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The Downton Abbey Dish: Season 3 Wrap-Up

British television maven and blogger Deborah Gilbert keeps you in the know with entertaining recaps of each Downton Abbey Season 3 episode. Count down the most memorable scenes from each episode, including the Dowager Countess' best zingers. Tune-in for an all-day Season 3 marathon Sunday, March 10, 2013 from noon to 11pm.
The Downton Abbey Dish: Season 3 Wrap-Up

It’s hard out there for a Downtonian. The end of Downton Abbey’s season 3 would have been upsetting enough without the double-whammy of Matthew’s little mishap. Clearly, no one ever fully explained to Matthew the most important aspect of the whole ‘stop and smell the roses’ concept (i.e. first, STOP.)  These last couple of weeks have found you all coping (or not) in a myriad of ways: Not only has THIRTEEN’s Member and Viewer Relations Department received many angry letters, phone calls, emails, tweets, etc., we’ve heard stories of bereft Downtonians sobbing uncontrollably in the middle of business meetings; wandering the streets mumbling incoherently about cricket; and most disturbingly, hanging around dog parks, wistfully staring at the wagging doggy bums. What’s a downtrodden Downtonian to do? Let’s review…

Good night Sweetheart: All Good Things Must Come to an End
And what a season it was: It was the season when O’Brien chopped off her noodle bangs and lost her super-human strength — no longer infallibly evil. Even though she caused major mischief, she was upended in the end with a slippery little blast from the past. It was the season that Sybil, the Crawley who cared the least about all this titles business, ironically, lost her life because of her father’s pig-headed adherence to the importance of said titles. It was the season when all the old age pensioners almost got their freak on. It was the season we saw a humanity in Thomas and actually started to feel sorry for him, instead of just loathe him. It was the season Molesley threw his hands in the air like he just didn’t care. It was the season we went to Kellerman’s — though, oddly, the R&B soundtrack was replaced by bagpipes. It was the season Lord Grantham’s self-pity knew no bounds and modernity started to push back against his denial in earnest. It was the season the on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again marriage of Mary and Matthew was on-again, and the baby quest was off to the races.  And it was the season it became crystal clear that Downton Abbey is really just a big snow globe that Violet shakes at will.

You Shoulda Put a Ring On It: The Accidental Feminist
One supposes it doesn’t matter how she got there in the end, just that she got there. Edith grew up benefitting from the patriarchal society and never really pushed against its constraints until she stopped benefitting from it herself. After Sir Anthony ran for the hills, she assessed her situation, and finally felt the full weight of its limitations for her life, maybe for the first time. That might make her more pragmatist than feminist, but at least it’s a start. She is becoming her own person, but like everyone else in the Crawley family firm, she is still tethered to the money. It is not surprising that a family whose whole reason for existence is about image, would overlook the member who doesn’t present the perfect, pretty one. But Edith’s continual dismissal by Lord Grantham prompts a question: Does he know about her long-ago letter to the Turkish Ambassador? In every drama there are secrets: There are secrets that we know but the characters don’t, and there are secrets that the characters know but we don’t. Violet once said that she hates Greek drama, when everything happens off-stage, but some things at Downton do happen off-stage (like Mary’s wedding and Sybil’s funeral). So even though we never saw Mary tell anyone else about Edith’s letter, after she confronted her in Season 1, that doesn’t mean that Mary kept it to herself. After all, information is currency and Lady Mary has always been about the currency. And if she did tell Lord Grantham, that could explain his continual undermining of Edith, the one who let down the side yet again. But one thing we do know: Matthew didn’t tell Mary about Gregson’s wife, so that secret went with him. How long will it stay a secret and what happens from here as Edith’s awakening continues, will (hopefully) be the stuff of Season 4.

