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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4: Game, set and match to Lady Grantham

Maggie Smith portrays the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey.
Photo by Tim Whitby

Season four of “Downton Abbey” has brought more drama and even a bit of fun to the Crawley family. Episode 5, which aired on PBS on Feb. 2, featured the continuing rivalry between the older ladies of Downton, the Dowager Countess and Isobel Crawley.

These two gals seem to be best friends one minute, then enemies the next. Last night was one of the best moments between those two so far this season. Isobel is back into living her life to help others, much to the dismay of the Dowager Countess. Isobel convinced her to hire Pegg as the new gardener and that set off a feud that was kind of fun to watch.

When a couple of valuable items came up missing from Violet’s house, she is convinced that it was Pegg that took them. She immediately fired him, which sent Isobel into a fuming frenzy. Nothing Isobel said to her could convince the witty Countess from thinking otherwise. Isobel eventually scolded her saying, “How you hate to be wrong!” Violet quipped back saying, “I wouldn’t know. I’m not familiar with the sensation.” That was probably the best Maggie Smith quote of the night.

Matthew’s mother decided to go back while Violet was away to inspect the room to prove her wrong about Pegg. She ended up finding the missing letter opener hidden in the chair cushion. With a victory smirk on her face, she leaves, only to be beckoned back a little while later by the Countess. Dr. Clarkson accompanied her as well. Violet went on to tell the duo that she realized what happened and had already hired Pegg back. Oh, and she also apologized to the gardener. Isobel was obviously speechless. The good doctor chose to speak instead as he stated the obvious, “I’d say that was game, set and match to Lady Gratham.” Indeed it was!

In other Downton news, Lady Rose gets chummy with the new jazz singer, Lady Mary meets her match, and Lady Edith gets some disturbing news. Those ladies of Downton sure know how to keep things hopping.

What was your favorite “Downton Abbey” quote of the night?

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