Rewatched Episode 1 of Downton Abbey last night (OF COURSE). A question popped up that I hadn't wondered about before.
Mary and the Duke went wandering around the servant quarters "exploring" (because the Duke wanted to find the letters he had written to Thomas). The only person that I can recall who saw them was Bates . . . who, one would think, would NEVER reveal that he had seen them. All of a sudden at dinner, Lady Edith mentions that they were snooping around in the servant quarters.
How did she know? Did I miss something?
Well that's it for season 3 of Downton (in the UK) -- but there will be a special Christmas episode, just like last year. And then the whole thing runs on PBS early next year so we can all talk about it! :lol
:lolClick to see Spoiler:"Lady Grantham's soap."
Looking forward to the Christmas special next month, although I think it might be more like a stand-alone episode than last year's.
Click to see Spoiler:Since pretty much all of the major storylines were wrapped up, I think this year's episode will feel more like a lead-in to next season. Maybe they'll leave us with some teasers for season 4. :shrug
I can't believe that the show can still make me feel sorry for Thomas after all the terrible things he does to people. I really had to remind myself that Carson's ideas about homosexuality were very common back then and I tried to NOT let them affect how much I really do love that character. I had to laugh at his horror over anyone thinking he could possibly be a liberal. As if anyone would think that!
I liked that so many people countered Carson's homophobia by saying that they already knew Thomas was gay. I was also happy that Robert treated him as well as he did. Bates is kicking himself that his attempt to be kind resulted in Thomas being his superior, but Bates wouldn't be Bates if he stood by and let Thomas be tossed into the street without even a reference. I'm sure Bates will regret his kindness even more next season! I love seeing Bates and Anna just being a normal couple together. So nice after all the prison drama.
I don't want Edith to end up a lonely spinster, but I also don't want her to end up with that editor if it's going to be a "Mr. Rochester with a crazy wife he can't get rid of" scenario. She deserves better.
Happy that Ethel got a bit of a happy ending. She won't get Charlie back, but at least she can see him and be a part of his life.
I love that Robert is finally starting to appreciate Branson and see that he does have things to contribute to the running of Downton. Seeing him in his cricket whites was like a show of his transition to part of the family. Such a dramatic difference from season 1. I'm sure his brother would be horrified.
The only downside to watching all the Downton episodes early is that now I have even longer to wait for season 4 than most US viewers!
I'm torn between watching the season over again, or waiting until January, when the UK Blu-Ray/DVD of season 3 comes out. Those are usually region-free, and the episodes are unedited, unlike the US/PBS discs. (I'm sure the US discs won't come out until after the season is done here)
I was so relieved to hear that Maggie Smith seems to be okay after her emergency visit to the hospital with chest pains.
Heard that Mrs. Obama's favorite show is Downton Abbey. She was needing to get a dose of it so badly that she got in touch with the people who made the show and they sent her an advanced copy of the season that is starting in January.....with the stipulation that she not talk to anybody about it!
Funny, although there are spoilers all over the place online since the show (save the Christmas episode) has already aired, so it's not like the season is a secret or anything!