Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 4

Episode #3.4 (20 Jan. 2013)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Romance
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 578 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 3 critic

August 1920: Two social revolutions arrive at Downton Abbey: the Irish civil war and the fight for women's suffrage. A mysterious conspiracy keeps Anna and Bates apart.



(written and created by)
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video


Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 05 Nov 2013
a list of 9 titles
created 28 Nov 2013
a list of 1186 titles
created 13 Jun 2014
a list of 74 titles
created 11 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Episode #3.4" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Episode #3.4 (20 Jan 2013)

Episode #3.4 (20 Jan 2013) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Downton Abbey.
« Previous Episode | 20 of 52 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:


August 1920. At Ethel's request, Isobel and Mrs Hughes arrange a meeting with Mr and Mrs Bryant as Ethel believes her son Charlie would have a better life with them. The kindly Mrs Bryant offers money but Ethel, though it is heart-breaking for her, agrees that the couple should raise her son for his own benefit. Edith, incensed at the limits of women's suffrage, has an article published in the press, which annoys Robert, but he is even more angry when Tom and the pregnant Sybil arrive from Ireland. Tom is on the run as an I.R.A sympathiser who has attended their meetings and will be arrested if he returns to Dublin, making them exiles though Tom expresses a wish to return to his homeland. Handsome new footman Jimmy turns the heads of the maids - and Thomas - whilst Daisy is put out when Alfred seems smitten by new kitchen maid Ivy. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

1920s | irish | male heir | lawyer | heir | See All (6) »


Drama | Romance


See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 January 2013 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Mr. Carson: But Alfred is very good, you know. He's very willing. Even if he is Miss O'Brien's nephew.
Matthew Crawley: [to Mary] Clearly, nothing worse could be said of any man.
See more »


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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Downton Abbey Episode #4
9 October 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Last week was not the best for Edith as she was left at the alter. Anna doesn't get a letter's from bates but also he gets nothing from her which must be something the prison is doing to punish someone. The maid who once worked at Downton as become a prostitute and Mrs. Crawley wants Mrs. Hughes to help with making her life better then the situation is. Robert reads that American women can vote but in England it still is not allowed. Anna tells Mrs. Hughes that she has not had a letter from Bates and is very sad about it. Bates seems to be getting on OK locked up but Carson teaching new workers is not going to well especially with Thomas listening into the conversation. Mrs. Hughes does help Ethel because Mrs. Crawley has seemed to be persuaded by Ethel to do what she wants her to do. Calls the house and she ends the call very quick making Edith suspicious that something is happening. Tom turns up at the house and Mary has to lie for him. Tom then tells everyone about what has happened. That the police are looking for him and Sybill with him running here. Robert gets very angry when he hears that Tom has left Sybill all by herself especially in the state she is in. Ethel then meets with the grand parents of her son while the father judges her and the mother try's to be the nicer one. Ethel doesn't except the offer she gets as she finds the man abusive and cruel. Even though she did not want to give her child away she knows it's for his best. When the guards do their daily checks the find something in the bed of Bates's roommate. Sybill finally gets to Downton and Tom is the one to great her. The family do not respect what Sybill or her husband has done as they do not understand the changing times. Tom is not allowed to step on Irish land or he will be arrested so he must stay at Downton for now. Bates finally gets a letter from Anna and they are in contact again. Carson does not like the toast maker as he try's to stop all the fire that comes up. Edith's statement about women's rights makes it into a newspaper which once again makes Robert mad. Daisy finally gets her new kitchen maid but Alfred likes her to. OK episode with it getting to melodramatic at times.

EPISODE GRADE: C+ (MVP: Hugh Bonneville)

1 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
ITV Trailer for 20 September Premiere LadyMandy
The first extended trailer from S6 Zipgoesamillion
Actors appearing in S6 Zipgoesamillion
How much was a pound sterling back then compared to now? Psilio
Press launch: Some thoughts on the new season. Andorra
Mary and Edith - so much hate? Mushroom-of-Doom
Discuss Episode #3.4 (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page