"Downton Abbey" Episode #4.1 (TV Episode 2013) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Six months later and Mary is still mourning Matthew, leaving the care of baby George to Nanny West. Tom tries to interest her in estate management, to little avail, but Violet eventually persuades her to look to the future. Miss O'Brien leaves without any explanation to take work with Lady Flintshire, Rose's mother. Mrs Hughes is less than happy with Cora's replacement for her, Edna, a former maid who tried to seduce Tom. Edith goes to London, where Michael tells her he is prepared to go to Germany for a divorce so that they can be together. She brings electric kitchen gadgets back, which the maids like but which confuse Mrs Patmore. Jimmy takes Ivy out, and she gets drunk, annoying jealous Daisy and Alfred. Violet's efforts to get Molesley, redundant after Matthew's death, work with her friend Lady Shackleton are sabotaged by the lady's current butler whilst Isobel agrees to rescue Carson's old friend Grigg from the workhouse. Thomas seems unnaturally unpleasant towards Nanny West but is vindicated when Cora finds her being cruel to Tom's daughter and dismisses her.

  • It's now been six months since Matthew Crawley's death in a car crash and, with one notable exception, life at Downton is slowly returning to normal. The exception is the widowed Lady Mary whose deep depression continues. Lord Grantham, once again in sole command of the estate, is adamant that everyone should simply let her recover from her loss at her own pace. Tom, however, needs her if they are to continue to implement the changes Matthew had in mind. The servants are all atwitter when its revealed that O'Brien has left suddenly to work for Rose's mother, now on a posting in India. Rose puts a card in the village shop window to see if she can find a replacement. Edith's relationship with her London editor continues to grow. Thomas takes a dislike to the children's nanny and tells lady Cora he thinks she is unsuitable. That seems to be the case when Cora hears her verbally abusing baby Sybil. Sadly, Molesley has been unable to find work since Matthew's death but the Dowager Countess steps in to see if she can arrange something.

  • Mary is still inconsolable six months after Matthew's death, Edith support Michael going to Germany to divorce his wife, Molesley looks for a job, and there is a surprise applicant for Ms. O'Brien's job.


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