Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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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 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Carson makes the remark that the new footman, Alfred, thought he was serving dinner at the Hotel Metropole. He no doubt was referring to the 5 star Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo, famous for serving royalty at the time. See more »


Carson tells Alfred that a footman should not be over 6 feet 1 inch tall. While Matt Milne who plays Afred is 6 feet 5 inches tall, William the footman was played by 6 foot 3 inch tall Thomas Howes. See more »


John Bates: [concerning Anna's unceasing efforts on his behalf] Haven't you anything better to do?
Anna Bates: I have not because I'd rather work to get you free than dine with the King at Buckingham Palace.
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Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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Downton Abbey Episode #1
16 September 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Back to Downton in the and it is the booming spring of 1920 England. We get back and the plans for the marriage of Mary/Thomas is underway, also it seems Bates has his enemies and supporters. Also Sybill may not come to the wedding as flights were to expensive for someone back then when your husband worked as a driver. New employees are coming in but as everyone knows when a new character is introduced to work they usually do something bad that's gets them fired from the force. Downton is facing some money problems and it seems Robert Crawley is not OK with this, will we lose our special Downton, only if he can find away to save it as Cora no longer has any money. Well the worst sister Lady Edith is still around as I forgot she was still on the show, as she is very under used. At the dinner party we get to have some more of Violet's one lines and of the funniest comes at the expense of Cora's mother. Jokes about the new footman's height must be made and it seems as usual the new guy is the but of all the jokes. The next day Sybill returns with her husband to Downton and the men are unhappy while the women do a much better job at hiding their unhappiness. The dinner of awkwardness continues as no one wants to hear what Sybill's husband has to say. The Crawley's can be very mean especially when they do not respect him because they feel he married into class. Daisy is a winy woman as all she has she still finds some way to complain about things she does not have. At this point the tone has gotten very dramatic with all the cat fighting and worries about the future, it seems we may not got any laughs only when Violet uses her skills of comedic timing. Anna is not giving up on Bates so she has a theory I feel will play out all season, that she thinks someone else knew of his ex-wife's death. This week we get a lot of small moments with characters who over the last two seasons have developed the relationships that make the show what it is to me. Another party and Tom is unhappy with people picking on him about his views on the world. Just when it seems Tom did not fit in we find out that they actually really do like him and Matthew is looking out for him being married to a Crawley girls as well. Bates may have become more violent locked up in that prison so that's what makes me wonder if he gets out of if he survives what will Anna think of the new Bates. Tom comes to meet Violet and it seems she can forgive him by giving him a new coat. New music plays and we get are first introduction of Shirley MacLaine playing Cora's mother, who makes a great first impression showing us that we need an American to cause some dramatic trouble. Thomas now knows of the troubles of Downton and he will not use what he has to save them and Mary is not a fan of how he is acting, not the best way to act the day before your wedding. Anna and Bates together is less and less because she will barely see him as Prison times are hard to figure. Smith and MacLaine together for the first time is a great scene as the two are great comedians and these two characters were created to clash against each other. Mary is having a hard time especially since she may not be able to survive without her money unlike her sister. Just when the wedding plans were going bad a kiss between the two mixed with the music makes me love the way Julian writes love scenes. Wedding Day and the wedding dress is stunning especially for the time the show is based in. It seems when the audience waits for a wedding the whole town cannot wait too. The production of the whole episode including costume design, hairstyling and much more were fantastic. So excited it is back.

EPISODE GRADE: B+ (MVP: Michelle Dockery)

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