It’s been a rough week here at my house, with bouts of flu for all five members of the family leading to pneumonia, ear infections and assorted other maladies. All of which adds up to the fact that I’ve been preoccupied and am only able to turn in a short(ish) late recap of the penultimate episode. But if any episode deserves a short and sweet recap, it is this one.
Season 6, Episode 8 was so generally awesome there is not much to say, except that it was almost (almost) like Season 1 all over again. Solid writing, substantive dialogue, more or less believable action, characters that you care about, scenes that make you cry — at least if you’re like me. Yes, indeed. I wept like a fool this week, pretty much from the middle of the episode until it ended. I even clapped a few times. And laughed. So basically, between the laughing, clapping and crying I looked like a lunatic.
So Much Awesomeness
I loved this episode for so many reasons, not the least of which was an appearance by Sgt. Willis, who has been sorely missed around Downton. Surely by now it is high time for someone to testify in the busy courts of Yorkshire, and viewers are not disappointed. Sargent W. conducts his criminal investigation outside this time, at a table placed in the courtyard for unknown purposes. As far as I can tell the table has been placed there for Sargent W.’s serial criminal inquiries, as the Sarge is no longer allowed to come inside the house. This is a good idea, as who knows who he will encounter in there and drag off to court to testify? At the very least he will interrupt Baxter in her sewing (so much sewing!) and that would probably turn out disastrously, with her agreeing to admit to a crime she didn’t commit for somebody else’s sake.