The new legal heirs to Downton, lawyer Matthew Crawley and his nurse mother Isobel are invited to live on the estate, but there is resentment of them as interlopers from both up and downstairs as interlopers.

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September 1912. Designated heir Matthew Crawley and his mother Isobel arrive and move into a house in the grounds of Downton Abbey but Matthew is uncomfortable with having servants and is not keen on an arranged marriage - something he has in common with Lady Mary. Robert's mother Violet looks down on them as they are not from her class - Matthew is a working solicitor and Isobel a trained nurse and doctor's widow, who nonetheless impresses when she helps at the local hospital and saves the life of one of Robert's tenants. Cora upbraids the two nastiest servants, O'Brien and Thomas, for sneering at the Crawleys but impresses upon Mary the financial need for the marriage. Carson is blackmailed by Grigg, a man with whom he once had a music-hall act, but Robert takes his part and sees Grigg off. Whilst Carson feels foolish for having a less-than-aristocratic past, he is supported by Bates and the two men become friends. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Dropsy is an out-of-date medical term for edema, which is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in a particular area of the body. See more »

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When Charlie comes to pay a visit to Lord Grantham to extort money because of Mr. Carson's past, Mr. Bates sends Anna to find Mr. Carson after Charlie forces his way into the hall. She leaves via the front door while Bates is trying to usher Charlie towards the gallery. Charlie darts into the library, saying that he won't be hidden away. When Anna finds Mr. Carson, she tells him that he is wanted in the library. There is no way she could have known Charlie was in the library because she left before he went in there. See more »

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Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: No one wants to kiss a girl in black.
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Downton Abbey - The Suite
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Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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