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Get Thee To The Abbey.

January 24, 2011

It’s week three of Downton Abbey, the smash hit from the U.K. which is currently airing in the States on PBS, and special Pop Morsels correspondent HSofia is here to give you a hearty recap of last night’s episode.  Let’s begin!

It’s May 1913 and a fair’s come to town, which serves as diversion for the staff while Lady Mary hangs about looking bored and bumping into people like Matthew Crawley who – in case you forgot – she doesn’t want to marry! Despite his being the new heir to her parents’ fortune! And all of Downton Abbey!

The Dowager Countess gets to stick it to Mrs. Crawley when she correctly diagnoses a skin condition suffered by Matthew’s valet. Mrs. Crawley had thought it some fancy-pants disease requiring complicated treatment, but it was just an allergic reaction to a bush. The Countess thinks this puts Mrs. Crawley in her place – take that, you farmer’s life-saving meddler!  But later, the Countess takes one giant step toward joining the human race when she relinquishes her grip on the Cup at the Annual Flower Show, and allows the town’s best gardener to take it home.

William the Nice Guy confesses his interest in Oopsy Daisy, which prompts Evil Thomas to interfere and turn Daisy against him. Bates tries to get alpha male with Thomas in defense of William and all that’s good and holy, but Thomas maintains eye contact and slinks off undeterred.

Lady Sybil talks about women’s liberation with the book-reading Irish chauffeur; astonishes her family by wearing Hammer-pants to dinner; and encourages Redhead Gwen to pursue her dream of being a secretary.

Head housekeeper Mrs. Hughes reunites with an old suitor from years ago, but decides she’s changed too much to become a farmer’s wife now.

Anna tells Bates she loves him, and he admits to feeling the same but “not being a free man.” She looks resigned but also like she wants to kick him.

Mrs. Patmore, the cook, loses it in the kitchen and tries to blame Daisy, but eventually confesses to being terrified because she’s losing her sight.

Matthew and Lord Grantham bond over plans for improving the estate. Mary gets jealous and yells at her mother about the unfairness of being a woman.  Earlier that evening, she’d bickered with her sisters about those ridiculous women’s vote people.

Bates busts Thomas stealing wine from Carson’s stash, but doesn’t tell Carson.

Miss O’Brien gets Lady Edith to sweet-talk Daisy into telling what she saw the night Kamal died – that she saw him being carried away from Lady Mary’s room. Edith and Mary get into fierce competition over a prospective suitor that neither of them is interested in; Mary wins, but Edith believes “she who laughs last ….” And the episode ends with her writing a letter addressed to the Turkish Ambassador in London!  Stay tuned ….

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2011 8:33 am

    astonishes her family by wearing Hammer-pants to dinner

    I kinda wish there was a screencap of that!

    (Though Maggie Smith is looking good enough to convert me to the show.)

    • January 24, 2011 10:55 am

      What would we do without the hat trick of British dames: Maggie, Eileen and Judi?

    • hsofia permalink
      January 24, 2011 12:52 pm

      @Raymond, I posted a photo for you at my Tumblr site. And I really hope I didn’t botch posting that link just now.

  2. January 24, 2011 11:41 pm

    Those pants are ridiculous.

  3. Olympia Kolberg permalink
    February 23, 2011 7:49 am

    I absolutely love this show. I finally was able to catch episodes on Netflix. Great recaps.

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