Aired 12 years ago - Nov 06, 2011
As preparations are underway for Matthew and Lavinia's wedding, Lady Sybil's attempt to inform her parents of her wish to marry Branson is unsurprisingly met with shock and horror. Robert is violently opposed to the idea but his threats of social
disgrace and disinheritance do not dissuade Sybil leading him to try buying off Branson but Branson's intentions are honourable and he refuses. Lady Grantham, Carson and Lavinia are taken ill by the Spanish flu. Thomas' black market venture was a spectacular failure, leaving him penniless and without a job but Carson's illness gives him a chance to become useful in the house. While Lavinia is resting upstairs, Matthew finds himself alone with Mary and tells her what Violet said to him: that he should marry her. Both of them acknowledge he could not as it would be terribly cruel to Lavinia. However, they then kiss just as Lavinia is coming down the stairs. When her illness delays the wedding, Lavinia tells Matthew that she heard and saw everything. She feels they should end their engagement but Matthew refuses. Fearing the outcome of Lavinia’s illness with regard to Matthew and Mary, Richard Carlisle comes to Downton. Daisy is distressed by William’s father’s request to visit him. Ethel is surprised to learn that Major Bryant’s parents want to see her but his father wants to take her child away permanently. Eventually she determines not to let him go as a mother's love is more important than a wealthy upbringing. Robert finds himself unable to control his desire for Jane, who willingly responds. However, their night-time encounter is interrupted and remains unconsummated; and Jane decides to leave. With the possibility of more trouble regarding Vera's death, Anna insists that she and Bates should marry that she may be able to support him through his difficulties as his wife. They marry in secret, with Lady Mary's permission and she arranges for them to spend their wedding night in a guest room. Cora becomes seriously ill and Clarkson fears the worst. O’Brien tirelessly cares for her and tries to ask for her forgiveness. However it is Lavinia who succumbs to the flu and dies saying that it is best for Matthew. Racked with guilt, Matthew tells Mary that any relationship between them is now impossible. Somewhat chastened by the recent events, Lord Grantham reluctantly gives his blessing to Sybil and Branson. The episode ends with Bates’ arrest for the murder of his wife.
You're trespassing on our generosity.
I'll try to make myself useful.
'What do you mean, you knew?'
I hoped it would blow over.
make any difference.
Yes, it will! How?
You should have spoken out long ago.
Spoken out about what?
Now, Sybil, dear, this sort of thing is
all very well in novels, but in reality,
What with this business of Lady
Sybil. I'll deal with it.
Keep that going for the fish then change
to claret which you need to decant now.
Maybe you should have done.
We'll tell no-one, but this,
you will do. I can't.
I'm afraid he's been taken ill, My Lord.
I'm sorry. Mosley, too? Good heavens.
Miss Swire may be
I don't know this one.
Actually, I rather like it.
Since you ask, I'm wretched.
I'm sorry, My Lord, we
never settled a time
I will cherish it.
Nor cutting her off from her family.
You cut her off, that's your decision!
Do you really want me to leave now, when
I will take her with me that same hour?
Matthew can telephone him.
He can't come here while everyone's ill.
My whole life gone over a cliff
in the course of a single day.
This nice lady is your grandmother.
Never see him again?
Those are my terms.
- I think we've heard enough of
that word for one day. Very well.
And the fact is, I want to ask
so much for your forgiveness.
But I didn't really know what I was
We won't fight about it now.
But she's not seriously ill.
Well, then, he's got nobody
cos he hasn't got me.
I've given her the epinephrine.
Doctor! Oh, no!
I want to thank you for coming up,
m'lady. Not at all.
don't really want to see anyone.
My opinion has no place in this.
It therefore gives me great pleasure
And I've given in my notice.
You'll find a way, Mr Carson.
No matter what comes.
we shall change our vile body that it
may be like unto his glorious body,
It was a funeral...
That I belonged with you.
Then you may take my blessing
with you, whatever that means.
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 30, 2011
Set in 1919. As the residents try to return to normal life following the armistice, Matthew begins to suspect that he can feel his legs. Then one day, seeing Lavinia drop a heavy tray, he suddenly gets up from his chair. Major Clarkson admits that
he had been informed of this possibility by another physician but was sceptical about it himself and didn't want to raise their hopes. As a result of his recovery Matthew announces that he and Lavinia intend to be married soon. This Violet to inform him that Mary is still in love with him but Matthew feels obliged to marry Lavinia as she was prepared to sacrifice her life for him. Meanwhile, Richard Carlisle distresses Anna by asking her to spy on Mary and his behaviour leads Carson to reject his offer of employment. Bates reels from the news about Vera after it appears that she committed suicide in order to frame him. Thomas embarks on a new money-making scheme in the post-war black market. Robert is attracted to the new maid Jane and illicitly kisses her. Contemplating life after the war, Sybil makes the drastic decision to elope with Branson. However, Mary discovers her plan and, along with Edith and Anna, seeks them out and persuades Sybil to return and plead her cause openly to their parents.
