Season 6 of the British period drama TV series “Downton Abbey” aired its third episode on PBS on January 17 and it featured the return of Tom, who apparently stole the thunder from the wedding of Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes.
Tom told the Crawleys on his return from Boston that he learned that Downton is his home and they are his family. He said that he did not know it before when he left but now he knows it already.
Although Tom literally crashed the wedding, the union could not have materialized after the unpleasantness between Cora and Mrs. Hughes when the latter was essentially ambushed with a wedding intervention, notes TV Line.
But like all unpleasantness at Downton, the unfortunate incident was quickly fixed as Cora gifted one of her coats to the blushing bride and all was well.
The wedding turned out to be just delightful, upstairs on one side of the aisle, downstairs on the other. There were also bagpipes.
The episode’s best scene
The best scene of episode 3 of Season 6 of “Downton Abbey” however, was the job interview between Barrow and Sir Michael Reresby, played by Ronald Pickup, in the mausoleum called Dryden Park.
Michael was a poignant old cuss, mourning his dead family and the days when women would go up at evening’s end, with their faces lit from the flame from their candle, their diamonds twinkling as they climbed up into the darkness.
Credit for the excellent scene goes to Pickup and to the “Downton Abbey” set designers who are every bit as meticulous like an aristocratic squalor as with an aristocratic splendor, details the New York Times.
The best lines of the episode came from Lady Violet when she quipped that she know several couple who are perfectly happy who have not spoken in years. She also said that in her experience, second thoughts are vastly overrated.
The last hurrah of the Crawleys
Season 6 of the British period drama “Downton Abbey” has already wrapped up in the UK but over in the US, it has just started on January 3.
The advance airing of “Downton Abbey” Season 6 in the UK through the ITV network hardly has an effect on the showing of the same TV series in the US via the PBS network since Americans don’t expect to get spoilers from the Brits about the show
In order to get viewers primed and ready for the last hurrah of the Crawleys, PBS released a sneak peek video clip before the season premiere of Season 6 of “Downton Abbey.”
Initially, it seems that it’s business as usual for the aristocratic Lord Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville, and his family. He was seen preparing to head out on a hunt with his eldest daughter Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery, while Lady Grantham, played by Elizabeth McGovern, must stay behind to deal with a hospital board meeting.
Lord Grantham may not be in favor of Lady Mary’s decision to ride in the ungraceful astride fashion but she does not waste any time in teaching her father about how the old ways was so much more dangerous.
Another interesting plotline that American viewers should watch out for “Downton Abbey” during its Season 6 is the possible re-ignition of the competitive spirit between Lady Mary and Lady Edith, played by Laura Carmichael.
In a recent interview, Laura Carmichael said that the sisters remain true to their relationship. She said that there is an element of respect and love in the relationship but it is just frosted in the guise of bitterness.
She added that Season 6 of “Downton Abbey” will have plenty of such because both Lady Mary and Lady Edith are becoming the successful women in different ways.
Carmichael further went to explain that with Edith managing the paper in the city and Mary overseeing the estate at home, the sisters will be battling on who did their respective jobs better.