April 1919. As Downton Abbey prepares for Lavinia and Matthew's wedding, Sybil and Tom shock the family by announcing their intention to move to Dublin, where he has work, and marry. However, events are overtaken and the marriage is put on hold when Carson, Cora, Lavinia and others fall sick with the Spanish flu. Thomas uses the situation as an excuse to get his job back but Lavinia, aware of Matthew's feelings for Mary, suggests that the marriage be called off. After admitting their mutual feelings, Jane gives Robert her resignation, her young son's future assured thanks to the earl, whilst Ethel decides to keep her son Charlie rather than give him to the Bryants, who would raise him to forget her. The flu goes away, having claimed one victim, and Robert finally gives Sybil and Tom his blessing as they leave for Ireland. Anna and John also marry, by special license. However, the day after the wedding they receive unwelcome visitors. Written by
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Did You Know?
In the funeral scene, Daisy is wearing a skirt that shows the less faded bottom of having been made with a long hem that has since been "let down". This economical step is exactly how the maid's dresses would have been made, to get the most wear out of the fabric, and is even mentioned in "Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management." See more
When Lord Grantham and Jane say goodbye, her hair is parted on her right for the entire scene except the kiss. In the kiss, is it parted on her left. See more
[during dinner, several of the Grantham family have been stricken with Spanish flu
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Wasn't there a masked ball in Paris when cholera broke out? Half the guests were dead before they left the ballroom.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Thank you, Mama. That's cheered us up no end.
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