downton abbey- so many letters.

guys....recaps. where do i begin. they are hard. 

forget the writing and making things "funny". 

because no one hates a recap that's just a rehashing of the episode in someone else's words more than me. it's the technical difficulties that are giving me a pain in my b hole. 

please excuse the last half of the recap as reading like a cliff notes version of the episode. 

it's not only a bullshit excuse for a recap but it's giving away my stupid old process.  emphasis on old. 

the new and improved jandrews/mfamb recaps will be written entirely in text edit and copy pasted into this blog. 

so unless you want to see me kill the neighbor's chickens in a ritualistic offering to the god of patience DO NOT give me any advice on how to use common sense when writing a long ass blog post.  such as backing up your shit and not relying on squarespace to do anything right.

chickens will die!



on to the recap.. 


it's being said that this season is good because it's a copy/paste of the first season.

i might have to agree. 

let's compare:

season 1- lord grantham is worried about downton and who will run it since the sole heir died on the titanic.

season 4- lord grantham is worried about downton and who will run it since the sole heir died in a car accident.

season 1- mary is in mourning/a bitch

season 4- mary is in mourning x's a million/a bitch

season 1- lady sybil is rebellious and meets at dangerous places for political rallies. 

season 4- lady rose is rebellious and meets at dangerous dance halls for dancing with scrappy commoners.

season 1- thomas and o'brien plotted against pretty much everyone and everything.

season 4- thomas and edna are plotting against all the things. 

season 1 was so great because mary and matthew hadn't fallen in love just yet and there were suitors and a turkish dude who died of mary's poison vagina. 


yes, there are differences to be sure...a psycho nanny.

mrs. hughes has a new hairstyle. 

and if everything goes my way mr. carson will do it with mrs. hughes in the larder on top of mrs. patmore's clean apron. 

edith is  dare i say...fashionable?

if there was just something she could do about her face. 


without further adieu let's recap...


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 in the deepest, darkest of hours some letters are propped up on a mantle somewhere. 

o'brien has left the building.

the outcome for this particular character exit couldn't have been more realistic.

it seems o'brien went to become ladies maid to mrs. flintshire up at duneagle castle. 

in my dreams they are both sporting  similar bangs and experimenting with each other sexually. 


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 rose claims that maybe she heard o'brien talk about seeing the world.

lord grantham doesn't see how rose couldn't conclude that this meant o'brien would soon leave lady grantham for susan flintshire. 

rose has no room in her teenager brain for thoughts of others. 

what with all the dancing there is to be done. 


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it's been 6 months since matthew's death and mary has turned into a convincing winona ryder circa beetlejuice. 

even her hair is sad. 

like a sad helmet. 

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nanny west is here and looking like a weird, bald drag queen without his "face" on. 


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later,  thomas runs into nanny west who tells him not to touch the children. 

because RAPE!


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 meanwhile lord grantham and tom have become friends who don't agree on much. 

tom thinks mary should have a say in the running of downton and lord grantham thinks mary is a woman with a woman's brain who should cry some more and try to feed herself with her weak bird arms. 


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for the rest of the episode moseley is just a poor bastard with a debt that needs to be paid and no way of paying it. 

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"when your only child dies, then you aren't a mother anymore".

me = dead. 


aw...cousin isobel just needs a charity!

mrs. hughes gives it to her by way of a letter she spies in carson's trash. 


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a stern and peaked mary emerges to tell edith to go fuck herself with that valentine she's reading. 


speaking of valentines...

the girls downstairs are high on their own valentines's card fumes. 


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lookout mrs. patmore you're about to be replaced by an egg beater. 


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tom tries to peak mary's interest in the estate..

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 tom takes it to lady mary's real father. 

(you know you've thought it more than once. HOPED for it even.)


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 meanwhile thomas takes a lie/not lie to lady cora regarding nanny and her shenannygans. 


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 mary lays into carson for caring too much. 

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 granny comes in to tell mary that she needs to choose life.  and that she loves her. and to cheer up

because her tears are like swimming pools and orphans LOVE swimming pools. 

just kidding about that last part. 


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 lady cora and rose are interviewing edna for the lady's maid position. 

having no real memory of her working at downton.  ever.  even thought she was the one who totally tried to jump on branson's ding dong RIGHT after sybil died. 

really lady cora? 


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 THIS guy. 

more of this guy please. 


how have we not seen the dowager's butler before?

he's amazing. 



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 mr. grigg shows up at cousin isobel's to get better before shipping off to ireland to manage an opera house. 


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 edith is working every inch of those peacock feather applique's. 

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 they are infusing her with much needed confidence. 


