We can all exhale – Season 3 is finally here! It’s a New Year and a new season and I know you’ve all resolved to not miss a minute! It’s now 1920 and for our friends at Downton Abbey life begins to move toward something that more closely resembles our modern world. But with modern life comes modern problems. There’s dodgy investments, cancer, prostitution, labor disputes (and even Americans in the dining room, perish the thought!). But fear not, everyone still has at least one foot in the storied past…
Easy Come, Easy Go: Oops, My Bad
If They Could See Me Now: Love Finds Andy Hardy
War of the Roses: O’Brien and Thomas split?
No One Puts Edith in a Corner: The Cheese Stands Alone
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi: It’s a small world, after all
Here Comes the Bride: That Julian Fellowes is such a tease!
Free Bates: Man of Alcatraz
…and the jury’s also still out on all the other questions yet to be answered, chief among them: Will Mrs. Hughes survive being given a clean bill of health by Dr. Clarkson? If I had to choose a picture as a highlight from this week, it just might be the ghostly final scene of Mrs. Patmore walking down the hall with Mrs. Hughes as she gave her soliloquy on mortality. It perfectly encapsulated what this show does so, so well — moving from comedy to pathos with such ease.
6. "They look far too exciting for so early in the evening."
5. "Was Napoleon overawed by the Bourbons?"
4. "No guest should be admitted without their date of departure settled."
3. "Never mistake a wish for a certainty."
2. "I don’t know what that means. It sounds almost as peculiar as you look."
1. "Do you think I could have a drink? I’m so sorry, I thought you were a waiter."
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Downton Dish is written by Deborah Gilbert, a British television maven and editor of the E20 Chronicles, a free, weekly Eastenders e-newsletter, and an Eastenders column in the Union Jack Newspaper.