(Please-no spoilers! Assume that all readers are viewing Downton Abbey as it airs on PBS)

Monday, February 27, 2012


It has been reported that ABC will air the new British miniseries "Titanic".  This year is the 100th anniversary of the sinking.

The connection this series has to Downton Abbey is that Titanic was written by Julian Fellowes, the Downton scriptwriter.

Watch for Titanic to air on April 14 & 15.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Quotes Revisited

From Season 1-Episode 1

Word has just reached Downton Abbey about the sinking of the Titanic.

Lady Edith Crawley: I thought it was supposed to be unsinkable.

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: Every mountain is "unclimbable" until someone climbs it. So every ship is "unsinkable" until it sinks.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Guilty Verdict and a Proposal

Sunday night's episode was the "Christmas Episode".  It aired in the U.K. at Christmas.  We saw how the holidays are celebrated at Downton and we finally got to see what happened to Mr. Bates.  He was found guilty of his wife Vera's murder. 

Anna showed much courage first when she went to the jail to visit John, then after the trial.  As the episode came to a close we found out that his sentence had been reduced from death by hanging to life in prison. 

Then there's Tom Barrow.  What a creep.  First he steals Lord Grantham's dog and then he worms his way into John Bates' job.

At the end of the episode it finally happened, Matthew proposed to Lady Mary.  It was a great scene.  They were standing outside the Abbey, in the snow, and Mary told him he had to get down on one knee if he wanted to propose.  He did.  I thought it was great that Lady Mary retained her dignity after all she's been through.

What did you think of the episode?  Any guesses a to what will happen with John Bates?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Dead or Alive

OK....last night a new war casualty arrived at Downton Abbey.  This mysterious stranger convinces Lady Edith that he is Patrick Crawley, heir to Downton, who was believed to have drowned when the Titanic sank.

What do you think?  Is he really Patrick Crawley or an impostor?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Any fan of Downton Abbey knows that Violet, The Dowager Countess of Grantham, artfully played by Maggie Smith, has given us the latest topic of conversation around the water cooler.

The quick wit of the Dowager Countess has taken on a life of it's own.

You can find them on Youtube.  You'll find them in all the magazines, from those that a Lord or Lady would read to those at the supermarket check-out.  They are emblazoned on pillows and coffee cups.

Yes, I am talking about Violet-isms.  Here are two of my favorites:

Lady Cora:               I might send her over to visit my aunt.  She could get to know New York.
Lady Grantham:       Oh, I don't think things are quite that desperate.

Lady Grantham:          It's quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement
                                       wherever you look.  I never knew such reforming zeal.
Mrs. Isobel Crawley:  I take that as a compliment.
Lady Grantham:          I must have said it wrong.

What are some of your favorite Violet-isms?