April 1917. With John still absent, Isobel's butler Molesley makes a play for Anna but is rejected. Robert gets a new valet, shell-shocked ex-soldier Henry Lang, whilst William goes off to ... See full summary »

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April 1917. With John still absent, Isobel's butler Molesley makes a play for Anna but is rejected. Robert gets a new valet, shell-shocked ex-soldier Henry Lang, whilst William goes off to war. Edith learns to drive a tractor extremely well, and nearly succumbs to a kiss from the married farmer Mr. Drake. Sybil and Thomas work in the cottage hospital, where the latter begins to learn some humanity. At Isobel's suggestion - and to Violet's dismay - Downton Abbey is turned into a convalescent ward to ease the hospital's bed shortage. Mary invites middle-aged newspaper tycoon, and prospective beau, Sir Richard Carlisle to a dinner party, also attended by the Crawleys and Lavinia. Suspicious of Carlisle, Violet invites her daughter and sister to the Earl, Lady Rosamund, who is intrigued by the fact that Carlisle and Lavinia already seem well-acquainted. Carson, despite being taken ill whilst serving dinner, is still perceptive enough to suggest to Mary that Matthew is really the man for ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Trivia

Iain Glenn is the second actor from Game of Thrones to appear in Downton Abbey after Rose Leslie. Glenn played the knight Jorah Mormont and Leslie played the wildling Ygritte. See more »

Goofs

Although it is coined in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" Act V Scene I, the expression "Brave New World", as used by Lord Crawley in the last scene with that meaning comes from Aldous Huxley's famous book, "Brave New World", which was yet to be published on that date. The book has been published in 1932, although the date mentioned in the episode is April 1917. See more »

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[Lady Mary is saying goodbye to Sir Richard at the station]
Sir Richard Carlisle: I want you to marry me.
Lady Mary Crawley: Why?
Sir Richard Carlisle: Because I think very highly of you.
Lady Mary Crawley: "Very highly". Goodness.
Sir Richard Carlisle: I mean it. I think we'd do well together. We could be a good team.
Lady Mary Crawley: Now that sounds better. But I can't help thinking that tradition demands a *little* mention of love.
Sir Richard Carlisle: Oh I can talk about "love" and "moon" and "June" and all the rest of it if you wish. But we're more than that. We're strong and sharp, and we can build something worth having, you ...
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Closing credits acknowledgement: "The red cross emblem used with kind permission of the UK Ministry of Defence and British Red Cross Society". See more »

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Featured in This Morning: Episode dated 26 October 2011 (2011) 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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