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 mary apologizes to carson for being such a dick and like a true dad he embraces her tells her he loves her anyway. 

and that he thinks she's strong enough for the job as ruler of the universe. 


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 it's springtime in downton because FLOWERS!

spring signifies newness and growth. 

and ladies throwing on their best purple frock and walking into a room full of jerk-ass jerks and saying move over i'm about to out pants-poop you in this here pants pooping contest called LIFE!

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also...who loves tom this season?

raise your hand. 

my hand is so fucking raised it's through the ceiling and grabbing the clouds!!!!!!!


in the second half of the show a box arrives for lady mary which is probably filled with letters. 


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lord grantham opens it because he's in charge of EVERYTHING. 

inside is the little stuffed dog mary gave matthew (sniff sniff)


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and a LETTER!!!!!!

lord grantham takes the letter to lady violet and we discover that matthew intended for mary to be the heiress if anything should ever happen to him. 

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GOD! stop being so vulgar and self important mr. molesley!!



downstairs lord grantham reads the saddest letter ever and then shits all over matthew's intentions as nothing but that. intentions. nothing legal OR binding. 

we GET it lord grantham. 

ladies are the worst!



at dinner lord grantham continues his masked discomfort with the idea of mary as partner in decision making by giving her a smackdown on her lack of LIVESTOCK FEED KNOWLEDGE! 



meanwhile bates decided to get a card signed by the whole village because BORED!!


cousin isobel gets mr. grigg a job at a belfast opera house. 



rose asks anna if she'll chaperone her to a dance.


braithwaite tells/doesn't tell cora that she ruined an ass ugly scarf.



bates asks lady violet for money. 


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thomas comes up with some non story about anna sabotaging lady cora's ugly ass scarf. 

then later anna spills some perfume in lady mary's room and segue's that into taking rose to york. 

it's weird and feels forced. 

and i'm 75% sure that anna is a dildo with googly eyes. 

i need water. 



bates takes "the card for gwen" to mr. molesley to sign. 

we know he's up to something, but what?

surely none of you figured this sideways shit out. 




granny asks tom and mary over and gives them some ideas regarding the estate. 



edith's boyfriend is convinced he can divorce his wife sooner if he moves to germany.

this sounds like an AWESOME plan.

 SO many good things happen in germany during the 1920's. 


tom and mary go on a drive around the estate and mary learns farm things. 


rose and anna go dancing in york and a fight breaks out.



we finally get to the bottom of the card/letter for gwen that bates wanted everyone to sign. 

it was so bates could forge molesley's signature and produce a fake IOU seemingly from molesley to bates in the sum of 30 pounds. 

later anna asks bates how he managed it..

bates replies "prison was an education".

macgyver, please!  i'd have put the damn money in his pocket when he wasn't looking. 



meanwhile mrs. hughes is still trying to convince carson to go and visit mr. grigg. 


kiss her already carson!!


sam somebody pays rose a visit and she comes out looking like a maid.



lord grantham calls a family meeting before dinner to announce that matthew's letter was testamentical intesticle..

basically it means mary owns half the estate and matthew's testicles. 



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and no, that's not edna giving thomas a beejer behind the chair. 

it's just a couple of mean girls being mean. 



mr. carson puts aside his anger and goes to see mr. grog. 



i realize there was a lot of ivy/daisy/jimmy/alfred that i left out but honestly?

ugh! i just can't.

this was a LOOOOONG show to recap with about fourhundredKAbillion characters already.

somehow this 4 way storyline seems endless and un-recappable. 

but suffice it to say..

i think alfred and jimmy are both sweet on ivy. 

i think alfred likes to THINK that jimmy doesn't really like ivy but i think in fact he does. 

and i think alfred will end up liking daisy before it's all over. 

i will also say that i will always be, team daisy. 

no matter what. 




the end. 


i gotta say i am recap rusty.

next week i will do it the smart person's way.

i also have an american horror story recap coming this weekend. 

season finale this wednesday. 



but i digress...


did you love it?

i did. 

i was so happy to be just be in their world again.

the blip bloo blee piano music when something frivolous is happening gets me every. time. 


sound off in the comments! 

i want to hear thoughts and predictions and what did i miss?




DOWNTON RECAP 3/3 in your face and with more stupid than EVER BEFORE!

 it's edith's big day you guys!!

and no one is more excited than edith...

(no, really..NO ONE is exited but edith. even the house is groaning.)


is all that for ME?!


it's all just too good to be truuuue!!!!

it's like a dream wrapped up inside of a BETTER DREAM!





even her mom is throwing shade. 


