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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Novels by G.A. Henty and Frederick Marryat are mentioned as reading material for convalescents at Downton. Hemty was a prolific 19th Century author of patriotic historical literature including "With Wolfe in Canada: The Winning of a Continentand" while Marryat wrote sea stories and children's literature including his semi-autobiographical novel, "Mr. Midshipmam Easy." 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 »


Lavinia Swire: This room is so pretty. Has this house always been the Painswick's London home?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: There's no 'always' with the Painswicks, my dear. They were invented from scratch by my son-in-law's grandfather.
Lady Rosamund Painswick: We bought the house when we were married.
Lavinia Swire: You make Mr. Painswick sound rather a rough diamond, Lady Grantham.
Lady Rosamund Painswick: Marmaduke wasn't a rough diamond was he, mama?
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: No. He was just cut and polished comparatively recently.
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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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