Downton Abbey: Season 3, Episode 5

Episode #3.5 (27 Jan. 2013)

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The Crawley family faces its severest test yet. Meanwhile, new faces try to fit into the tight-knit circle of servants. New evidence turns up in a baffling case.



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Anna finds evidence to prove that Vera poisoned herself after John had left her house in order to incriminate him, giving new hope for an appeal. Edith is offered the chance to write a regular newspaper column whilst Isobel employs Ethel - to the irritation of pietists among the Abbey staff - and Jimmy is troubled by Thomas's attentions towards him. Ivy proves her worth in the kitchen with even Daisy complimenting her. Sybil has a difficult pregnancy as she is unwell, a fact observed by family doctor Clarkson though an eminent obstetrician, Sir Philip Tapsell, brought in by Robert, overrules his view that she should go to hospital. She gives birth to a daughter but dies afterwards. As the household mourns Cora blames Robert for listening to Tapsell. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Downton Abbey Episode #5
14 October 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The doctor comes to Downton to check in on Sybill and how she is feeling which seems to be fine. Whenever something happens upstairs downstairs must have their talk about it. Daisy seems to be very cruel to her assistant. Sybil tells Mary that the baby is to be Christian but she cannot make it back to Ireland so this baby might not be. Anna goes to visit Bates and he now has his theories about who might have killed his ex in order to save his life. Lady Crawley still believes that she can change Ethel's life. Mary and Thomas go out on a walk to talk about everything happening at the moment. After dinner Anna wants to talk to Robert and at the same time Thomas talks to the visitor about his abilities to have a family with Mary. Edith after her newspaper statement last week gets a job to write for a newspaper weekly even though her father does not allow it like usual. Mrs. Bird has now left because she did not want to work near Ethel. The doctor calls the whole family in because he thinks she is having some problems with the birth. Ethel trying to cook ends up burning the dessert but cannot really do anything about it. Carson finds out about Ethel and does not like the idea. Doctors seem to fight over what is best for Sybil but they all must ask Thomas what he thinks is best for her birth. Sybil then has a baby girl and everyone lives to tell the tale. O'Brien then sticks her neck in check how Thomas is treating the new staff which seems to be too nice even for him. Late into the night Sybil starts to lose it, everyone looks on as she cannot be helped going through all this pain. As she reaches the point of no return everyone notices that this new baby is without a mother because Sybil has died. Downstairs are told about Sybil's death and even Thomas finds it hard to accept. The day of the funeral Anna talks to someone from the prison about Bates's case. Mary walks in on Thomas making a deal for the house but stops it straight away because of the mood everyone is feeling today. This death has even made Violet emotional which is the first time I've seen her like this. Great episode with the death of Sybil surprising and heartbreaking for the character of Sybil being on of my favourites.

EPISODE GRADE: B+ (MVP: Elizabeth McGovern)

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