While James is convalescing, Richard proposes to Mrs. Hamilton, Edward comes home, and Hazel comes down with the Spanish flu as the war draws to an end,

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James is still recovering at home but is not proving to be a very good patient. The Doctor has ordered at least 10 weeks of bed rest but James is surly with everyone, including the servants. His relationship with Hazel deteriorates even further with his moods and constant criticism frequently driving her to tears. Georgina has returned to England permanently and she and Hazel make up after their argument over James some months before. Richard meanwhile is full of enthusiasm when he hears that Virginia Hamilton and her two children are to arrive in London. Unbeknown to anyone, Richard had written to Virginia to ask her to marry him. At dinner that evening, she accepts. James doesn't take the news very well but comes around slowly. The war is coming to an end and there is talk of an armistice. The hospital wards are filled with patients suffering from the Spanish Flu and soon Hazel takes to her sick bed and dies. She is buried on November 11, 1918 the day the armistice is signed. Written by garykmcd

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28 March 1976 (USA)  »

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The Thomas Hardy book that Virginia reads Hazel to sleep with is "The Mayor of Casterbridge." See more »

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Mrs. Bridges: [Dressed in her best] I'm here, Mrs. Bridges.
Mrs. Bridges: [Sarcastically] Well, I must say, if the Germans had seen you lookin' like that, Ruby, they would have surrendered weeks ago.
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Referenced in Downton Abbey: Episode #2.8 (2011) See more »

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Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
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A great loss to the series, indeed.
26 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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I can only applaud what the previous reviewer has said about this episode. I was shocked when I first viewed it many years ago, and I still find it hard to watch.

A dreadfully tempered James, upon hearing of the incipient marriage of his father to Virginia Hamilton, has a bitter quarrel with Hazel. He throws her out of the morning room and, as she is down with the Spanish flu, trips as she runs upstairs.It is Rose who looks after her, takes her temperature and summons Dr. Foley. Richard, smitten with Virginia, seems to have forgotten all about Hazel, which, indeed, I found very odd. Hazel was the mighty fortress who kept the household together and coherent in the aftermath of Lady Marjorie's death and all throughout the Great War.

Though it is hard to watch both upstairs and downstairs go through the motions of attending Hazel's funeral, I do think that, despite Richard's aberrant behavior, the writer is spot on. The reactions are in direct proportion to how all and sundry viewed Hazel.

Kudos to the magnificent Meg Wynn Owen - she is incandescent in this episode, and the ensuing series is not quite the same without her. Though Meg Wynn Owen is on record, saying that the writers had done all they could with Hazel and that she was not a woman for the 1920s, Series Five, is never quite the same without her.

I am glad that a broken James Bellamy never remarried. I couldn't abide seeing him with another woman, particularly Georgina, who will reject him in the end. Rose, true to form, is the only character who grieves the loss of her mistress. I think Virgina's behavior was entirely proper - had Hazel lived, she would have had a great friend in Virginia. As I have written in a previous review, seldom have I encountered a character as memorable and beloved as Hazel, in any medium. The marriage of a great actress, a beautifully drawn character, superbly directed. Meg Wynn Owen is breathtaking and gave a bravura performance, whenever she appeared on the screen.


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