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'Downton Abbey' recap: An indecent proposal

'Downton Abbey' recap: An indecent proposal

The nature of life is not permanence but flux -- except on "Downton Abbey." 

As the series resumes for a fifth season, it's 1924 and a full (fictional) decade since we first met the Crawley family. Carson's above observation may be accurate, but it's a truth that doesn't extend to the halls of Downton Abbey, where seemingly little has changed other than the hemlines. That's the paradox that makes this show enjoyable and vexing in equal measure: Despite the cataclysms unfolding in the broader world and even closer to home, Thomas will continue to scheme, Violet will continue to be the best of frenemies with Isobel, and Edith will continue to be comically...