@MrWriteSF - Midwives, nurses and nuns trained in medicine have cared for pregnant women for centuries, usually taking the place of expensive doctors. Just because someone couldn't afford a doctor or a hospital visit doesn't mean they didn't have access to healthcare while pregnant. Even if Sybil had no claim to an inheritance, IMO she was still the daughter of an Earl, and her parents would have ensured she could afford minimal healthcare for their grandchild.
To be fair to Julian Fellows, the actress, Jessica Findlay-Brown asked to be written off the show to pursue other interests. He could have had her go quietly and ineffectually, board a train never to be seen again until the part was recast, etc. Or, he could do this. If Sybil's death results in characters changing or growing as a result, then I probably won't mind as much. But, if her death has zero result in how her family interacts with the world at large, it will have been a waste.
You asked if we'd blame Robert for Sybil's death if we were Cora. YES! But to be fair, if *I* were Cora I wouldn't have stood for all that "I'm the man of the house" crap. I would have said, "You may be the man of the house. But, you have no experience giving birth to the children who live here. I do and have, and you need to listen to ME, your wife who has given you 3 healthy children." Goodness, Cora asserted herself quite well during WWI when the house was turned into a convalescent home. Plus, it was shown that Robert wasn't comfortable with the details of childbirth. IMO, Robert would have let Cora lead in this situation just because it dealt with childbirth.
CONTINUED FROM BELOW...That O'Brien sure knows how to get to Thomas. I don't think there will be any gay romance on DA since Jimmy seems to like the ladies. But, Thomas' unwanted interest could get him fired. Can't really blame him or Ivy though. Jimmy looks like a young Simon Baker (on CBS' THE MENTALIST) when he smiles, which is always a good thing.
CONTINUED...In Sir Phillip's defense, Sybil's prenatal care was all over the place literally, and no woman has exactly the same labor as another. I've given birth twice, and my labors & pregnancies were nothing similar to my sisters'. If Sybil had any sort of prenatal care, he doctor was probably back in Ireland along with any medical records that could have shed light on any symptoms related to toxemia/eclampsia. What it really came down to is that Robert demanded that his word be honored during the delivery when he had nothing to do with it. Wasn't it a little uncharacteristic of Tom, who has had no qualms about getting in Robert's face before, being a dithering mess during the entire delivery? Of all people, I would have thought he'd be the one to say, "GET MY WIFE SOME HELP, DAMMIT, OR I'LL DRIVE HER TO THE HOSPITAL MYSELF!" He was a chaueffer after all. But, this is Julian Fellowes' drama, and Lady Sybil is dead. Too sad.
That O'Brien sure knows how to get to Thomas. I don't see how his infatuation with Jimmy, the new footman, will go anywhere if Jimmy is attracted to the ladies. But, it may get Thomas fired. BTW, I think Jimmy looks like a young Simon Baker (THE MENTALIST) when he smiles, which is not a bad thing. Can't blame Thomas or Ivy one bit for flirting with him!
Such a good episode with a heartbreaking development for the family. I don't see Robert or Mary's attitudes as being a "sudden change" at all for the characters. During the course of the entire series (all 3 seasons), it's been clear that these two stand for the traditional ways of the aristocracy. They are being dragged, kicking & screaming, into a more progressive era by their family members & their financial situation. They seem more prone to *react* to situations rather than act before things get really dire. Unfortunately, in Sybil's case, this tug-of-war between aristocratic know-it-all (represented by Robert & the doctor in white tie) and doing what mother knows best (represented by Cora & Dr. Clarkson) resulted in a thoroughly preventable death...CONTINUED ABOVE
@confused - The Speaker killed himself because he was told that their takeover attempt was failing, and that their allies were being eliminated (like the person in the elevator who was killed in front of Robert, Kylie's lover). He didn't want to be murdered himself, or be arrested and forced to give up his co-conspirators. Time was of the essence, too, and he needed to make it obvious to the American public that things were terribly wrong in their government, and not just commit suicide in a closet somewhere.
RE: Alexis vlog - For me, the reason this feels so untrue to the character is that Alexis has been set up (for the *entire* series) to be more mature and wise for her age. Her dad is a rich, famous writer of *crime* novels and works for the NYPD. AND, she did an internship with Lanie in the morgue! Good God...if anyone should be schooled in the dangers of stalkers, predators, online cybercrime, etc. it should be Alexis. They're wrote her like she's grown up in a bubble without any exposure to what criminals and sociopaths can do, when really the opposite is true.
@queenbee - I was on OUAT's Facebook page, and the general feeling there was one of horror upon seeing the Rumple-Cora smooch. It was more one-sided though as Rumple looked particularly repulsed with her gesture. I think we all want to forget it ever happened, until it has a more definite impact to the current story.
LOVED this episode, but we need to put the kibbosh on roommate hanky panky. No, no, NO! The reason their chemistry works is because they are FRIENDS out of choice. They stick together and have become a dependable family. You stick romance in there, and the even balanced triangle of friendship will get lopsided with unnecessary UST, mushiness, etc.
LOVED the oneliners, especially Josh's reference to Sally's "fugly sweater." In fact, couldn't help but smile watching happy Josh & Nora walk through the park. We don't see that very often, and they're so cute together.
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