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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    At least in Downton poor Allan Leech breaks his streak of playing the guy after an inappropriate woman who does not get the girl. (He was also Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa and in love with Octavia on HBO's "Rome.") It's a weirdly specific sort of typecasting.
    But it's kind of interesting the three types of men he played. He was the hopeless romantic in Rome, the scumbag in the Tudors (although you felt horrible for him during his death scene), and the sincere but strongly opinionated outsider in DA.

    BTW,while we are on the subject of the Tudors, anyone know what was the reason why Henry Czerny didn't come back for subsequent seasons? We all know he can play scheming very well and his character was, to put it mildly, rather important in all the behind the scenes stuff, and was supposed to have lived to Mary's reign.

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    can someone please put in a spoiler what happened with edith's wedding tonight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by my little pony View Post
    can someone please put in a spoiler what happened with edith's wedding tonight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vesperholly View Post

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    Also, you would think by now that, never mind poor Mosley (designated butt monkey), EVERYONE within a fifty-mile radius of Downton should realize that if Thomas or O'Brien tells you ANYTHING, especially if it's prefaced by any variation on "Just between you and me" or "don't tell anyone I told you, but..." DON'T BELIEVE A WORD OF IT.

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    OMG! I have been living under a rock. I only discovered this show today. Yup. Today. And only because Dame Maggie Smith was mentioned in the Golden Globe thread. And now I am hooked! Absolutely hooked. Still watching the first series and catching up with your thread.

    So. Much. Fun.

    I don't mind being spoiled at all, btw. And so I read this summary of the first two seasons here (it's a spoiler, obviously):


    http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/a-sum...y-seasons-1-2/ Sorry if it's been linked before.
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    [QUOTE=Artistic Skaters;3787407]I love that little Daisy. They ran her ragged the last two seasons - you go right ahead & stand up for your rights girl![/QUOTE

    I thought she was being a brat - she got a raise, after all, and Mrs. Patmore explained to her that Sir Robert put his foot down on more hiring for the time being.

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    Been catching up like mad and am now up to Series 3, episode 1. Whew! That's a lot of Downton Abbey!
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    Random thoughts about Episode 3:

    Tom is a moron. I want to sympathize with this character and his beliefs, but he's ridiculously bone-headed leaving Sybil behind to fend for herself, and then giving her crap about returning to Ireland. Although I admit I teared up when he broke down alone in his room.

    The Dowager Countess was funny during the scene where Tom tells them about the mansion burning, but I think it was even better when she learned Matthew might be putting some noses out of joint. For all her protestations about decorum and tradition, she has a wicked sense of mischief.

    Mary had the best LOL line last night IMO. To paraphrase: "Alfred is very nice, but he does look like a puppy that's been rescued from a puddle" HA! I loved that she encouraged Carson to hire the good-looking footman.

    I couldn't understand the prison plot line. I get that Bates prison mate is in cahoots with one of the guards. Last episode Bates was tipped off that something was planted in his bunk (which he found and hid before being busted by said guard). The crooked guard then holds up all incoming and outgoing mail for Bates. Here's where I get lost: Does Bates take the same item (what is it), and hide it in his bunk mates bed? And why does that mean the other guards are suddently pro-Bates against the crooked guard? I don't understand exactly what happened there.

    The Edith storyline seems to serve no purpose other than to demonstrate how prostitues are viewed in the era. I thought Mrs. Hughes might ask for Edith to become the kitchen maid, but that's not the case. So it seems a rather pointless diversion into a secondary character.

    So Edith is potentially going to write a column. At least it's something that uses her brain as her Granny told her.

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    I actually applauded when Edith got her letter in the Times. She's gone from an annoying little sister to the one I want to root for. And it turns out Lord Robert is a lousy administrator, if Mary wasn't such a daddy's girl she'd support her husband in fixing things.

    The Ethel plotline bores me too, it's as if the only reason it's there is to show us the Wages of Sin and how hard that society was on women who fell. Well, d'uh. Mary got away with her Turkish escapade and Ethel is a low-rent prostitute who has to give away her son. It was always thus.

    Branson, sigh. As much as I want to punch Mary for defending her fellow debutante whose mansion got burned, he's an irresponsible husband.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PRlady View Post
    I actually applauded when Edith got her letter in the Times. She's gone from an annoying little sister to the one I want to root for. And it turns out Lord Robert is a lousy administrator, if Mary wasn't such a daddy's girl she'd support her husband in fixing things.

    The Ethel plotline bores me too, it's as if the only reason it's there is to show us the Wages of Sin and how hard that society was on women who fell. Well, d'uh. Mary got away with her Turkish escapade and Ethel is a low-rent prostitute who has to give away her son. It was always thus.

    Branson, sigh. As much as I want to punch Mary for defending her fellow debutante whose mansion got burned, he's an irresponsible husband.
    I don't know that Mary "got away" with anything, or talked herself into thinking it was consensual (let's face it, in a modern court, she still has a case for coercion) to keep what little dignity and sanity she had. I think Ethel was initially contrasted with Gwen--they both wanted out of service, but Gwen did it by working hard, and with a bit of luck in having Lady Sybil helping her (because Sybil, besides being kind, recognized that Gwen was trying to move up in the world) and Ethel read magazines, daydreamed about Hollywood, and I very much doubt Charlie's father coerced her. Now it's the 'can the world change enough she can work her way up again.'

    I also can see why Mary really doesn't want to question her father's running things--she doesn't know much about rents herself, for a start, and he IS her father. I would hope she eventually catches on that maybe, with her husband being a former solicitor, he can keep things going.

