Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #3.2 

A conflict between two members of the house staff escalates. Meanwhile, the family tries to impress Martha by planning a lavish dinner party.

Director:

Brian Percival

Writer:

Julian Fellowes (written and created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lady Sybil Branson (credit only)
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson (credit only)
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason
Matt Milne ... Alfred Nugent
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Storyline

Mary and Matthew return from their honeymoon but he is still reluctant to take the Swire inheritance so the family plans to impress Martha with a lavish dinner party, entertaining locals, in the hope that she will bankroll them. When the oven breaks down, Martha saves the day with her indoor picnic but is unable to provide the financial help the family wants. A jealous Thomas sets out to sabotage Alfred and replace him with Molesley but O'Brien gets revenge by humiliating Thomas whilst Isobel, working at a charity in York to help single mothers, spots Ethel, who runs off after being recognized. Mrs Patmore accompanies a nervous Mrs Hughes to the doctor after the housekeeper finds a lump on her chest. He takes tests but the analysis will take two months and the women agree to keep it secret from other staff. Despite her father's early disapproval that he is too old for her, Edith finally gets engaged to Sir Anthony. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Goofs

Daisy has been warning Mrs Patmore that the wood stove is not functioning properly. There is a big dinner party for the evening and the guests are arriving. In the kitchen, all of a sudden Mrs Patmore is panicking because no food is ready, nothing has been cooked because the oven is not working. This is patently ridiculous. For a party that size, the kitchen would have been cooking for 2 days and 90% of the food would have been ready when the guests started arriving. See more »

Quotes

Lady Mary Crawley: [referring to their new roadsterr as they deive down the library to to Downton] Who will groan first when they see it: Granny or Papa?
Matthew Crawley: I shall think they shall howl at the moon in unison.
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Soundtracks

Let Me call You Sweetheart
(uncredited)
Music by Leo Friedman
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Performed by Shirley MacLaine
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29 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Downton Abbey

Fellowes has successfully managed to make a soap opera melodrama, luxury rather than a necessity. This royal family and the impact it casts upon others surrounding them is the ultimate definition of royalty, in terms of that it spews each of our assumptions of the livelihood of people residing in such palace onto the screen with elegance and stature that does more than people-pleasing work. The emotions comes in plethora of it- hence arguable the titled genre melodrama- but what doesn't come in hand is the content, the writers fiddles with you with such panache that you are rumble down to be gullible enough to nod at anything offered. And this is primary the reason, why in its middle seasons, where the writing was questioned and yet loved and accepted by us effervescently.

Its primary theme that it adapts or conjures for an episode is shared by an entire cast that makes the episode balance and all the tracks, no matter how long they may carry on later, gets a definite period within that hour for you to pin down your decision. The most difficult part of the writers is to pass on information or rumors in this too-big-a-palace but with flawed three dimensional characters, it is weaved out with excellent justifying reasons leaving you in an awe of it.

Fellowes doesn't share its cast, nor a scene, nor humor, nor any anchor that would weight him down to take bold risks, he doesn't compromise on lopping off a character from the screen or adding one despite of being shared by so many, he has managed to reboot the drama until every last viewers gets that point jaggedly on mark. The series is also blessed with incredible cast like Dockery, Bonneville, Carter, Coyle and Smith that stands out among plenty other performances. Downton Abbey is, yes, cheesy, but each aspect of the series owns it, and with commitment like such comes maturity and just good storytelling.

Season 03

Presumably, the darkest season of all which proves once again,the bold decisions that writers makes without flinching and their excellent finesse on sculpting those gut wrenching antics that it completely thrives upon.

Episode #3.2

To construct an evil well bred plan and then watch it collapse misery, is as always a brilliant idea that works like a charm but importantly the writers keeps the romance between the lead couple fresh and incredibly moving.


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