Still Waters: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted
Lady Mary has always been about expectation. As she is played, so brilliantly by Michelle Dockery, she is so glassily still on the surface that even the most subtle shift in her brow speaks volumes. When we first met her, as the first born of Lord Grantham, she thought she should have been the true heir to Downton and all that comes with it. She has got the sense of entitlement that comes with her position, the old money and her looks, but also the limitations. Though her limitations are different than her father’s: She is much smarter. She has to be to navigate her biggest limitation: Being female. She has to play the game, find a position – not earn a position – but marry one. Despite everything that she has been given, she never really does get what she wants – at least, not for long. And with the death of Matthew, she’ll now never get what she wanted most, to be the mistress of Downton. She’ll go from being Lady Mary to being the Dowager as Downton passes to her son. Maybe that is appropriate because in countenance, sharpness of tongue, and Machiavellian tendencies, we really can see the young Violet in her. Lady Mary resembles Violet more than anyone else in her family. But despite all her haughtiness, one of the most consistent aspects of Mary is that her emotional life has always been in two worlds. It could be that the most important and longest lasting relationships in her life are with Anna and Carson. She has no other friend like Anna. They are separate and unequal, but we have never seen any conflict between them over this. It was never mentioned that Anna spent much of the season wearing Mary’s hand-me-downs, she just was. And Mary has no other unconditional love like Carson, and unlike Robert, he was never disappointed she wasn’t a son. They are her real family in the ways that really matter. We would expect that to remain the same as the story goes forward. What will happen when Anna wants to start a family of her own?

Matthew We Hardly Knew Ye: And in the End, The Love You Take is Equal to the Love You Make
People do realize, don’t they, that Julian Fellowes killed a fictional TV character, not an actual person, right? From what I’ve read about the reactions from fans both here and in the UK, it seems lucky for Lord Fellowes that the current Monarch doesn’t have the same powers as Henry VIII, or his head would be on the chopping block. But I’ve read Lord Fellowes’ explanation for why the character had to die and why it had to be then, and I completely agree. There really was no other choice. With Dan Stevens leaving, there was no other logical way for Matthew to exit the stage. As much as we will miss Matthew,  this could actually be good for the show, which will now be in its final two seasons. Matthew began our Downton journey as our representative in this foreign land of Aristocracy. Like us, he was the outsider looking in. Through his eyes we saw both its ridiculosity and its tempting pull. But in the end he became an insider, so going forward he would not have served the same function to the storyline as he had before. His exit, while sad, brings with it new dramatic possibilities. I think that no matter how big a Downton fan any of us are, after going through the stages of grief, we’ll get over it and move on, as does the story.

But the immediate reactions to Matthew’s death were out-sized and a bit crazy. I’d seen the negative press and ‘fan’ comments directed towards the show, as well as Dan Stevens – for being the guy who broke up the band, so I thought I’d write him a letter of support. In the letter, that I dropped off at the stage door when he was appearing on Broadway, I wrote, in part, ‘I saw just part of the uproar and I’m guessing that you’re getting a bit of the Yoko Ono Treatment from people upset at your leaving. I suppose that is a testimony to you, as well as Julian Fellowes, that you’ve created this character that people care so much about and are so upset to lose. It would be awful if you left and nobody cared… So I hope you’re OK with it all!’ A few days later I got home from work and found a hand-written letter in my mailbox from Dan Stevens himself (his mama done raised him right!) In it, he said, in part, ‘I very much appreciate your support and encouragement, especially at a time when I am fielding a lot of quite negative feedback! I am excited about the future and am glad that you are too!’

You’ve got to feel bad for a guy who is doing what he thinks is best for his career and family and is met with a backlash. Hi-diddle-dee-dee, at times like these an actor’s life wouldn’t be for me. Imagine if you wanted to leave your job and a mob was screaming that you had no right – you had to keep the job they wanted you to have. It’s pretty weird. I wish Dan the best and look forward to seeing him in other things in the future – hopefully even on Masterpiece! Our Downton Abbey has survived a lot in these last eight years: Financial ruin and war; heartbreak and prison sewing circles; the Spanish flu and the American mother-in-law; and this too shall pass.

