Well, I am relieved to know that it is not just me who is wondering why Lady Rose’s parents, Lord and Lady Flintshire from Scotland, did not attend the Coming Out of their daughter.
Remember, these two estranged parents, who were conspicuously absent from their daughter’s coming out, were featured in the Christmas Special when the Crawley family traveled to the Flintshire castle in the highlands for the holidays. I do remember that Lady Rose was quite anxious to leave the Flintshire castle in order to stay with her cousins, but we all thought that would be temporary. Well that obviously has become a permanent arrangement. The underlying reasons have been ambiguously alluded to with Lady Rose’s contemptuous comments about her mother when discussing her bonehead engagement to Jack Ross, African American jazz singer and musician, when Lady Rose said, “I can’t wait to see the look on her face.” That revengeful motivation can surely explain the a very disdainful and disrespectful relationship between Lady Rose and her mother. But, this was the first time I remember such contempt being referred to by the writers, so I believe they, the writers, are guilty of a resounding lapse. The absence of Lord and Lady Flintshire from Lady Rose’s coming out is still an unquestionable omission that could even be considered a playwright blunder if confuses a professional writer like my friend and a discerning viewer like me. This isn’t a mystery novel where relationships like this are deliberately portrayed in a vague way for purposes of enigmatic puzzle.
So, I must conclude that this inexplicable absence of both parents from the coming out festivities must be answered in upcoming episodes. Obviously, one of the “can of worms” left “open for next season.” But, I believe it certainly could have written in a mor clear way and not some forgone conclusion that should have been intuitively obvious to us all.