Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #4.5 

Mrs. Hughes tells Bates an edited version of Anna's rape, Edith goes to London to see Michael, Alfred takes a culinary test, and the Countess suspects new employee Pegg of theft and Robert tries to keep a tenant.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lady Edith Crawley
Lady Mary Crawley
Joseph Molesley
Lady Rose MacClare
Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Tom Branson
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Daisy Mason
Alfred Nugent
Mrs. Patmore


Under pressure Mrs Hughes tells John what happened to Anna. Robert is sympathetic to Tim Drewe, whose father, an estate tenant, died owing huge debts, whilst Isobel persuades Violet to employ young villager John Pegg as a gardener, defending the boy when an ornament belonging to the dowager goes missing. Edith is upset that Michael is not returning her calls and there is a disappointment too for Alfred, who fails his trial as a chef at the Ritz and Molesley, who had hoped to replace him on the staff. Mary meanwhile reencounters Evelyn Napier, now involved in a survey of estates which would benefit from downsizing. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance






Release Date:

26 January 2014 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Mrs Patmore has a rip in her apron on the bottom, in the middle, straight up, 6" long. When she's shown the repair by the seamstress, it's the seam on the corner she's shown, not the center where we originally saw the ripped cloth. Also, the servants are amazed and in awe of the electric sewing machine. This was 1922, electric machines had been around since 1890, hardly something none of them would have never seen before. See more »


Isobel Crawley: [trying to get Pegg employment as an apprentice gardener] Then will you take young Pegg? He impressed me so favorably.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [sarcastically] I wonder your halo doesn't grow heavy. It must be like wearing a tiara around the clock.
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References The House of Eliott: Episode #3.1 (1994) See more »


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Never Give Up
3 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Alfred chases his dream to become a cook and applies at the grand Ritz Hotel. The Dowager Countess, with the insistence of Isobel Crawley, hires a new assistant gardener and she suspects him of theft.

I think this is a pretty good episode. I really love the Dowager Countess and Isobel Crawley. Meanwhile, Mrs. Hughes finally tells Bates about Anna's secret, but not the whole truth. Mrs. Hughes is such an endearing character.

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