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Originally posted 02/24/2014 10:00AM
In the Downton Abbey season finale, the Crawleys are having a ball – literally!
The show has fast-forwarded eight months to 1923 and Cousin Rose is coming out into society. The whole family and most of the staff have left the Abbey for Grantham House in London, where Rose stirs the pot, Mary juggles suitors and Edith has returned from Switzerland, no longer pregnant, but gloomy as ever.
Adding to the mix are Lady Cora's mother (Shirley MacLaine) and brother Harold (Paul Giamatti), fresh from the Teapot Dome scandal and reluctantly touring the continent with his mother.
Originally posted 02/17/2014 12:10PM
Rose asks the women of Downton Abbey.
Yes, love is in the air at Downton, and there's no better place to show it off than at the church bazaar. While Lord Grantham is in America helping Cora's brother out of jam (which history knows as the Teapot Dome Scandal), Cora manages to stage an elaborate fundraiser for the church, complete with games, drinks, bunting and plenty of gossip.
Here are 7 quotes to remember from this season's penultimate episode:
1. It's not exactly news to Mary, given that Tom Branson saw Rose and Jack Ross out on the town together, and she's not very happy about the match, which seems driven less by true love than by Rose's desire to retaliate against her hated mother. ("I want to see her face crumble!") Concerned about the engagement, Mary heads to London to petition Ross, who is surprisingly receptive and agrees not to marry Rose, but for a different reason entirely: He loves her, and doesn’t want to ruin her life with the complications of an interracial marriage. A surprisingly tolerant Mary understands, but adds, "To be fair to papa, he would find you being a bandleader harder to swallow than your color."
Originally posted 02/10/2014 11:55AM
Shocking, but true: Lady Mary got down and dirty on the Feb. 9 episode of Downton Abbey , but it was Rose and Edith who had far darker secrets to conceal.
Here are seven of Sunday's more memorable quotes, as the passive-aggressive Downton drama unfolded:
1. While Mary and Mr. Blake revealed an instant, though superficially courteous, dislike for each other, things quickly heated up as Blake soon realized that Mary isn't just another aloof aristocrat. When the two went to inspect the estate's newly arrived pigs, he realizes the poor animals are dehydrated and on the verge of dying. When he suggests Mary leave so he can save the pigs, she balks, "I'm not going, they're my pigs!" Working side by side, the two – dressed in their dinner-at-Downton best – spend hours carting buckets of water through the mud to save the pigs, finally lightening the tension (on every level) by breaking into a mud fight. Returning to the house, Mary cooks up some scrambled eggs – further impressing Blake – and thanks him: And thus is a new flame ignited.
Originally posted 02/03/2014 11:00AM
An estimated 100 million viewers tuned in to watch the battle between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos at the Super Bowl. But if you chose FOX over PBS on Sunday night, here's everything you need to know about the state of the Crawleys, in seven classic quotes:
1. said a candid Lady Edith to her father, who protests, "I love all my children equally." Not willing to be comforted by Lord Grantham when he stumbles upon her having a good cry in the parlor, Edith seems to have given up the life of a lady journalist in favor of tearfully skulking around Downton. She has a good reason for her tears, though: Not only has her married paramour, Michael Gregson, gone M.I.A. in Munich, but she received a letter confirming that she is (gulp!) pregnant.
2. noted Dr. Clarkson when he was called in to back up Isobel Crawley, who's made it her mission to get the wrongfully accused under-gardener Pegg his job back. What Clarkson witnessed instead was Isobel's good intentions served back to her on a silver platter by Violet, the Dowager Countess. As it turns out, once Violet had realized her mistake with Pegg, she had immediately tracked him down, re-hired him and, perhaps most shocking of all, apologized. As the good doctor said, Violet did indeed win that round, which hopefully won't damage Isobel's new-found verve (since, as Violet noted, "she runs on indignation").
Originally posted 01/27/2014 12:45PM
Skipped this week's episode of Downton Abbey to watch the Grammy Awards? Find out what happened with our recap in seven quotes. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.)
1. "Well, it's in the open. No more secrets."
After a grueling couple of episodes in which Anna avoids Bates at all costs, Bates bullies Mrs. Hughes into telling him the truth, and, just like that, the secret is finally out in the open. While Anna and Mrs. Hughes conspire to throw Bates off the scent by insisting that Lord Gillingham's valet, Green, wasn't the attacker, Bates does not buy it. While he and Anna work on their relationship – and Anna moves back into the house – at the end of the episode, Bates ominously growls, “Nothing's over and done with.”
Originally posted 01/20/2014 12:35PM
There was a pall cast over Downton after the dark events of last week's episode. Fortunately, to lift the spirits, this week brought a trip to London, a surprising and modest proposal, dancing at the Lotus Club and the comeuppance of a certain conniving maid.
Here, in seven quotes, is everything you need to know about Sunday night's episode of Downton Abbey:
Originally posted 01/13/2014 11:45AM
While you were watching the Golden Globes, Downton Abbey was having a house party – a regal, riotous, weekend-long marathon of poker games, opera performances, formal dinners, and shocking revelations sure to reshape the remainder of the season.
Seven key takeaways from last night's gala event (warning, spoilers ahead):
1. Sullen Lady Mary Has a New Suitor. When an old family friend, Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen), attends the party, the sullen Lady Mary finds herself possibly, maybe having a tiny bit of fun. On a horse ride, the two bond over the burdens of death and taxes. While Gillingham is technically engaged to a woman chosen for him by his parents, he seems rather smitten with Mary, even after she runs away in tears after realizing she was dancing to music played on a gramophone that belonged to her beloved Matthew.
Originally posted 01/06/2014 12:00PM
Downton Abbey is back, and the premiere episode should have been called "Downton in the Dumps."
Originally posted 01/05/2014 11:30AM
My plan to write and post a review of the new season of Downton Abbey (PBS Masterpiece, Sunday, 9 p.m. ET/PT) was superseded by a surprise: I received an advance copy of Downton's memoirs, dictated by the estate to a ghostwriter named Andrew David Stelmley.
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