"Downton Abbey" Episode #1.3 (TV Episode 2010) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • March 1913. Gwen, one of the maids, has bought a typewriter and has applied for a secretarial post. Most of the staff are dismissive of her aspirations but the family - except Violet, of course - are supportive, and youngest daughter Sybil offers to supply a reference. Evelyn Napier, considered an eligible catch for Mary, arrives for the hunt, bringing his handsome friend Kemal Pamuk, a Turkish diplomat, who throws himself at her. He goes to her room at night for sex, during which he dies of a heart attack. Mary, Cora, and head housemaid Anna return the body to his room and agree to say nothing but are seen by Daisy the kitchen maid. The gruesome twosome of O'Brien and Thomas are also suspicious. Matthew spends a delightful day with Edith, the middle daughter, while Mrs. Hughes literally helps Bates out of a painful situation and they become friendly.

  • Lady Cora encourages daughter Mary's romance with Evelyn Napier, son of a Marquis, who will come to stay with them for the hunt. As Mary has rejected cousin Matthew Crawley, the Dowager Countess encourages the match with all haste, recognizing the need to get her settled before the bloom wears off. Napier arrives with a handsome young Turkish diplomat, Kemal Pemuk, to whom Mary takes an immediate liking. Late that night he makes his way to Mary's bedroom but there is a surprising outcome. Meanwhile, Lady Edith offers to show cousin Matthew some of the local churches. Below stairs, Gwen has been taking a correspondence course in typewriting and shorthand. She aspires to secretarial work which leads to a division of opinion among the staff. Bates meanwhile takes steps to correct his limp.

  • Gwen's ambitions to leave service to become a secretary is discouraged, Bates takes painful steps to overcome his limp, and a dashing Turkish diplomat visiting Downton seems to work his charms on everyone - especially Mary.


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