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Season 3 picks up in the Spring of 1920 just in time for Mary's wedding to good ol' cousin Matthew Crowley. How convenient for Mary that she won't have to go through the trouble of changing her monogram or her name on her driver's license since they are both Crowley's.
Taking on Alfred as the new footman was not only bad timing for Mr. Carson, but it also puts the breaks on hiring a new kitchen maid so poor Daisy can finally get promoted.
Sooo, Lady Mary wants to live at Downton after she and Matthew are married, rather than get her own place? I'm with Matthew on this. Nobody wants to do what newlyweds do a few doors down from their parents.
Meanwhile, Lord Grantham sneaks off to London to meet with the trustee of the estate. Now we know why he was being so secretive: Robert has lost the bulk of Lady Grantham's fortune in a railroad deal gone bust and HEISTHISCLOSE to having to sell Downton.Of course Robert has waaay to much pride to go down without a fight.
He does confess the money troubles to Cora, who vows to stick by him through it all. They hope to find a way to make it work but agree to not mention it to her mother, Martha Levinson, who is making her way to Downton for Lady Mary's wedding.
Bates is still in the clink but he hasn't lost his sense of hope. Anna has agreed to help him gather information to help prove his ex-wife committed suicide and exonerate him from his murder conviction.
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Until next time....