Don't look so surprised.
Mustn't frighten the horses.
I nearly came down in a dinner jacket
but all I could think
about was how much
If you're asking whether
I'll regret leaving Downton...
'Well, ' I said, 'that could be
awkward for his Lordship.
Then you're no worse off than you
We were to educate him, together,
you and I. Wasn't that the plan?
Well, you have done,
whether you wanted to or not.
It is, but don't tire yourself out.
Because I didn't agree with him...
It's wonderful news, isn't it?
Wonderful. Are you busy?
so the builders are fined for every
day they go over.
And she feels we ought to marry here,
He announced at dinner that
he wants to get married at Downton.
Short supply? No supply, more like!
If I say yes,
will you do as you're told?
I say you are upsetting Mrs Bryant.
That's right. Just Charles.
Ethel, please take the child
Aren't all of us stuck with
the choices we make?
Cousin, Matthew? May I come in?
Mary and I have always had -
Of course, I suspected long ago
Yes, it's all very admirable...
and I give her full credit.
I think it's April. Matthew should
be walking normally by them.
Next time, if you want to know
anything, just ask me.
His words sound as angry as
I've ever heard him,
Is that the one for tasting?
Yes, Mrs Patmore.
Chuck the whole bally lot out
and we'll have to think again.
Don't listen. She's pretending
to be reasonable to get you home.
I thought the whole
point of Mama arranging
Yes... You see, I think you might be
happier if I tended my resignation.
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 23, 2011
Set in November 1918. A Canadian officer is brought to Downton for recuperation and disrupts everything. Ethel hears distressing news, Bates makes another attempt to settle matters with Vera, while Carson receives a tempting offer. Matthew gets used
to life in a wheelchair with Mary as his round-the-clock carer. The war ends with Armistice not long after.
Wouldn't you rather Downton
was useful? The house is useful.
Yes, of course you do,
I'm sure you enjoy it.
Is Lady Mary aware
that you have approached me?
Then we must tempt her
with a more enticing scaffold.
Who's looking after the baby?
I didn't think you'd mind,
what with the baby and all,
Get me out of the dining room
when they come.
He has a real talent
for mathematics and...
I know. Why am I feeling so silly?
When I properly came round,
they'd misidentified me as Canadian
I thought that
if I came here and you knew me,
because I know that you have
a real life coming.
Maybe, but is she as convinced
as he is that they have no future?
It won't be long now.
Only for informal evenings,
when we're married.
and I'll break the news
to the family tomorrow.
There's so much to be done.
One of the organisers said
Which, of course, is so cunning.
They never found lots of bodies.
What's the matter?
We were all so fond of Patrick.
from Major Bryant's father.
You haven't changed at all.
How's that new maid getting on?
The lady with the little boy.
Answer to what? As to whether
Carson will be captain of our ship.
and now I'm jumping ship,
but I can't run Downton as well.
I know it was
for Robert and the girls,
I wouldn't be Vera Bates.
You should've said.
We'd have sent someone to meet you.
Which could be Patrick Crawley.
can we be polite to the man,
but nothing more?
How could I, when I'd forgotten
who I was, until two months ago?
I wonder what happened to Richard.
I'm going to look after you.
That's all there is to it.
Suppose he doesn't want
her back? Have you thought of that?
He left this for you.
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 16, 2011
Set in mid 1918. 16 October 2011 Set in mid 1918. Robert receives some shocking news from the front. William has sustained serious damage to his lungs and is unable to recover, prompting him to ask Daisy to marry him before he dies. Meanwhile,
Matthew has suffered damage to his spinal cord, causing him to lose mobility and feeling in his legs. Worse still, he subsequently learns that his injuries have made him impotent. Lavinia insists that this changes nothing and that she is not concerned about having a sexual relationship and children but only wants to care for him. However Matthew tells her to leave and forget him, while Mary attempts to nurse him back to health. Despite not truly loving William, Daisy is pushed into marrying him by Mrs Patmore, who wants William to die happy, and by William's wishes that Daisy is left with a widow's pension so that she can be looked after. They marry while William is bed-ridden, surrounded by the other staff, Edith and the Dowager Countess. William dies in his sleep, not long after, with Daisy by his side. Bates is taken aback when Vera threatens to expose old secrets about Mary and Pamuk's death. When Mary discovers this, she confesses everything to Richard Carlisle and asks him to help. While he accepts, he does so expecting her to marry him, as she is now in his debt, even going as far to announce their engagement in the newspaper without informing her, leaving Mary in a difficult position. Carlisle tricks Vera into signing a contract, preventing her from selling the story to anyone else, but on finding out she warns Bates that she will still bring him down. A new maid, Jane is hired
They're bringing him to the hospital
But we don't know more than that.
