O'Brien and Thomas continue their efforts to frame Bates, Mary falls in love with Matthew, and Sybil is injured in a political disturbance and Branson is blamed.



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May 1914. Encouraged by politically aware chauffeur Tom Branson, the socially conscious Lady Sybil espouses politics as a means of aiding equality for women and the lower classes, to her father's anger. At a political meeting she is injured in a scuffle and rescued by Matthew. Lady Mary tells her mother she has received a marriage proposal from Matthew, but tells her mother she feels she should come clean about Kemal to him. Rumours about this indiscretion are now rife and Cora tells her mother-in-law how she helped Mary move the body. Edith continues to see more and more of Sir Anthony whilst O'Brien and Thomas continue to persecute John. They tell Carson they saw him steal wine and get Daisy to support them. However, Daisy does the decent thing and admits she was put up to it. Bizarrely, John, though he knows Thomas to be the wine thief, offers no explanation, confessing to being a former alcoholic and offering his resignation. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Although it is not mentioned by Branson, in May, 1914, when the episode takes place, Britain's House of Commons passed Irish Home Rule. See more »


During the outdoors scene between Bates and Anna, Bates states that he has been working at Downton Abbey for two years. However, Bates first came to Downton in April 1914 and the season ends with the beginning of World War I in August 1914. Therefore, Bates has been employed at Downtown for at most a few months, not two years. See more »


[Lady Sybil has been to a political meeting in Ripon, much to her father's and grandmother's displeasure]
Lady Mary Crawley: Sybil is entitled to her opinions.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: No. She isn't until she is married, then her husband will tell her what her opinions are.
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