LIFE is throwing shade at edith, and HARD.

it's like a total eclipse of her heart at all times.




still no word about cancer.

even if mrs. hughes doesn't have cancer (she doesn't SPOILER ALERT!)

that actress might have some cancer. seriously. she looks terrible. 



thomas uses molesley in his plan to take miss obrien down.

poor molesley.

molesley is the downstairs version of edith.


if this were a britcom mr. molesley would be the star.. 

only it'd be called

tiny mr. molesley!

the story of an all too eager footman in 1920's england who can't catch a break!

because he's the size of a peanut.

because britcoms are weird.

no, really...have you ever actually watched one?

so weird.




looks like everyone has come to terms with selling downton..


lord grantham tells cora that it will probably be advertised as: a desirable nobleman's mansion with surrounding estate and properties.

what a terrible sounding listing.


 i have some better ideas.

how about..


-a mansion that's more like a castle with a unicorn stable for dogs and/or unicorns.


-mrs. crawley's house for wayward hookers.

(plenty of room for A LOT of hookers and secret hideouts for their johns and/or hobbits)


- a modern day mansion with an upstairs and a downstairs.  

it's also gay.  

this house is gay.

and by gay i mean AWESOME! 



uh oh...look who showed up to judge everyone.

p.s. he's always so drunk.

what do YOU care about it branson?

his suits are getting better.


lord G tells everyone about his other house, downton place up in some place i couldn't understand bc i don't speak england. 



molesley tells cora that obrien is leaving but he has someone in mind for her replacement.

a nice, bald woman named molesley.




on a walk, carson tries to sneak some information out of dr. clarkson about mrs. hughes.

if THIS were a britcom it would be called-

The Doctor and The Butler without Necks.

 the story of a doctor and a butler who do stuff in the village minus necks.




 matthew still hasn't gotten over himself enough to take the lavinia money and save his wife's house.

even after a letter comes telling him that it would be super okay to take it.

matthew is the worst.

matthew is like a pube that gets stuck in the elastic of your underwear. 



mary might die over all of it.

but she'll more than likely die bc she doesn't eat food.  

don't get too close, her clavicle will stab you.





carson pulls a fast one on mrs. patmore. 

he is stopping at nothing to find out if mrs. hughes has cancer.

including pulling fast ones.  





the men of downton gather round a table and talk about having sex with the ladies.. 

then they high 5 their boners together in a 4 way boner high 5.



sir anthony stays back to talk to his new dad..


i'm happy your happy to be happy that edith is happy.


translation: don't marry edith


i see.

they high 5 again.  this time with hands.  



are you tired....from your cancer???????? 

he's really just not even trying anymore. 


 and over at the ungrateful hooker house..

cousin isobel teaches life skills like sewing.. and hopefully hair brushing.


then ethel shows up ..


and then leaves again.




matthew and mr. chalk'um (again, i don't speak england)  are discussing some important matters when mary reminds matthew of the picnic to their new house.



carson asks cora if it would be ok to lighten mrs. hughes' workload.

cora agrees. 

because cora is super easy going.

(see- losing your money and your house to some bad investing by your husband)



 yay cars!!




over at prison..

someone tells bates that he needs to check under his bed for something.

and i don't think it's bed bugs.

although i am sure those are probably there too.




anna is visiting vera's one and only friend mrs. bartlett (pear) who says a whole lot of spooky shit about some stuff.




 picnic whites.



downton place..

 it's so ugly. and small!

 how will they ever live here?



 granny will open a shop called quality quidditch supplies.




 edith is fine with some chump village priest marrying them.

saying.."i'd just like to get married as soon as possible because look how worried my fiance looks. all. the. time."


matthew- if i take the money i will not feel good about myself.  you must understand.

mary- i don't.




 bates finds some weed in his bed.

i hope he smokes the shit out of it.



molesley tries to talk to o'brien about why she's leaving downton..

o'brien acts like she has no idea what he's talking about bc he's a peanut.

 this only adds to her anger.



daisy says something almost unintelligible.

i do my best to recreate it for you...





cora tells o'brien she must've said something to molesley for him to have said that..

o'brien says this..





cora tells mrs. H that she can die at downton..

but she means downton place.


(actually this whole exchange had me in tears) 


 edith is so happy because she's getting married and going to florence and venice and all the places!!

just like a girl would who was totally getting married and not about to be jilted. 


 the dowager zings...



