It's grouse-shooting season, and Rose's father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawley family to a shooting party. Stowell, the Sinderbys' butler, has an ax to grind and a scandalous secret threatens to undermine the holiday. Surprises are in store as the families become better acquainted with each other and some new faces arrive on the scene. Meanwhile, the servants hold the fort back at Downton.
Did You Know?
When Anna explains how she started her life in service, she mentions that she left home at a young girl and got a job as 'tweenie. 'Tweenies were young teenage girls at the lowest rung of the service ladder. They got their name in the era before indoor plumbing, when they had to carry very heavy buckets of water and waste up and down the stairs, and thus they were always found 'tween the floors. See more
The year of the episode is 1924. The Bentley driven by Henry Talbot is a 1927 Bentley 3 Litre, chassis number RE1400 that was delivered to the original buyer in November 1926. See more
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Why do you always treat me as if I were a salmon who laid my eggs in the gravel and then swam back to the sea?
Written by Franz Gruber
and Joseph Mohr
Performed by Michelle Dockery
and Laura Carmichael See more