Julianne’s Recap and Future Speculations for Downton Abbey Season 3 Episode 2

Starting the season off with a two-hour premiere really sets the standard. I felt cheated last night with a one-hour episode, although the plus side is that I don’t have to remember as much.

*Spoiler alert: Don’t read any more if you’re not caught up yet!

Last night’s episode was supposed to be all about Edith getting married, but a certain fiancé left her at the alter. How rude! Even though Edith made some comment about making him her life’s work because he is old and only has one good arm, Sir Anthony always seemed so jumpy. I say good riddance. I rarely feel bad for Edith, but last night I did.

Cybil finally looks pregnant, so there’s that to look forward to in coming episodes.

The big news is that Downton Abbey will not be lost! Turns out Lavinia Swire wrote to her father on her deathbed explaining about Matthew and Mary, so he knew before his death what was up. Thank goodness sneaky Lady Mary stole the letter Mr. Swire wrote to Matthew otherwise he never would have known! Lord Grantham refused to accept Matthew’s money. Instead, he suggested that Matthew invest his money in Downton and together the two would be co-lords of Grantham.

Downstairs in the servants’ hall, Thomas told Moseley that O’Brien was planning on putting in her notice, which was not true. It was all cleared up by the end of the episode and we were left with a threat to Thomas from O’Brien. I’m so glad they feud with each other now. I prefer that to the two of them scheming.

Carson and Lady Grantham both find out about Mrs. Hughes and her health. The good news is that it’s benign, or so we’re led to believe. Carson was so stinkin’ cute when he found out Mrs. Hughes was alright, he was singing while polishing the silver.

It looks like there’s a love interest brewing between Daisy and Alfred.

In prison, it looks like someone is out to get Bates in trouble. In the prison yard he’s warned that it’s his cellmate, but after their cell was searched I got the feeling that one of the guards had been in on it. Anna traveled to London to meet with the closest thing Vera Bates ever had to a friend, but she didn’t learn anything useful.

Outside of the house, former-maid-turned-prostitute Ethel tries to come to Isobel’s rehab center again but chickens out. After receiving Ethel’s address from Mrs. Hughes, Isobel tracks Ethel down, but still we learn nothing.

Burning questions: Will Mr. Bates EVER get out of prison? Who is trying to get him in trouble? Will Anna learn anything helpful, or perhaps will she learn something that totally changes her perspective of Mr. Bates? How will poor Edith mend her broken heart? Will there be another love interest for her or will she become engrossed in some sort of activity like nursing and helping people instead? When will Cybil have her baby? Are Matthew and Mary going to have a baby? What’s O’Brien going to do next to mess with Thomas? Where will this love interest between Daisy and Alfred go? Is Mrs. Hughes really okay, or was she just saying that so people would stop treating her like she was sick? And for the love of God will Ethel suck it up and ask for help already?

How will the drama unfold? I can’t wait to find out!

-J

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