S2 E8
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Season 2  "Episode 8"  2x8

Aired 10 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.

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Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 1
You're trespassing on our generosity. I'll try to make myself useful.
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'What do you mean, you knew?' I hoped it would blow over.
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make any difference. Yes, it will! How?
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You should have spoken out long ago. Spoken out about what?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 5
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Now, Sybil, dear, this sort of thing is all very well in novels, but in reality,
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 7
What with this business of Lady Sybil. I'll deal with it.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 8
Keep that going for the fish then change to claret which you need to decant now.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 9
Maybe you should have done. Why?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 10
We'll tell no-one, but this, you will do. I can't.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 11
I'm afraid he's been taken ill, My Lord. I'm sorry. Mosley, too? Good heavens.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 12
Miss Swire may be another victim.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 13
I don't know this one. Actually, I rather like it.
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Since you ask, I'm wretched.
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I'm sorry, My Lord, we never settled a time
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I will cherish it.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 19
Nor cutting her off from her family. You cut her off, that's your decision!
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Do you really want me to leave now, when I will take her with me that same hour?
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Matthew can telephone him. He can't come here while everyone's ill.
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My whole life gone over a cliff in the course of a single day.
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This nice lady is your grandmother.
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Never see him again? Those are my terms.
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- I think we've heard enough of that word for one day. Very well.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 26
And the fact is, I want to ask so much for your forgiveness.
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Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 28
But I didn't really know what I was taking on.
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We won't fight about it now.
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But she's not seriously ill.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 31
Well, then, he's got nobody cos he hasn't got me.
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I've given her the epinephrine. Doctor! Oh, no!
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I want to thank you for coming up, m'lady. Not at all.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 34
Matthew! Mary!
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don't really want to see anyone. Not yet.
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My opinion has no place in this.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 40
It therefore gives me great pleasure
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And I've given in my notice.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 42
Almost.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 43
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 44
You'll find a way, Mr Carson.
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No matter what comes.
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we shall change our vile body that it may be like unto his glorious body,
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 47
It was a funeral...
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That I belonged with you.
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Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 50
Then you may take my blessing with you, whatever that means.

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'What do you mean, you knew?' I hoped it would blow over.
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make any difference. Yes, it will! How?
#3
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 4
You should have spoken out long ago. Spoken out about what?
#4
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 5 #5 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 6
Now, Sybil, dear, this sort of thing is all very well in novels, but in reality,
#6
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 7
What with this business of Lady Sybil. I'll deal with it.
#7
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 8
Keep that going for the fish then change to claret which you need to decant now.
#8
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 9
Maybe you should have done. Why?
#9
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 10
We'll tell no-one, but this, you will do. I can't.
#10
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 11
I'm afraid he's been taken ill, My Lord. I'm sorry. Mosley, too? Good heavens.
#11
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 12
Miss Swire may be another victim.
#12
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I don't know this one. Actually, I rather like it.
#13
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Since you ask, I'm wretched.
#16
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I'm sorry, My Lord, we never settled a time
#17
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I will cherish it.
#18
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Nor cutting her off from her family. You cut her off, that's your decision!
#19
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Do you really want me to leave now, when I will take her with me that same hour?
#20
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Matthew can telephone him. He can't come here while everyone's ill.
#21
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My whole life gone over a cliff in the course of a single day.
#22
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This nice lady is your grandmother.
#23
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Never see him again? Those are my terms.
#24
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- I think we've heard enough of that word for one day. Very well.
#25
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And the fact is, I want to ask so much for your forgiveness.
#26
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But I didn't really know what I was taking on.
#28
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We won't fight about it now.
#29
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But she's not seriously ill.
#30
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 31
Well, then, he's got nobody cos he hasn't got me.
#31
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I've given her the epinephrine. Doctor! Oh, no!
#32
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 33
I want to thank you for coming up, m'lady. Not at all.
#33
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Matthew! Mary!
#34
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don't really want to see anyone. Not yet.
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My opinion has no place in this.
#39
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It therefore gives me great pleasure
#40
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And I've given in my notice.
#41
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Almost.
#42
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You'll find a way, Mr Carson.
#44
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No matter what comes.
#45
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we shall change our vile body that it may be like unto his glorious body,
#46
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8 (S02E08) - 47
It was a funeral...
#47
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That I belonged with you.
#48
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Then you may take my blessing with you, whatever that means.
#50