Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #4.3 

The Crawleys host a weekend party, their first since the War, and unexpected situations and crises arise.


Catherine Morshead


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Lily James ... Lady Rose MacClare
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason
Matt Milne ... Alfred Nugent
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore


The Crawleys throw a weekend house party with guests including Terence Sampson and Anthony, Lord Gillingham. Tom is out of his depth making small talk but Edith is happy to welcome Michael into the group. Mary confides in Gillingham - although he is engaged to another woman - but John is irritated by Gillingham's valet Green's flirtatious attentions to Anna. Isobel, still mourning her son, is persuaded by Violet to join the party for a recital by opera singer Nellie Melba, while Molesley, now working as a delivery driver, stands in for the injured Jimmy as footman and Alfred saves the culinary day when stressed-out Mrs Patmore has an anxiety attack. During the recital Michael impresses Robert whilst Green forces himself on Anna, who asks Mrs Hughes not to tell John. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

12 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), the first classical music performer to come from Australia, was the greatest operatic soprano of her day. She was born Helen Porter Mitchell but changed her name in honor of Melbourne, Australia. See more »


During Nellie Melba's concert, Isobel Crawley remarks to the Dowager Duchess of Grantham, 'I prefer Bartok'. Bartok's music was virtually unknown in Britain in 1922 and would certainly not have been familiar to people who lived in rural Yorkshire. See more »


Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [correcting Tom on how to address a noblewoman] Don't call her "Your Grace."
Tom Branson: I thought it was correct.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: For a servant or an official at a ceremony, but in a social situation call her "Duchess."
Tom Branson: But why don't I call you "Countess?"
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Certainly not!
Tom Branson: There's no logic in it.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: If I were to ever search for logic I wouldn't look for it among the English upper class.
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References Poldark: Episode #1.6 (1975) See more »


Songs My Mother Taught Me
From "Gypsy Songs"
Music by Antonín Dvorák
English Lyrics by Natalia Macfarren
Performed by Kiri Te Kanawa
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Poor Anna
1 January 2018 | by jp281995See all my reviews

This episode is truly unforgettable because of one horrible scene, which includes Anna Bates and another servant. How I hate him. Joanne Froggatt is simply a very talented actress.

Meanwhile, the Crawleys host a party for their aristocratic guests. Poor Branson feels left out, but still tries to blend in.

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