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Elizabeth visits her parents at 165 Eaton Place and announces that she has come to stay for a while as her husband Lawrence will be away over Christmas. The truth comes tumbling out however and Elizabeth admits that she's left her husband permanently. Everyone , including the servants, are upset by the events and Elizabeth's father puts it all into the hands the family solicitor, Sir Geoffrey Dillon. Elizabeth is quite frank with him and he sees little difficulty in having the marriage annulled. Until Elizabeth undergoes a medical examination that is. Thomas has seen the writing on the wall for some time now and does his best to make an impression on the Bellamys and the rest of the staff, especially Mr. Hudson and Mrs. Bridges. He has a ways to go with Hudson however after a misunderstanding. Written by
A journey into the poisonous heart of the spoiled little lady
Elizabeth Bellamy, spoiled and sanctimonious daughter of Sir Richard, moves back home after a drunken dalliance with a sly old fox (played by the inimitable Charles Grey) results in a pregnancy. Young Elizabeth was never a likable character, displaying all the traits of the selfish little upper class girl accustomed to having her backside kissed by daddy first then afterwards by one and all, but after her poisonous and insensitive treatment of her husband's bedroom difficulties, thankfully her days on the show were numbered.
Even though the writers chose to portray Elizabeth's infidelity and other personality defects sympathetically and as justifiable rather than morally deficient, she does get her just desserts in the end and eventually exits the show. The viewing public is rewarded for their patience with the infinitely more pleasant Georgina.
It's a shame British men have been treated as disposable servants of women, but it's unsurprising in the last days of a dying civilisation. It always seems to happen that way - once women are "emancipated" from whatever "oppression" they feel at the time it's only a matter of time before they consume their own society. It's amazing how the writers of Upstairs Downstairs were able to capture this detail so beautifully. It could not be done today, because all the female characters on British TV Drama these days must, by feminist decree, converge on a porn star cross between Andrea Dworkin and Sheryl Sandberg.
Well done Upstairs Downstairs, you've created a time capsule of immeasurable value.
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