Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #3.3 

The fate of Downton Abbey hinges on a letter from a dead man. Edith and Sir Anthony face their own fateful moment. Mrs. Hughes confronts a crisis.



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The feud continues between O'Brien and Thomas, who suggests that the ladies' maid intends leaving. Carson suspects that Mrs Hughes is unwell and tricks Mrs Patmore into confirming the cancer and, in a misguided effort to help, informs Cora. Anna visits a friend of Vera, Mrs Bartlett, though she offers no fresh evidence whilst, John falls foul of cell-mate Craig. Mary finds a letter which could persuade Matthew to take the inheritance and save the family home. Edith prepares to marry Sir Anthony. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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13 January 2013 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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In later seasons Alfred professes a lifelong desire to be a chef. He even applies to the Ritz and gets accepted into their cooking school. Yet in this episode, he seems to hate gourmet food. After Edith is jilted at the alter, the staff gets to eat all the fancy food made for the wedding. Alfred not only makes fun of it, he refuses to eat and asks for some cheese instead. This makes no sense for someone with the lifelong desire to become a chef. See more »


Daisy Mason: [to Moseley dreading O'Brien's wrath] You're in the soup. I wouldn't be in her bad books for a gold clock.
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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 #3
1 October 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Downton seems to be going through some improvements for Lady Edith. Mr. Mosley comes into to talk about a replacement, but no one upstairs really knew. Mrs. Hughes is having medical problems and No on knows what it is. Mrs. O'Brien cannot tell her lady in waiting what is going on with her. Carson comes to ask Mrs. Patmore what is wrong with Hughes and she unknown to her tells her everything she needs to know. Robert does not want Edith to marry but it seems that her is OK with it know only to make his daughter finally happy. Of all the women and men going out Carson must have a talk with Cora were he tells her she is not well and then she tells him that Mrs. O'Brien is leaving. Anna goes to visit someone you may know something about Mrs. Bates, at the same time Bates is in a walk around in the prison. Edith's finance and Violet/Isobel in the same car does provide some enjoyment of comedy. Back from the luncheon and Isobel looks for a previous maid as she always try's to help. When someone plants something wrong in Bates bed he is able to find it before they can get to the room to look. O'Brien is surprised by what Mr. Mosley has said so she goes straight to Cora to tell her. Cora then talks to Hughes about how her illness will not effects her work. Thomas is really trying to undercut everyone as he try's to fight his way to the top of the ladder. Mary reads Matthew' letter without him knowing and he does not believe it that it actually is the letter. Mary comes down to the dinning room to learn who had posted the a letter the day she died, Daisy then says that she poster the letter. Edith's wedding day and for once she gets what she wants. Then before the wedding even starts Anthony announces he cannot go though with it and Violet helps him go as she knows it is not right. Julianne Fellows must really hate Edith not to even give her the wedding she deserves. At the end of the episode we see Mrs. Hughes go into to get her check up on the cancer. It turns out it is not cancer but something much smaller that can be got rid off, Then a song happens. Nice episode but it was missing something to make me fall head over heels with it.

EPISODE GRADE: B (MVP: Laura Carmichael)

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