Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 1

Episode #3.1 (6 Jan. 2013)

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Spring of 1920. Wedding guests descend on Downton Abbey, where disasters threaten. One of which is Cora's freewheeling American mother, who tries to loosen up her in-laws.



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Spring 1920:- Mary and Matthew's wedding is fast approaching. O'Brien fixes for her nephew Alfred, a former hotel waiter, to be the new footman though Carson finds him inefficient whilst Daisy is annoyed that, in view of the amount of cooking she does, she is still a kitchen maid and has not been promoted. Anna finds a list of all Vera's contacts and tells John she intends to write to them to discover if any of them found her suicidal. Robert, meanwhile, finds the future of Downton Abbey at risk due to money problems but Matthew annoys Mary by refusing a legacy left him by Lavinia's father. Sybil and Tom Branson arrive from Ireland - paid for by Violet - but Tom's new situation causes some awkwardness,largely for himself and the officious Carson, though he is supported by the Crawleys. When Tom appears drunk and vocal at dinner, Edith's gentlemanly admirer Sir Anthony exposes snobbish guest Larry Grey as having drugged him and Matthew asks Tom to be his best man. Tom reciprocates by ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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6 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The times, they are a changing - Lord Crawley's bad investments have depleted Cora's money! The new son-in-law was their chauffeur, and he's Irish, and he doesn't have formal dinner clothes! Her parents don't approve of Edith's love for an older man (although he does have a title and he's rich, duh). No one likes Cora's brash American mother, except all of us Americans! Downton Abbey is back, with our beloved old friends and a few new (tall) faces. Just as impressive, engrossing and entertaining as ever, with all the happy/sad story lines we've come to expect. The acting is brilliant, the costumes and the Castle are amazing, and it's as good as ever. Who will rescue Downton Abbey? Mrs. Levinson? No, her money's not as liquid as we thought. Matthew, with his inheritance from poor Lavinia's father? No, he says it would be criminal to accept it (duh, again). Perhaps Edith's fiancé? Tune in next week because we can't wait to find out what happens, to Bates (who has a scary new cell mate), to Mrs. Hughes, even to Molesley (who looks exactly like my ex-husband). I LOVE this show!

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