The concept of evolution is a fascinating one, and it is something that we saw quite a bit about during Sunday night’s new episode of “Downton Abbey.” Of course, we are not talking about evolution in the same way that Charles Darwin did so many years ago; instead, we are dealing with something that has very much to do with the man that Robert Grantham is, and the way in which the world is changing around him.
Despite his objections, there were a few things that happened this week to surely change the tide of what we traditionally see at the residence: Edith took a new job as a columnist despite the wishes of Robert, and we also saw a christening for baby Sybil the same way that Tom Branson wanted it to happen last week. Matthew was also looking to take matters concerning Downton into his own hands, which was a major change versus the way in which it was being run strictly with Robert at the help. (Does any one else find it shocking that Matthew and Mary talking children so soon after what happened when it came to Sybil?)
We also met Tom’s brother just before the christening, who turned out to be a rather interesting character in his own right mostly because he really didn’t want anything to do with the upstairs crew at all. As a matter of fact, he was really the show’s version of an Occupy Wall Street personality.
Of course, the biggest surprise of the night came via Jimmy finally showing that he and Thomas are into each other via a secret kiss late at night … one that Alfred just so happened to see. Jimmy, being someone who apparently is still not comfortable having his sexuality apparent to the world, chose to act out over this rather than just accept the person that he is. The biggest debate was just wondering whether or not Alfred would decide to rat him out, and he did. What was actually the sweetest moment in all this was that Thomas actually stood up for Jimmy during his conversation with Carson, and ensured that he would be spared of any punishment.
As for the last story of the night, it was really just all about trying to allow Ethel to get a new start somewhere new. It was a chance that the character could have been written out of the show, but they opted not to do it … and the possible “Scarlet Letter” comparison may be there.
Overall, what did you think about this episode?