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Downton Rewatch (Season 1): part ii

- oh my gOD Bates get a hold of yourself. so william comes barreling through the door and spills Thomas’ tea all over him and thomas gets mad. and says something snotty. wow. call the constable, what an effing crime. like. now thomas has tea all over his clothes so he’s either got to go and change (which i’m sure he has just masses of other clothes no problem right) or wait for it to dry, during which time if Mr. Carson catches him he’s going to get a verbal thrashing. DO EITHER OF THOSE OPTIONS SOUND APPEALING. like I am the first to admit that thomas is the most…JUST THE MOST. but don’t treat him like he just ripped the head off of a baby lamb for having a reaction jesus BACK OFF BATES

- oh good lord when Daisy says, “i’d do anything for you” and Thomas glows - ACTUALLY GLOWS - with something like pride and wonder and genuine surprise. i mean in the next second his face shifts and he does this villainous little smirk sure yeah because that’s a weapon, that’s something to defend yourself with if you need it, something to use against other people duh. (honestly i don’t know how anyone who isn’t a slytherin makes sense of the world but okay) but in that moment before, there was bare vulnerability and it was fucking beautiful. shit. i’m gonna make a shitty gif of it because you guys have got to see this shit.

THOMAS. (90% of my live action commentary watching this show is just me yelling out in a pained and strangled voice THUHMASSS).

-this is a real live actual conversation that happens.

OB: [plotting against Bates} What we need to do is to make him a suspect when something’s really been stolen.

Thomas: How do we know anything’s been stolen?

OB: Because you stole it, you noodle.

You are both noodles, and this is a terrible idea.

- side note: how fucking spot on is it that when there are scenes happening in Carson’s office or the servants hall you can hear Mrs. Patmore and Daisy bickering in the background. I mean. I take this show to task for a lot but wow that is some tight storytelling.

- man do i miss the good ole days of Thomas and OB plotting and smoking in the courtyard. iconic.

- there is not much i find more delightful than Thomas saying “sod ‘em.” why can’t he have been given more dirty lines please…why is RJC’s ridiculous accent so fucking soothing. SEE HOW SOOTHED I AM. i am currently just a skin bag of loose bones and honey.

- Daisy and Mrs. Patmore are fuking underappreciated. Daisy misunderstanding Mrs. Patmore and thinking she’s supposed to poison the food while Mrs. P is away for eye surgery is one of the best and most subtle moments of comedic genius in television history.

- why is watching Thomas putting food in his mouth…so erotic. i did not ask for this. i was perfectly happy not knowing this about myself.

- okay so look. i am the first (okay maybe not the first) to admit that Thomas says and does some mean shit. he’s not perfect! some days…he is so overwhelmingly far from perfect that hypothetically you have to go have a good long talk with yourself in the bathroom mirror about why the eff it’s one o clock in the morning and you are lulling yourself to sleep with VIVID fantasies of putting a grown man in the bathtub, washing the pomade out of his hair, and seeing what kinds of noises he makes when you skritch the back of his head. hypothetically. i can only imagine that’s what it would be like because none of this is personal experience. but also let’s not pretend that i won’t defend Thomas to the everloving end. yes, it is not his finest moment to make light of a woman losing her pregnancy or a young person losing their mother, BUT for fuck’s sake why does no one seem to have a problem with people putting their hands on Thomas in violence, holy shit.

- aghhhhh the fact that Thomas holds himself so still, head so high and proud when he’s got bruises on his face. It is the Don’t Fucking Touch Me Stillness, cousin to his Blank Look of Shame, and you all know how i feel about that.

- hahahahahhah ohhhhhhh well fuck me i guess branson/sybil/gwen was the ot3 i didn’t even know i wanted. 

UP NEXT IN SEASON 2: THOMAS SURROUNDED BY MEN IN UNIFORM, HOW WILL HE DEAL (spoiler alert: badly and with lots of looks of PANGED LONGING)

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  • (Nick)name: Kate
  • Age: 22
  • Personality Type: Slytherin
  • What do you love most about FS?: they always have each other’s back.
  • Favorite FS moment: “we’re gonna get him back” at the end of 3.05
  • Favorite non-FS character: Sarah Bunting (Downton Abbey)
  • Fun fact about yourself/something you’d like to share: I only speak BBC English, it makes me feel nice and posh.
  • Recommend one thing (book, movie, show, etc.): The Musketeers (BBC)

Violet “Conan the Destroyer”* Crawley, with Isobel “What the hell?” Crawley - Downton Abbey, preview for episode 6x05

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Downton Rewatch: Season 1 (part i)

i mean this is really just going to be all about Thomas and maybe a little OB so yeah. also apparently going to be broken into two parts because somehow I have that much to say about collectively maybe 35 minutes of Thomas screen time in just one season!!!! i love this!!! i love when my brain is kidnapped and taken hostage by fictional people!!!! what a ride

- ooooooohhhhhhhhhfffffff the kissing scene. the Kissing Scene! I rewatched that scene more times than i care to share but i promise you it was in the name of science. the way he drags his lips along Crowblah’s hand, i mean, i mean okay! okay! i’m paying attention. you have my attention. they wanted us to know that Thomas 1) likes kissing, 2) would like to be kissed more often, 3) is very good with his mouth and enjoys putting his mouth to use, and 4) swallows and I AM HEARING YOU LOUD AND CLEAR.