It always happens when you give
these little people power.
Yes, yes...the Minister!
about Lady Mary, about the Turkish
gentleman, about Miss Smith, here...
Why? Because I'm the chauffeur?
or are you just making him
as comfortable as can be?
I should wash him.
This bit can be grim.
Well, I'm not standing by while she
brings misery and ruin on my lady.
I'll go up to London tomorrow
But he does look perfect.
No anything, I'm afraid.
I'll- I'll do no such thing.
Don't be daft.
I must go. They'll be sending
out a search party soon. Just rest.
Nothing will have settled down, yet.
I know I'm...blubbing, but I mean it,
I'd much rather know.
Do you know who wrote it?
Yes, I do.
And when I've saved you, if I can,
do you still expect me to marry you?
I am simply paying you the compliment
of being honest.
There's no other earner,
so she has to look for work.
My darling, it's not important now.
Mary's telephoned. She'll be on
a late train. It gets in at 11:00.
Sometimes a hard sacrifice
must be made
And what's the hurry?
But that doesn't make it all right.
I'm dying, Daisy.
Mr Travis, can I remind you?
to suggest that you find some way
to overcome your scruples.
Certainly not. I tricked you to
protect my fiancee's good name.
I am. Jane.
I shouldn't be doing this.
It's just a lie. You know it is.
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 09, 2011
Set in early 1918. Ethel's flirting with Major Bryant lands her in trouble as preparations get under way for a concert at Downton. Tensions flare between Isobel and Cora, Edith receives worrying news about Matthew and William, while Branson declares
his feelings for Sybil. Robert receives a letter from Carlisle, which causes him concern forcing an uncomfortable conversation with Mary. Mrs Bird's soup kitchen receives a helping hand from Daisy and Mrs Patmore. In the servants’ quarters Mrs Hughes makes a shocking discovery that ends in tears for one member of staff.
You cannot be so contrary.
I'm a woman, Mary.
where I learnt that my timetable
has been wantonly disregarded.
Perhaps it would be best.
Don't be ridiculous.
You're too scared to admit it...
I shall offer them my services.
Well, that's... that's very drastic.
So, what now?
'So there we have it.
I look forward to introducing
the two of you
Bates in a pub? I can't see that.
I think your pal's mistaken.
I've tidied the study - twice
I am quite occupied, it's true.
Well, that's what he said.
Have you mentioned this to Anna?
What did you want me to do?
Tell him to get knotted?
I don't know what it looks like,
except some kind of soup kitchen.
How do you know they
didn't change their plans?
Well, of course I don't,
Do you need the motor? I'm afraid
I do. Can you get Pratt to take you
in the other car?
I mainly want to see him
because we parted badly.
But they are treating them
as missing in action?
It's too early for that.
I got a bit carried away, but I'm...
I'm quite pleased with the way it
Well, I gather His Lordship
knows his own mind,
I know she can be strict, but she's
not - She wouldn't listen.
I gather His Lordship
has gone to see him.
I misjudged you, Bates,
and I abused you when we parted.
I don't deserve to be told off - not
by her or by you. Nothing's happened.
You must promise
not to do anything stupid.
You're not late, Mr Molesley,
I don't believe it.
Why would she sell food to Mrs Bird?
Look - it comes down to whether
or not you love me. That's all.
William's missing, too. I think
everyone knows except Her Ladyship.
But is it true
they are fed from our kitchens?
Has she? Well, I suppose
it was too tempting to resist.
Cora tells me Matthew's gone
missing. Is that true?
Well, now I've seen everything!
♪ And I were the only boy
♪ There would be
such wonderful things to do
What will you do
with the rest of your leave?
