'Downton Abbey' Season 3 episode 2: Lady Edith's trip down the aisle

downton-abbey-lady-edith-wedding.jpgThe second episode of "Downton Abbey" Season 3 caused quite the waterworks in our household -- what about yours?

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Poor Lady Edith. We really thought this was going to happen for her. Getting jilted at the altar was pretty heartbreaking, as was her spinster line. We do hope she's not relegated to spinster status just yet. And we must commend Laura Carmichael and Robert Bathurst on their excellent jobs this episode. They really knocked it out of the park.

In other news, the deux ex machin-Swire has swooped in and saved Downton. Honestly, the idea of Downton in financial straits and having to modernize and change was so interesting. It's a real shame the easy fix came in so soon. That letter that Lavinia supposedly wrote to her father and had Daisy deliver was just a bridge too far for us in regards to this storyline. What would've been really interesting, had the writers been on the ball, is if we KNEW about the letter in Season 2 and were just waiting for the characters to piece things together. Now that we could've gotten behind.

Either way, the Crawleys don't have to leave Downton. Did anybody really think they would?

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The gossip mongers provided some hilarious subplots this week, but the real shining moment for the staff was Mrs. Hughes getting a clean bill of health -- and Mr. Carson singing about it. Their relationship is one of the most interesting on the show and it was so lovely to see all the unspoken things and Carson's joy at Mrs. Hughes' being OK. The waterworks started all over again at that moment.

In other schemes, O'Brien is really facing off with Thomas and we know who our money is squarely on in that face-off. We think Thomas might be in over his pretty little head with O'Brien. She's a snake. Not that we feel that bad for Thomas, at this point.

The Bates case is growing a bit wearisome, so it's nice that Anna appears to have caught a break. The Ethel storyline is also wearing a little thin. She needs to be put to use somehow, not just popping up in one little scene every week. We didn't care for her in Season 2 and Season 3 is doing the character no favors either.

What did you think of the second episode of "Downton"?

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