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'Downton Abbey' Recap: 'The Sweetest Spirit Is Gone'

Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 3, Episode 4 of PBS' "Downton Abbey."

Fair warning: I'm finding it difficult to be summon my usual measure of snark concerning tonight's episode of "Downton Abbey."

That's arguably a good thing, since the endless drama over dinner attire and electric toasters was getting a bit old. And even matters as grave as Edith's matrimonial fortunes and the future of Downton itself had begun to assume a weightless quality. There was no problem, it seemed, that series creator Julian Fellowes couldn't resolve or pretend had never happened in a span of two episodes.

Well, the death of Lady Sylvia can't be resolved, and it won't be forgotten. As the Dowager Countess -- her customary hauteur invisible for once -- tells Carson, "We've seen some troubles, you and I. Nothing worse than this." Read More...

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