Bates sees Thomas stealing a bottle of wine, the footman tries to frame him for petty theft, and Mrs. Crawley tries to convince the Countessa to surrender her annual entitlement prize for best rose in the village.

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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 don @ minifie-1

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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 »

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Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [sarcastically] You are quite wonderful the way you see room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal!
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: I take that as a compliment.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [drolly] I must have said it wrong.
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References The Forsyte Saga: Strike (1967) See more »

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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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