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Thu
Dec 26 2013 12:58pm

Downton Abbey Series 4 (Season 4) Christmas Special Recap: Two Lords a-Leaping!

Downton Abbey Season 4 episode 9, 4.09The Crawley family and their devoted staff are back in Downton Abbey Season 4, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Naz's recaps when Season 4 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note for U.S. Viewers: Last night's episode of Downton Abbey was aired as “Episode 8” on PBS but originally aired as “Episode 9,” or “the Christmas Special,” in the U.K. in December, when this recap was first posted.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's season finale/Christmas special, 4x09. Enjoy!

And we’re finally here! The two-hour Christmas special that will (hopefully) tie up some loose ends (who will Mary end up with?) and give us a nice, uplifting ending to the season. Yes, I’m holding out hope that we won’t have anyone dying at the end of this season!

We start eight months after we left off, with Mrs. Hughes telling Daisy that the two of them will be going to London while the family’s in residence for Rose’s coming out extravaganza. Apparently, the London housekeeper has fallen ill and Mrs. Hughes has no choice but to step in and help. It’ll be fun to see Daisy in London! And Thomas is back to his bitter self, and is resenting the fact that he has to serve Tom, who if he had remained the chauffeur, would technically be beneath Thomas in the pecking order. Oy, Thomas! Seriously man. Give it up!

[Just let it go, Thomas...]

Mon
Nov 11 2013 11:32am

Downton Abbey Series 4 (Season 4), Episode 8 Recap: Pressing Engagements

Downton Abbey Series 4 castThe Crawley family and their devoted staff are back in Downton Abbey Season 4, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Naz's recaps when Season 4 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note for U.S. Viewers: Last night's episode of Downton Abbey was aired as “Episode 7” on PBS but originally aired as “Episode 8” in the U.K. in November, when this recap was first posted.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Season 4 finale, 4x08. And be sure to check in with H&H again the day after the Christmas episode airs for the final Season 4 recap. Enjoy!

Well, here we are! The final episode (not including the Christmas special, of course) of the season. We start with Mary, Tom, and Edith walking over to check on the pigs. Mr. Drewe (the farmer who borrowed money from Robert to…er…pay Robert back for back rent on his farm) is taking care of the pigs and apparently, he’s doing a great job. Mary and Tom ask him to take on the management of this new farming venture permanently, and he agrees. He thanks them for giving him this opportunity and promises to return the favor if and when they need it.

Violet seems to be feeling better, but she’s going a bit stir-crazy sitting at home all day, so Isobel, who’s stopped by to check on her, suggests they take a walk over to the Abbey in the afternoon and enquire after Robert’s adventures in America. In a bit of expository explanation, we find out about the “Teapot Dome Scandal,” which is what Cora’s brother is involved in. In a nutshell, the scandal involved the U.S. Secretary of the Interior leasing out the naval oil reserves in Teapot Dome, Wyoming, to a private oil company without going through the process of asking for competitive bids. There was an investigation, and the Secretary (who had gotten quite rich from the scheme) ended up in prison. For the purposes of our story, Cora’s brother is involved with one of the private companies. Violet, not surprisingly, is not a fan of Harold’s.

[How will the regular season end?...]

Mon
Nov 4 2013 10:36am

Downton Abbey Season 4 (Series 4), Episode 7 Recap: Like Pigs in ....

Jack Ross and Rose in Downton Abbey Season 4 episode 7

The Crawley family and their devoted staff are back in Downton Abbey Season 4, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Naz's recaps when Season 4 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note for U.S. Viewers: Last night's episode of Downton Abbey was aired as “Episode 6” on PBS but originally aired as “Episode 7” in the U.K. in November, when this recap was first posted.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's episode, 4x07. Enjoy!

The episode starts with crazy morning activity downstairs. These are the times when we get a feel for what it’s like to run such a huge house. As the camera pans through the different sections, we end up in Mrs. Hughes’ office where Bates lets her know that Robert is planning to go to America…like, today. Apparently, Robert received a telegram from Cora’s mother urging him to come and help Harold with his Senate hearing.

