton – I think not!

  90. Mickey says:

    I am sooo happy that Edith called Mary a bitch. I hadn’t thought that Mary was that bad in the past, but wow she made up for it. Carson is such a snob, I feel sorry for his wife.
    I am going to miss the show. We get interested in these British shows and then they go away. The crooked department store guy is the next series. I do not like him, he is a snake, I do like the other dept. store series, don’t know if it will be back.
    .My husband and I watch Masterpiece every Sunday night. I am always seeing someone on the shows that we saw in some other program on PBS.
    The shows we have enjoyed go way back to As Time Goes By, Keeping Up Appearances, Patricia Routledge was fantastic as Hyacinth; Are You Being Served, All Creatures, Great & Small; the problem is that these shows are so old that the stars are passing away.
    Inspector Lewis’s side kick is hot and so is Rupert Perry-Jones !!!
    We really enjoyed Call the Midwife, Scott & Bailey, Last Tango In Halifax is a real tear jerker…the one show I really miss is; Doc Martin, they left us hanging on this show….
    Sorry, I have gone on so long…love your art work. You are a very good artist and a GREAT person!!


  91. Annie in IL says:

    Isn’t darling little George the sweetest thing since a baby Panda!!?? And that’s high praise, believe me. Otherwise, I do not like these romantic pairings!! Nothing shows me that Henry and Mary are in love. With Matthew and Mary, there were sparks! Not here. And Mary married to a race car driver; always in terror of being a widow again. I don’t see it. And Bertie warned us all that his mother is a harpy and not to be trifled with. Does Edith really want this? After being raised by her very sweet mother? She has a beautiful apt., a darling daughter upon whom she dotes and a job she loves. Leave well-enough alone. We don’t always HAVE to have a man to be happy.
    So glad for Mrs. Patmore that things are now settled with the infamous B&B. I felt sure Barrow was going to harm himself but very happy he was found in time. I would laugh until I snorted if Carson would dump lemon curd on his impeccable suit and drop a tea bag on his glasses!!! Totally agree that Lady Rosamund’s hairdo isn’t the most flattering thing I’ve seen.
    Well – next week is more ‘Manners of Downton Abbey’ and then the end. As someone said, I think I’m going to need therapy when this ends!

  92. Carol Ann says:

    What a grand summary . I relive and savor the show with you and the others that comment on
    Monday. I also share your summary with my husband . We sit down after work and I read it to him. He thinks it is grand, too. Thanks

  93. JParker says:

    Not sure Edith needs Bertie in her life~ I didn’t like his reference about Marigold being ” your family’s ward”. She will be fine with or without a man! Tomis going to end up with Edith’s wonderful secretary, I am guessing.

  94. Donna says:

    I don’t know how old Baxter is supposed to be but could she be Tom’s “real Mother ” . Maybe another secret scandal. She has always been so there for him !

  95. We have ALL been stealing Granny’s lines…because they’re the BEST…lol. This, another great review…I still haven’t opened my 6th season DVD…enjoying your reviews so very much. When I do open it, it’ll be like a visit with old friends. Best of success on the book tour, Susan; God speed to you and Joe.

  96. matty says:

    Who could not gasp when Mary spewed her venom on Edith? Or weep when Edith talks about family? Or smile at the little ones playing around the tombstones as Mummy looks on? It was a roller coaster of emotions last night, was it not?? I was screaming, “Mary! Don’t, please! Don’t do it!!!!!!” And I laughed out loud when Edith declared that Mary was a $!^!%#…. To the point, that girl! Could Tom end up with Edith? Or, could Bertie (he is so wonderful!) come back?? I dread the end and look for it, too…. I need a week between to get myself settled down….

    • sbranch says:

      Edith was saying what I was thinking, and I really do not like that word, but in this case, Mary truly stepped off the edge of normalcy. Can you imagine EVER being that on-purpose cruel at the dinner table???? Yes, I like the week off too!

  97. Barbara Mentzer says:

    That Robert is just a good and kind “Golly Gumdrops” man! So nice to see Violet win over Mary with love. Mary’s hair style for her wedding was beautiful. A welcome change from that bob wig she’s been wearing. She does know how to wear those hats. What a surprise to see Mr. Spratt turn out to be the gossip columnist for Edith’s magazine. Bananas!!! Had a feeling Edith might end up on her own again. The photo Masterpiece Theater used for the last episode shows her behind the wheel of a car. Heading back to London? Let’s hope Bertie has a change of heart!

    • sbranch says:

      I’m just sure he will. Or maybe Julian will absolutely blow our minds and bring back Marigold’s father! I already love Bertie and would not like that!

  98. and p.s. I still use hats and parasols as shade because I can’t wear contact lenses nor can get corrected prescription sun glasses. I have several parasols…two lace, one Asian in design and another over the top Bohemian. Yes, people do look askance and that’s all right because I thing they’re just jealous…LOL.

  99. Susan K. says:

    Oh, I never thought about tickets for the book tour. Do you know if Book People in Austin, Texas will require them? I don’t want to miss out!

    • sbranch says:

      I think Book People is just a regular signing, not a tea party or anything, but check, look at EVENTS in the right hand column of the blog and scroll down to Book People . . .

      • Sharrie says:

        I think they should be an “after-party” somewhere….. 🙂

        Who knows Austin and knows a place where we girlfriends can have dinner and musica?

  100. Kate says:

    I’m sorry you didn’t get your wish about Tom and Mary, but I could have just slapped her last night after her cruelty to Edith. I truly hope Bertie comes back and rekindles their romance because doesn’t dear, forgiving Edith deserve a shred of happiness before Downton Abbey is over? Your recap of the show last night was wonderful. I really think it was one of the best of the entire series. I really don’t know what I will watch on Sunday nights when there is no longer Downton Abbey.

    • sbranch says:

      We should all probably put our heads together and figure out what to watch. Except, I forgot, I’ll be traveling! I bet they are scrambling to find something good enough to replace it!

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