Downton Abbey season premiere recap: Get Her To The Church On Time

As Matthew and Mary get ready to walk down the aisle, Robert receives some devastating news for the estate
Ep. 01 | Aired Jan 6, 2013

WEDDING BELLS Will Mary and Matthew's eight-year back and forth come to an end?


Then we have another one of Matthew and Mary's sexy back and forths. "You looking forward to the wedding?" Matthew asks his bride to be. "What do you think?" Mary says. "I'm looking forward to all sorts of things." Matthew coos. "Don't make me blush," she adds. Am I the only one who thinks this is really hot?

The following morning, Sybil arrives with Tom and no one is happy to see him. At least he's very good-looking.

News from the estate of Reggie Swire, the late father of Matthew's deceased fiancée Lavinia, makes Matthew uneasy. Reggie's will names Matthew as the third heir. But, the first heir died, and the second heir is missing. According to Matthew, Swire left a great deal of money after his death. (He must have made his fortune after being so broke that Sir Richard Carlisle blackmailed Lavinia to get her father out of debt. Right?)

At dinner, everyone teases Tom in their veiled British way for not dressing for dinner and are appalled to hear he won't be wearing a morning coat for the wedding. "I'm sorry, I can't turn into someone else just to please you," Tom explains. The discussion turns to Irish politics, and Tom gets heated, causing Cora to change the subject to Irish gardens. Nice going, Lady Grantham.

Tom tries to visit his old comrades downstairs, but they receive him stiffly. And when Sybil suggests that he go to town to buy some tails to wear, and maybe he could stop talking about Ireland so much, he tells her not to disappoint him. See Sybil, it's fine for him to ask you to change your entire life for him, but don't even think about asking him to put on a nicer jacket.

And we break for a third "can Matthew and Mary just do it already" exchange.

Mary: "Shall I order the car?"
Matthew: "I don't think I can refuse a lift with mother then make the poor man go out again. I'll walk."
Mary: "It might rain."
Matthew: "Then I'll get wet. Now come and kiss me."

But Mary ruins the moment by inquiring about Reggie's money, and Matthew tells her that even if he does end up inheriting, he "can't keep it."

NEXT: Cora is much too good to Robert

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