*SPOILER ALERT AHEAD! DO NOT READ IF
YOU HAVEN'T YET WATCHED EPISODE ONE OF SEASON SIX!*
Well, friends, I had my "Downton Abbey" tea blends all lined up and ready to rumble yesterday, enjoying Mrs. Patmore's Pudding Tea beforehand, Butler's Pantry Blend during the show, and I decided to save my Downton Estate Blend for another day. So what did you think? I thought this first episode was simply terrific! I counted at least five or six tea scenes (there may have been more; I got too engrossed in the plot). Here are some thoughts:
• The back and forth between Carson and Mrs. Hughes over their marital expectations was so well done, wasn't it? Poor Mrs. Patmore, charged with the difficult task of mentioning the unmentionable to Carson. What great acting!
• Have we seen the last of Miss Bevan, Lady Mary's latest blackmailer? I thought that was a bit too easy, how she got paid off by Lord Grantham and went on her merry way. Hmmm … But I loved how the end of that scene was also used for Robert to, at long last, tell Mary of his confidence in her. Nice to see.
• No Branson? He MUST come back soon. I miss him.
• The hospital feud brewing between Isobel and Violet is delicious. Best Violet line of the night: "Does it ever get cold on the moral high ground?" Ha!
• Anna is cleared! Well, hallelujah! And wasn't it lovely that the whole household got to break out the champagne? But now can we please see Anna with child? Please?
• And my goodness, wasn't that an unexpected glimpse of character from Thomas? He's nice to the children and even gives them piggyback rides? Nasty old Thomas? I've got to rethink the man. I place a tremendous amount of stock in how people treat children.
But my favorite scenes were the the Carson/Mrs. Hughes/Mrs. Patmore scenes. I do hope that wedding date gets set soon, because my supply of Butler's Pantry Blend is dwindling.
Republic of Tea, by the way, has quite a few new Downton blends (and mugs) if you're interested. I'm intrigued by the sound of the Afternoon Garden Tea, a new herbal blend, and the Downton Abbey Legacy Tea, a plum pudding tea. Click here to check them out for yourself!
So did you watch? If so, what were your favorite scenes?