Ouija This: I See a Tall Stranger…
So, what is to come in Season 4? We don’t know, but while we are impatiently waiting for January 2014 to roll around, we can have some fun speculating, can’t we? Lord Fellowes has said he won’t take the story into the 1930′s, and will be ending the series with Season 5, which one supposes is a good thing. It’s always best to leave the audience wanting more instead of looking at their watch – so it looks like we will be leaving our friends at Downton before The Great Depression hits (when, no doubt, the Stock Market crash bankrupts Lord Grantham yet again and he is forced to sell a controlling interest in Downton to Daisy). Then again, wouldn’t it be fun if, a few years from now, after he’s had a bit of a rest, Lord Fellowes gets an itch to pick up the story of the Crawleys again? (Masterpiece’s Upstairs, Downstairs sequel anyone?) Maybe jump forward eighteen or twenty years to when Mary, Edith and Sybil’s children are coming of age? Of course, Edith has no child yet and her only romantic prospect is her technically married editor, Michael Gregson, but I say, who cares about the crazy wife? He’s got a pulse – she should go for it! She could have a long-term affair and illegitimate child with him, and the child will (no doubt) grow up with a chip on her shoulder to match that of her Mum’s. Then again, maybe not a her, maybe a him – a son to be a bitter rival to Mary’s son and heir (while baby Sybil grows up as their mediator until she runs off with the son of Bates and Anna). Lord & Lady Grantham could still be living there, as well as Mary and Edith. Carson, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore would likely be retired and living out their years being cared for on the estate.  And who knows, Britain’s Queen Mum lived to be 102, so maybe the Dowager could be wheeled in to toss around a bon mot every once in a while. It’s something to think about as we stare into the abyss of the long, off-season.

Oh yeah, and one other thing to think about in the Downton Abbey off-season: PBS has announced a bit of casting news for Season 4, and there are two items of particular interest; one, Shirley MacLaine will be back, and two, Nigel Harman, who EastEnders fans know as the dishy Dennis Rickman, will be joining the cast as a member of the downstairs staff. Is that a bit of salve for your wound, or what?

Downton City Marathon: Run to Your Telly!
Fortunately, THIRTEEN understands that we Downtonians cannot simply go cold turkey at the end of a season. So this coming Sunday, March 10, they are running a marathon of the entirety of Season 3 — every episode, back-to-back, all day long – from 12 noon until 11PM. That’s right, you’ll be treated to ten whole hours of Downtony goodness! Can you stand it?

As with any marathon, there will be some training and preparation involved – as well as some necessary carbo-loading. You’ll need to lay in some supplies, and have your cook fix you up with some tea and scones with jam, and maybe some finger sandwiches. And for those difficult moments, like when Sybil dies again or Bates has to march in circles again, have your butler prepare by decanting a bottle of red from the cellar. Maybe play a drinking game: Every time someone walks in on someone else without knocking, have a glass. You’ll be blotto in no time.

Of course, one supposes that all this Downton-based splendor might put a few of you in a fix, what with Sunday being the servant’s day off for many, and pesky family members selfishly demanding your attention – displaying a wanton disregard for your ‘Me Time’. How does one extract oneself from such situations to have the freedom to lock oneself away with the telly for ten hours on a Sunday afternoon? Might I suggest you think to yourself, WWTDD (What Would The Dowager Do?)? Then just throw some Cheerios on the floor and bolt the door behind you! You’ll now be free to put your feet up and enjoy!

The Great Beyond: Shop Til You Drop
Masterpiece has another mini-series in store (no pun intended) for us: Mr. Selfridge, starring Jeremy Piven (from HBO’s Entourage). It’s the story of the creation of London’s famed Selfridge’s department store. I’ve already seen the first episode and I think you’re going to love it. I wouldn’t compare it to Downton Abbey, even though it begins in the same era Downton did. I think it has a feel to it that is more like the recent Upstairs Downstairs. It turns out that the British institution, Selfridge’s, was founded by an American, who was quite a character; He was the P.T. Barnum of department stores who managed to create this grand and (for its’ time) ground-breaking store from nothing but ideas and showmanship. From what I’ve seen, it’s fun!  Mr. Selfridge airs Sundays, March 31 through May 19. Watch a preview here.

And please keep checking back here as well. With the end of the Downton Abbey season, the title of this blog changes to ‘Dispatch From the Downton Abbey Diaspora’, and just like last year, I’ll be coming to you once or twice a month with updates and other juicy tidbits about British telly on PBS. So please join me and join in the discussion!

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.

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  • BenInBrooklyn

    Debbie – Great wrap-up of an ups-n-downs season. See you next year!

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

      Thanks! Until next year, I’ll be posting one or two of these columns a month so please check back & join in the discussion!

