So, where do we go from here? The only bright side of the latest installment is that one of the darkest moments in the show’s four seasons came toward the end of an episode that, while comparatively tamer than Mr. Green hitting and forcing himself on Anna, really offered up very little of interest. There was a big party at Downton with a bunch of other English aristocrats, Lord Grantham picked out some wine, and the Dowager Countess uttered one of her famous lines that could very well sum up the entire show from start to finish: “If I ever search for logic, I should not search for it among the English upper class!” Carson acted like a racist jerk, deciding that the world-famous Dame Nellie Melba was good enough to sing for royalty, but too Australian to dine with English lords. Tom felt bad about hanging out with rich people, got drunk, and hooked back up with Edna — which we know can only lead to bad things.
But it all feels really lost among Anna’s cries and the poorly placed opera music, which seems meant to both contrast with her suffering and provide a certain gravitas. Like the first two hours of the season, this episode wasn’t very good. What made it worse, though, was that it used rape to liven up a boring season. Now, we can only hope that the show can fix itself up after perhaps its lowest point to date.