Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #2.7 

Ethel confronts her baby's grandparents, Bates thinks he might have played a role in his wife's death, Branson and Sybil elope, and Carlyle tries to recruit Anna to spy on Mary.

Director:

James Strong

Writer:

Julian Fellowes (written and created by)
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Cast

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
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore
Amy Nuttall ... Ethel Parks
Maggie Smith ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
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Storyline

With the house no longer a hospital Thomas hopes to make money on the black market but is ruined after being cheated by his supplier. Mrs Hughes helps Ethel to confront Mr and Mrs Bryant, the parents of her baby's late father but, whilst his wife seems moved, Bryant dismisses Ethel as a liar and fraud with no proof of paternity. Carlisle tries to bribe Anna to spy on Mary but she refuses and tells Mrs Hughes and Carson, the latter consequently withdrawing his offer to work for Carlisle, whom he sees as underhand. Robert, disillusioned by the war's failure to accomplish anything, makes a play for Jane but quickly apologises whilst Sybil, liberated by her war work, elopes with Tom Branson, though her sisters follow and bring them back. John is concerned that, whilst Vera officially killed herself by taking poison, it was rat poison bought by him and fears he may be incriminated. The big news, however, is Matthew regaining the use of his legs. He announces his forthcoming wedding to ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Theda Bara is the first movie star mentioned by any of the Downton characters. See more »

Quotes

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: [about the War] Do you ever wonder what it was all for?
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits acknowledgement: "The red cross emblem used with kind permission of the UK Ministry of Defence and British Red Cross Society". See more »

Connections

Featured in This Morning: Episode dated 26 October 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Downton Abbey - Suite
(uncredited)
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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Drama gets better
21 December 2017 | by jp281995See all my reviews

Lady Sybil and Branson plan to marry and elope. Sir Richard, who is quite possessive and intimidating, asks Anna to spy on Lady Mary. Bates think that he might get in trouble with his wife's suicide.

This episode is better than the previous one.


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