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eemar–interesting bit of info! That clears up why Anna was so intent on Bates telling them (I was sort of confused on that point). You’re right, Anna’s definitely the smarter one; she’s proven it time and again!
I was being facetious about the “strange purchase”, it being Downton and all. I’m just surprised Vera HAD a friend to send the letter to, she’s such a hag. You might be onto something–surely she has plenty of haters!
Oh, I agree, but Vera hasn’t exactly proven herself to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. Plus, it’s Downton! Of course Bates will be a prime suspect, especially since he told Anna he was the one who bought the poison. The shopkeeper is sure to remember such a strange purchase!
He at least seemed moderately chagrined, but he definitely hightailed it out of the room, “I…have to go now…before I get sacked ‘cos I’ve been proven too many times to be incompetent…is malpractice a thing yet?”
So Vera is so determined to make sure Bates ends up in jail that she was willing to die for it?! Seems like a pretty high price. Guess she didn’t have much to live for otherwise! What if the letter framing him never reached her friend? And surely Bates wasn’t actually at her house that night, right? Right, Bates? Oh, who am I kidding, of course he was, because he’s BATES! Can’t wait to see how this plays out, with Vera cackling madly from beyond the grave.
I was seriously annoyed with him this episode. The bloom is off the rose, Bates. I actually felt like the actor was annoyed, too. He had this irritated expression when he hung up the phone with his lawyer like, “yeah, I can’t believe this shit plotline, either.”
I loved that, “of course, I have a Canadian accent now after being there for only six years! But your mom, who’s been in England for, like, 25 years has absolutely no trace of an English accent! Not weird at all!”
I really hate the Branson/Sybil relationship. He’s so creepy and annoying. And poor, poor, Matthew. He can never be properly married. Unlike poor, dead William, to whom that didn’t really seem to matter. Bye, William! You were a milquetoast and had a pointy chin and couldn’t read a room with regards to Daisy who was forced to lead you on and everyone knew you were going to bite it. Bye!!! (I didn’t really dislike William, but c’mon. He was doomed the moment he signed up for service. DOOMED!!!)
I’m not a fan of Branson. He’s been creepy and pushy and weird ever since he spied on Sybil in her genie pants-frock. I’ve never gotten a stringing-Branson-along vibe from Sybil–she even told Mary that they’ve never even shaken hands. He’s just obsessed and won’t take a hint. The apology scene would have been nice, though.
The timeline does drive me a little crazy with this–that all those people have been working there for so many years and only, like, two people have quit (well, now Ethel got fired for being a floozy). And maybe Branson and Sybil actually do know each other better than it seems because we see so little of their interactions…it’s a tad frustrating. I still love it, though! And yay for gifs again!
Did anyone else squeal with joy to see Gwen on Game of Thrones this week? I knew she was coming, but I seriously raised my fist and yelled, “Gwen!!!” when she appeared on-screen and my husband gave me A Look.
William drives me nuts. He’s such a milquetoast! Nice is nice, but it isn’t everything. I get why Mrs. Patmore was pressuring Daisy into accepting the proposal, but it sucks to feel like you have to get engaged to some sap just ‘cos he’s going Over There.
I don’t have much to add except that I registered for the sole purpose of saying YAY to new Downton recaps! I’m watching it for the first time as well–these recaps make my week. Hooray!!