Tonight Rose Leslie, reprising her role as Gwen Dawson, returns to Downton Abbey! Watch a sneak peek of Episode Four, airing at 9:00pm ET|PT on PBS Masterpiece.
In all honesty, I think last week’s episode of Downton Abbey (Episode Three) was the very best I’ve seen in all six seasons. As I live tweeted last Sunday, I couldn’t stop grinning and FEELING so happy.
First, Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes finally got married in a lovely ceremony, which matched Mrs. Hughes wanted. Cora was able to get Mary in check and the church ceremony was followed by a sweet reception in the school house. The couple was surrounded with friends and family, making it a truly joyful event, indeed.
Let’s take a little time to relive the moment with this PBS video, where Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech, Hugh Bonneville, and other Downton cast members share what they’d give the Carsons as a wedding gift. I really like Samantha Bond’s (Lady Rosamund) idea of giving Mr. Carson a kilt with Mrs. Hughes’ family tartan 🙂
Besides the Carson wedding, Episode Three had other wonderful moments:
1. Branson and Sybbie are back!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes when they came into the wedding reception. Sometimes you don’t realize how much home means until you’ve left for a bit, and now Branson is back and ready to fully embrace Downton and the Crawleys. The cousin hug between Little Sybbie, George, and Marigold was too precious for words! (*SIDENOTE* I wonder if this means Mary is out of a job as Downton’s agent?)
2. Anna is pregnant! Here’s hoping the proposed surgery will help prevent miscarriage.
3. Edith had some really stand-out moments. It was wonderful to see her stand up to her horrible editor and grab the bull by its horns. Of course she had help from the lovely Bertie Pelham. He seemed so taken with Edith, willing to help her in any way, just to spend some time with her. I really hope a relationship between Edith and Bertie can work out. On twitter last week someone raised the point that Bertie may not be accepting of Marigold. But from what we’ve seen, I don’t think he would judge Edith like that. Thoughts?
What moments stood out most to you?
Tonight, Episode Four airs (written by Julian Fellowes, directed by Philip John) and we have the official synopsis for you:
Miss Baxter faces a dilemma. Anna and Mary rush to London. Daisy continues to press her case. A former maid comes to lunch. Car talk is in the air. (via PBS)
Anna and Mary face a crisis and a figure from the past surprises those above and below stairs. (via IMDB)
This Anna and Mary crisis is most likely about the pregnancy…YIKES!
And from the preview released last week (video below) we know that the former maid is Gwen Dawson (Rose Leslie), now Rose Harding, who returns. For those who don’t remember, Rose left Downton in season 1 after getting a job as a secretary. In Season 4, the servants received a letter from Gwen letting them know she was married. So what’s she doing back at Downton now…?
Watch this clip from the upcoming show where Aunt Rosamund and Edith have a heart-to-heart about developments in their lives, including the ongoing hospital drama and a new plan Rosamund has for her niece:
Hmmm, Aunt Rosamund is trying to play matchmaker. But John Harding is already married, and to Gwen! I’m not worried for Edith though, because we still have Bertie 😉
Check out two images from Episode Four (below) and make sure to tune into PBS Masterpiece at 9:00pm ET|PT for the new Downton Abbey. I’ll be live tweeting (@WeSoNerdy), so come join the fun!