August 1918: Deserted by the baby's father, Ethel has been installed with her child in a cottage on the estate by a sympathetic Mrs. Hughes, who brings her food. Jane, a war widow, has taken Ethel's place as a maid. Vera Bates returns, having spent John's money but with no intention of sticking to their arrangement and planning to make money by selling the story of Lady Mary's indiscretion to Carlisle's newspaper. Tipped off by Anna, Mary goes to see him and explains all, thus scotching Vera's plan as the newspaper owner threatens her with libel action. Having returned to the war, both Matthew and William sustain severe injuries at the Battle of Amiens, fatally in the case of William, who marries Daisy. Mary is glad to become a hospital auxiliary to nurse Matthew, though his spinal damage will, in all probability, leave him paralysed from the waist down and impotent. Written by
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The episode opens at the Battle of Amiens, which commenced August 8, 1918. Later, presumably days or even weeks later, after Matthew and William have been transported to Downton, Branson announces to Lady Sybil that the Russian Royal Family had been executed, which occurred July 17, 1918. The news of this execution was reported within days of its occurrence, yet Branson and Sybil speak as though they are just learning of it. See more
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
[furious that Dr. Clarkson has denied a dying William entrance to Downton
It always happens when you give these little people power, it goes to their heads like strong drink.
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 See more