August 1913. O'Brien and Thomas continue to spread their malice, ensuring that Lady Edith learns from Daisy where Kemal died and attempting to frame John Bates for the theft of a snuff-box though Anna, clearly fond of John, ensures the plan backfires on them. Thomas's gossip also discredits Lady Mary's eligibility as a bride and the family must entertain the middle-aged Sir Anthony Strallen as a prospective husband. Mary is bored by him and it brings her closer to Matthew but Edith seems genuinely interested in him. Mrs. Patmore, the cook, must accept that her eyesight is failing and Lady Sybil continues to encourage Gwen in her secretarial applications whilst Isobel actually teaches Lady Violet some altruism at the annual produce show. Written by
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Did You Know?
The story-line involving the "Flower Show" is a mirror of a story-line from the film, "Mrs. Miniver," in which commoner, Mr. Ballard enters his rose in a flower show against Lady Beldon, who always won. See more
References Mrs. Miniver
Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London See more