    As for Branson, I can't entirely sympathize, or think Mary's horrible for sympathizing with her friend who got driven out of her house and watched it burn down, and was just lucky that was the worst that happened to her. The Anglo-Irish situation is a lot more complicated than "Provos good, English bad", especially by this point in history. I CAN, however, understand why Branson had to take off, and I think it will probably do his rather uncomplicated and emotion-governed politics good to be forced out of it into real responsibility where he gets that there are more people to be hurt (ie Sybil and their baby) by his actions than just him.

    And regarding the pretty-boy new footman (who's a bit short, isn't he?)...Thomas, GROW A BRAIN IN YOUR HEAD. Really, this season he is past any sympathy for his situation because yeah, it kind of sucks, but he appears to be utterly incapable of controlling himself in any respect. How did he stay in the closet this long to begin with? (I mean, obviously it's not that dark a closet, not only does O'Brien know, Mrs. Patmore has known for years, not that she could make Daisy get it...)

    And poor Daisy...yeah, she's not very bright, but she's running a close second to Edith in the "The Universe Hates Me" contest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRlady View Post
    Branson, sigh. As much as I want to punch Mary for defending her fellow debutante whose mansion got burned, he's an irresponsible husband.
    Who wouldn't feel sorry for an old friend whose house was burned down? What's wrong with that?

    (I do agree that Branson is a dolt. Always has been, probably always will be.)
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    I'd take the Ethel plotline over Bates any day. I keep waiting for a UFO to beam Bates up and deposit him somewhere over the Bermuda Triangle, never to return. Zzzzzzz...
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    I am so glad to be able to participate in the conversation now that I am almost up to speed.

    I fast forward through Bates, plain and simple.

    Going back to the late hot Turk--I think what happened is that he convinced Mary that she really had no choice, it was a lose/lose for her so she decided she might as well give in. But the element of coercion was strong and made me very uncomfortable for her. What happened to him made me think how unlikely a young healthy man to drop dead in the bloom of youth but then I remembered Sergey Grinkov. It's rare but it happens.

    I've been waiting to get to the part when Shirley MacLaine arrived and boy, she didn't disappoint.

    It was hard to sympathize with Branson who crowed how the Bolsheviks would never hurt the captive Tsar and his family and when they were executed, tried to justify it. So I guess there's more Branson asshattery to come.
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    I liked the Anna/Bates story line at first but they've dragged it on waaaay too long

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alixana View Post
    I liked the Anna/Bates story line at first but they've dragged it on waaaay too long
    Word. Especially since Anna is normally the smart one and the obvious conclusion, which I would assume (without having been spoiled on this point) is going to be the real story, doesn't seem to have really occurred to her at least until now. Though actually the reference to Vera making the cakes and scrubbing her fingers makes me wonder if what I THOUGHT was the obvious solution (

    Spoiler

    ) isn't it, and in fact the REAL solution might be

    Spoiler

    At this point, though, I'm really tired of the Bates-in-prison plot as it all seems rather contrived: angry cell mate for no reason, other guy helping him for no reason, Bates puts the same skills used with Thomas, O'Brien and the snuffbox to use again...OMG JUST GET HIM OUT OF PRISON. Though I suppose him returning to Downton ought to wait until it's just somehow icing on the cake of Thomas's inevitable humiliation conga. (Honestly, Carson ought to at some point just flat-out tell his lordship if he wants to solve half the staffing issues, they need to fire Thomas and O'Brien yesterday.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    I am so glad to be able to participate in the conversation now that I am almost up to speed.

    I fast forward through Bates, plain and simple.

    Going back to the late hot Turk--I think what happened is that he convinced Mary that she really had no choice, it was a lose/lose for her so she decided she might as well give in. But the element of coercion was strong and made me very uncomfortable for her. What happened to him made me think how unlikely a young healthy man to drop dead in the bloom of youth but then I remembered Sergey Grinkov. It's rare but it happens.

    I've been waiting to get to the part when Shirley McLane arrived and boy, she didn't disappoint.

    It was hard to sympathize with Branson who crowed how the Bolsheviks would never hurt the captive Tsar and his family and when they were executed, tried to justify it. So I guess there's more Branson asshattery to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nubka View Post
    If she had refused him, how would she loose?
    He explained it pretty well. Just the fact that he was in her bedroom in the middle of the night to boot would be problematic for her reputation. So if she called for help and someone came and saw him there, it would be a problem. OTOH, if she agreed, there would be likely problems too (and there were and would have been even if he hadn't died--the house is full of people, someone would have seen, not to mention the footman Thomas who knew). So she thought to herself, might as well have some fun. To me this is still coercive.
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    Just finished 2nd episode: soooooo relieved for Mrs. Hughes. I guess diagnostic methods haven't changed in the past 100 years. And poor Edith, no one deserves that. Sir Anthony is a schmuck.

    ETA: and finished the 3rd. Poor Ethel. I hope Mrs. Crawley takes good care of her.
    at the maids and Thomas over the pretty new footman.

    Oh and Branson is a socialist and a coward. Lovely combination. He wants the baby to be born in Dublin? Really?

    Also took the quiz Which Downton Abbey job is right for you? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/...right-for-you/

    Turns out, the job of the Dowager Countess, Violet is right for me.
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    Downton Abbey poses a threat to liberals

    "The politics of Downton are very important and it's important that they are popular in America today," Varney said. "Rich people, powerful people, in America today, are reviled. They're dismissed as fat cats who don't pay their fair share. We just hate 'em -- 'Rich people are evil' ... Yet, along comes this show 'Downton Abbey' -- rich people prominently featured and they're generous; they're nice people; they create jobs, for heaven's sake; they're classy; they've got style and we love 'em ... That show is wildly popular, which poses a threat to the left, doesn't it?"

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    So where are all the rude US Amerikans watching Season 3 beyond episode 3? I read something about iTunes and amazon instant video making the rest of the season available after January 29.
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