"Upstairs, Downstairs" A Family Secret (TV Episode 1973) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Unbeknownst to Richard Bellamy his son James has been secretly seeing Hazel Forrest in her free hours and has asked her to marry him. She doesn't accept him right away but does resign her position as Richard's secretary. When Richard hears of it, he lashes out at James questioning his judgment but the younger Bellamy stands his ground. Hazel turns him down but it's clear that she has a secret which she will not reveal to James. James assumes his father has interfered in his life and it is left to Hazel's kindly father, Arthur Forrest, to tell James of the perceived impediment preventing Hazel from marrying. As for Richard, he is clearly being pursued by his old family friend, Lady Prudence Fairfax, who thinks he should remarry.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • It's six months since Lady Marjorie's death and a widowed Lady Prudence visits Eaton Place regularly -- she's on a mission to gently prod Richard into marriage. Meanwhile, James has been seeing Hazel secretly, fallen deeply in love with her and tenderly proposes marriage to her. She immediately quits her post with Richard, who is baffled at her sudden departure. When Richard confronts James, he tells all and Richard is stunned. Even more astonishing is her refusal of James. In the end, Hazel's father, Mr. Forrest visits Eaton Place and informs James of Hazel's sad past. This makes James more resolute in his ardor and Hazel tearfully accepts him.

    - Written by gaelicguy
  • The race is on downstairs -- who will marry first upstairs -- Captain James or his father, Richard?

    - Written by gaelicguy


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