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
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Did You Know?
The inclusion of erisypelas in the story line is of note because George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who was the financial backer for Howard Carter, died in 1923 from shaving a mosquito bite infected with the bacteria which caused erisypelas, leading to blood sepsis and pneumonia. Downton Abbey is filmed at Highclere, which is the ancestral home of the Earls of Carnarvon. His death followed the discovery and opening of Tutahnkamun's Tomb and directly contributed to the legend of the Mummy's Curse. See more
As the camera panned the drawing room, a motion sensor (or glass break detector) is in the corner of the room. Even with modern retrofitting, alarm systems were not available in 1912. See more
Lady Sybil Crawley
I don't know why we bother with corsets. Men don't wear them, and they look perfectly normal in their clothes.
Lady Mary Crawley
Not all of them.
Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London See more