Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #2.8 

The Spanish Flu disrupts plans for Matthew's wedding when Cora, Lavinia, Carson, Molesley, and other staff members fall ill. Ethel elects to keep her son, and Jane resigns from Downton.

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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

April 1919. As Downton Abbey prepares for Lavinia and Matthew's wedding, Sybil and Tom shock the family by announcing their intention to move to Dublin, where he has work, and marry. However, events are overtaken and the marriage is put on hold when Carson, Cora, Lavinia and others fall sick with the Spanish flu. Thomas uses the situation as an excuse to get his job back but Lavinia, aware of Matthew's feelings for Mary, suggests that the marriage be called off. After admitting their mutual feelings, Jane gives Robert her resignation, her young son's future assured thanks to the earl, whilst Ethel decides to keep her son Charlie rather than give him to the Bryants, who would raise him to forget her. The flu goes away, having claimed one victim, and Robert finally gives Sybil and Tom his blessing as they leave for Ireland. Anna and John also marry, by special license. However, the day after the wedding they receive unwelcome visitors. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

In the funeral scene, Daisy is wearing a skirt that shows the less faded bottom of having been made with a long hem that has since been "let down". This economical step is exactly how the maid's dresses would have been made, to get the most wear out of the fabric, and is even mentioned in "Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management." See more »

Goofs

The dowager countess is 75 and claims to not know what a gramophone is. This would have been impossible in 1919. The phonograph was invented in 1877 and by 1900 was in every prominent household in the world. The countess was an educated, well traveled woman, she would have seen and heard one scores of times. There was no radio yet, phonographs exactly like the one she saw were everywhere. In movies, in magazine ads, in peoples homes. See more »

Quotes

[Matthew is listening to a song on the new gramophone. Mary joins him]
Lady Mary Crawley: I don't know this one.
Matthew Crawley: Actually I rather like it. I think it was in a show that flopped. "Zip Goes a Million" or something.
[Matthew holds out his arms. He and Mary start to dance]
Lady Mary Crawley: Can you manage without your stick?
Matthew Crawley: You *are* my stick.
Lady Mary Crawley: *We* were a show that flopped.
Matthew Crawley: God, Mary, I'm so, so sorry. You know how sorry I am.
Lady Mary Crawley: Don't be. It wasn't anyone's fault. If it was, it was mine.
Matthew Crawley: You know Cousin Violet came to me. Told me to ...
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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

References Upstairs, Downstairs: Peace out of Pain (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Downton Abbey - The Suite
(uncredited)
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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29 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Downton Abbey

Fellowes has successfully managed to make a soap opera melodrama, luxury rather than a necessity. This royal family and the impact it casts upon others surrounding them is the ultimate definition of royalty, in terms of that it spews each of our assumptions of the livelihood of people residing in such palace onto the screen with elegance and stature that does more than people-pleasing work. The emotions comes in plethora of it- hence arguable the titled genre melodrama- but what doesn't come in hand is the content, the writers fiddles with you with such panache that you are rumble down to be gullible enough to nod at anything offered. And this is primary the reason, why in its middle seasons, where the writing was questioned and yet loved and accepted by us effervescently.

Its primary theme that it adapts or conjures for an episode is shared by an entire cast that makes the episode balance and all the tracks, no matter how long they may carry on later, gets a definite period within that hour for you to pin down your decision. The most difficult part of the writers is to pass on information or rumors in this too-big-a-palace but with flawed three dimensional characters, it is weaved out with excellent justifying reasons leaving you in an awe of it.

Fellowes doesn't share its cast, nor a scene, nor humor, nor any anchor that would weight him down to take bold risks, he doesn't compromise on lopping off a character from the screen or adding one despite of being shared by so many, he has managed to reboot the drama until every last viewers gets that point jaggedly on mark. The series is also blessed with incredible cast like Dockery, Bonneville, Carter, Coyle and Smith that stands out among plenty other performances. Downton Abbey is, yes, cheesy, but each aspect of the series owns it, and with commitment like such comes maturity and just good storytelling.

Season 02

Installing the premise of War and the catastrophe it casts on each character, this season feels more reserved on exploring the characters' equation and more on diving deep on individuals, along with adding few more and reincarnating the previous errors, it keeps its standard consistently good.

Episode #2.8

A mature finale that puts emotions before characters, and helps them drive it, a smart end to Bonneville's highly risky friendship along with McGovern and Dockery's love track, with an anticipated final note on Coyle's life that is as always tailed by an enemy, only to leave the fans wolfish for more.


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