Downton Abbey Season 6 Premiere

Downton Abbey Season Premiere Recap: Let's Talk About Sex, M'Lady

If you’ve never thought about Carson and Mrs. Hughes having sex, Sunday’s Downton Abbey season premiere probably came as a bit of a shock.

But for those of us who have waited impatiently for the Abbey’s hottest will-they-won’t-they duo to strip down and get to business, it was a welcome relief to see the couple finally having “the talk.” Unfortunately, that relief wasn’t shared by poor Mrs. Patmore, who was made an unwitting go-between in the lovebirds’ sexual confusion.

Her clumsy attempts to ask Carson whether he planned on boning his new bride were made even more uncomfortable by Carson’s apparent refusal to take even the slightest hint. It all worked out in the end, though, with Mrs. Hughes declaring, “If you want me, you can have me,” before going in for a kiss worthy of that Virgin Diaries special on TLC.

(All kidding aside, I love these two, and their happiness is all I need from the show’s final season.)

Downton Abbey Season 6 PremiereUNBURIED SECRETS | Speaking of sex, Lady Mary “Don’t Tell Me to Ride Sidesaddle” Crawley found herself blackmailed by some irrelevant trollop who claimed to have intimate details of her and Tony’s stay at that no-tell hotel from last season. Mary was prepared to take a “don’t feed the animals” approach to the situation, but Papa Crawley knew better than that. In fact, the occasionally lovable lunk managed to completely flip the script, threatening to expose her for blackmailing Mary. (Enjoy those 50 pounds, ya nut job. Don’t spend ’em all in one place!)

FREE, AT LAST | Anna and Bates were finally cleared of suspicion in the murder of Mr. Green, and everybody seemed thrilled for them — even Molesley, who you know couldn’t give less of a damn. That said, the show’s most harrowed pair is hardly out of the woods. (Not that they’ve ever been out of the woods. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to pitch a tent and camp out there for the rest of the season.) Anyway, the Bates’ latest drama is that Anna fears she’ll never be able to carry her husband’s child, something she’s apparently attempted many times already. Sad!

* I want to get invested in this “Andy” fellow, mostly because I think he has a respectable first name, but I learned my lesson with Jimmy. The pretty ones never last.
* Carson isn’t even pretending to want Daisy around anymore.
* I miss Tom even more than I thought I would.
* I don’t miss Rose exactly as much as I thought I wouldn’t.

Fellow Downton-ers, your thoughts on the final season premiere? Hopes for the rest of the season? Grade the episode below, then drop a comment with your full review.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. herman1959 says:

    My impression was that Denker wasn’t fired, she was just made to wonder as payback for spilling info she told not to. I graded the show a B because I like the direction it’s going in.

    • S. says:

      Yeah it felt like not a firing so much as a ‘oh you thought you safe, sweetie? Well oops, so much for that…’ hint. The Dowager isn’t about to go sans maid and as a fan of the status quo and tradition she probably doesn’t want to get rid of anybody she’s used to, but she knows how to put Denker in her place for her meddling. She basically made sure Denker wouldn’t go trying to make anybody else nervous without being nervous herself and everybody will probably be too busy trying to make sure Violet knows they’re indispensable to cause as much drama as they might’ve done.

    • Jo March says:

      You’re right; she didn’t get fired. The possibility of having to be let go was raised by the Dowager. I would have preferred an outright sacking.

  2. Mary says:

    Carson is a man amongst men! Who knew older and stodgy good be so swoon worthy!

    • Jane says:

      Amen! Wasn’t wonderful to see an actual romantic scene as opposed to what passes for romance in movies and TV these days.

    • Sissy says:

      I thought Miss Patmore was going to pass out! I kept thinking, Mr. Carson, don’t tell her, go tell Miss Hughes! Still waters run deep.

  3. SarahJ says:

    Hi! Denker wasn’t fired. She was just teased with the idea of it, to put her in her place.

  4. Elibu says:

    Molesley and Baxter were the ones who found the pub owner to confirm Bates’ alibi at the end of last season. I’d say he was pleased for Bates and Anna. Maybe you meant Thomas didn’t care? Also, Denver wasn’t fired. Violet was just putting her in her place. Perhaps the person doing the recap should pay a little bit more attention.

    • Mytake says:

      Yah, I think he got Molesly and Thomas mixed up too.

      Also, no offense Andy, but you don’t seem a big fan of the show and I (as I’m sure the others here are of like mind) come here to read a recap and read comments of others on their thoughts of the episode.

      Frankly your recap was so minimal and negative that if the owner of this site was standing over you with a gun to your head forcing you to write a review of a show you couldn’t care less about, I wouldn’t be surprised.

      There are thousands of rabid fans of Downton that I’m sure would jump at the chance to watch and recap this show that I have to wonder how you got picked to do the job?

      • Kristy says:

        I think Cora is up to something and is about to throw everyone for a loop.

        • herman1959 says:


          • Kristy says:

            There were several scenes the other night where people esp mary and the dowager were talking over Cora interrupting her.She looked like she was going to explode at the dinner table.. She complained about it to Robert and he was like don’t rock the boat esp with my mother and she was like I don’t think I can do that anymore.

      • Grace says:

        Taking a page from Violet’s book?

    • Jenks says:

      Also, Mrs. Patmore was not an “unwitting” accomplice. Somewhat “unwilling,” maybe. Pay attention, Andy, or let someone who actually likes this show do the recapping. Oh, and “boning his new bride” is, to use a Violet word, vulgar.

