ROSEMARY HARRIS: Part of my brain is thinking Go Giants! and the rest of it is thinking Will someone please stop to Mrs. Bates?? Somehow picture in picture is not going to work tonight and I have a feeling it will be at a critical moment in the game when Laura Linney - in that cute black lace dress - starts recapping what happened last week on Downton Abbey.
Unless the Superbowl is a nailbiter I will be bailing to see what's happening at DA.
My predictions - Mary will break her engagement, Lavinia will be sent packing (tortured and torn, to be sure, but gone.) Now that Mama Crowley has Matthew to look after, let's hope she's less annoying. Branson, the chauffeur got to second base, sort of, last week, with his hand on Sybil's waist. This week...a kiss?
Other prediction...GIANTS, of course!!!
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: I am trying to imagine Jonathan's face when I suggest clicking over to DA. Not going to happen. I fear around our house, we're gonna rely on TiVo.
I say GO PATS of course..but I must say I don't always love watching big games. I feel awful when someone flubs or makes a mistake.
ROSEMARY: That's so true...GETTING to the Super Bowl is usually the better game.
HANK: MY big big question--DA is all about the entail, right? So, not wanting to spoil anything, but er, things being how they seem to be with Matthew, and thinking of potential heirs...now what???
RHYS BOWEN: I'm not going to cheer for the Giants after they somehow managed to get the better of my 49rs. And Tom Brady is a Bay Area boy, so Go PATS.
And luckily Masterpiece comes on later on the West Coast. Someone has to kill Mrs. Bates soon. And I have a perfect way of solving this whole entitlement thing: Matthew inherits, but is a nice chap and says "I don't need all this money and this huge house. Why don't you share it with me and I'll officially adopt the child of any of the Downton girls?" No need for series 3.
HALLIE EPHRON: Not a big football fan, and neither is Jerry. We'll be watching DA, most definitely, and here are my bets:
Yes, Mary will dump Rupert Murdoch... er, Sir Richard.
Lavinia will fade into the wallpaper.
Matthew will walk, etc.
ROSEMARY: ..walk, etc.? Hallie, you're so delicate!
HALLIE: O'Brien will have to choose between her loyalty to Cora and her twisted relationship with Thomas. No doubt which way that will end because O'Brien is redeemable.
I don't much care about Bates and Anna.
Gwen will kill herself or become a prostitute, because what else is there?
As my mother was fond of saying: Nous verrons. (We shall see.)
ROSEMARY: Gwen will kill herself ... ooh that's interesting ...and EDITH will discover her maternal side? I do think Mary will inspire Matthew to greatness..or at least tumescence, but not sure that will happen this weekend. Frankly, Sir Richard is just as rich and a little edgier than Matthew.