- augh oh god the scene with Pamuk when Thomas tries to kiss him - he is feeling so confident, which is hilarious because not two episodes ago he got pegged down a couple of notches by another wealthy aristocrat who basically told him that just because he swallows doesn’t mean he’s wife material (ya don’t even try to tell me “one swallow doesn’t make a summer” is not a frank and explicit reference to blow jobs cause i’m not listening) – but okay Thomas you do what you need to do carry on sure - but then when – shocker – Pamuk rejects him. the look of blank horror and shame on Thomas’ face. aughh. it is the hand that twists the knife into my soul.

- okay so Thomas’ “fancy man” comment about Mrs. Hughes was NOT mean he was obviously teasing and smiling and having a good jest and trying to be a part of the circle like BACK OFF BATES

- Thomas hiding in the stairwell after he’s stolen the wine. we are soul siblings. i often seek out a good stairwell when i need to do some classic fearful dramatic pining. good job bby

- !!!! acting surprised! wait, acting is not the right word here – somehow GENUINELY surprised that maybe he shouldn’t have spread rumours about mary to his london valet friend – and yes, please, don’t even ask we know they’ve done it at one point okay and when Thomas goes to london they get together for friendly hand jobs and some dramatic plotting, i’m sure - thomas why are you the way that you are. he is already regretful in this scene because he once again has acted without considering even the consequences that could occur in the next 10 minutes, never mind long term. i mean you can watch it on his face. why am i the way that i am. the boy needs a good wrangling. eh eh wink wink nudge nudge

- alkdsfjklsdjfughhhghhgghghghghudfakj. the wall scene. you know. you know what i mean. when bates slams him against the wall. WHY DO YOU GO LIMP, THOMAS.

- also it is just so INTERESTING, so interesting that the night after bates slams Thomas against the wall (and he goes limp, did I mention he goes limp?), Thomas has the Blank Face of Shame on the next morning and he bullies William so cruelly that even i gasped in shock and horror (normally i chuckle when he bullies cause he’s usually the equivalent of 14-year old Malfoy making Potter Stinks badges) – but ooff. that was a hard scene. truly.

- when they’re walking to the flower show (jesus christ the flower show is the most boring subplot line of my entire existence please get me out of here) and thank god OB gets me ‘cause she’s like “i don’t know why we’re even bothering” and Thomas, THOMAS, of all people with this adorable smile on tells HER not to be a grouch. oh Thomas, pot, kettle, black. and also, OB, my other soul sister, says, “i’ll grouch if i want.” this is a direct quote from my life.

- speaking of OB and Thomas – okay, so timeline wise we’ve got to assume that Thomas is in his early twenties here, maybe younger though that’s a bit difficult to suspend your belief for. but in any case he’s still young and in his formative years, and I think we can gather from a fair bit of evidence that he’s not had the most loving upbringing. OB has obviously taken him under her wing, and in return she expects Thomas to provide her with certain information about what’s going on in the house. this is a relationship that Thomas gets - it’s a transactional one. i do something for you, you do something for me – this MAKES SENSE to a person who has been taught that people are things you use/manipulate/etc – people are not for loving and being loved by and if they are (i.e. Crowblah) then don’t forget that they are also for using and for being used by (i.e. Crowblah). Thomas’ actions always make a lot more sense when viewed through this lens - up to and including his relationship with Baxter, in which he’s both enacting the same transactional relationships that he was raised under (both in his neglectful/abusive upbringing and with OB as surrogate parent) and also trying to return to and secure the “safety” of another OB-like relationship. People are, generally, not safe for Thomas (not in his childhood and certainly not now as an outed gay man in a mostly hostile house), but for a time he and OB had - not a safe relationship but an understood relationship, built on mutual need fulfillment. Because a relationship built on safety and love is not attainable for Thomas – he tries to recreate what he knows best…transactional relationships.

- (what! what?? what do you mean why would the fact that thomas’ character has been boiled down to “evil gay butler” when actually he is one of the most nuanced and complex and psychologically well-articulated characters in tv history???  why would that bother me??????? i am not easily ruffled folks okay it’s fine i don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it in the shower or at night laying in bed staring at my ceiling)

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Thomas + Jimmy flirting in season 5, episode 1

Sybbie and George in the Christmas Special.

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