Another Downton thing: I wish Robert would just admit he’s threatened by Bunting because he loves Tom and doesn’t want him to go instead of making it about Sybbie. I see right through you, Donk.
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Tom goes back into the house and meets Robert in the hall. Robert makes a rude remark, that it is a relief that Sarah Bunting is not going to stay for dinner and I loved the expression on Tom’s face after Robert said that.
I think that was the point where Tom really had enough from Robert’s attitude.
So when Robert again brings up politics and the Russian refugees at dinner, Tom doesn’t hold his tongue, but speaks up and very eloquently so. I loved it!
This is the last scene we saw Tom in, but there were two with other characters, that I thought important for his storyline.
First there are Blake, Mary and Rose talking about Tom. I like it, that we see here, that it is only Robert who has a problem with Tom’s politics. Everyone else is fine with it and supportive. We also see that the family thinks it is time for him to have a life and some friends outside the family.
We see here where Sarah Bunting is wrong. It is only Robert who is “prejudiced” and “narrow thinking”. The rest of the family only wants Tom to be happy. Cora says Downton is his “home” and he should feel free to invite his friends. Mary says his “old ways” might be difficult for them, but good for him. Rose thinks it is sad that he doesn’t have a life and Mary says he “hasn’t had a life since Sybil died”.
The only one, who has a problem again is Robert. I loved the scene in the bedroom with Cora! It was so hilarious. Poor Robert, you really get it all wrong, do you?
But I do think that Robert is fond of Tom by now. I think he’s just afraid he will lose him and Sybbie. His provocations seem to me, as if he wants to assure himself all the time that Tom is on their side now and all the greater is his horror every time he has to find out that Tom still sees things very different than he does.
I’m very much looking forward to the next episode!
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It turned out Miss Bunting was downstairs and Rose (bless her) thought it was a nice idea to ask her for dinner.
I really must say, I love Rose. She is so friendly and kind and seems to look out for Tom. She wants him to have a life outside the house and wants to be supportive to him.
I also loved Cora’s reaction. “This is your home!” She is so supportive.
Then I laughed out loud about Robert calling Sarah Bunting an tiny teapot Rosa Luxemburg! And even better when Cora said they don’t want the same fate happen to Miss Bunting as happened to Rosa Luxemburg, he did this:
LOL, sorry, but I thought that was incredibly funny!
Tom went down to talk to Sarah and invite her to dinner, but she declined. So he accompagnied her to the car.
It’s very rare, but I liked Sarah in this scene. She was not as harsh and crass as she usually is.
I did find it funny though that she called the Crawleys “prejudiced” and “narrow minded”, when she is just the same just on the opposite end. And also when it was made clear in the episode that it is just Robert who is prejudiced, when every other family member is in reality very supportive and very open minded towards Tom.
I loved Tom’s smile though, when they were talking aobut Sybil.
End of part 2
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I really liked this episode. It wasn’t as much Tom in it as I would have liked, but it was entertaining and so funny in parts that found myself laughing out loud a lot of times.
Tom’s first scene was with the comitee going to the cricket pitch to talk about the idea of a “garden of remembrance”. Tom was playing the diplomat between the two parties, telling Robert that there’s another good spot for a new cricket pitch available. But he didn’t offer an opinion of wether a memorial in the village would be better or the “garden of remembrance.”
Next scene was lunch with the family. Mary was talking about her plan to go away for a weekend with a friend and I loved the look on Tom’s and Rose’s face here. Do they sense that there’s something fishy going on?
Rose told about the Russian refugees and Robert provoked Tom to say his political opinion. Tom didn’t really come out with it though. He rolled his eyes at Robert’s blatant effort to cross swords with him.
I think this is his usual pattern during the last years. He always tries to be diplomatic, he doesn’t want to fight and so he has learned to keep his opinions to himself. But this was about to change during this episode.
End of part 1
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