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Mrs. Hughes is reunited with an old beau, now a widower proposing marriage, and the Countess hires Matthew Crawley to see if the will can be broken and disagrees with his mother on a diagnosis.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lady Edith Crawley
William Mason
Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Gwen Dawson


May 1913. A fair comes to the village and here Mrs. Hughes meets up with an old flame, Joe, who once asked her to marry him and does so again. Despite being gay, Thomas escorts Daisy to the fair purely out of spite as he knows William is fond of her. The gesture is not lost on either John Bates or Mrs. Hughes. Gwen is not called for interview for the secretarial post but Sybil agrees to support future applications. A new chauffeur, Tom Branson, arrives. He is well-read and politically aware. Having got one over on Isobel regarding a medical diagnosis, Violet attempts to talk Robert out of a need for an arranged marriage but fails. Mary, seeing herself as no more than a commodity, unburdens herself to Matthew and they get a little closer. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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16 January 2011 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Mrs. Hughes: Anna's still not well. O'Brien, you'll need to dress the girls this morning.
Sarah O'Brien: [Privately, only Thomas can hear] All we know about Lady Mary, and here I am waiting on her, hand and foot.
Thomas Barrow: Will we do anything with that?
Sarah O'Brien: Maybe, but not yet.
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An Old Flame
17 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Mrs. Hughes is visited by an old flame, who is asking for her hand in marriage. The Dowager Countess hires Matthew to try to disinherit himself from the family fortune.

We finally see more of the sweet-natured Lady Sybil, the most endearing character of the series she tries to help the housemaid achieve her dreams. Rob James-Collier is a really good actor as well, he makes me really despise his character.

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