Bates doesn’t want to go because he doesn’t want to abandon Anna. So, Mrs. Hughes appeals to Mary to see if it’s okay for Bates to stay, and in typical Mary fashion, she tells her that while they are good employers, they “expect to get what we pay for,” and that since Bates’ role in the house is to be Robert’s valet, then he needs to do his job. When Mrs. Hughes tells her that this is a special circumstance, Mary insists on knowing all the details. I guess Hughes tells her, because we see Mary in Robert’s room telling him that Bates simply can’t go with him to America, and that he should take Thomas. Good job, Mary! I’m glad she redeemed her hoity comment about getting what they pay for with this. She even makes a joke about how Thomas would love to go on the trip, what with all those handsome stewards strolling around the ship’s decks! Anyway, obviously, Bates realizes that Mary knows, but she tells him that it’s not his fault, nor is it Anna’s. I’m glad a member of the family knows now. If only she would find out that it was Green!

[Keep looking into it, Mary, won't you?...]

Mon
Oct 28 2013 10:33am

Downton Abbey Season 4 (Series 4), Episode 6 Recap: Birthday Surprises

Earl Grantham and his countess in Downton Abbey 4.06

The Crawley family and their devoted staff are back in Downton Abbey Series 4, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Naz's recaps when Season 4 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note for U.S. Viewers: Last night's episode of Downton Abbey was aired as “Episode 5” on PBS but originally aired as “Episode 6” in the U.K. in October, when this recap was first posted.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's episode, 4x06. Enjoy!

We start the episode with Daisy happily giving Alfred preferential treatment at the breakfast table because he’s staying at Downton. Upstairs, Mary tells Anna that Evelyn and his boss, Mr. Blake, are coming to stay in a few days, and that she’s looking forward to learning how to manage the estate better from them. She also asks Anna if everything is “sorted out” now that Anna’s moved back to the cottage and looks a bit better, and Anna tells her that things are not all better, but they’re getting there. It still amazes me how no-one pressed Anna to tell them what was wrong. The infamous British stiff upper lip and all that, I suppose! Bates is “brooding” (as he puts it), but at least the two of them are smiling at each other again.

Meanwhile, Robert has received a letter from America, and apparently, “Uncle Harold” (Cora’s brother) has made a bad investment (involving oil leases) and is in a bit of trouble. I can’t wait for him to show up at Downton! We all know that the incomparable Paul Giamatti has the role, so it’s definitely going to be something to look forward to!

[Every family needs a crazy Uncle Harold...]

Mon
Oct 21 2013 10:29am

Downton Abbey Season 4 (Series 4), Episode 5 Recap: Secrets Revealed!

Mr. Bates and Anna in Downton Abbey Season 4The Crawley family and their devoted staff are back in Downton Abbey Series 4, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Naz's recaps when Season 4 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note for U.S. Viewers: Last night's episode of Downton Abbey was aired as “Episode 4” on PBS but originally aired as “Episode 5” in the U.K. in October, when this recap was first posted.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's episode, 4x05. Enjoy!

This week’s episode begins with Mr. Bates walking out of his home, alone. We see Anna back in her room at the Abbey, trying to compose herself, and applying makeup to cover up the bruise under her eye. She walks down to the servants’ hall and sees Bates waiting for her. She tells him that it’s not necessary for him to wait every morning, and he tells her it is, because his “life was perfect, and then in a space of one day, it is nothing.” They’re interrupted by Miss Baxter, the new ladies’ maid, and for about a minute, are back to their old selves: talking about the new hired help, and wondering why such a nice person is friends with Thomas. And then, Anna shuts down again and walks away. This is absolutely heartbreaking.

[Just hang in there, Anna and Bates...]

Mon
Oct 14 2013 10:03am

Downton Abbey Season 4 (Series 4), Episode 4 Recap: Staying Silent, Speaking Up

Gary Carr and Rose in Downton Abbey Season 4

The Crawley family and their devoted staff are back in Downton Abbey Series 4, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Naz's recaps when Season 4 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note for U.S. Viewers: Tonight's episode of Downton Abbey was aired as “Episode 3” on PBS but originally aired as “Episode 4” in the U.K. in October, when this recap was first posted.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's episode, 4x04. Enjoy!

Author's Note: I just want to let everyone know that watching this week’s episode was extremely difficult due to the current plotline involving Anna. It is a horrific storyline, and while the show is handling it in a realistic manner, it is not easy to watch. Please be kind in your comments to this post, and keep in mind the incredibly sensitive and delicate nature of this turn of events. Thank you.

