Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #3.3 

The fate of Downton Abbey hinges on a letter from a dead man. Edith and Sir Anthony face their own fateful moment. Mrs. Hughes confronts a crisis.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lady Sybil Branson
Charles Carson
John Bates
Joseph Molesley
Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Tom Branson
Mrs. Hughes


The feud continues between O'Brien and Thomas, who suggests that the ladies' maid intends leaving. Carson suspects that Mrs Hughes is unwell and tricks Mrs Patmore into confirming the cancer and, in a misguided effort to help, informs Cora. Anna visits a friend of Vera, Mrs Bartlett, though she offers no fresh evidence whilst, John falls foul of cell-mate Craig. Mary finds a letter which could persuade Matthew to take the inheritance and save the family home. Edith prepares to marry Sir Anthony. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

13 January 2013 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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From the minute Ethyl showed interest in Sir Anthony, everyone in her family made a huge deal about their age difference. He was 25 years older than her. On the wedding day, she was 28 and he was 53. The truth is, any family in 1920 would have been delighted for their spinster daughter to marry a wealthy member of the peerage, that had a title and an estate. It was extremely common for a man of his rank to marry a much younger woman when his first wife died. That Edith's family makes such a fuss about their age difference just would not have happened, it would have never even occurred to them. They would have given up that Edith would ever find a decent man to marry, her best years were behind her. Sir Anthony was someone they would hope one of their daughters would marry. Indeed, when Mary was looking for a husband a few years earlier, the family was pushing Sir Anthony at her. Why was it OK for a older man to wed Mary, but not Edith, who is only 2 years younger than Mary, It's still accepted today among the wealthy. There are scads of rich older men married to much younger women, it was no different in 1920. See more »


Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [to Edith] I really think you should go to bed - no bride wants to look tired at her wedding. It either means she's anxious, or been up to no good.
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Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron
Performed by Jim Carter
[Carson sings while working]
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