Downton Abbey's Thomas Reveals Himself, Matthew And Mary Get Good News
Downton Abbey's season three is getting all ready to wrap up, airing a double episode on Sunday night that ended with a (mostly) friendly cricket game between the house and the village. Hot topics included the continuing fertility problems of Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Mary (Michelle Dockery), the professional and romantic future of Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael), the misadventures of Rose (Lily James), and, of course, the intensifying crush Thomas (Rob James-Collier) has on Jimmy-James (Ed Speleers), as well as the misguided romance between Alfred (Matt Milne) and Ivy (Cara Theobold) — both part of the complicated love-pentagon that plagues the kitchen staff of Downton.
In a bold move, Thomas approached Jimmy with his feelings — literally — stealing into his room in the middle of the night and tenderly kissing the sleeping beloved. The tenderness wasn't reciprocated, however, as Thomas violently rejected his mate's advances and Alfred conveniently walked in on the whole spectacle, realizing what many have suspected and few have known about Thomas all along.
Reactions to the news varied, with Carson saying that Thomas had "been twisted by nature into something foul," to which the accused — an increasingly sympathetic character — defended, "I am not foul, Mr. Carson. I'm not the same as you, but I'm not foul." Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), on the other hand, in an uncharacteristic move, not only chose to keep Thomas on at Downton, but promoted him, and clearly convinced Alfred to lay off, saying, "Thomas does not choose to be the way he is."
While the members of the kitchen staff were all reeling under the weight of their unrequited lovelorn ways and the added complication of homosexuality, Lady Edith was busily going about reclaiming her life and redefining her future, going to London to meet with Michael Gregson (Charles Edwards), an editor who wanted to give her a column. And it turns out that's not all he wanted to give her, which should be fine, as long as she can deal with the fact that he's married to a woman whom he's committed to an insane asylum.
The Dowager Countess's (Maggie Smith) niece, Rose, 18, was on her normal tear in the double-hitter episode of Downton, too, taking to the city for some modern clubbing, complete with close dancing, devil's music and heavy petting. Matthew, trying to get comfortable with being paternalistic, follows her about and manages to get a jab or two in about her rebellious ways.
Speaking of Matthew, things started to look up for his aspirations of fatherhood, as it was discovered that it was Mary — not he — who had a problem with fertility, and it happened to be one that was easily fixable with a small operation, paving the way for more little ones to arrive in the future.
Catch the U.S. season three finale of Downton Abbey, which aired as the Christmas special in the U.K., next Sunday on PBS.
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