Downton Abbey Series 6 Episode 3 Recap: Introducing Mr. And Mrs. Carson, Tom And Sybbie Return And (Hopefully) Baby Bates

*As usual, these recaps contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you have not seen the episode.


  • Edith reunites with Bertie Pelham (Harry Hadden-Paton). Viewers met Bertie briefly at the end of the last series when he was staying with Rose’s (Lily James), in-laws, Lord and Lady Sinderby. Bertie asks Edith to meet him for a drink. When Edith has to pull an all-nighter because she has a deadline and her unruly editor is out of the picture (thanks to Edith finally firing him), Bertie offers to help Edith and her assistant, Audrey (Victoria Emslie) complete the manuscript to be sent to the publisher the next morning. This guy is a keeper. He is not old enough to be her father and is not the 1920’s equivalent of Edward Rochester. Whatever you do, Edith, this guy is a catch. Do not let him go.
  • Tom (Allen Leech) and Sybbie (Fifi Hart) return. But of course, they make their entrance during the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Carson’s (Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan) wedding breakfast. At least they are back and back for good.
  • Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) disagree on the wedding celebration. Mary calls her mother a snob.
  • Robert (Hugh Bonneville) is again caught between his wife and his mother about the hospital. The disagreement between Isobel  (Penelope Wilton) and Violet (Maggie Smith) is becoming a bit too vicious as evidenced by Isobel’s below the belt comment to Dr. Clarkson (David Robb). Isobel later apologizes, but the battle lines are drawn.


  • Mrs. Hughes has decided what she wants to wear on her big day, but wishes she had something else a bit nicer. Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicols) conspire to create something nice for her. But before her wedding, Anna, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore are caught by Cora in her room trying on a jacket. Not in the mood to deal with anyone or anything, Cora snaps, but later apologizes.
  • Anna thinks she is pregnant, but does not tell anyone other than Mary. Not even her husband, Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) knows.
  • After her blunder in the first episode and the news that Yew Tree farm will soon be empty, Daisy (Sophie McShera) asks Cora about her father in law moving in.  Cora does not have the heart to tell the girl that the idea is still a little too pie in the sky.
  • Seeing his own past in Daisy, Molesley (Kevin Doyle) encourages her to move with her education with Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) is included on the plans for Mrs. Hughes wedding dress.
  • In the Dowager house, a little secret is revealed about Spratt (Jeremy Swift). His nephew has a police record. Miss Denker (Sue Johnston), swears she can keep a secret.
  • Thomas has another job interview. The only issue is that the house is empty, with the exception of the elderly owner and a part-time house keeper. I think Thomas better pass on this one.


This episode was certainly more exciting than the last episode. I loved that Edith has finally found a life outside of Downton.

Dowager Quote Of The Week

On Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) being on Team Isobel about the hospital “A peer in favor of reform? It’s like a turkey in favor of Christmas,”.


On Martin Luther King Jr Day

If you will it, it is no dream; and if you do not will it, a dream it is and a dream it will stay-Theodore Herzl

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Like his predecessor, Mahatma Gandhi, he saw what could be a better world. He also saw the injustice and prejudice that was holding back that world.

He could have done nothing. It would have been far easier sit back, and take it. But he chose to speak out, march and be the voice for the disenfranchised African-American community. While his life was cut short far too soon, his legacy will live on.

The main lesson that I take away from him is that instead of throwing your hands up in the face of injustice and simply taking it, we should be speaking out. We should be making our voices heard in favor of those who cannot speak for themselves.

In spite of the hardship and the difficulties that lay ahead, Martin Luther King Jr. was willing to make the sacrifice for a better world.

Perhaps we should take a lesson from his playbook and do the same.



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