At Christmas 1919 the Crawleys welcome Edith's former suitor Sir Anthony, now a war invalid, who tells her that he is too old for her, and Robert's sister Rosamund with her beau, the raffish Lord Hepworth. Sybil writes to announce her pregnancy. After Carlisle's selfish attitude towards the servants and his jealousy when Mary accompanies Matthew to visit Lavinia's grave, Robert prises from his wife the fact that the newspaper baron is effectively blackmailing his daughter into marriage to keep her secret and, on her father's advice, Mary breaks off the engagement, knowing that the angry Carlisle will now probably expose the family. Aware that Hepworth is penniless, Violet unsuccessfully tries to warn Rosamund against marriage but Rosamund is determined to go ahead with the wedding - until she catches her fiancé in bed with her maid. Things do not go well for John, on trial for killing Vera, though Robert and Matthew vow to contest his life imprisonment. Upstairs and downstairs at ... Written by
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Did You Know?
Daisy finds a Ouija board on the shelf downstairs. These boards came along after the Civil War and were used by spiritualists to talk to the dead. The Ouija board was patented in the 1890's in the US. They were wildly popular after WWI. The one they're using is a generic talking board of Brit manufacture, on the money bag is the symbol of the English pound. Although science has proven these talking boards are really operated by the subconscious mind, the Catholic Church still has them outlawed for use. See more
The miniature lights that adorn the Christmas tree by the hundreds at the beginning of the episode -- which is supposed to take place during Christmas of 1919 -- were not introduced until 1970. See more
Sir Richard Carlisle
Why were you and Matthew laughing at the end of the first drive?
Lady Mary Crawley
I suppose he must've said something funny.
References The Magnificent Ambersons
Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London See more