Downton Abbey

Season 3 Episode 3

Episode 3

11
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2012 on PBS
9.0
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  • POOR, POOR EDITH

    Downton Abbey: In Which Edith Needs Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    These people have the most amazing luck ever. Except Edith. Sorry, Edith.

  • Episode Summary

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    Edith's happiness is overshadowed by her family's opposition to her plans regarding Anthony Strallan but will their disapproval change things? Meanwhile as the mounting financial pressures threaten to engulf the estate and everyone connected with it, Mary decides that she must make an urgent move before all is lost for good.

    It looks as though Miss O'Brien may be about to make a very important decision with regard to her future while Mrs. Hughes awaits news concerning her own possibilities. Has Anna finally come across something which may help Bates be freed or will it come to nothing? How will the members of the Crawley family and the staff deal with all the changes which may be taking place in their once-perfect world?

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Illuminating but nterrrogative at the same time

      10
      The last unmarried daughter Edith just has no luck. Something always happen and ruins it. Well if you ask me I think it's better that way. But let's come to the substancial news of the salvation of Downton. Matthew was at last convinced to help the family after Lavinia's letter sent to her father. We must not overlook Bate's troubles in jail and Mrs Hughes health results which by the way did not become known to us as far as i am concerned.moreless
    • Deceptive and excellent. (SPOILERS)

      9.5
      This one had me a little worried as it seemed very 'slow' to start with, and somewhat predictable, however, I am happy that I was wrong in thinking that the whole episode was going to be like that.



      Naturally, Matthew ended up with Reggie Swire's money, and what he did with it was always going to happen too.



      I feel very sorry for Amy Nuttall (Ethel Parks) because last season she had quite a big role, and, after three episodes, all the poor girl has done is have Ethelm running in and out of a room which contains Isobel and a group of 'fallen' women. PLEASE, give her some merit and a point to her storyline, we are almost half-way through!



      Violet wasn't as perky and quick-witted as usual, but she DID get a couple of good lines in! Robert and Matthew playing 'I can be more noble than you' was annoying but I loved the way O'Brien has gone after Thomas, I feel VERY sorry for him already. Not overly keen on her young nephew. Perhaps the apple doesn't fall far from the tree?



      It was delightful seeing how happy and relieved Carson was when Mrs. Patmore relayed the good news about Mrs. Hughes. Kudos to Jim Carter here for a fine job. As for what happened with Edith, it was always going to be the case, I have never seen a more terrified looking groom in my life. I feel dreadfully sorry for Edith for a change and next week, it's back to worrying about Sybil again. Poor old Edith never gets a look in. I hope the writers are careful to keep Mary and Matthew as part of the main plot, they are in danger of becoming part of the furniture.



      One final question. Why was Aunt Rosamund not at the wedding and not even mentioned? I know I sound like I'm complaining, but it was a great episode, just a little slow to get moving.moreless
    Hugh Bonneville

    Hugh Bonneville

    Robert, Earl of Grantham

    Elizabeth McGovern

    Elizabeth McGovern

    Cora, Countess of Grantham

    Maggie Smith

    Maggie Smith

    Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

    Jessica Brown-Findlay

    Jessica Brown-Findlay

    Lady Sybil Crawley (Branson)

    Michelle Dockery

    Michelle Dockery

    Lady Mary Crawley

    Dan Stevens

    Dan Stevens

    Matthew Crawley

    Robert Bathurst

    Robert Bathurst

    Sir Anthony Strallan

    Guest Star

    David Robb

    David Robb

    Dr. Richard Clarkson

    Guest Star

    Michael Cochrane

    Michael Cochrane

    Reverend Travis

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