Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #3.8 

Change arrives in a big way for several key characters at Downton Abbey. A yearly cricket match with the village sees old scores settled and new plots are hatched.



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Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)


Carson promises Thomas that if he resigns, citing John's return as the reason, he will give him a good reference. However, O'Brien persuades Jimmy to tell the butler that he will call the police unless the reference is withdrawn. Violet's great-niece Rose comes to stay, apparently bored with London, though she is keen to accompany Edith to town for a day, staying with Rosamund. However, she gives them the slip to go to a club with her married boyfriend who was the reason her mother sent her to Violet, and, along with Matthew, they lean on her to return. Written by don @ minifie-1

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10 February 2013 (USA)  »

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Downton Abbey Episode #8
6 November 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Bates wants to get back to work while Thomas is let go because Carson does not respect his actions. Thomas is called foul while Mrs. O'Brien listen's to Thomas being fired. The Downton cricket team needs Thomas. Mrs. O'Brien is trying the cause something by getting Jimmy to complain. Mr Mosley is happy to be playing cricket with the house for the first time. Violet is getting a visitor who hates London. Mrs. O'Brien once again try's to get Jimmy to say something but he still does not really want to say something. Thomas is using the cricket to try get Robert to change his mind about some old traditions while Mary has somehow changed since her trip to London. Jimmy comes in to complain about Thomas even bringing up the police if Carson does nothing about it. Violet and Isobel meet with Rose. Thomas is upset that he will leave without a reference because he will not be able to get a job anywhere else. When Anna and Bates go to their house. While Edith is going to London Rose wants to tag along. Also Matthew wants to go as well to do business even look after Rose. Tom is going into business with the family. Mrs. Hughes finds Thomas crying outside where he tells her the whole story even though it may shock her. Mary calls Edith to get her to keep Matthew in London so she can do something that day. Hughes talks to Carson about how she does not like Jimmy but more Thomas. Thomas goes to visit Bates at his home. While organizing the cricket team Downton is down two players. In London Rose goes on some exploration calling an unknown number. Ethel is staying on to work for Isobel and she is OK with it. Edith goes to visit her publisher who seems to like his work. While painting the wall Bates talks to Anna about feeling responsible for Thomas's situation. Hughes tells Bates about Thomas. Rose is late for dinner and the man who drove her comes to the house to tell them where Rose has been in London. Rose has gone to a club and the family must come to get her. Matthew says he can help Rose out of trouble if she comes to his deal. Matthew try's to find out what is wrong with Mary but he cannot, he even sees Mary going to visit the doctor. It turns out that Mary was the one who could not have children, she even had to have an operation. When Rose and Edith get home Violet hears there is a secret she does not know. Violet tells Rose that her mother has found out about London. Prison has changed Bates as he wants to help Thomas. Robert is so angry that Matthew is undermining him by trying to change. Robert thinks he is being cast out and feels that he is not the ruler in his own house. The first visitor to the Bates household in surprise is Mrs. O'Brien. It turns out that Bates has something against O'Brien that makes her try to get Jimmy to stop with the complaint towards Thomas. Mr. Mosley is till trying to teach the younger guys how to play cricket. Tom tells Robert that he needs to listen to his family more for Downton's sake. Robert says he will think about hi offer if he plays cricket. Ethel accepts the job because she may see her son. Edith goes to her publisher to talk about him flirting with her even though he is married. He tells her his wife is in an Asylum who does not even know who he is. Everything seems good at the game with Bates even telling Anna about the bathroom soap. The new way everyone ranks in the house seems to upset everyone. The police come to the game to talk to Alfred about the complaint. Robert is able to stop Alfred from the complaint. Tom makes the decision to stay with the family when he sees everyone is getting along so well. He then asks Cora to keep the baby there while she is young.

EPISODE GRADE: B- (MVP: Hugh Bonneville)

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