S2 E1
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Season 2  "Episode 1"  2x1

Aired 11 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

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Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 1
Please say it's something nice.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 2
I'll make some cheese straws. What's the matter with you?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 3
Anything we can think of that will raise money.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 4
getting the uniforms out of mothballs.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 5
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Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 7
I want to do a real job, real work.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 8
And Lady Sybil's been nurtured so very gently.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 9
I want the best and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 10
I really couldn't say, M'Lady.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 11
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 12
Are you going up for the concert? Maybe. Can I sit with you?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 13
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 14
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Why, particularly?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 17
Coward.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 18
Cousin Isobel has got me a place on a nursing course in York.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 19
In fact, I'd give you a smack
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 20
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 21
Nothing. Quite the reverse.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 22
do we think she's mad, ill or working for the Russians?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 23
Why shouldn't she learn how to cook and scrub?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 24
And who else did she wish you to take under your protection?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 25
I've got an idea, that a bit later on...
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 26
Don't worry, I haven't come to undo your good work of the other night.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 27
She's young, she'll find someone else, I hop she does anyway.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 28
I hope you've offered our visitor some tea.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 29
But then you're all so kind.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 30
No.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 31
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Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 33
I owe him my loyalty!' I appreciate that, M'Lord, but...
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 34
I don't care what people say.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 35
Am I frightened? Is that it, honestly?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 36
Rankin's dead and Kent and Corporal Wright was hit.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 37
Just make sure Lady Sybil packs things
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 38
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I don't want my own son to die, either.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 40
on top of everything else. And I don't want any jokes
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 41
My last link with home.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 42
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Get these bodies away!
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 44
The Ministry, I mean. But they have discharged me.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 45
keeping spirits high at home. Someone must.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 46
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 47
She said you usually did it, but could I manage it tonight.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 48
(SNIFFLING)
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 49
Don't be ridiculous.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 50
You look very comfortable there, Corporal.

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Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 2
I'll make some cheese straws. What's the matter with you?
#2
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 3
Anything we can think of that will raise money.
#3
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 4
getting the uniforms out of mothballs.
#4
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I want to do a real job, real work.
#7
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 8
And Lady Sybil's been nurtured so very gently.
#8
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 9
I want the best and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
#9
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 10
I really couldn't say, M'Lady.
#10
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Are you going up for the concert? Maybe. Can I sit with you?
#12
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Why, particularly?
#16
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 17
Coward.
#17
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 18
Cousin Isobel has got me a place on a nursing course in York.
#18
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 19
In fact, I'd give you a smack
#19
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Nothing. Quite the reverse.
#21
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do we think she's mad, ill or working for the Russians?
#22
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 23
Why shouldn't she learn how to cook and scrub?
#23
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 24
And who else did she wish you to take under your protection?
#24
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 25
I've got an idea, that a bit later on...
#25
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 26
Don't worry, I haven't come to undo your good work of the other night.
#26
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 27
She's young, she'll find someone else, I hop she does anyway.
#27
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 28
I hope you've offered our visitor some tea.
#28
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 29
But then you're all so kind.
#29
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No.
#30
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I owe him my loyalty!' I appreciate that, M'Lord, but...
#33
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 34
I don't care what people say.
#34
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 35
Am I frightened? Is that it, honestly?
#35
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 36
Rankin's dead and Kent and Corporal Wright was hit.
#36
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 37
Just make sure Lady Sybil packs things
#37
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I don't want my own son to die, either.
#39
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 40
on top of everything else. And I don't want any jokes
#40
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 41
My last link with home.
#41
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Get these bodies away!
#43
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 44
The Ministry, I mean. But they have discharged me.
#44
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 45
keeping spirits high at home. Someone must.
#45
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She said you usually did it, but could I manage it tonight.
#47
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 48
(SNIFFLING)
#48
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 49
Don't be ridiculous.
#49
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 1 (S02E01) - 50
You look very comfortable there, Corporal.
#50