6.02 The Second Episode with Pig Stuff

Not a lot going on in this one, folks, so forgive us our tangents…. We’re talking about pigs, child acting, a sudden personality change in Mrs. Drewe, and Anna’s infertility. The hospital stuff slogs on and Thomas is looking for a new job without much luck. Sadly, the most interesting thing to happen in this episode is the debate over the location for the wedding reception – Mary just won’t butt out! Find us on Twitter @ringforteapod!

 

6.01 Spin(off) City

It’s the final season – let movie prep begin!  Mary’s weekend in sin comes back to haunt her in the form of a REAL pushy lady.  Edith considers a move to London, and we’re all for her new adventures (and spinoff!).  The Mr. Green case is finally closed which calls for a case of Veuve Clicquot.   And finally, in tech updates, refrigeration and carbonated water come to the Abbey – huzzah! Find us on Twitter @ringforteapod!

5.09 Everyone in the Downton Movie Will Be a Ghost

We have reached another Downton Christmas special, which means we needed some extra time to unpack everything that was going on. Prepare yourself for a lot of speculation about the upcoming movie (lots of ghosts are involved)! We’re still dealing with the ongoing Mr. Green murder saga, and Molesley is the new detective in town (with sidekick Baxter). The Princess Kuragin is… unpleasant at best, while the Prince cleans up pretty nicely. Branson is saying his goodbyes to Downton, try not to cry about it. Edith is basically letting everyone know that Marigold is her daughter. Both of the Crawley girls get some new love interests while Allison has a Matthew Goode-induced meltdown. Stowell shows no respect for the Crawleys, who suddenly have a motto of “Crawleys Stick Together.” Carson and Mrs. Hughes play House Hunters and not only end up with a house, but an engagement! Find us on Twitter @ringforteapod!

5.08 Anna Bates, Lady Criminal

The gang goes to London for Rose and Atticus’ nuptials! Lady Flintshire spends the whole episode being a “Pouty Patty” and a terrible mother. Daisy is enlightened when she visits a museum with Molesley and Baxter, and Edith continues to have NO CHILL about Marigold. And we can’t. even. talk. about the Bates’ complicated relationship with the legal system. Plus, we chat 1920s camera technology and Plato’s cave! Have any Tiny Letters? Tweet at us @ringforteapod!

5.07 Mr. Mason is the Best Character on Downton

Allison can’t talk about Isis’ diagnosis because we get too attached to the fictional stories of animals. Mary is being a real B and Violet shows some vulnerability. We were hoping to see the scene between Cora and Mrs. Drewe, but have to settle for Cora yelling at her in-laws. And in the end, Edith is able to arrange for Marigold to grow up at Downton after all, as if that wasn’t predictable! Lord Merton’s sons are THE WORST and we can’t wait to see them go. Rose is secretly engaged (again!) after Atticus and his family have dinner at Downton. And to be clear: The Bates’ lives ARE overly complicated. Join us for another week of Downton ridiculousness!

 

5.06 Ice Cream & Champagne: A Guide to Child Rearing

Please excuse Christina’s audio quality this week – yet another reminder that we are amateurs. Spoiler alert: We loved this episode.

Mary gets a haircut and it’s a BIG DEAL. Cora ain’t putting up with any of Robert’s nonsense. We see a different side of Violet and Edith and well… Edith takes a big step for herself. While we’re excited and happy for her independent life, we are also terrified about how she’s going to handle diapers and tantrums. Join us this week as we talk about one of our favorite episodes from the season!

5.05 Christina Forgot She Watched This One

Gonna try to avoid some run on sentences with this one (it’ll make sense when you hear the synopsis we chose): Violet is trying to scheme with Dr. Clarkson to interfere with Isobel’s love life, but her plan doesn’t really work out. Rosamund shows up to try to knock some sense into Edith, who is not hearing it. Mary is continuing to do her “boys like me” thing with Blake, and Rose meets a new boy! Ugh, then Bricker takes his affection for Cora too far. We are finally rid of Sarah Bunting, but not the Mr. Green storyline. Plus, we actually kept up with a rating system? Let’s see how long this lasts….

5.04 Everyone Needs a Good Therapist

Welcome to a tumultuous episode at the Abbey.  Edith can’t stay away from Marigold, and we sense a restraining order on the way.  A dinner party quickly gives way to Robert v. Ms Bunting and some good ol’ Robert yelling.  Tony Gillingham is DONE – thank u, next – and we introduce a rating system for the episodes (57:42) – never too late, right?

5.03 Allison Fell Asleep Watching This Episode

Cora is looking for something to do outside of Downton, and is maybe finding it with Mr. Bricker? Baxter finally reveals the motivation behind her thievery and we’re still digging her relationship with Molesley (duh). Mary and Tony are being all sorts of dumb thinking they would get away with their “secret” vacation, but turns out they didn’t! Then it seems like she’s not all that interested in marrying him after all. There’s some really underwhelming evidence in the case of the Mysterious Death of Green, and Bates might be suspected for murder once again (ugh). Edith is straight up going to steal her baby from the family she forced to adopt her, yet doesn’t think she is being SUPER obvious. Plus, Daisy is going to be a mathlete! Rate and subscribe now, and follow us on Twitter @ringforteapod!

5.02 Be My Wife

In this edition of The Crawley Girls Make Up Bad Plans for Their Personal Lives: there is yet another plan for Edith to legitimize spending time with her daughter, and Mary pretends to go on a sketching trip with a female friend who never existed until now. Molesley has a hard time coping with the knowledge of Baxter’s past, Daisy has a controversial new tutor, and Rose is determined to get a radio for Downton. Rate and subscribe now, and follow/tweet at us @ringforteapod!