More: Downton is set ablaze!
Whether you call it a spoof, a parody or a one-off, there's no denying the sheer brilliance behind Clooney's visit to Downton for the "Text Santa" initiative.
In the five-minute skit, Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) is quickly shaken from a perfect afternoon with a note that he has (once again) lost the family fortune. Needing to take a stroll and think things through, he wanders off but soon runs into the Ghost of Downton's Parallel, played by Absolutely Fabulous's Joanna Lumley. She quickly zips him off to an alternate universe in which Grantham is nowhere to be found. Instead, Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) is in Downton and living a completely different life. Namely: She's married to "George Oceans Gravity"... played by Clooney. One of the best parts is definitely when Grantham scoffs at "Lord Hollywood" and ponders what Cora could possibly see in him. "Seriously?" Lumley's ghost says, throwing plenty of her classic side-eye. Cora isn't the only one swooning for her handsome "husband." At one point, Dowager Countess of Grantham (the amazing Maggie Smith) crumples to the floor at the slightest touch from Hollywood. Now that's some serious dedication on Smith's part! (And exactly the reaction we'd have if Clooney touched us.)
We'd be remiss not to mention the silk undergarments floating around one of Downton's dressing rooms, too... and the man who delivers them. In a nice crossover event, Jeremy Piven also appears on the Downton spoof, showing up to deliver fancy and fresh undergarments to the Crawley sisters. Lord Grantham is, of course, appalled. But not nearly as shaken speechless as everyone else in the room when Selfridge proceeds to return Isobel Crawley's bra to her. Apparently she left it in his office. Scandalous!
If it's possible for more Mr. Selfridge and Downton Abbey crossovers, we'd be down. We also wouldn't mind seeing more of Lord Hollywood. Let's not get rid of Grantham just yet, though!
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