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    Must-read hilariously snarky recap of Episode 1:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/osc...social_twitter

    10:00 PM, JANUARY 5 2014

    Downton Abbey Season Four—Premiere Recap: Lady Mary Hosts a Horrid Pity Party in Memory of Matthew
    by Julie Miller

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    It seems like a decade since we stateside viewers were last whisked inside the cavernous halls of Downton Abbey. We remember it not so fondly. . . Julian Fellowes was out back hastily digging a grave for Matthew Crawley and dumping him in it during the final few seconds of the Christmas special—happy holidays!—after Lady Mary had birthed a replacement heir. Memories! The season-four premiere opens six months later, in 1922, with Lady Mary handling the loss of her darling cousin/husband Matthew with the grit and class that her ancestors—porcelain figurines, we think—intended.

    Haha, no. Actually, Lady Mary is in the throes of a pity party so magnificently unsympathetic that even Anna, Mary’s sister from a downstairs mister, looks like she is this close to slapping the grief right out of her. Determined not to let any fresh air or lavender walking accessories kill her mourning buzz, Mary deposits her plump cherub, Master George, with Nanny West. Bidding him a fond farewell—“Poor little orphan”—she then gets back to her self-pity proceedings. If she can find the strength to do anything more than stare dramatically into the distance, we’re sure that she will work some sweatpants and the consumption of Chunky Monkey in bed into her grueling schedule.


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    Because you know you've missed it:

    If Downton Abbey took place entirely on Facebook - Season 4, Episode 1: http://happyplace.someecards.com/284...on-4-episode-1

    Ghost of Matthew Crawley...

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    ^ "Mr Molesley: Perfect! My showing at the cricket match proves I never choke under pressure!"

    and "Mr Molesley has unfriended Mr Molesley"
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    OMG that is hysterical! It's long but worth it folks - make yourself a pot of tea and enjoy!

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    That was so darn funny. I was literally LOL with tears in my eyes. Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    OMG that is hysterical! It's long but worth it folks - make yourself a pot of tea and enjoy!
    Also at the bottom of the page they have a link to the episodes they documented for Season 3...too funny!

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    "I'm sure we can find you someone who isn't pure evil to bring you your tea, ma'am."

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    And little George is already a master of snark!
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    Funny or Die's take on Downton ... or rather, what Michelle Dockery should do after Downton:

    http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/262...chelle-dockery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    But there's Cora being stupid again. Even though Barrow had earned her trust, Anna has earned her trust 100 times more - notably the Turkish lover dramz. She should have said "well that doesn't sound like Anna, but thank you for bringing it to my attention" and then she should have gone straight to either Anna or Mrs Hughes and not left her thickheaded husband to go through Bates about it.

    Cora's always been a bit too trusting and accepting IMO. I'd like to see her stronger.
    It was beyond stupid and trusting for Cora. It was stupid writing It was beyond the realm of believability. There's no way Cora would have trusted the new maid that Hughes was at least expressed reservations about ahead of Cora who has been trusted by the family for years. And Barrow should have gotten the boot a long time ago. There's no way anyone in that household could find him trustworthy. It didn't even make sense for them to be covering for Tom because he really didn't do anything.

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    Lady Mary reminded me of Wednesday Addams at the beginning of the program.

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    OMG! The episode! The Vanity Fair recap! The Faux Facebook recap! So much fun! Wheeeeeeeeee!!!
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    Let's talk about the real travesty that took place in this premiere : No canine butt shot in the opening credits!

    Isis must have pooped on Julian Fellow's rug.
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    My problem with the hiring of Edna is that all Mrs. Hughes had to say was a version of the truth to settle the matter: Edna made an inappropriate advance towards Tom. He was uncomfortable but didn't want to see her tossed out with a bad reference, so Mrs. Hughes obliged with Tom's wishes to give her a good recommendation. I wish they would have just added a new character altogether for the ladies maid.

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    Small scene spoiler...

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    NEW #DowntonPBS video: watch an exclusive scene from #DowntonAbbey S4E2, airing this Sunday on @masterpiecePBS: http://to.pbs.org/1dsPFjC

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    I wish they would have just added a new character altogether for the ladies maid.


    Keep hope alive! Yes Cora's negligence I attempted to explain as she needed a maid promptly and since Edna had already worked at the Abbey and Mrs Hughes wrote a good reference, and she did say Edna is a good worker.............I see her character as the type of mistress that generally tries to be benevolent with her servants and does not care much about what they are up to beyond their loyal service. If you are used to having servants, you will know what I mean. Such mistresses are very easy to manipulate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostonfan View Post
    Let's talk about the real travesty that took place in this premiere : No canine butt shot in the opening credits!

    Isis must have pooped on Julian Fellow's rug.
    My question is shouldn't Isis (who appears to be full-grown in the premiere) be at LEAST 11 and therefore very elderly by now? For a lab, she should be a senior citizen. Oh, no, are we going to get a "the Earl loses his beloved dog" episode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    My question is shouldn't Isis (who appears to be full-grown in the premiere) be at LEAST 11 and therefore very elderly by now? For a lab, she should be a senior citizen. Oh, no, are we going to get a "the Earl loses his beloved dog" episode?
    Though never called by name, the original Grantham dog was Pharaoh. He died at the end of Season 1, and Season 2 saw the arrival of Isis. If Isis was a big puppy at that time (mid-WWI) then she'd be approximately 6-8 years old by now.

    EDIT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...ing-rival.html

    Downton's war of the labradors: Show's canine star is hounded out by castle's very unwelcoming rival
    By CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS and PETER ROBERTSON
    UPDATED: 16:15 EST, 30 July 2011



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    Check this out...too cute!

    http://www.people.com/people/article...772570,00.html

    Man Creates Adorable Downton Abbey Lego Set for His Girlfriend
    By ALEX HEIGL
    01/06/2014 at 12:00 PM EST
    Last edited by dardar1126; 01-07-2014 at 04:42 PM.

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    Two things from the premier episode really bothered me: the ridiculous return of Edna thanks to Cora once again being so gullible (listening to the immature Rose!), and the character of Rose constantly looking over her shoulders which she has done since we first saw her last season. Other than those two irritations, I loved the two hour show Sunday night. I'll be interested to see how Fellowes treats the next American to appear at the Abbey, Cora's brother. He certainly didn't write good lines for Cora's mother and he's made Cora so OTT trusting of folks she's been warned about (e.g., O'Brien, Thomas).

    Does anyone else have difficulty understanding some of the actors playing the servants? In many of the "downstairs" scenes, usually in the kitchen amongst the younger staff, I can't figure out what they're saying (don't have any problems with Carson, Mrs. Hughes, Anna and Mr. Bates).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zee703 View Post
    Does anyone else have difficulty understanding some of the actors playing the servants? In many of the "downstairs" scenes, usually in the kitchen amongst the younger staff, I can't figure out what they're saying (don't have any problems with Carson, Mrs. Hughes, Anna and Mr. Bates).
    Sometimes with the characters that have the stronger, working-class accents, I do lose a few words...particularly if they are said in a clipped or sotto voce manner.

    Also the kitchen scenes are usually noisy and crowded, so it's easier to miss words or lines.

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    I think Cora impulsively hiring Edna is totally within her character. Where I fault the writers is Cora trusting Barrows against Anna without even asking Anna about it. Other servants, yes, I can see Cora taking Barrows' word at face value, but not Anna. Cora I think would at least have had a word with Mary about it. It was sloppy writing.

    Rose annoys me. Maybe she'll get eaten by sharks.
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