Matthew and William remain missing in France, the mounting tensions between Cora and Isobel results it Isobel's volunteering for France, Bates returns to Downton, and the servants open a soup kitchen for unemployed veterans.



(written and created by)

Watch Now

$0.00 (HD) with Prime Video



1 video »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:


The simmering dispute between Isobel and Lady Cora comes to a head. When Isobel learns Cora has re-arranged the meal times for the servants and the work schedules for the nurses without consulting her, she suggests that if she is not to have a meaningful role, she will leave. Cora tells her that may be a good idea and Isobel heads to France. With Isobel away, her servants try to keep themselves busy. Her cook takes to feeding unemployed ex-servicemen but O'Brien, always bent on causing trouble, it seems, tells Lady Cora but she doesn't quite get the reaction she was expecting. Robert meanwhile learns that Bates is working in a nearby pub and pays him a visit. Branson the chauffeur tells Lady Sybil that he is in love with her and he will only leave when she is ready to leave with him. Lady Mary decides that she will marry Sir Richard Carlisle. When housekeeper Mrs. Hughes finds Ethel in bed with one of the patients, she fires the housemaid on the spot and sends her packing without a ... Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Romance





Release Date:

22 January 2012 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »

Did You Know?


Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Is it true they're fed from our kitchens?
Daisy Robinson: Only the stuff the army gives.
Mrs. Patmore: That's right. We only use the food the army pays for and all the men have served their country.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: [pause] In future, I would prefer it if you would use food paid for by the house. I don't want the army to accuse us of mismanagement.
Sarah O'Brien: You mean you're going to let them get away with it?
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham: Oh more than that. I'm going to help them and so are you. Molesley, if you bring that table across we can split the food and form two lines and ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing credits acknowledgement: "The red cross emblem used with kind permission of the UK Ministry of Defence and British Red Cross Society". See more »


Featured in Iron Man 3 (2013) See more »


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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I need a reminder, please? SaliceMcD
What does this phrase mean mecham-173-366932
Why does everyone seem to dislike Mary with Henry? hollyjoy13
Mary and Henrys marriage HistoryBooks2103
Polling all Gentlemen: Would you pursue Lady Mary? FireHorse418
Which Character got the Unhappiest Ending? andriellerhillis
Discuss Episode #2.4 (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page