Well, like most of you, my biggest concern was how the situation with Anna was going to play out. The episode starts with her walking somberly to the Abbey without Bates. He’s very confused and worried that he’s done something to upset her, but of course, she’s avoiding him, and telling him that nothing’s wrong.

[Oh, my heart...]

Mon
Oct 7 2013 10:24am

Downton Abbey Season 4 (Series 4), Episode 3 Recap: Bust a Move

Tom Branson dances in Downton Abbey Season 4 episode 3The Crawley family and their devoted staff are back in Downton Abbey Series 4, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Naz's recaps when Season 4 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note for U.S. Viewers: Tonight's episode of Downton Abbey was aired as “Episode 2” on PBS but originally aired as “Episode 3” in the U.K. in September, when this recap was first posted.

Also, before you go, be sure to enter our Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Sweepstakes!

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's episode. Enjoy!

The episode starts with a bevy of guests arriving for the house party. There’s an Anthony Foyle…er…now Lord Gillingham who Robert refers to as “the pirate.” Oh look! Gregson’s there. He seems a bit overwhelmed with all the “old money” folks at the house. Tom’s cornered by some tiresome old lady who asks him about Sybil, and of course, Violet overhears and comments that “Tom’s small talk is very small indeed.” Robert actually defends Tom and says that, “not everyone can be Oscar Wilde.” And of course, Violet doesn’t miss a step and quips back, “that’s a relief!” Oh Violet! When are you going to accept Tom as part of the family? I’m suspecting never!

Well, downstairs is a bevy of activity. Mr. Carson is worried that the ten guests don’t have enough staff with them (only three maids and two valets! Imagine that! Snicker) They’re gossiping about all the guests, and it turns out that Lady Raven has fallen on bad times and lost her fortune. She’s now living in “some dingy little house, north of the Park.”

[Never doubt your servants know alllll your secrets...]

Mon
Sep 30 2013 10:43am

Downton Abbey Season 4 (Series 4), Episode 2 Recap: Proof of Documentation

Robert in Downton Abbey Series 4 episode 2Continued from the Episode 1 recap here...

The Crawley family and their devoted staff are back in Downton Abbey Series 4, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Naz's recaps when Season 4 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note for U.S. Viewers: The season premiere of Downton Abbey as aired on PBS tonight was two hours long. In the UK they were shown as Episode 1 and Episode 2, so be sure you've read Naz's recap of the first half of tonight's episode (originally posted to H&H in September) before moving on to the recap below. Plus, before you go, be sure to enter our Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Sweepstakes!

******DOWNTON ABBEY 4.02 SPOILERS BELOW******

This week’s episode starts out with the news that Gwen is married. Remember Gwen from the first season? The one who went off to be a secretary? I hope she comes over for a visit! Edna’s started her job as Cora’s new maid. She’s going to be trouble. I just know it. Thomas is already trying to get on her good side. Of course he is. He probably recognized the potential for a new partner in crime. Anna warns Edna to be careful around Thomas, but I don’t think she’s going to listen. Oh yeah. This is not going to go well at all.

A box arrives from Matthew’s old office addressed to Mary. Mrs. Hughes worries that there might be something in it that could upset Mary, so she suggests that Mr. Carson have someone else see it first. Of course, that someone else is going to be Robert. It’s so sad, you guys! Robert opens the box and the first thing he pulls out is the little stuffed toy Mary gave to Matthew as a good-luck charm when he went off to war. Sniff.

[Way to rub salt in our wounds, show...]

Mon
Sep 23 2013 10:44am

Downton Abbey Season 4 (Series 4), Episode 1 Recap: Taking the Black

Mary in Downton Abbey Series 4 episode 1The wait is finally over (for U.K. viewers, anyway). The Crawley family and their devoted staff are back in Downton Abbey Series 4. We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

(U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Naz's recaps when Season 4 airs on PBS beginning in January.)

Note for U.S. Viewers: The season premiere of Downton Abbey as aired on PBS tonight was two hours long. In the UK they were shown as Episode 1 and Episode 2, so for Naz's recap of the second half of tonight's episode (originally posted to H&H in September), check out her recap of Episode 2 here. Plus, before you go, be sure to enter our Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Sweepstakes!

