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Downton Abbey

'Downton Abbey' recap: How the other half lives

'Downton Abbey' recap: How the other half lives

As anyone who's ever been sucked into a "House Hunters" marathon understands, there are few things as universally appealing as spying on other people's real estate -- especially when that real estate is, well, real estate like Downton Abbey. 

The Crawleys open up their ginormous ancestral home to the public for one day only to raise funds for the hospital. The very idea is horrifying to the three most vocal defenders of the status quo, Violet, Grantham and especially Carson. He sees it as a needless invitation to thieves to slip a first edition in their pockets and a great way to incite class warfare. "Next thing you know, there’s a guillotine...