(there goes this entire blog then) 



you didn't mean it. besides peanuts are notoriously not smart.



dear matthew-

please enjoy all of my money.  is it someone's birthday? great! then buy them something nice.

like your she going to lose her house?

then AWESOME! this money's for you then.

you should give some of it to her and then maybe take some of it to the poor along with some food if you have it.  

hey, remember when your legs couldn't walk?

me too!

that was terrible.  take this money.


the swire's.




mary asks the servants if anyone mailed a letter from lavinia... 

because that would mean that lavinia gave matthew her blessing. 

 yep. that was daisy!


which if this were an 80's britcom it would be called-


the story of a simple kitchen maid in 1920's england who unsuspectingly does good by breaking the rules!


you're welcome spin-off writers.



  the dowager and robert are talking before edith's wedding...



carson is an animal!!



 yay!  you can keep the money!

if you don't i will beat you about your head.



hey. physical abuse is not cool.

no really, that is some fucked up shit for you to say.

i am giving you like 200,000 dollars to save this house and your sweet ass life.

so don't say you will hit me, ok?

bc that's lame as fuck mary.




 everyone is so happy for edith.

especially edith.


uh oh. strallan side eye. 

also he's got serial killer eyes.

seriously has anyone checked into that?

no really, do a background check someone.  please.



sir anthony changes his mind.



fucking hell! 

poor edith.

it's really all i can say.

other than...


if this were an 80's britcom it would be called

The Trouble with Edith :(

the story of an ugly duckling who ju would be off the air because it's too fucking sad.




the saddest fucking sad day of sadness!



i mean this is like sad times infinity.

this is like if sad swallowed sad and then threw up chunks of sadness.



 that veil is a symbol of sad.

that veil is so sad it called up her ex-boyfriend just to get some more abuse and then got hit so hard in the face with an elbow that was NOT an accident and then ate an entire box of chocolates and then drowned in her own chocolate vomit sadness.



cry it out edith.

it's good to cry.  to release the pain that you feel.

sometimes if you cry extra hard your tears turn to pretty colors.

and those colors are like your dreams and your dreams are all you have.

because you're edith.


blah blah cora mumbles something about edith being tested..

we know why this really happened..


 because she's edith.



 yay!  let's be co-masters.

let's get some tigers and take this shit to vegas!



downstairs anna and daisy prepare to take the wedding food to the poor..

 also there's an alien on the table... 



 dinner is really quiet and sad.


there is talk about taking all the delicious food to the poor..

the dowager is like.. about giving me the food instead?


old people can eat like, freakishly large amounts of food.


(i love old people who eat tons of food)



edith decides she's cool with being a spinster.



mrs. hughes leaves to see the dr... 



her boyfriend checks his watch.

so sweet.



thomas asks o'brien how she's doing..

and she goes and gets all mrs. danvers on us.



p.s. if you don't know who mrs. danvers is then you need to stop watching glee and castle and other terrible shows that suck.  and go netflix that shit. 



i can't even type words about this whole scene because it's just too sweet and i am trying not to cry but there is a HUGE lump in my throat.

a benign lump of sweetness and sadness.

a sweet sad lump of joy.



it's like that.


it's like this...

yes.  this is what my face looked like at that exact same moment in time.

like my heart would just burst.



your thoughts?


i made some daisy out takes for you bc her accent is HARD to get right.

believe me, i tried.

as is evidenced here:







DOWNTON RECAP 3/2 uncut like good cocaine.


we left off at the wedding..

wait a second..

we never actually saw the wedding.

all that bunting in the trees and i can't even hear the vows?


is it because dan stevens and michelle dockery have no chemistry so to actually show them exchanging real love type vows would have seemed absurd?

ok then.

carry on.



so the top of this episode we see mary and matthew in a car..



pa pa will just die!!!!

granny will poop in her weird old fashioned underwear.

cars are essentially space ships. 

matthew even goes so far as to say that LG and granny will howl at the moon in unison.

bc they're wolves. and wolves hate cars.




 they pull up to downton to be met by LG who asks matthew how the honeymoon was..


his response was "my eyes have been opened".

to which LG replies..."don't i know it".


a couple of ideas on what they might be referring to...


1. mary's pussy is crazy good.

2. women are crazy.


i'm gonna go with 1 and 2.

and either way...gross.



downstairs thomas and o'brien are in a total fight...


i am not sure how i feel about this friendship gone sour.

but i'll never be more sure of those bangs.




there's a dinner where everyone talks about the honeymoon and stuff.

all i can do during this scene is try not to gag while shirley maclaine eats.


it's true.



matthew confides in robert about lavinia's will. 

we get it matthew!

you don't want her money!!

