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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 Downton are all shaken by his fate, even O'Brien, though Thomas schemes to ingratiate himself and become the new valet. On the eve of the servants' ball, Mrs Patmore uses a little chicanery - and a Ouija board - to help Daisy assuage her guilt over William whilst at the ball itself a long overdue marriage proposal is made - and accepted.
It's Christmas 1919 and the normally happy activities are somewhat overshadowed by Mr. Bates' arrest and upcoming trial. Lady Cora is thrilled to hear from Sybil that she is pregnant but Lord Grantham is still having difficulty accepting his daughter's choice, despite the fact that he gave her his blessing. Lady Rosamund arrives at Downton for the holidays with her maid Marigold Shore. She also has a new beau, Lord Hepworth, a man the Dowager Countess is convinced is just after Rosamund's money. As time goes by, Lady Mary becomes ever more convinced that she and Sir Richard will never make each other happy. Lord Grantham can't quite understand why she is continuing her engagement until Lady Cora tells him of the incident with the Turkish diplomat and Sir Richard's threat to print the story if Mary changes her mind about their marriage. Lady Edith meanwhile renews her acquaintance with Sir Anthony Strallan who she learns was wounded in the war. Several people testify at Bates' trial and the verdict is rendered.
Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates' arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities.
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