Aired 12 years ago - Oct 02, 2011
Set circa July 1917. The village hospital is not large enough to accommodate the large influx of wounded soldiers coming back from the front so Downton is turned into a convalescent home for many of them. O'Brien is shocked that Isobel Crawley seems
to be giving most of the orders while Cora is relegated to the background and suggests that Thomas might be able to aid her from his position at the hospital. Violet strongly believes that Mary and Matthew are still very much in love and so, with the help of Rosamund, tries her best to end Matthew's engagement to Lavinia. She is also still convinced that there is much more to Lavinia's relationship with Sir Richard than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Anna runs into Mr. Bates in the village and they feel they may have a future together but, back at Downton, things are more highly charged as William asks a question of Daisy just before heading off to war and Mrs. Patmore reacts very badly to a chance remark. And what exactly is Branson up to? Whatever it is, it looks like it may cause trouble for Lord Grantham.
But suppose it's something more.
because if Mrs Crawley gets one of
her toadies in to run things,
Isn't he in London?
I don't understand.
You all wander round ironing clothes
It could have been any of us.
Your former footman, Thomas.
I wouldn't say I was planning it.
And who is to be in charge
No-one wants to start it with the
murder of a bunch of young girls.
Why are you coming in this way?
Mrs Crawley, how can we separate
the hospital's linen from our own?
Breathe in... and out.
Thank you, Lord Grantham,
for making your position so clear.
Only if you're planning to humiliate
the British Army.
She drags the Chancellor of
the Exchequer's honour through
the mud and you say it's nothing?
No, but it means I can divorce her.
So, you're not going to war, then?
He never said so to me.
Does he need your permission?
I've waited at table before.
Do you mean it?
Just to put a sock in it.
Don't worry. You've had a bad dream.
Do you remember when Aunt Rosamund
found you and Richard Carlisle
together in the garden?
Well, I wish she was here
to see me off.
I've just lost my soldier servant and
I haven't managed to replace him yet.
You were going to assassinate
the general! Kill the general?
I was not.
That's why he's not in livery.
You're are a credit to this house
and this country.
You are all to be praised for your
response to our national crisis,
if you gave him the evidence
of the ministers' guilt?
The general is just about to leave.
I'm afraid he doesn't have time
to come in here.
I know, but he'd have someone
looking out for him.
Aired 12 years ago - Sep 25, 2011
Set in April 1917 and with many of the male staff serving in the war, Carson finds himself under pressure to make sure that duties are carried out to his exacting standard. He ends up finding himself forced to accept female staff serving in the
dining room. Robert needs to hire a new valet and ends up employing Lang, who has just returned from the war. William is happy after he receives an important letter. Mrs Patmore finds out some devastating news about her soldier nephew. Thomas returns from the war and begins work alongside Lady Sybil in the local hospital. After a patient is brought in suffering with gas blindness Thomas finds himself becoming attached to the young Lieutenant. Molesley takes an interest in Anna. Matthew learns of his temporary transfer back to England for a recruitment drive in the north whilst fighting in the trenches. Carson advises Mary that if she still loves Matthew she needs to tell him before it is too late.  Meanwhile Lavinia is reunited with an unwelcome face from her past.
Aired 12 years ago - Sep 18, 2011
Set in November 1916, the episode begins with the arrival of Ethel, a new housemaid, and the first appearance of John Bates' wife. With Matthew and Thomas fighting in France, those left behind at Downton organise a benefit concert to help fund the
local hospital. Lady Mary receives shocking news. Branson reveals his feelings to Sybil who wants to train as a nurse
Please say it's something nice.
I'll make some cheese straws.
What's the matter with you?
Anything we can think of that will
getting the uniforms out of
I want to do a real job, real work.
And Lady Sybil's been nurtured
so very gently.
I want the best and I'm not ashamed
to admit it.
I really couldn't say, M'Lady.
Are you going up for the concert?
Maybe. Can I sit with you?
Cousin Isobel has got me a place on
a nursing course in York.
In fact, I'd give you a smack
Nothing. Quite the reverse.
do we think she's mad, ill
or working for the Russians?
Why shouldn't she learn how to cook
And who else did she wish you to
take under your protection?
I've got an idea,
that a bit later on...
Don't worry, I haven't come to undo
your good work of the other night.
She's young, she'll find someone
else, I hop she does anyway.
I hope you've offered our visitor
But then you're all so kind.
I owe him my loyalty!'
I appreciate that, M'Lord, but...
I don't care what people say.
Am I frightened?
Is that it, honestly?
Rankin's dead and
Kent and Corporal Wright was hit.
Just make sure Lady Sybil packs
I don't want my own son to die,
on top of everything else.
And I don't want any jokes
My last link with home.
Get these bodies away!
The Ministry, I mean.
But they have discharged me.
keeping spirits high at home.
She said you usually did it,
but could I manage it tonight.
Don't be ridiculous.
You look very comfortable there,