Thou shalt not covet, but I am even going to miss the Ralph Lauren advertisements that precede each episode. Last night I didn’t dream of Manderley, but I sure dreamt of Downton Abbey, and boy I am going to miss it.
Although tonight is the big end of season finale, no need to dispense with the utility of tonight’s episode. I’ll cut right to the chase–certain lines might have a certain resonance with you, and then maybe you should major in whatever is getting you all worked up. Or, if you attended college and have already graduated, you can stop taking those quizzes that keep going around the internet that tell you what you should have majored in, as if that will help now. I say do a do-over and choose your major based on a soap opera, which actually makes more sense that how I chose mine. I am pretty sure during my junior year at Baylor, someone told me I needed to pick a major, and I had taken the most classes in history, and well, then the rest was History and that is what is on my degree. We didn’t have a lot of career counseling.
Mrs. Hughes: “We’re all tired, but not as tired as we are going to be.” Clearly a knowledge of the law of diminishing returns. #economics
Lady Grantham actually says: “Kerfuffle.” #linguistics
Shirley MacLaine: she makes everything better. “I didn’t think I had to make an appointment.” And, “We came three and a half thousand miles so we could change the subject.”
Aggressive, then passive aggressive, then channeling a past life just like, uh, Shirley MacLaine! #psychology uh, no, #theater
Daisy: “Do you always try to change people’s lives after you have known them for half an hour?” #academicadvising
“Must you always act as the sister of Marie Antoinette?” #history
Being presented at court: way better than prom! #leisurestudies
Apprehended love letters! “You can’t steal something that has already been stolen!” These girls are regular Nancy Drews! #prelaw
Lady Mary: “I’ll do it. I don’t mind lying.” Except when she wants to tell the truth and ruin Bates’s life. #psychology
“I know you are a Lord, but what kind of Lord are you?” #history
“I own a yacht, and I like pretty girls.” #leisurestudies
“I’m a realist/monarchist.” #politicalscience
Bates apprehends the letter! Figures out thieves take their sensitive stolen goods with them! #psychology
Lady Mary burns evidence that might harm Bates! #prelaw
Levinson falls for an English debutante! #internationalrelations
A Prince shows up at ball! What are the odds? #statistics
Violet telling, Tom, a former chauffeur, that she knows that “he knows how to steer.” #sociology
“Lord Ascot, I am modern.” #feministstudies
Lady Mary: “I feel so cruel dangling you and two other guys on a string.” Uh, that is not a major, that is the weekend.
Lady Mary: “Why didn’t you tell me about your superrich cousin and all the money you will inherit?” #economics
Violet: “Is that American for ‘hello’?” #folklore
Card sharks and living room revenge….delicious!! #gametheory
Barrow: still a complete and total jerk. #schoolofhardknocks
Carson wants everyone to have a fun and educational museum day. Yay. But, takes everyone to the sea. #maritime studies
Edith figures out how to get her child out of Switzerland and back into England. #socialwork
I loved how I was hanging off of a cliff for so many of the story lines, sort of how I felt when I was choosing a major: I didn’t really know how it would turn out…..or what I should do….but then you choose, or, like Edith, change your mind. And, like Downton Abbey, it isn’t boring…..and you can think about it a long time, until next season.
It will be a great adventure.