LG basically says nothing bc it makes no sense to him.

it's like cars.  and canadian trains. 



and in NOT white people problems, but real, legitimate, horrible, awful problems..

mrs. hughes might have cancer.

cancer is not funny.  especially if you have cancer.





cousin isobel takes a stroll down to cousin isobel's house for wayward hookers.

she spies ethel who looks lovely here, despite her hooker sads.

war hookers are the saddest says ethel.





sir anthony is arm is still SO broken...we can't be together, plus look at all these books i have to read.  also i'm old.  stop looking at me.

and edith is like..

i am so lonely i don't care plus look at my face.  why won't people look at me?

i'm putting my foot down. 

you ARE my boyfriend!!!



bates and anna talk about mrs. bartlett pear...

mrs. bartlett pear was a pear who was friends with vera.  

bates and anna are officially THE WORST!

also pears are delicious. 



over in dr. clarkson's office...

time for some cancer 101, 1920 style.

this is not a time which you would have liked to have had cancer.

as opposed to that other time of NEVER. 

how much do we love mrs. patmore?




alfred has COAT STAINS!

thomas wants to "help" alfred with his "stains".



c'mon! it's downton SLUTS!  stains are legit problems.




the dowager finds mary alone reading some fashion pages....

this is what happens next..




mary- any news money? money.

matthew- here read this letter.

mary- money.

matthew- i do love you so much.

mary- money and money. 




the dowager thinks it's crazy that cora's brother harold doesn't inherit the fortune.

she asks about him..





alfred burns a hole in matthew's jacket.

and you know what that means....

 holes are the rich man's stains.




you better not have cancer!



next is a dinner to plan another dinner...

they will invite the locals.

cora side eye= locals are dumb. 



thomas's plan to make alfred look like rainman is working.


o'brien is on to him...


so BANGry.




LG tells sir anthony that he must stop making edith so happy.



and then we all realized that dan stevens was a giant pussy with a big pussy face.

"season 4 can't come soon enough."-

said everyone.


just kidding i love this show. 




carson punches mrs. hughes in her cancer boob.



o'brien promises the ginger giant to make thomas sorry.

her bangs take home the gold in the curl olympics.

the ginger giant is deaf and no one knows!!



edith gets a letter that says "i promise it's nothing to do with your face". maybe.




cora tells mary that it would probably actually be more awesome for everyone if they moved to a smaller house.


mary's like well, i'm english and you're american and you don't understand the importance of ANYTHING IMPORTANT.

like money.




inconclusive cancer results.

but let's not jump to conclusions people.

mrs. hughes could just look puffy and tired bc she's a maid.




 martha calls LG a dick for taking away poor, lonely, ugly edith's boyfriend.

lord grantham is THE WORST!

he is a car wrapped in a canadian railroad....with cancer!



but he gives in.








molesley the most earnest and eager butler/valet in all of england is running to tell matthew that he does NOT have his dinner jacket from the tailors!!!

also it's safe to assume this is what molesley looks like when he gives himself a handy.



mary takes granny to look at the excessive spread of a dinner table...

nothing succeeds like excess.














no worries says martha..

american's don't care.

we love a picnic indoors ya'll!!

martha tells everyone to grab some cheese, ham, butterham, dorritos, beers, grapes wrapped in ham, cheese wrapped in grapes, bread stuffed with hamcheese, crushed up fritos in chilli and donuts crushed up in syrup. and potatuh mayernnaise.



cora says this..



(seriously you know you re-wound that part in the show like, 4 times)


mary tells granny they can't give up.

granny agrees but is visibly distressed..






martha sings let me call you sweetheart to the dowager..


because she's lonely ya'll.

these are some lonely old ladies.

just kidding.

because julian fellows couldn't not have shirley maclaine sing a song because she sings a song in everything she's in.




why can't matthew have cancer?


(i wish cancer on no one. except cancer.)



these 2 are getting married.

truth time...i think this couple is SUPER sweet. 

in fact here are my dream downton couples:

mrs. hughes and mr. carson- i mean, c'mon right?  it's too easy.

daisy and the oven- i mean, c'mon right?  it's too easy. 

cousin isobel and a cat.

lord grantham and a canadian train (secretly).

o'brien's bangs and thomas's cigarettes.

dr. clarkson and thomas- i mean, c'mon right? 




martha tells everyone she can't ACTUALLY help she can only do NOTHING to save downton. 




bates and his cell mate have relations.



martha and robert have some whiskey.

robert pretends to not know that mary and granny were conspiring to get martha to help save downton from his stupid ass.



carson tells mrs. hughes he loves her that if something were wrong she should tell him.


 of course she doesn't


but something tells me (the scenes from next week) that mrs. patmore spills the beans.



the end.



despite my sarcasm i really do love this show.