Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Downton Abbey

'Downton Abbey' recap: Open house, open wounds

'Downton Abbey' recap: Open house, open wounds

"The hospital war reaches a climax," writes PBS in a summary of Episode 6. I mean, sure. Technically, something has to be interesting enough to warrant a climax. But PBS left out the most interesting part of the episode: It's open house time at Downton Abbey.

You read that right. Open house. As in, open to the unwashed village public. On the scale of Crawley Shame and Classist Embarrassment this ranks somewhere between Mary being spotted in a dirty public house and Pamuk falling dead on top of her in her bedroom.

Oddly, the open house is Mary's idea, who clearly has been thinking of anything to get her mind off of dashing Mr. Talbot, even if it...