    • amurp says:

      very well said did they even watch the show

      • KT5 says:

        Well said to all above. This recap was inaccurate and uncaring. As this is the last season, please TV Line, give this recap to someone who really cares about the show. I usually enjoy reading these.

    • delfiteblu says:

      I think he was too busy using the word “boning” while referring to Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes to remember that if it weren’t for Moleseley Bates could never come home from where he was hiding out in Ireland Moleseley wore the leather off his shoes going around Yorkshire with Bates’ picture to see if anybody remembered him, somebody did, and that;’s how they proved his innocence. Of course the fact that this review was written in September, after the UK premiere, might make it a little less personal to US.

  5. Hammer says:

    Thanks all the powers that be Denker is finally fired. So incredibly overdue. The rest was a little less than the brilliant norm but it did pitch the framing for the rest of the season. Other than that you go Daisy, your spirit and that speach reflect the tide of the service class as well as your fear .

  6. jenferner8 says:

    Thank you for recap! DVR cut off ending. Why is there always one newer character that I can’t stand. That smug little blackmail b###h got more then she deserved. I really thought Carson was going to physically throw her a## out. Thank God she’s gone, hopefully for good. Denker needs to go, NOW! Am I the only one who thinks she looks way to much like Hillary Clinton? Please bring Tom back!! The only thing interesting about Andy is his name. Carson, it was an awkward and funny conversation with Ms. Patmore but once again you brought me to tears saying what every woman wants to hear from the right guy. Glad this Anna and Mr Bates thing is over, it got really tiring last season.

  7. Piers says:

    Did you actually watch the episode or were you into something recreational? Denker was NOT fired, only cautioned. Moseley does care about Bates [he spent his free time to clear him], Barrow doesn’t.

    • Marcie says:

      In addition, Molesley DID give a damn about the Bateses, since he and Baxter went out to find the pub where Bates sat during Green’s murder. I think you meant BARROW couldn’t give less of a damn. BTW, why did the Bates say Green was still free to cause trouble for everyone? Isn’t he dead?

      • Sissy says:

        Marcie, I thought the same thing too when Bates was talking about Green, but I thought I misheard. Anyone have a clarification? TVLine?

        • TJ says:

          I took it to mean that Green had created trouble for the woman who did push him, since she would be in jail for manslaughter.

        • Bonnie W says:

          I thought he was referring to the woman who actually killed him….her troubles are just beginning.

        • Kathleen says:

          She meant that Green’s deeds will continue to impact the lives of the women he raped… either by haunting them (as rape does) or dragging them down so that their reactive actions get them into trouble as in the case of the woman that pushed him to his death.

  8. Tahonia says:

    Denker wasn’t fired, mores the pity

  9. F says:

    I love Carson & Mrs Hughes!! I want to see them get their happy ending!! I loved the ending of this episode! So swoon worthy!! Can’t wait for the wedding!

  10. DowntonFan says:

    I agree wholeheartedly, Mytake. Usually TVLine is great for recaps. This one was neither smartly written nor comprehensive. It was also quite snarky, and not in a clever ironic way.

  11. tony says:

    no spoilers but as a UK viewer I must warn that, well, there will be blood……

    • Morisot says:

      Oh, noooo!!! [I remember in my Buffy chatting days we came to the conclusion that Americans like their dramas to have only happy endings.]

  12. amurp says:

    Denker wasn’t fired she was just reminded of the staffing cuts

  13. Morisot says:

    Heck, this episode totally had me with the pounding of the horses hooves! [Now on the bucket list: Ride to the hounds on a sweeping English estate !]

  14. luli101 says:

    I am so disappointed with this episode! I found myself wanting to fast-forward through storylines, and then thinking, “Wait, what would I be trying to fast-forward to?” The setting and costuming are always breathtaking, and I especially liked the hunt, but the rest….z-z-z-zzzz. Just tying up bad last ends from last season, for which I guess I am grateful. Still love Carson and Ms. Hughes, Anna and Bates, but I missed Tom and Rose….and I would like some more Thomas next week, please!!

  15. Kristy says:

    Was I the only one laughing hysterically when patmore hughes and carson were discussing making love

  16. herman1959 says:

    I don’t like to pile on when someone is on the spot, but I have to agree that this recap was shockingly inept (and inaccurate) compared to tvline’s usual. Even the tone was off. Hopefully this was just a fluke caused by end-of holiday substitutions.

  17. A fan of TV says:

    Denker didn’t get fired, I thought Violet just drove the fear bus into her junkyard of nasty, but I still loved THAT!

    I’m hoping for the following this season, and I’m unapologetic about the sheer volume of happy-ever-afters I actually want here:
    -Edith finally finds her happily ever after
    -Mary to wed only if she finds a man who will worship her like the Queen of Downtown she really is.
    -Cora to stand up to Violet, who shouldn’t get a pass to be a snobby wench just because she’s old and fabulous.
    -Anna and Bates to have a child despite her miscarriages.
    -Andy to be secretly gay and for him and Barrow to live happily ever after, if even in secret. If not Andy, I still want some happiness and love for Barrow.
    -Denker to get fired ;)

  18. Znachki says:

    It gets an A just for *finally* tying up the “storyline that wouldn’t end”. Even at that, they still had to give us one more “wait just a minute” moment.