Down with Downton: Part V, Season Three Recap

It’s the Spring of 1920, and Mary and Matthew are busy with wedding preparations. Everyone is excited about the wedding except Sybil and Branson, who can’t attend because they can’t afford the trip from Ireland. And except for Mr. Bates, who is still rotting in prison, accused of murdering his late wife. Oh, and except … Continue reading

Down with Downton: Part IV

When last we left Downton Abbey, Mary and Matthew were on the outs, Edith was a conniving spinster, Mr. Bates refused to be with Anna because he’s technically married, and the whole world was about to enter a Great War with Germany. So much unresolved angst! Let’s get right back into it. 1916: The war … Continue reading

Down with Downton: Part II

And we’re  back! Now that we’re all acquainted with the Crawley family, let’s meet the people who actually do the work around here. DOWNSTAIRS Mr. Carson: The old butler, oversees pretty much everything, with special authority over the footmen. He is compulsive about maintaining propriety and the reputation of Downton Abbey, and has a special … Continue reading

“Baby Bonanza” by Maureen Child

Buckle up y’all, it’s a Baby Bonanza! Babies! Flying! Everywhere! …Okay fine, it’s actually only two babies, and they’re relatively tame. Which is pretty disappointing after a title like Baby BONANZA. I would have expected at least 5 babies, of various parentages. But, I digress. Jenna Baker is on the worst cruise ever, stuck in … Continue reading