Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #1.5 

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

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Lady Sybil Crawley
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Charles Carson
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John Bates
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Sarah O'Brien
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Anna Smith
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William Mason
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Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
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Gwen Dawson
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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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Drama | Romance

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23 January 2011 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Edith Crawley addresses her letter to "His Excellency the Turkish Embassador". At the time depicted the country was known as the Ottoman Empire. It only became the Republic of Turkey in 1922. See more »

Quotes

Lady Mary Crawley: Poor darling!. She had to walk for miles. I don't think I'd have got down however lame the horse.
Lady Edith Crawley: No, I don't believe you would.
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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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War
17 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Lady Mary and Lady Edith go against each other and compete, while Mrs. Crawley thinks the Dowager Countess makes herself win in a flower contest.

It's really fun to see and watch the Dowager Countess "fighting" with Matthew's mother. She provides laughter in this series. She is definitely my favorite character now.

I also feel bad for Lady Edith here.


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