S5 E1
Status
Ended
Network
BBC
SEASON
VIEW ALL EPISODE

Season 5  "Episode 1"  5x1

Aired 8 years ago - Sep 21, 2014

The story moves on to 1924, when the first ever Labour government heralds a sea change that is felt throughout the nation - nowhere more so than at Downton. A suggested plan for a war memorial unexpectedly pits Carson against Robert and Mrs Hughes. Young Jimmy the footman is the object of some unwanted female attention. Thomas gives Baxter an ultimatum. Branson's growing friendship with someone Robert considers quite unsuitable causes concern. After the tragedy she has been through, Lady Mary now seems ready to find love once more. Cracks appear in Edith and Tim Drewe's special arrangement as she struggles to keep her emotions in check - something which may have disastrous consequences for the entire household.

Mouse over thumbnail for slideshow

Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 1
Now, start the salmon pates, while I do a lemon mayonnaise.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 2
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 3
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 4
Who was it? Tony Gillingham.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 5
A group's arriving from the village tomorrow morning.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 6
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 7
Did that come in the second post? It did.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 8
Yes, I suppose it would be fun.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 9
even if it does sound faintly disgusting.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 10
I don't intend to explain, but I was rather disappointed in him. I would have hoped for better.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 11
Is Mrs Drewe with you? No, she's at home, looking after the young 'uns.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 12
I'm afraid serving me is a bit beneath his dignity.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 13
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 14
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 15
I want responsibility. I want to be an adult.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 16
You live there too, you know. I'm not sure where I live.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 17
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 18
But that's all in God's hands. There's nothing we can do.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 19
Oh, you know. We've seen each other at parties for 40 years.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 20
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 21
I thought we could invite some people, make an evening of it.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 22
Not that brother, I hope. Someone local. Rose has met her.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 23
I need hardly say you're not to repeat a word to Bates.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 24
but I do know it's usual to be invited to dinner by the hostess.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 25
May I present Dr Clarkson? I think you know Lord Merton.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 26
So, how are the famous pigs doing? Pretty well.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 27
I'm determined to get you over to Sheriff Hutton.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 28
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 29
regretting the past or dreading the future.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 30
But what happened, exactly? Well, there was this terrible noise.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 31
I may not know your story, but I do know it'll be worse if Mr Barrow tells her first.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 32
But if he knew something wrong about you, why would he put you forward for the job?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 33
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 34
Now, I'm not asking what you said, but I want to be sure that you held nothing back.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 35
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 36
Wasn't Cora's permission enough?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 37
if you don't find a way to keep her quiet.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 38
I'm not convinced these memorials are a good idea,
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 39
I dare say it was, Your Ladyship.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 40
Both gatherings were interesting, in their different ways.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 41
And can you please keep Molesley in the kitchens until his hair stops turning blue?
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 42
when you knew every detail of her past.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 43
I've come a long way from who I was. That's true.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 44
I won't start concocting excuses for myself. There are no excuses.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 45
Maybe, but she makes Papa say things he doesn't mean,
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 46
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 47
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 48
That's not the normal purpose of seducers.
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 49
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 50
We'll take over now, m'lord.

Or scroll and see one by one:

Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 2 #2 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 3 #3 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 4
Who was it? Tony Gillingham.
#4
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 5
A group's arriving from the village tomorrow morning.
#5
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 6 #6 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 7
Did that come in the second post? It did.
#7
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 8
Yes, I suppose it would be fun.
#8
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 9
even if it does sound faintly disgusting.
#9
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 10
I don't intend to explain, but I was rather disappointed in him. I would have hoped for better.
#10
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 11
Is Mrs Drewe with you? No, she's at home, looking after the young 'uns.
#11
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 12
I'm afraid serving me is a bit beneath his dignity.
#12
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 13 #13 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 14 #14 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 15
I want responsibility. I want to be an adult.
#15
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 16
You live there too, you know. I'm not sure where I live.
#16
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 17 #17 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 18
But that's all in God's hands. There's nothing we can do.
#18
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 19
Oh, you know. We've seen each other at parties for 40 years.
#19
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 20 #20 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 21
I thought we could invite some people, make an evening of it.
#21
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 22
Not that brother, I hope. Someone local. Rose has met her.
#22
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 23
I need hardly say you're not to repeat a word to Bates.
#23
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 24
but I do know it's usual to be invited to dinner by the hostess.
#24
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 25
May I present Dr Clarkson? I think you know Lord Merton.
#25
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 26
So, how are the famous pigs doing? Pretty well.
#26
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 27
I'm determined to get you over to Sheriff Hutton.
#27
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 28 #28 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 29
regretting the past or dreading the future.
#29
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 30
But what happened, exactly? Well, there was this terrible noise.
#30
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 31
I may not know your story, but I do know it'll be worse if Mr Barrow tells her first.
#31
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 32
But if he knew something wrong about you, why would he put you forward for the job?
#32
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 33 #33 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 34
Now, I'm not asking what you said, but I want to be sure that you held nothing back.
#34
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 35 #35 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 36
Wasn't Cora's permission enough?
#36
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 37
if you don't find a way to keep her quiet.
#37
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 38
I'm not convinced these memorials are a good idea,
#38
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 39
I dare say it was, Your Ladyship.
#39
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 40
Both gatherings were interesting, in their different ways.
#40
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 41
And can you please keep Molesley in the kitchens until his hair stops turning blue?
#41
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 42
when you knew every detail of her past.
#42
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 43
I've come a long way from who I was. That's true.
#43
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 44
I won't start concocting excuses for myself. There are no excuses.
#44
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 45
Maybe, but she makes Papa say things he doesn't mean,
#45
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 46 #46 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 47 #47 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 48
That's not the normal purpose of seducers.
#48
Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 49 #49 Recap of Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 (S05E01) - 50
We'll take over now, m'lord.
#50