******DOWNTON ABBEY 4.01 SPOILERS BELOW******

Well, here we go. It was a bittersweet episode, but I feel that they handled the aftermath of Matthew’s death very realistically.

You can tell things are going a different direction this season just by the opening. Unlike past seasons, there is no beautiful montage of activity at Downton while the actors’ names are displayed. We start in the dead of night, Downton, a shadowy prospect against a gray sky. Someone is packing a suitcase in the dark, leaving notes, and walking through passageways on quick feet. There’s a baby crying, and Mary’s lying alone in her bed, unable to sleep, as the camera focuses on a picture of her and Matthew on their wedding day.

[Ow ow ow, my heart...]

Thu
Sep 19 2013 1:30pm

Downton Abbey Season 4 Speculation, Upstairs and Downstairs

The cast of Downton Abbey Series 4 aka Season 4Downton Abbey Series 4 starts on Sunday, September 22, on BBC in the UK, and on January 5, 2014, on PBS in the US. Like most of you, I can’t wait to see what happens. After last season’s (miserable and miserably depressing) finale, I’m hoping that we get some juicy plots and new love-pairings (triangles and quadrangles are also welcome too).

(Before we dive into the speculation, be sure you're caught up and have watched the Downton Season 4/Series 4 trailer!)

Of course, the number-one issue on everyone’s mind is going to be how Mary copes with Matthew’s loss. Actually, how everyone copes with it. Poor Isobel! She’s all alone in the world now. And what about Baby!Crawley? The wee-little heir started his life in the midst of a massively tragic event! Other than that, I really want to know what’s going to happen to Thomas. I kinda fell in love with him a little bit last season, and hope that his new (semi) benevolent streak continues. You never know. He might slip back into his old habits. And speaking of evil people, who’s going to be the new resident meany now that O’Brien’s gone?

[Now there's a good question...]

Fri
Jan 18 2013 4:30pm

Fringe’s Series Finale: Only You

Fringe's Peter Bishop, Olivia Dunham, and Walter Bishop.

Reader Beware: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Fringe, and includes speculation on tonight's series finale.

I’m a geek. I’ve always loved sci-fi and fantasy stories, and will watch basically any show or movie that has the promise of a hint of either genre.  So I naturally gravitated towards Fringe—but waited until the end of season one before I began watching. Why? Because like a lot of people, I felt betrayed by Lost. Did I really want to immerse myself, and emotionally invest, in yet another mythology-laden show, which wasn’t really about what it said it was about, and would leave me with frustratingly unanswered questions in the end? But being the geek that I am, I gave in, and about four episodes into the first season, I was completely hooked.

[I have a feeling you're going to get us hooked pretty soon, too!]

Wed
Dec 26 2012 1:43pm

Downton Abbey Season 3 (Series 3) Christmas Special Recap: Highest Highs and Lowest Lows

Downton Abbey Series 3, episode 9 Christmas Special RecapLast night's Christmas Special is the last episode of Downton Abbey Season 3. Enjoy the recap, and check back at H&H for Downton Abbey Series 4/Season 4 news, speclation, and recaps!

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Editor's note: Do not read this recap unless you've seen the episode or are willing to be thoroughly spoiled.

Need a refresher? Don't miss Naz Keynejad's recaps of the Series 3/Season 3 premiereepisode 3.02episode 3.03episode 3.04episode 3.05episode 3.06, episode 3.07, and episode 3.08And now, onto the recap for the Downton Abbey Series 3 finale, episode 9, the Christmas Special:

The episode starts a year later, as the family is taking off to go on a trip to “Shrimpie’s” estate (Duneagle Castle) in Scotland.

[Family time with the Crawleys, all right!...]

Mon
Nov 5 2012 1:37pm

Downton Abbey Season 3 (Series 3), Episode 8 Recap: Lying, Love, and Loose Ends

Mr. Carson and Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey series 3 episode 8Season 3 finale Part 2

Please note: The Season 3 premiere and last night's Season 3 finale were both two hours—or two episodes—long on PBS, but aired as individual episodes when they originally aired in the UK last fall. So last night's episode was known as Episode 6 on PBS but was episodes 7 and 8 in the UK when these recaps were originally written. Apologies for any confusion.

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Editor's note: If you are spoiled for events beyond this episode, please do NOT post those spoilers in the comments—this recap is the place to discuss what has happened through this episode and no further. Series 3 aired in the fall in the U.K. and is airing now as Season 3 in the U.S.