  • CatKinNY

    That was kind of you to leave Dan Stevens a note of support, Deborah. There are many wonderful things about the internet, but the ability of everyone to act virtually effortlessly on their temporary pique is definately NOT one of them. I’m sure the Dowager would disapprove the dreadful erosion in manners. At least Dan didn’t react like that poor Kony2012 guy, rip his clothes off and go screaming down Broadway! Come to think of it, some people might have rather enjoyed that.
    With another huge storm barreling down on us, I’m, looking forward to Sunday’s marathon. You’re unlikely to get hit very hard, but I live out on the North Fork, so my chances of escaping are dim. I’ve still got some snow from the last big one. See you on Sunday?

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

      Yes, a bunch of Downtonians who’ve posted comments here were invited to be interviewed on the breaks between the episodes. It’ll be fun to see!

      • CatKinNY

        I was invited but passed – I live too far away. I thought you’d be there for sure, and was looking forward to putting a face to the witty voice.

      • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

        Too bad you couldn’t make it, but yes, I’ll be there. I’m the one who looks like Mrs. Potatohead.

      • Kaycee

        No. No. No. That lovely, attractive, smart young woman at the “tea” bore absolutely no resemblance to Mrs.Potatohead. Unless the tater lady underwent a complete celebrity makeover. It was great to be a part of the taping to promote support for Thirteen and to meet some of the other folks who love Downton and your recaps and you! We will all spread the word so that pledges will come pouring in to our local PBS station, Downton will of course continue for two more seasons and Thirteen will be able to bring us more of these wonderful programs.

      • Kaycee

        Darn! I thought you were one of discreet attendees who chose not to reveal her poster name and I had broken her identity. Well, the person I thought was you is just as smart and articulate as you. Too bad you couldn’t attend. It was great fun!

      • CatKinNY

        Hello, Kaycee! Thank you for such kind words; I enjoy your posts, too. It’s been so much fun joining this community, since for reasons beyond understanding, no one in my life shares my enthusiasm for Downton, and holding mental conversations with my dead mother and grandmother (who would have adored it) has been rather one sided, so had grown tedious. The only dead relative who comes when summoned is a rather dour Puritan gentleman who died in 1699; he would neither understand, nor approve of, Downton, as it was intense dislike of such people that sent him here as a young man in 1630.

        So, what was it like? Who was there? What all did you do?

      • Kaycee

        Hello back CatKinNY! Well, the highlight of the evening was, of course, meeting Deborah, who is as lovely as you would imagine. Young, pretty, charming and humble, oh so humble! I met several other posters, one of whom remained a mystery woman and would not reveal the name she uses here. Everyone was so very warm and friendly and excited about helping Thirteen raise some money. And equally excited about meeting other people who enjoy Downton as much as they do. We circulated in the background during the interviews, drinking tea from lovely china cups and saucers, munching on tea treats and chatting. At first a few of us wondered how we might fool the camera if we ran out of things to say. We decided on repeating “peas and carrots” and “toy boat” if need be. Never happened. The conversation and laughter flowed non stop until they finished taping, and beyond. I really am sorry that you couldn’t make it. I so much wanted to meet the person who provided such a comprehensive and erudite explanation of the use of mag. sulfate and the general treatment of eclampsia. And now I am even more intrigued. How do you manage to summon that old Puritan? Very interesting. We were interviewed in groups of two, for two minutes about the episode that will air just before the break in which we will appear. Time flew! So, next Sunday we will all, or at least most of us, make our TV debuts. All for a great cause. Maybe, if there is a next time, you will venture in from the far reaches. I hope so.

      • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

        Did someone just refer to me as ‘young’?

      • Kaycee

        Yes indeed. To me you looked very. And I thought there was an age limit on the use of the term “get your freak on”. I want so much to be able to use that one but I can’t! Not anymore.

      • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

        Why thank you. I’m probably too old to use that term as well but I like to maintain a certain level of immaturity, which is why I said that Edith should get her freak on with Editor Michael.

      • Kaycee

        And well she should! The secret about Gregson and his committed wife should remain just that, unless she blabs. If she doesn’t wave it in the family’s face she might just have a go with him, clandestine and liberating and all together exciting. We can hope. Speaking of which, hope that is, I hope you used the term immaturity in its most positive light. It is a state of mind and joyfulness that we should all hold on to forever, if possible.

