The Spanish Flu disrupts plans for Matthew's wedding when Cora, Lavinia, Carson, Molesley, and other staff members fall ill. Ethel elects to keep her son, and Jane resigns from Downton.

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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 don @ minifie-1

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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 »

Goofs

The episode takes place in 1919, but the song on the gramophone, Look For the Silver Lining by Marion Harris, wasn't released until 1921. See more »

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Jane Moorsum: [as he appears to offer her a piece of paper or his man in town after she tells him she intend to resign] You don't owe me anything.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: It's not for you; it's for Freddie. Let me give him a start in life.
Jane Moorsum: I'm not sure.
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: It would make me very happy.
Jane Moorsum: If I thought that, then I'd take it gladly.
Jane Moorsum: [after a pause Robert nods affirmatively] Will you be happy?... Will you?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I have no right to be unhappy, which is almost the same...
Jane Moorsum: Almost. Not quite.
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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 »

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References Upstairs, Downstairs: Peace out of Pain (1974) See more »

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