Logging off and not coming back until I finish this chapter, DANG IT! a resolution I keep breaking, by me
And dammit, we started off so well, with Cora sending waves of ice cold disdain at him; a very well-deserved disdain. When he tried to make nice, she shut him down with several stinging rebukes. “You’re always flabbergasted by the unconventional,” and the coldly bitchy, “I should think you miss her more.” When even Mary has to take him aside and tell him he’s acting like a jackass, you can be pretty sure he’s gone over a line. To paraphrase the Dowager: a more devoted daddy’s girl never drew breath. By the time he stormed into Crawley house and made an utter ass of himself at Isobel’s luncheon, we figured it was pretty much over between him and Cora. But Violet, who suddenly seems very tender toward Cora (with good reason, granted) implored Dr. Clarkson to effectively lie about his diagnosis – the diagnosis that had him defensive and sputtering the night of Sybil’s death, because Robert and Sir Phillip treated him like a middle-class moron – just to ease an aristocrat’s marriage problems. It was revolting – and the worst part of it is, Fellowes seems to have no idea that it comes across that way. To him, it seems, The Dowager Countess saved the day and saved the Grantham marriage. All’s well that ends well.
Tom and Lorenzo, Downton Abbey: Aristocrats on the verge of a nervous breakdown (via poniatowskaja)
Oh sweet Lord, YES! THANK YOU! That was a terrible episode (and only just after a horrible one). Yeah, so their marriage is saved…BECAUSE OF A LIE! That’s not “love”, that’s failure.
Good drama? GOOD DRAMA would have been letting them WORK THROUGH IT, would have been Robert going to Cora, getting down on his knees and opening himself up and *CRYING* in front of his wife the way he cried about losing all that money, saying over and over he’s sorry, he hates himself, he blames himself, going to Tom and begging for his forgiveness, going to Sybil’s grave and begging for hers, heck, even going to the nursery and looking down at Sybbie’s cradle and weeping and telling her he’s so sorry. THEN the audience will warm up and forgive him, THEN relationships can be repaired and start to rebuild, THEN you will see a GOOD MARRIAGE being strengthened and restored after a horrible, tragedy.
But nope! We were denied that. WHY it had to be resolved in one episode, I’ll never know; why something as momentous as losing one’s child had be quickly brushed under the rug, as opposed to being *REAL* and showing a family grieving and slowly coming back together over a span of several episodes, if not the rest of the season…I don’t know.
And WHY Fellowes does this with Robert’s character, I will never understand. Because Robert was a total DICK during that episode, not just because we never heard or saw him say he was “sorry”, but yelling at Cora and his mother and daughters for daring to go to Isobel’s and be served by a former prostitute, FIGHTING with his son-in-law who he truly has NO RIGHT arguing with after what happened, about Sybbie’s Catholic christening or that she’s going to be named after her mother, and then in later episodes, even going so far to 4x01, Robert actually forgetting that Tom has been through heartbreak because he lost his wife, aka, YOUR DAUGHTER. If Fellowes loves Robert so much, *why* does he make him such an ass at times?
I think you mean 2x04 et 2x05…lol
WHOOPS! You’re right; darn S3, it’s scarred me so much, it has me thinking in terms of those horrible episodes!