Need a refresher? Don't miss Naz Keynejad's recaps of the Series 3 premiereepisode 3.02episode 3.03episode 3.04episode 3.05episode 3.06, and last week's episode 3.07And now, onto the recap for the Downton Abbey Series 3 finale, episode 8:

This was a fun episode, but I don’t feel that it packed enough of a punch for a finale.  I know there’s a Christmas special as well, so maybe they’re saving some of it for that episode.

[Maybe this one's just to tide us over?...]

Mon
Oct 29 2012 11:27am

Downton Abbey Season 3 (Series 3), Episode 7 Recap: Advances Made

Anna in Downton Abbey series 3

Season 3 finale Part 1

Please note: The Season 3 premiere and last night's Season 3 finale were both two hours—or two episodes—long on PBS, but aired as individual episodes when they originally aired in the UK last fall. So last night's episode was known as Episode 6 on PBS but was episodes 7 and 8 in the UK when these recaps were originally written. Apologies for any confusion.

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Editor's note: If you are spoiled for events beyond this episode, please do NOT post those spoilers in the comments—this recap is the place to discuss what has happened through this episode and no further. Series 3 aired in the fall in the U.K. and is airing now as Season 3 in the U.S.

Need a refresher? Don't miss Naz Keynejad's recaps of the Series 3 premiereepisode 3.02episode 3.03episode 3.04, episode 3.05, and last week's episode 3.06And now, onto the recap for Downton Abbey Season 3, episode 7:

This has to be the episode where we get some resolution to a bunch of outstanding plot lines.

[And? Is it?...]

Mon
Oct 22 2012 11:49am

Downton Abbey Season 3 (Series 3), Episode 6 Recap: Intimate Moments

Downton Abbey’s Mrs. Patmore and EthelPlease note: Since the U.S. premiere of Season 3 was two hours—or two episodes—long on PBS, this episode is known as Episode 5 in the U.S. but Episode 6 in the U.K., where it first aired last fall.

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Editor's note: Do not read this recap unless you've seen the episode or are willing to be thoroughly spoiled. If you are spoiled for events beyond this episode, please do NOT post those spoilers in the comments—this recap is the place to discuss what has happened through this episode and no further. Series 3 aired in the U.K. last fall and is airing as Season 3 in the U.S. now.

Need a refresher? Don't miss Naz Keynejad's recaps of the Series 3 premiereepisode 3.02episode 3.03episode 3.04, and last week's episode 3.05 And now, onto the recap for Downton Abbey Series 3, episode 6:

After last week’s unbelievably sad episode, I’m ready for something a little uplifting this week.

[We know what you mean...]

Mon
Oct 15 2012 12:32pm

Downton Abbey Season 3 (Series 3), Episode 5 Recap: Doctors’ Orders

Mary and Edith in Downton Abbey Season 3Please note: Since the U.S. premiere of Season 3 was two hours—or two episodes—long on PBS, this episode is known as Episode 4 in the U.S. but Episode 5 in the U.K., where it first aired last fall.

**********SPOILERS*********

Editor's note: Do not read this recap unless you've seen the episode or are willing to be thoroughly spoiled. If you are spoiled for events beyond this episode, please do NOT post those spoilers in the comments—this recap is the place to discuss what has happened through this episode and no further. Series 3 aired in fall 2012 in the U.K. and is airing as Season 3 in the U.S. now.

Need a refresher? Don't miss Naz Keynejad's recaps of the Season 3 premiereepisode 3.02, episode 3.03, and last week's episode 3.04. And now, onto the recap for Downton Abbey Series 3, episode 5:

Author’s note: This week’s recap is not as linear as it usually is, and some scenes are out of order. As you read, I hope you’ll understand why I chose to write it this way. I felt it was the only way to really delve into what is perhaps, one of the most intense episodes of Downton Abbey yet.

[In a good way or a bad way? Eeep!...]

Mon
Oct 8 2012 11:34am

Downton Abbey Season 3 (Series 3), Episode 4 Recap: Burning Bridges, Burning Toast

Bates in Downton Abbey Season 3**********SPOILERS*********

Editor's note: Do not read this recap unless you've seen the episode or are willing to be thoroughly spoiled. If you are spoiled for events beyond this episode, please do NOT post those spoilers in the comments—this recap is the place to discuss what has happened through this episode and no further.

