I am SO glad Matthew and Mary got married. FINALLY. I cannot take any more will-they-or-won't-they drama related to those two. And I have to say, I am glad it shows them disagreeing about a pretty major issue (the Lavinia inheritance thing) but still loving each other. You go, Mary. Never let him forget what a fool he's being about that inheritance. (And of course in Episode 3 we saw him finally willing to give it to Downton. Hallelujah.)
You guys, do NOT cross O'Brien. But also, do NOT cross Thomas. But really, do NOT cross O'Brien. I seriously love those two.
For all the upstairs folk are snobs, the downstairs folks are bigger ones, wouldn't you say? I can't get enough of Carson's subtly outraged facial expressions.
My favorite moment of Episode 3 was the almost-hug between Matthew and Lord Grantham at the end when Matthew said he'd use the inheritance to save Downton. Sniff. My favorite line was probably when distraught Edith tossed off something snarky about Mary "probably being pregnant."
Speaking of, LADY EDITH. She and Mary have come so far since Season 1. Remember when Edith was selling out her own sister to the Turkish Embassy? You guys, just like the American grandma ("that woman" according to Maggie Smith) said, Edith's aged fiance has a house and a title and money so what is the objection? I think those two are over, though. They can only yank us around so much.
Overall, so far, Season 3 is less soapy than Season 2 (until we had a girl literally get jilted at the altar in Episode 3). However, I'm sure there is plenty of time for this to change. For example, I have to say I am seriously wondering if Bates really did it after all. Is anyone else starting to suspect him? Jeremy says no way, but I've had some doubt in my mind all along. And what was that stuff he found under his bed?
PS - I didn't wait for four months to watch this season nice and legally for it to be spoiled by some well meaning soul (I'm talking to you and your Sunday night emails, MOM). The episodes don't show up for us until Monday nights, Dubai time (Monday morning US), so keep any comments about new episodes to yourselves until then, mmkay?