      • CatKinNY

        Oh, that sounds delightful. I shall very much look forward to ‘meeting’ you all on Sunday. You’ll have to tell me who is who. I’m looking forward to Sunday, period, though I doubt I’ll have the snow I got ready for, thank God, as I still have some left from the blizzard.

        The old Puritan contacted me first, in the gift shop at Plymouth Plantation. He’d come to Plymouth at age 20 and lived there for a while before embarking on an inexorable push west into Indian territory. He had 18 children who made it to adulthood, so it seemed likely to me that some of them must have married Mayflower children, and I was standing in front of a bookshelf staring at all of these genealogical booklets, without a clue where to look. I “heard” him saying names, and the names turned out to be the right ones. I can’t explain it, because he doesn’t whisper in my ear, but names, words, directions will show up, in my head, when I need them. I didn’t know who was giving me the info until later, when I was in Northhampton, Mass, where he spent the last third of his life, and where there is a large statue of him. The directions got explicit in Northhampton, as in ‘take that left’, allowing me to drive straight to everything I was looking for. After that, I just started calling out to him when I needed help with something. He’s helpful when doing genealogical research, but only with his own descendants. He’s bloody useless with any other branches of the family tree. And he’s great with directions in places he knew – MA, CT and the Dorset/Devon border in England. I promise, I’m not crazy. His info is just too specific and too accurate for me to be fooling myself. I find things that I’m looking for, but also other things that I don’t even know exist.

        For instance, when I was in Devon, I just pointed my car in the general direction of his Dorset village and let him do the rest. That was no surprise, but after a lovely visit to the house he’d been born in and a lovely lunch in the pub he’d frequented in his youth – both of which I was expecting – he directed me to another village, and a graveyard, where it took me a good 10 minutes to figure out why I was there. I am a descendant of his eldest son, the only surviving child of his first wife, who died shortly after their arrival in the new world, and this was her village, and the cemetary where her family lay. She doesn’t figure much in his narrative, and I knew nothing about her; it was the second wife who bore him the army with which he pushed relentlessly west and who is buried by his side. Her I know. I’ve held a family Bible with her account, written in neat 17th century script, of the afternoon she was washing dishes in her kitchen, looking out the window, and saw an Indian steal out of the woods, grab her toddler by the heels and smash it’s little blond head against a tree while her four and six year olds looked on in horror. Her, I know, but this forgotten grandmother who died so young is an unknown quantity, and it was very touching to find myself where she spent most of her short life. I’m rather fond of the old Puritan.

      • Kaycee

        I’m just catching my breath after reading that heartbreaking story recorded in the family Bible. If there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain it is that we only know so little of what there is to understand about life here and now and beyond that I always keep an open mind. Give my regards to the old Puritan. And I will be happy to provide a run down of the Sunday interviewees after the marathon.

      • ami

        Seriously, WTF are you talking about?

  • lowtherp

    I had two shocks watching the last episode of DA. Mathew’s “little accident” and then the realization that I had to wait a whole year for the follow up. Enjoyed your wrap-up of Season 3….

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

      Yes, it will be a long wait, but no doubt, time will fly!

  • Elizbrooklyn

    Great wrap-up Debby. I would like to discuss the development of Mrs Hugh’s character in season 3. She has become the most sensible, adult and mature voice “downstairs”. Her openness and acceptance of all beings, no matter what their foibles, has been exciting. She is living life in the moment and in certain respects overcomes the limitations of a rigid class and legal system.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

      Yes, and the actress plays her with great, sometimes subtle humor, which I think really adds to it.

      • Kaycee

        Oh my goodness! I must have gotten lost on my trip across the pond because Mrs. Hughes never went to stay with a nephew! Never! The person I was thinking of, and it just came to me this minute, was Mrs. Thackery, the cook in Upstairs/Downstairs. Unforgivable! For Mrs. Hughes there was a beau, by the name of Joe, I think. But no mention of Mr. Hughes. Oh, how quickly we forget. Keep us in the moment, Deborah. Please!

      • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

        Say what?

