Downton Abbey 4.08 Review: “Episode Eight”

Holy Giamatti, we’re at the end of Downton Abbey’s fourth season.  I feel a bit like Bill Hader’s SNL character Stefan when thinking about last night’s episode: this episode had EVERYTHING … Paul Giamatti, Shirley McClaine, Prince of Wales, royal scandals, Mr. Bates as a forgerer and Isis the dog.  We open at Downton 8 months since the last episode, enough time for Edith to come back home from her sojourn in Geneva where she had a baby and picked up French.  Edith is still (understandably) upset and can’t will herself into the spirit of the coming out ball.  She misses her daughter who has been given to a family in Switzerland so she just can’t find it in herself to do the jitterbug, thank you very much.  And in the saddest insult to injury in all of television, Mary proclaims that she won’t even share a bed with Edith while they host visitors at Downton.



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