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The Crawleys host a weekend party, their first since the War, and unexpected situations and crises arise.
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.
Robert and Cora invite a dozen or so friends for the weekend, the first such party since Matthew's death. Cora has ensured that several young men are included hoping Mary might take an interest - something Robert thinks is highly unlikely. The highlight of the weekend is to be a performance by renowned operatic soloist Dame Nellie Melba - but Lord Grantham and Carson have no intention of treating her as a guest. Several of the guests lose a good deal of money playing poker with Terence Sampson, a cardsharp. Edith is having difficulty getting her father to spend any time with her friend Michael Gregson. Once again, Tom feels completely out of place entertaining, something Edna begins using to her advantage. Alfred saves the day by cooking dinner when Mrs. Patmore has a panic attack and Molesley steps in to work as a footman when Jimmy injures himself. One of the visiting servants takes an interest in Anna and subsequently forces himself on her.
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