Downton is turned into a convalescent hospital for the war wounded and through circumstances Thomas is given authority in its operation as Anna and Bates are briefly reunited and Branson plots against a heroic general dining at Downton.



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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 don @ minifie-1

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15 January 2012 (USA)  »

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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 Nikolai Lenin. See more »


As Mr Carson discusses Thomas with Grantham (while Grantham dresses for dinner), Grantham turns to have Carson help the Earl with his jacket. The standing mirror captures three film crew and their equipment as the camera pans. See more »


Isobel Crawley: Who is that man? I hope he's not complaining.
Lady Edith Crawley: Oh no. That's Captain Smiley. He hasn't an unkind bone in his body.
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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 »


Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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