Season 4 of Downton Abbey got off to an intricate and interesting start on PBS earlier this month. However, now that we are into the middle of the season, the story has slowed down quite a bit. We can only hope that all of this setup will lead into an interesting conclusion; however, Sunday night’s episode was quite the bore. They might as well have rechristened the show for last night’s episode, calling it Downton Downstairs. Without the glitz and glamour of the period costumes, upper crust romances, and maybe even a good scandal, the episode fell really flat. If Tom hadn’t spoken out about the exciting prospect of potentially heading to America to start a new life and Edith hadn’t seen a mysterious doctor, I don’t think I could have even gotten through the entire episode.

Without further ado, here are the five “downstairs” plots that didn’t work for us this week. And as usual, there are plenty of spoilers, so if you haven’t caught the episode, yet, now is not the time to delve into this article.

The Plot Against The Gardener
In truth, this is partially an upstairs plot, as Isabel Crawley asked the Dowager Countess to take on a young man as a gardener, only to find that he might be a thief. I should be excited for any scenes that feature the Dowager Countess exchanging barbs, but since Isabel is such a no-nonsense human being, this plot really didn’t work within the context of the episode.

Worst Moment: When we actually met the young gardener, a meek young man who seemed in over his head. I typically don’t like predicting plots, but clearly, this kid didn’t steal anything. This isn’t Thomas with the wine from Season 1. Tune in next week when we find out what actually went down.

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