Monday, January 14, 2013

Top Five Lines from Downton Abbey, Season 3, Episode 2

Well now. Wasn't that fun?

I mean, fun for us, but not for poor Edith. And poor, poor Edith is where I think I'll start this week with my Top Five Lines from last night's episode of Downton Abbey.

5. Did anyone else want to slap Edith as she exclaimed, while giddily watched everyone else working so hard to get ready for her wedding, “Something happening in this house is actually about me!” Anyone? Anyone?

But I did love her "Papa's" comeback to Sir Anthony when he asked Robert if he was happy about the marriage: "I’m happy Edith is happy. I’m happy you mean to keep her happy. That is quite enough happiness to be going on with."

Oh those English, they really know how to evade an answer, don't they?

4. Isobel has got to be the most self-righteous, falsely-pious do-gooder I've ever seen, and I, for one, am getting just a leeettle bit tired of it. Surely she's going to get knocked down a peg pretty soon. Or at least gain an ounce of humility.

But in the meantime, it's Violet's job to keep Isobel humble, and she's certainly earning her keep.

This week brought another subtle jab from Violet. Isobel ever-so humbly (not!) joined the chauffeur in the front seat of the car during the "family outing" to Downton Place (you know, that dump the family might have had to move into if Matthew hadn't come to his senses). Sir Anthony says he would have gladly sat in front, but Isobel waves him off with another one of her placating remarks: "Oh, I've sat in the front seat plenty of times" or something like that.

Violet grimaces, then jabs: "Oh, aren't you a wild thing?"

Touche, Violet! Touche!

3. For newlyweds, Mary and Matthew are sure doing their fair share of bickering over money. This does not bode well for the future, I have a feeling. Mary, you've got to stop hen-pecking your husband over his inheritance. It's getting annoying, even to me.

But Matthew had a great comeback for her after she practically forced him to read the letter from Reggie Swire: "Are you sure you didn't write it?"

Bless you, Matthew, for taking her on.

2. My second-favorite moment of the episode came when Cora confronted Mrs. Hughes about the possibility of her being sick. She rambles on and on while Mrs. Hughes just stands there, mouth hanging open, completely stunned that Cora even knows anything about her "situation."

Before Mrs. Hughes can get a word in, Cora tells her, "I don’t want you to have any concerns about where you will go or who will care for you because the answer is 'here' and 'we will.'”

Such a sweet moment of grace and compassion.
1. Soooo, Edith's wedding doesn't quite go as planned. In fact, we could discuss what happened there for a long time (i.e. the way Sir Anthony's head shot up when Edith mentioned Lady So-And-So getting a divorce, or the way Sir Anthony practically RAN to the car when he ditched the wedding scene).

And there was no shortage of discussion at the Big House, either. Leave it to our Lady Violet to lighten up any situation with her sardonic wit. Remember the dining room scene right after the not-happening-wedding?

Cora: Oh, that reminds me, Carson. I don’t want Lady Edith to see any of the wedding food.

Carson: Mrs. Hughes and Anna are taking what’s left down to Mr. Travis tomorrow--for the poor.

Violet: If the poor don’t want it, you can bring it over to me.

Oh, Madam Dowager, I do so love you!


And with that, I'd like to congratulate Maggie Smith on receiving a Golden Globe award, which was probably handed out at just about the same time Downton Abbey was airing last night. 

Dame Maggie, you're the best!! (Please sign on for Season 4! Please?)

So who can't wait for next week? I'm sure there will be plenty more surprises to discuss.

In the meantime, head to the Comments and start talking! I want to know what you thought about last night's episode. Any favorite lines I missed?

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  1. Oh but I'm soooo happy to be shed of that Sir Richard. He was so icky, and wasn't going to do anything to bring out the worst in Edith, which is when she's at her best. Well, her most entertaining, anyway.

    You know what? Right before Matthew asked if Mary had written the letter, Al and I were speculating that she had. And I was a little disappointed when it turned out that she hadn't. I mean, these Grantham girls get married and just give up doing sneaking, conniving things altogether... where's the fun in that?

    I loved the final scene with Mr. Carlson and Mrs. Hughes. Just so sweet!

  2. Oh, I forgot to mention Carson's singing at the end! That was one of my favorite moments too, Megan. I think those two should get together. :)

    And you're right, Edith is at her best when she's at her worst--what a great way to put that.

    I don't think Mary's done with her conniving. But you could be right. What's the message they're sending? Marriage = boring??

  3. Dave was out of town last week ... so we watched three hours of Downton last night. Perfect.


  4. Shelly, I think you should write your own version of Downton - you're awesome at picking out the best lines!


  5. Sounds heavenly, Glenda!

    Sarah, you are so funny! That's high praise coming from you!

  6. LOVED the quote about bringing the food to her if the poor didn't want it! That was the line I couldn't remember.

    The "picnic" complete with beautiful wine glasses was hilarious as was the thought that the "cottage" would be such a huge step down for them.

    I immediately thought that maybe Mary had written that letter but was actually relieved to know that she didn't. She truly loves Matthew.

    I've thought for a while that Mr. Carson has a little thing for Mrs. Hughes. I loved his sweetness toward her and that she puts up with it because she cares for him too. What's Mrs. Hughes' back story? What happened to Mr. Hughes?

    1. There is no Mr.Hughes. The title of Mrs. Is given to head housekeepers or whatever she is. That csme out earlier when she contemplated marrying the old beau now widower but decided to stay instead.

      Carol T.

  7. Hi Shelly! I've been out
    of synch with your D.A.
    posts as I've been ill most
    of 2013, so far ~ ugh! I
    didn't want to read and
    spoil it, but then I forgot
    to come back. Not this
    time! Watched it last night.

    I loved the beginning when
    Edith tells Lady Violet that
    her fiance gets to experience
    the whole marriage thing
    again, right from the start,
    and Lady V retorts, "How

    I mean, who would ever think
    make that kind of remark, except
    for our Lady V?!

    I watched the first two seasons
    by myself, but after we agreed
    to attend a D.A. themed party
    last summer, he agreed to watch
    Season One on Netflix which
    quickly turned to Season Two,
    after the party.

    Now he is hooked, too : )

    Hope you've had a wonderful
    2013, so far. Keep these fun
    posts coming, please!

    xo Suzanne

  8. HOW could you leave out MY favorite line of the night!??

    "Sybil, vulgarity is no substitute for wit."

  9. Yes, Linda, Carol is right. Mrs. Hughes never married. She had had a relationship with that other guy (John?) in her younger years, which came out in season 2. Remember when he wanted to marry her? But she decided that she wanted to stay in her current position rather than get married. All head housemaids in a respected position like that were just called "Mrs." whether or not they were married.

    Suzanne, sorry to hear you've been sick. Not fun. I think most husbands follow the same M.O.--won't watch, thinks DA is a silly Edwardian soap opera, starts to watch and kinda likes it! Love it!

    Jo-Lynne, I have no idea how that line escaped me. That's a great one!

  10. Oh, that's right. I've got to re-watch with my new DVDs. Thanks for the info!

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