      • Kaycee

        In my earlier post in response to Elizbrooklyn, discussing the Mrs. Hughes character, I made a mistake in saying the she went to stay with her nephew in an earlier episode. Wasn’t Mrs. Hughes at all but a character in another Brit period piece.

      • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

        I thought something was amiss there!

    • Kaycee

      One of Lord Fellowes’ talents is his ability to write for a female character. Not all male writers get it right. He seems to and, of course, the actress breathes such life into Mrs. Hughes she seems to really exist. If you saw Gosford Park you may remember the housekeeper played by Helen Mirren. He did the same for that female character. I think when Mrs. Hughes went through her health scare that story line provided a perfect opportunity to reveal more of her personality, both strength and vulnerability, than we had seen before. She has also shown more of the compassion for and sensitivity to the difficulties other women in service, and in society in general at that time, had to face. It was also a situation in which we could see something of the relationship between her and Mrs. Patmore, the only other woman downstairs who was also of a certain age. I read somewhere (maybe here) that even unmarried women became “Mrs,” when they remained in service and were too mature to be referred to as ‘Miss”, We know that once she left Downton to live with a nephew, I think, but I don’t remember if in that episode there was any reference to there ever having been a Mr. Hughes. I’ll have to re-watch it. Anyway, the Mrs. Hughes that Fellowes created and the actress brings to life is someone I would like to have known.

  • IDL

    will be watching all 11 hours, and will still want more.

  • ami

    Loved your article, and for a second, I felt sorry for Dan. I think Dan really got his feelings hurt-my friend even said he got booed at “The Heiress ” Like MILLIONS, I was so distraught over Matthew and kept trying to tell myself he is fictional. I felt like I lost a brother! However, what I didn’t like about Dan, is that he kept throwing negative comments about DA all over the place. I think Dan’s publicist/agent need to teach him how to react gracefully. Dan could have just said, “I wanted to leave DA to spend time with my two little kids and wife, and I believe I have more opportunities in the USA thanks to my fans from DA” and left it at that. Why did he have to bash DA A LOT (I hate the dinner scenes because they have to pull the curtains closed, it takes a long time to film angles, Matthew getting out of his wheelchair was basically stupid, it’s taking too much of my time up, I’m a jerk and read Kindle non-stop on set pissing the cast off, etc.). Dan-be grateful for being the MAIN character on the most popular show on the planet! There are MILLIONS of out-of-work people trying to make it in acting, and you were basically the star of it! Dan even defended his JERK good friend Benedick Cumberbutt when BC called DA “F’ing atrocious” and now Dan’s left DA to do the Wikileaks movie with that ugly creep! What really bugs me, is that Dan said NOTHING about his SAG award. It’s the ONLY acting award that he ever got-and judging by his poor acting (and his bloated appearance AGAIN) in Season 3, probably the only award he will ever get. Why didn’t he go on his Twitter and say, “I am really grateful to American fans and for the fantastic cast I had the privilege to work with!” I think he has a good heart when talking about his family, and a sense of humor, and is gorgeous (when he was much thinner in Season 2), but his crappy comments are rubbing many American fans the wrong way.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

      Thanks, I’m glad you like my wrap-up. But as for the rest, I think it’s off-base. I saw the Heiress 3 times and he got a huge ovation (and no boos) when I was there. As for Benedict Cumberbatch, all the actors defended him, saying he was misquoted when he was joking around. The acting world over there is rather small, and they are all friendly with him. I haven’t heard Dan say anything negative about Downton Abbey. I think you are reading into his comments a way different tone than he intended as well as twisting them. I have heard Dan say, repeatedly, that he is grateful and always will be for his experience with Downton Abbey.

  • Kaycee

    Countdown to the marathon! Feed the cat! Take the dog for a walk? Arrange the snacks! Be prepared to stay hydrated! Set the answering machine to screen calls! But first call your friends to remind them to tune in and enjoy what you’ve been enjoying all season! Ask them all to have their checkbooks at the ready! If there are small children in your domain you will have to set the DVR so that after you take care of the little ones you can catch up on what you missed! Settle in and be transported to that castle in that far away place in that far away time. Thirty minutes to go!

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/downton-dish-season-3-episode-1/ Gotham Tomato

      ‘Transported’ is right. And speaking of transporting, that 50th Anniversary tote bag looks rather nice!

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