Well, I read TV Tropes, so I was watching FOR it, but I did think it was a nice touch the new maid (what IS her name) was cast to look just a bit like Cora. Clearly his lordship has a type.
One more episode and the Spanish Flu! I'm kind of crossing my fingers that Peter/Patrick is being saved for a big plot for series 3. (They ARE doing another, right? I know the 'cliffhanger' ending of the Christmas special and if we never get any answers I will find the writers and belabor them about the head with a very heavy book. Or something. But I will be DESPERATE.) I can't imagine they threw the little gesture in for no reason. Also unless "Peter" is a professional con I kind of wonder that in basically four days (assuming both he and Patrick were first-class passengers boarding at Southampton, giving them the maximum time possible to get to know each other on the voyage before iceberg ahead) he was able to 'learn' Patrick's physical tics that well. (Yes, Peter would have to be in the same class of passenger to interact with Patrick, whom I assume had to be in first, given he was heir to Downton and 'good enough' to be engaged to Mary. James Cameron notwithstanding passenger classes didn't mingle. Then again, Peter could have been a steward--THERE he could disappear afterwards, and mingle easily with the passengers--actually it would be the ideal post for a con artist or thief, rather like being a footman gave Thomas plenty of opportunities to be a manipulative sociopath. Though it wouldn't explain his being Canadian...)
And poor Edith. Seriously jinxed.
Yes, there will be a series 3. They start filming it very soon.
'Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid.'--John Wayne
Weren't Peter and patrick acquainted with each other in England before boarding the Titanic?
Side note, it cracked me up that the writers were clearly trying to show their work, referring so overspecifically to "Fifth Officer Lowe" by name and rank and counting how many got pulled out of the water and how many died. I'm amazed they didn't give his lifeboat number (14, if you were wondering.) But they do that with a lot of things where they're obviously explaining for the benefit of the audience as the characters would know this already.
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Sir Richard got CREEPY!!
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
Jullian Fellowes is doing a Titanic special? Be still my liner-loving heart. I know quite a few are coming out, including more fictionalized ones, and I'm just bracing for more idiocy (Cameron's movie is bad enough, the miniseries that came out the year before, the one with Catherine Zeta-Jones....I'm sorry, but when George C. "Can't do accents to save his life" Scott as Captain Smith is the LEAST of your innaccuracy problems....) With Fellowes, I have hope even if it's another pure drama it might not suck!
It must be popular in the U.S. if Saturday Night Live is doing a parody. The writer of the parody obviously has seen all the episodes and expected the SNL audience to be familiar with them as well.
I thought it was funny to replace Laura Linney with a Spike TV (tatoos, monster vehicles) announcer to introduce the series.
It's possible they never even met at all--Peter winds up at Downton to convalesce and picks up the stories about the heir, entail, etc. He hears the original heir was lost on Titanic. He's got time while recovering to do a little research (I don't recall from the episode--does he mention Lowe by name or was that the family talking about it later? The crew names would be one thing he probably just couldn't find out casually and I doubt Lord Grantham keeps a copy of the Board of Trade report lying around.) As Mary says, all the stuff he tells Edith he "remembers" are pretty easy guesses, the sort of things a carnival fortune teller can suss out. The conversation about the governess is a bog-standard con-he mentions something general, Edith fills in the details, and he just agrees with her.
Of course they could REALLY be yanking our chains and he might be the real Patrick. But as that's hard to prove and he is only debatably compos mentis, it might not mean disinheriting Matthew...
Here is a synopsis from wikipedia regarding Peter/Patrick
Set in November 1918. A Canadian officer, badly disfigured by burns, asks to be brought to Downton, stating a relation to the family. Lord Grantham agrees, assuming he is some distant relation, sharing common ancestry but he stuns everyone by declaring that he is Patrick Crawley, the supposedly deceased heir. His story is that he survived the Titanic but suffered from amnesia so he was unable to identify himself and lived as a Canadian until a wartime experience restored his memory. Most of the others vehemently deny the possibility even though he remembers many details that only Patrick is likely to have known. However Edith believes him, growing attached to him as he claims that he was always in love with her. Then, Lord Grantham's investigation casts doubt on the Canadian officer's claim, revealing that Patrick Crawley had a friend who emigrated to Canada, leading to his (Peter's)sudden departure, leaving behind a note for Edith that is deliberately ambiguous as to his identity.
So, they would've known each other years before the Titanic.
Her other problem is that even if Matthew inherits, and she can manage to get free of Sir Richard, she doesn't know what Matthew will say when he finds out about Pamuk. The fact that she didn't tell him the first time he proposed only makes it worse.
Has anyone considered that Sir Richard might be behind Patrick's sudden disappearance? It was apparently news to Sir Richard when Edith said that Mary had been engaged to Patrick, and not welcome news.
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