July 1917. As Isobel's plan to turn Downton into a hospital unites upstairs and downstairs in protest, O'Brien persuades Cora to make Thomas the hospital manager. Ethel enjoys the patients' attention whilst Edith earns respect as an auxiliary nurse. Chauffeur Branson, extolling the Russian Revolution, intends to be a conscientious objector but is rejected on medical grounds as former footman William, on his way to the trenches, proposes to Daisy. As Lang finds his trauma interferes with his work Anna discovers Bates working in a local pub. He tells her that Vera has been unfaithful and he is hopeful of a divorce. Violet and Rosamund learn that Carlisle coerced a reluctant Lavinia into exposing government secrets by using her father's debt - thus the engagement is still on. Written by
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Branson mentions Alexander Karensky, the Socialist leader of Russia who overthrew the Czar in 1917. However, hiss rule was short-lived as the same year his government was in turn overthrown by the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin. See more
Chauffeur Branson was rejected for military service due to a heart murmur which he called Mitral Valve Prolapse. A murmur would have indeed kept him out of the military but the particular disease called Mitral Valve Prolapse wasn't discovered until 1966 by Dr. John Brereton Barlow. See more
One more thing. The dog. What can we do to stop Isis from getting into the patients bedrooms?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
[authoritatively to Mrs. Crawley
I can answer that - absolutely nothing!
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Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
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