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    Oh my!! That look Bates had on his face when the episode ended. He is not a man to be messed with. That Mr. Green is about to get his a$$ stomped! Better run dude!

    I am so over the kitchen help. At this point I'm hoping the Spanish flu comes back and wipes them out. I love Mrs. Patmore. I can actually relate to how she's feeling about the new technology and the younger crowd having an edge on her. Plus she's funny and has a soft heart.

    So what is up with Thomas and the new lady's maid? She seems like a decent woman and yet she's done something that he is holding over her. This seems like a better storyline then the kitchen kooks. And Thomas is so much more interesting and entertaining then most of the other characters on the show.

    I am sooooo glad that Edith didn't have an abortion. Her aunt was awesome in this episode. Exactly what an aunt should be at a time like that. Very well done.

    I can't wait to see more Shirley Mc Clain(?). If she can't make dull, boring Robert more interesting, then his return ship might as well just sink. We'll never even notice him missing.

    I am liking Mary more and more every episode. I love it!! This is one character I couldn't stand since the beginning. I have despised her for the last three seasons. I didn't like her even when she was married to Mathew. I love that they have been able to turn a character around for me.
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    ... I am liking Mary more and more every episode. I love it!! This is one character I couldn't stand since the beginning. I have despised her for the last three seasons. I didn't like her even when she was married to Mathew. I love that they have been able to turn a character around for me.
    You, are me. I knew I was in the minority but I couldn't stomach Mary and was never rooting for the Matthew/Mary coupling. Beginning to warm to her this season.

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    Mary is okay, but I'm an Edith fan. I feel for her now and am anxious to know how her situation is resolved. I wonder what she and her aunt have in mind. Oh, never mind. I saw the previews for the next episode and see what they have in mind. That's really extreme though. It would be difficult to do too.

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    We're not quite done with season 4, but news is already being released about cast additions for season 5 of Downton Abbey:

    Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor Among ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 Additions

    By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor | Friday, 14 February 2014 15:27 UK

    Carnival Films and ITV have set a handful of new names to join the cast of Downton Abbey as it heads into its 5th season.

    Richard E. Grant will play Simon Bricker who visits the estate as a guest of the Granthams. Anna Chancellor (The Hour), fresh off a West End production of Private Lives, is also coming aboard in the guest role of Lady Anstruther. Rade Sherbedgia (Snatch, Taken 2) will play Russian refugee, Kuragin, who has fled the Russian revolution after World War I.

    Downton executive producer Gareth Neame said, “We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton. The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show.” Returning guest cast member Dame Harriet Walter will also reprise her role as Lady Shackleton, and Peter Egan will return as Lord Flintshire. Last season, the series added a host of actors in key roles, including bringing Paul Giamatti on for the Christmas movie.

    Season 4 of Downton saw the period drama’s strongest ever launch in the UK, with 12M viewers and a 40% share. It averaged 11.8M viewers across the run. In the U.S., its January bow hit a record high of 15M viewers. Season 5 will run for the usual eight episodes and a two-hour Christmas special. Returning stars include Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Samantha Bond, Laura Carmichael, Lily James, Allen Leech, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Rob James-Collier, Ed Speleers, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, David Robb, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift and Andrew Scarborough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debb70 View Post
    Mary is okay, but I'm an Edith fan.
    I know Mary did a lot of evil things to Edith but the one thing I just can't forgive Edith for is writing to the Turkish embassy to tell them that Permooke(sp?) died in Mary's room. That was just so disloyal to the whole family. And I really thought that something besides Mary's ruined reputation was going to come from it. Especially when Lord Grantham himself thought it possible the Turk had been poisoned. So I've never really been able to "warm up" to Edith even though I do feel sorry for her at times. This being one of them. I have been curious about the papers her boyfriend had her sign before he left. I'm worried that some how she's going to be labeled a traitor. I don't quite believe that he's trying to become German just to get a divorce.
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    I've never been able to warm up to Edith either. I've really never seen any warmth from her. I don't much like her boyfriend either though I guess I can't be appalled about his wanting to become German since in this time period, I guess fewer people were really aware of what was to happen there in a few years. On the other hand, a lot of British were not ant-Hitler in the beginning and the boyfriend, whose in the news business, might not be unaware of it or might be a sympathizer.

    I'm just speculating here, but I have to say that would not astonish me.
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    I thought the same thing Florimel when he first said he was going to become German but then Edith said something like, "You'd be willing to become one of the most hated nationality to marry me..."
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    I think Edith's comment was more about the fact that they had just fought WW1 against Germany, and not about what Germany would become in the years ahead.
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    Yes, I agree, that Edith was probably referring to WWI which had ended only a few years earlier. I'm not sure what part of the '20's they're in right now, but I think it's closer to the early years.
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    I only hope they don't drag out the Mr Green sudden death, and did Mr Bates do it..... I'm just glad that Green is gone! I like both of Mary's suitors and especially like that she isn't ready to entertain the thought of remarriage. For some unknown reason I favor Lord Gillingham.
    Edith is growing on me, her pregnancy may be as scandalous as Mary's was with the dead Turkish Ambassador scandal. We all make mistakes in life, I do think that Edith's character has learned from some of hers through out this series just as Mary did. I love that Rosalind and Granny are supportive, but I wish that somehow the sisters would begin to trust each other enough to hold such a confidence. I think they could really grow from this experience together. But, we will probably have to wait and see what Julian plans for season 5.
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