"Downton Abbey" Episode #4.8 (TV Episode 2013) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Charles leaves, Mary having appointed Tim Drewe as pig-man, but when Anthony Gillingham's projected visit to Downton is announced Mary detects from Anna's reaction that something is wrong and learns the rapist's identity. The visit passes without incident, though Mary turns down a proposal from Anthony, who has broken off his engagement. Mary is alarmed when Rose tells her she is marrying Jack Ross and goes to see the singer. Lady Rosamund plans to take Edith to Switzerland to have her baby and put it up for adoption, but Violet is suspicious. Robert returns for the annual fete and Alfred comes back for a funeral, proposing to Ivy, who declines. Meanwhile, Isobel attracts the admiration of Lord Merton and Molesley forms a friendship with Baxter, though he is curious as to her relationship with Barrow.

  • Edith decides the time has come to tell her mother about her pregnancy and her Aunt Rosamund comes to Downton. Rosamund has a better idea: they will go off to Switzerland for several months where Edith can give birth and give up the child for adoption. The plan doesn't get by the Dowager Countess however who is now certain something serious is amiss. Tom again runs into Sarah Bunting, the young woman he had recently met at a Liberal party meeting. While on a trip to Thirsk, Tom sees Rose having tea with Jack Ross and reports the fact to Mary. She speaks Rose who insists she loves Jack and has every intention of marrying him. Mary confronts Jack on the subject. Lord Merton, Mary's godfather, visits the Dowager Countess for lunch and takes a definite interest in Isobel. With Robert still away, Cora organizes the annual village fête. Alfred says his final goodbyes to Ivy and Daisy. Mary, who has again turned down Lord Gillingham's proposal of marriage, asks him to sack his valet, Green. He agrees but shows up at Downton the next day to tell her that Green is dead, having been struck by a vehicle on the street. It was also the day that John Bates had supposedly gone off to York for the day.

  • Mary persuade Gillingham to duscharge Green without disclosing the reason and rejects his marriage proposal, Mary discover Rose's romance with Jack Rose, Alfred returns to for his father's funeral, and the Crawleys stage the annual church bazaar.


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