Substitute for Wit

Substitute for Wit

Latest Episodes

202: Dinner Parties as a Metaphor for True Love
October 17, 2020

This fortnight, we're talking about the second episode of Season Two and everything that comes along with it. For us, that means plugging our new TikTok account(which Susannah is not happy about) a billion times, mispronouncing some guy's name(he was Lieu

201: Holy Snickerdoodle!
October 03, 2020

It's Season Two! Susannah's obviously ecstatic, and Hazel's pretty excited too! We're kicking things off with a few long ramblings from Susannah wherein she talks about U2, her favorite Belgian girl's choir, and tells you if "hot buttered toast with a cou

107: Adam Scott, Please Send Us an Email
September 11, 2020

We're closing out Season One with a bang, however brief. In this episode, you'll get to hear us: fangirl over both Adam Scott and Barack Obama; silently imitate Trump; and argue over who looked hot in that fight scene. We look up Italian names for various

106: Marthew Forever
August 28, 2020

It's the penultimate episode of Season One and obviously, we're breaking down the bigger plot developments, like Mary and Matthew's kiss, Banna's almost happening, and Sybil's maybe-concussion. But we're also talking about less important things, like coat

105: Ship Names Framed in French Paste
August 14, 2020

The first season is reaching its high point(according to Susannah) and perhaps our humble podcast is as well. As the number of stories to keep track of climbs, we follow, with a not-so-deep deep dive, an excuse to spend all morning watching Netflix, and w

104: Edith Eats Ethel
July 31, 2020

It's the fourth episode and we're talking about all the methods of fortune telling, Charles Manson(briefly), the Downton score, and stomach ventriloquism. Susannah's got a huge deep-dive on various fair activities, Hazel spills some water, and we're recor

103: Turkish Diplomats Bring Nothing But Trouble
July 22, 2020

We talk/shout about the first really shocking plotline of Downton. Susannah introduces her new segment with an Ophelia/Daisy Ridley deep dive, and Hazel talks about her hair for a while. There's plenty of clips, but strangely enough, none of them are from

102: (For Good or Ill)
July 14, 2020

It's Episode Two and we're breaking down every aspect of Matthew and Isobel's arrival, from the scowls to the crush faces, from the pericardial sacs to the Grizzly Bears. Susannah does a deep dive on Lloyd George, Hazel misunderstands a couple of things (

101: America Ruins Everything
July 07, 2020

We're off with the whistle of a train and our first official episode! What we like: Anna, Sybil, Daisy(sometimes), and Cora's embroidery. What we don't: O'Brien, Thomas, and the Duke. What we can't agree on: Cora's nightgowns. In non-Downton news, Susanna

0.0: Welcome to Substitute for Wit!
June 25, 2020

We're kicking off our podcast journey with an intro, both to ourselves and Downton Abbey. Susannah gives a long but thought-out premise of the show that Hazel may or may not have been listening to, and Hazel makes some slightly underwhelming predictions.