Actress Maggie Downton

February 18, 2012 by staff 

Actress Maggie Downton, Splendid news from Downton Abbey. The gallant Matthew Crawley has regained use of his legs – an awfully/frightfully interesting plot development for the haughty Lady Mary, who loves him still.

But Matthew’s unlikely recovery from spinal cord injuries suffered in the First World War isn’t the weirdest thing that has happened recently on the Masterpiece Theatre show.

No, the weirdest thing would be the one-and-done appearance of the Dis figured Canadian, who may be Downton Abbey’s rightful heir. The D.C., presumed drowned when the Titanic went down, somehow survived but lost his memory and wound up in Montreal.

The poor chap’s face is burned beyond recognition. He also lost the ability to speak posh, and can only talk Canadian now. War is so cruel.

I worry that Downton Abbey is trending downward, as Tony Soprano would say.

I can’t bear the thought of it turning into a soap opera, pardon my fake English drawl.

I don’t think there’s a British expression for “jumping the shark,” the point at which a TV show becomes irredeemably bad. (So named after Fonzie pulled off this unlikely aquatic feat on an episode of Happy Days.)

Maybe “traversing the kippers” would do as a signifier for the troubling decline of Downton Abbey.

The thing is, I won’t make it through the winter if Lady Mary turns into Krystle or some other lesser creature on Dynasty.

Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery, is a driving force in Downton life – barking at the servants, berating her dopey sister Edith, and even dissing the divine Maggie Smith as Violet, the Dowager Countess. When Violet brings up the complicated Matthew situation, Lady Mary snaps, “That’s over now, Granny.”

The hell it is. If you haven’t been watching, Lady Mary loves Matthew but turned down his marriage proposal because of the scandalous incident with the handsome Turk. The cad ravished Lady Mary but died in her bed, which serves him right.

The incident brought out Violet’s not so dormant xenophobia. “Of course it would happen to a foreign-er,” she fumed. “No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else’s house.”

Still, she added, “One can’t go to pieces at the death of every foreigner. We’d all be in a constant state of collapse whenever we opened a newspaper.”

Lady Mary rejected Matthew because it wouldn’t be fair to him if he dis covered she was damaged goods. Something like that, anyway. So Matthew, the silly ass, got engaged to Lavinia – a lovely gal, but drippy.

A few days before her wedding to Matthew, Lavinia, ill with Spanish Influenza, obligingly dies of a broken heart – but only after telling Matthew she saw him kissing Lady Mary as they danced.

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