We know there was a lot of criticism from some quarters about Downton’s series four premiere being too dour. Lady Mary’s gloom engulfed the show, critics moaned. Michelle Dockery’s Morticia Addams on downers was just a bit too much for some tastes.
While, personally, I’d take a slightly downbeat and moody episode from the Abbey rather than endless cheer and cricket matches, but those who found episode one too miserable will have found little to perk them up this week.
No doubt, Lady Mary may have escaped her bedroom and her scowl may have softened to a frown, but the discovery of a letter from Matthew meant that it was a case of one step forward, two steps back for the household, who were split down the middle over what to do with Matthew’s attempt at a will.
However, the blundering Lord Robert continues to make all the wrong decisions all the time and tried his best to keep Matthew’s wishes for all his rights to be handed directly to Lady Mary on the down-low. Fortunately, the Dowager and Branson are only to happy to step in and slap Robert down.
“When you talk like that I’m tempted to ring for nanny and have you put to bed without supper,” the Dowager told her son with her usual raised eyebrow and withering disdain.
Nevertheless, not even a Maggie Smith zinger was enough to tame Robert, who attempted to seize full control of the Downton estate and keep Mary away from the boring business of taxes and crop rotation. [ digitalspy.co.uk ]