The biggest problem is that the Earl does not have a male heir. He had planned to marry his oldest daughter to the heir presumptive, but when he dies during the sinking of the Titanic, the Earl loses the ability to keep his estate and fortune in the family. His wife is furious, since the money was hers (he married her for money before he fell in love with her) and there is no way for her to separate it out for her daughters.
Then there is the staff. The new valet shows up with a cane, causing most of the staff to question whether or not he can do his job. But he is an old friend of the Earl's, the two having served in the war together. One footman in particular, Thomas, is furious that he has been passed over for promotion for someone he considers ill equipped to the job. There is much scheming.
|He's good looking for a scheming footman.|
And did I mention Maggie Smith is in it? Also, the hair and the hats. Can we bring that back?
|I want to be glamorous. Like this, not like Fergie.|
Seriously, I love this show. I can't wait to watch the rest of them. I'll try to pay better attention to the next episode, to see how things worked. Then I can talk about how I went from liking Thomas to hating him to liking Thomas again and how to not bore your audience. But probably, like today, I will just ramble like a lunatic.