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Everything you need to know about me is summed up by this story from the early 90s. I waited on Danny Bonaduce in a chain restaurant in Dayton, OH, and he was an ass then asked me if I knew he was. And I said, "Joey Buttafuoco?" I didn't get a tip but I amused myself so it was totally worth it.
  • Redmeph

    At that time, the mourning period expected of a widow was about 2 years. Blame Queen Victoria, she caused that.

  • Redmeph

    I hate to break it to you, but Downton Abbey is absolutely past-porn – it’s not realistic in the slightest, there are a huge number of anachronisms – it’s basically a bad soap.

    And there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a soap. But at it’s best, it’s the Big Mac of English Culture. So you are still slumming it.

  • I’m glad you’re recapping DowntonAbbey.
    Now, I don’t feel like I’m slumming when I come to TrashTalkTV.
    Uh, the first way to improve this show is by having Tom Branson do more shirtless scenes!
    Edith is my favorite so I’m happy she’s getting jiggy finally even if it is with Rochester.
    That Edna is skanky. I can’t wait till she gets her comeuppance.

  • Aunt Dorsey

    Aw, confess, you just like Carson because of his magnificent proboscis. With a nose that magnificent, it’s hard to believe he’s not French.

  • Aunt Dorsey

    Glad to see Thomas Barrow’s bounced back from the scandal of “the love that dare not speak its name” and returned to his evil shit-stirring ways. You can’t keep a good man down. Now that they’ve conveniently and expediently replaced that dour sourpuss O’Brien with Edna, aka O’Brien-lite, let’s hope that the two will connive up a storm. Please let that e-vile succubus Edna set her sights on that consummate fortune-hunting ass, Robert, and do her level best to seduce him. That would be so nice, lots and lots of hand wringing would ensue. Best of British luck to her!

    I’m totally enjoying all the bashing of the sainted Mary. When you lose a spouse, it is like being sucker punched, having all the air knocked out of you and then being shrink-wrapped. But really, six damn months to lounge around feeling all sorry for yourself. Snap the hell out of it already, I know a few professional widows and they are tiresome as hell.

    I so want to believe that roly poly Nanny West is related to the tiny rapper Kanye “Imma let you finish…” West. But I’d probably had too much Old Door Knob by that point.

  • DelusionsOfCandor

    I have never wanted to attack a fictional character more than Nanny West. I don’t think she discouraged Thomas from engaging Sybbie because he is gay, but because she doesn’t think that child deserves affection. Poor baby.

  • NotWithoutMyTV

    It’s hard NOT to love a guy who makes pronouncements like “I have asked for silence on this matter, and it is silence I will have!”

  • NotWithoutMyTV

    Why’d the writers go to all the trouble of giving Thomas feelings and a conscience in season 3 if they were just going to zap him back to his factory settings of “petty coniver”? He’s a lot more interesting as a character with three actual dimensions.

  • Wasabipeas

    I love Carson!

  • cattyfan

    Matthew bought into the estate with the money he inherited from Lavinia’s father. It’s what allowed the family to keep Downton, and it’s why he got to help in the plans for how to run the estate.

    I love Tom more each season.