Episode 3
Downton Abbey Series 06

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Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

"Episode 3" brings laughs and sentimentality with sharper writing, a welcome marriage of two beloved characters, and some surprises.

Episode Info

Preparations for the wedding of Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes are under way, but a misunderstanding threatens to shatter the peace. Edith meets up with an old acquaintance who comes to her assistance in an hour of need. Spratt has something to hide but Denker is hot on the trail, and Daisy jumps to conclusions when she hears about a plan of Cora's. Tensions mount over the hospital takeover.

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Critic Reviews for Episode 3

Downton excels as feel-good comedy, and last night's plot showed off the script at its best.

Feb 6, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The first two installments of the season were lackluster, but episode three brings some sharper writing, sly performances, and a surprise that should be infuriating but manages to delight instead.

Feb 5, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

We'll see where Tom fits into Mary's new role, Lady Grantham's fight against modernization, and the rest of the Downton clan, but I enter this plot development with a bit of wariness as to how to properly integrate a character who seemed gone forever.

Feb 5, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It's great to have [Tom] back.

Feb 5, 2016 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

The only thing worse than Anna's history with pregnancies is Edith's history with men... so I'm especially thrilled about the new man in her life.

Feb 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Heartbreaking! Molesley is one of the most consistently good-hearted and kind characters on Downton Abbey.

Feb 5, 2016 | Rating: 4.25/5 | Full Review…

This was a relatively pleasing outing, though, if slightly disjointed and uneventful.

Feb 6, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With all the dithering and minor stories of mundane suspense, it would be easy for the joy at the heart of this episode to be obscured. But Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan play their parts with quiet perfection.

Feb 6, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It is a happy day, as two characters whom we have loved for many years are finally becoming man and wife. If anyone here objects to this blessed union, go read a different recap and forever hold your peace.

Feb 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Even if you don't share Baron Fellowes's knee-jerk reverence for faded gentry, Sir Michael is a poignant old cuss, mourning his dead family and the days when women would go up at evening's end.

Feb 5, 2016 | Full Review…