Need a refresher? Don't miss Naz Keynejad's recaps of the Season 3 premiereepisode 3.02, and last week's episode 3.03. And now, onto the recap for Downton Abbey Series 3, episode 4:

This week’s episode starts on a pretty somber note:  Anna is sad because Bates isn’t writing to her, and Bates looks absolutely miserable because he has no letters from Anna. Not only that, but the prison isn’t allowing Bates to have any visitors, so our favorite couple haven’t seen each other in quite some time. Anna’s worried that Bates “is trying to be gallant,” and letting her “find a new life without him.” Oh, poor Anna!  Why can’t these two get a break?

[No, really, why can't they?!...]

Mon
Oct 1 2012 4:08pm

Downton Abbey Season 3 (Series 3), Episode 3: Happy Ending for One, Unhappy Ending for Another

Mary and Matthew in Downton Abbey 3.03**********SPOILERS*********

Editor's note: Do not read this recap unless you've seen the episode or are willing to be thoroughly spoiled. If you are spoiled for events beyond this episode, please do NOT post those spoilers in the comments—this recap is the place to discuss what has happened through this episode and no further. Series 3 is airing now in the U.K. and will air as Season 3 in the U.S. beginning in January.

Need a refresher? Don't miss Naz Keynejad's recap of the Series 3 premiere and last week's episode 3.02. And now, onto the recap for Downton Abbey Series 3, episode 3:

Oh how lovely! The episode starts with the house getting ready for Edith’s wedding. Finally, Edith is getting a happy ending. Even she is shocked, saying, “I still can’t believe it! Something happening in this house is actually about me.” Yeah, seriously! It’s about time.

And, look! Sybil and Branson are back! Yay!

[Fun with Sybil, Branson & co....]

Mon
Sep 24 2012 12:01pm

Downton Abbey Season 3 (Series 3), Episode 2 Recap: Poor Crawleys!

Edith in Downton Abbey Season 3We begin this episode with Mary and Matthew coming back from their lovely honeymoon in the South of France, where apparently, Matthew’s “eyes have been opened.” Giggle. We have the two “grannies” barely being civil to each other at dinner, with Martha harping on how old fashioned and backwards the rest of the family is, and poor Violet trying to figure out how to stop her from, you know, talking. It’s awesome to see these formidable old dames going at it like this.

(Need to catch up? Don't miss Naz's recap of the Downton Abbey Season 3 premiere!)

Oh hey! Look at this! Matthew’s calling Lord G. by his first name. Huh. I guess when you’re the newly minted son-in-law you can forego certain formalities! Any way, he tells “Robert” about the whole business with Reggie’s will and the oodles of money that might come to him. At first, Lord G. doesn’t understand Matthew’s hesitance to accept the money, but once he makes his case about how he broke Lavinia’s heart, Lord G. relents. May I just say, while this is very noble of Matthew and all, it’s really not very practical. I mean, yes, he’s being very honorable, but this isn’t a romance novel, Matthew! It’s real life! Okay...I’m fine now. Moving on with the rest of the story.

Meanwhile, Violet and Mary are trying to figure out how in the world all the money was lost, and see if they can find another “untapped” revenue source to rescue Downton.

[If anyone can find a way...]

Mon
Sep 17 2012 12:19pm

Downton Abbey Season 3 (Series 3), Episode 1 Recap: Will Mary Marry?

The dowager countess and Mary CrawleyThey’re back! Are you ready for the intrigues and entanglements of the Crawley family, and their motley crew of devoted servants? Well, you won’t be disappointed with Downton Abbey Season 3's series premiere!

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We left the family at the end of season 2 with Matthew asking Mary to marry him, and we begin season 3 with them gathered in church for the wedding rehearsal. It seems that Sybil and Branson won’t be attending because they can’t afford it (grrr), and Lord Grantham refuses to help them, saying that it would basically cause an uproar in the community if the former chauffeur attended Lady Mary’s wedding. Of course, Mrs. Crawley objects to Matthew about this, and insists that Lord G. is creating “a problem where none exists,” saying that the county just has to get used to the idea that the Earl’s daughter ran off with the chauffeur.

[Because, well, that happens...]