Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #1.7 

Mary finds it was Edith who let the ambassador know about Faruk's death, Cora announces her pregnancy, and Thomas and O'Brien hatch new slanders against Bates as War clouds loom.


Brian Percival


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lady Sybil Crawley
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Smith
Thomas Howes ... William Mason
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Rose Leslie ... Gwen Dawson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Robinson
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore


July 1914. In London former suitor Evelyn Napier assures Lady Mary that it was Edith, not he, who spread gossip about her and Kemal. Mary counters by wrecking her sister's marriage plans with Sir Anthony. Robert is reluctant to dismiss John even though O'Brien and Thomas have obtained a letter claiming that he stole from a previous employer. Anna accompanies Mrs. Patmore to London for eye tests, resulting in corrective surgery and, whilst there, discovers that John took the blame for the theft for his ex-wife Vera, a fact which Robert is pleased to hear. Thomas, fed up at his failure to get John sacked, and sensing war on the way, joins the Army Medical Corps whilst Sybil finally gets Gwen her secretarial post. Cora is pregnant, a fact which puts the proposed marriage between Mary and Matthew in doubt, should the baby be a son and heir. However, thanks to O'Brien leaving a bar of soap on the floor, Cora slips and miscarries. All the staff except O'Brien cheer William on as he beats ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

30 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Mrs. Patmore had cataract surgery. During that time period, intra-ocular lenses were not yet invented and anyone having cataract surgery would need very thick eyeglasses to compensate for the change in prescription due to no longer having their natural eye lens. Without such eyeglass correction, patients would be so blurred they would be barely able to function. Mrs. Patmore is repeatedly shown doing household tasks with no eyeglasses, and at times, she is wearing a very low powered reading glass which would be completely inadequate for near point tasks. See more »


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The plot thickens
18 December 2017 | by jp281995See all my reviews

There is so much going on in this exciting episode. I want to say that this is my favorite episode and also the best one of Season 1.

Here, Lady Grantham reveals that she is pregnant, much to the surprise of her husband and daughters. Lady Mary has trouble deciding if she is going to marry Matthew, but her aunt helps her to think about it. Lady Mary also finds out about her sister's scheme. Meanwhile, the cook Mrs. Patmore goes to London for her eye surgery. She is accompanied by Anna, who has the opportunity to investigate Bates' history and prove herself that he is truly a good man instead of what O'Brien and Barrows suggest.

I love watching them excited by the telephone. Carson is really funny. Meanwhile, I have to say that Siobhan Finneran is an amazing actress. She perfectly portrays the bitter and despicable O'Brien. O'Brien's actions on this episode are really horrible, but it did affect the whole Crawley family's fate. And the ending is fantastic, it makes me excited to see Season 2!

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