Downtown Abbey Scandal: Lady Edith Reported to CPS
Lady Edith Crawley’s ward, Marigold, who was briefly raised by tenant farmers, Mr. and Mrs. Drewe, until Lady Edith took the child to live at Downton Abbey was recently kidnapped by Mrs. Drewe during a livestock competition. There has always been a cloud of mystery surrounding the child whom some believe to be the love child of Lady Edith and the late Michael Gregson. Little Marigold is shaken by the recent events and sat down with TV Recappers’ Delight to discuss the kidnapping.
TVRD: Hi Little Marigold. First, let me say that that it’s an honor to meet you.
Little Marigold: The pleasure is all mine. I’m just grateful for the attention.
TVRD: So the kidnapping drama. How is that affecting you?
Little Marigold: Drama? Drama? The whole thing was more of a farce. I thought this was going to be a real story, but it was barely filler.
TVRD: You sound resentful.
Little Marigold: You bet your sweet arse, I’m resentful. First of all, I am 3 years old so why wasn’t anyone watching me when we went to the village? I’ll tell you why, it’s because they were all focused on Aunt Mary’s pig contest. I got less attention than some freaking pigs!
TVRD: You referred to Lady Mary as your aunt. So you are confirming that you are, indeed, Edith Crawley’s daughter?
Little Marigold: Well, duh! Anyone could figure that out. Why else would Edith Crawley take an interest in me? She’s really not all that kind. People forget that she can be a total bitch. Aunt Mary hasn’t noticed because she can’t stop gazing at her own reflection and juggling handsome suitors and killing chaps in her bed. She doesn’t think any man would touch mother with a ten-foot pole.
TVRD: Hmm, why do you think the abduction got so little attention?
Little Marigold: Why? Why? Isn’t it obvious? They were Aunt Mary’s pigs! Everyone cares about Aunt Mary. This whole show is about Aunt Mary. It always has been and it always will be. Ensemble, my arse. The only time it’s not about Aunt Mary is when it’s about our servants, John and Anna Bates. Anna is Mary’s maid, so of course, that’s why she’s important. I don’t think my mother even has a maid. I think if Aunt Sybil had lived, it would have been about her too. She wasn’t self-absorbed like the rest of these dreadful people so she would probably have paid attention to me.
TVRD: They do get the most attention. Do you think there is less interest in Lady Edith?
Little Marigold: Do I really have to answer that? Her whole existence is based on schadenfreude, okay? And if I may go back to the Bateses for a moment, there is more focus on their hope for a child than an existing child. I mean, gah!
TVRD: I see your point.
Little Marigold: It just is so vexing. Remember when Lord Grantham’s dog went missing? Everybody was concerned about that. Aunt Mary and Anna are still talking about Kemal Pamuk, that pillow-lipped Turkish chap who Aunt Mary murdered with sex.
TVRD: There are rumors that you have taken action. Can you confirm or deny?
Little Marigold: I can say that I have taken action, I’ve reported the show to CPS.
TVRD: Child Protective Services?
Little Marigold: No. Child Plot Services. Maybe they’ll give me a costume and I can dress up like Aunt Mary’s livestock.
Downton Abbey airs Sundays at 9/8c on PBS Masterpiece.