We here at Frock Flicks (okay, Kendra and Trystan) are so excited for the final season of Downton Abbey that we’re doing weekly costume recaps AND podcasts! Tune in each week for an episode-by-episode recap of our thoughts on both the plot and (especially) the costumes (designed by Anna Robbins) — because really, while we all are invested in the lives of the fictional Crawley family, don’t we actually keep coming back to see what they’re wearing? You can find the podcast at the bottom of this post, or on iTunes!
We start out with Henry Talbot, driving his fast cars and thinking about Mary…
Back at the Abbey, it’s time for breakfast. Henry has written and invited the whole family to come see him race! He’s sneaky that way.
Over at the Dower House, Isobel is confused as to why she’s received an invitation to the wedding of Lord Merton’s son. Granny thinks something is afoot and vows to visit the daughter-in-law and find out … after which, she’s headed to France to calm down after the hospital fight.
At Lord Merton’s house, Violet puts daughter-in-law on the spot. The dowager figures out that DIL wanted Lord Merton to marry Isobel so that Isobel would take care of him and get him out of her hair. Granny pulls no punches.
Cora is worried about Mary and Henry.
Violet has Isobel over and tells her about DIL’s shenanigans. She also asks Isobel to deliver a note to the family after she’s left, letting them know she’s on vacation.
Mrs. Patmore is excited — she’s been fixing up her cottage, and she’s ready to start renting it out as a B&B!
In London, Edith visits the magazine and invites Laura, her new editor, to join them at the races tomorrow (gee, we wonder what that will lead to…).
All the Crawleys are staying at Aunt Rosamund’s house. After dinner, Henry shows up.
Back in Yorkshire, everyone’s enjoying a day off. Daisy and Mr. Moseley are thinking about their upcoming tests. Andrew confesses that he can’t read, Barrow says he’s been helping him, but everyone ignores that good deed, and the schoolteacher takes over.
Back at the Abbey, Carson and Mrs. Hughes actually sit on the family’s furniture. Or course, this is not Carson’s idea.
At the races…
An accident happens! Everyone fears the worst (Henry), but it turns out to be his best friend. Henry tries to pull him from his flaming car, but no dice — the friend dies.
Mrs. Patmore cooks up a plan, and Mrs. Hughes gets her revenge on Carson by forcing him to cook dinner.
At dinner that night at Rosamund’s, everyone is super sad.
Henry calls Mary and forces her to decide whether or not she’s sticking with him. She breaks up with him. Tom tells her she’s made a big mistake.
Meanwhile, Bertie proposes to Edith! She’s happy but doesn’t say ‘yes’ yet.
Mrs. Patmore’s B&B has welcome its first guests, and it’s been a success!
The family is back from London.
Isobel gives them Violet’s note telling them that she’s gone away for a while.
The Dowager’s letter comes with a peace offering … it’s downstairs …
How great was Edith’s print? Do you think Mary made the right call?
Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Six, Podcast Recap
Listen to our podcast recap of the episode here or on iTunes!