Downton Abbey

Season 1 Episode 2

Episode 2

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 03, 2010 on PBS
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The arrival of Matthew and Isobel Crawley causes a stir at Downton Abbey. Matthew struggles to settle down, while Isobel doesn't make a good first impression on Violet. Elsewhere, the past catches up with Carson when he is blackmailed by a conman and Gwen appears to be corresponding with someone in secret.


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  • Quite Good So Far.

    Not everybody is welcoming Matthew Crawley and his mother in a respecting way. Boy, this series is really interesting. No wonder it's in some Guiness World Record as the best English dramas. I can't say much more as I'm not so accustomed in detailing a high class drama. Anyway, I want to say congratulation to this series for winning a Golden Globe for Best Mini Series or TV Movie for Drama.moreless
  • When the Crawley heir and his mother arrive at Downton Abbey, he feels totally out of place while his mother, a former nurse, causes some problems at the village hospital and puts the Dowager Countess offside.moreless

    Matthew Crawley, a lawyer, is very reluctant to have to change everything about his life and become the heir apparent to the Grantham title. His mother, Isobel, the widow of a doctor is far more able to handle the change in circumstances and knows how to behave when deeling with a maid and a valet. Matthew, however, finds the whole thing ludicrous and is clearly ill at ease.

    Violet, the Dowager Countess, is completely unimpressed with Isobel, particularly when she 'interferes' with the running of the hospital. Lady Mary, the wilful eldest daughter doesn't have a great deal that's nice to say about Matthew either, in spite of her parent's hopes that the two will marry and thus, secure Mary's money while keeping the entire Grantham estate intact.

    Downstairs, Thomas, the first footman shows himself to be quite the snake in the grass. Miss O'Brien, the personal maid to Her Ladyship is also an unpleasant piece of work and both go out of their way tomake life as difficult as possible for Mr. Bates, in spite of the fact that he served with Lord Grantham and His Lordship is obviously fond of him.

    Excellent episode as the drama continues to build and the excellence of this series really begins to show itself.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the scene where Charles Grigg comes to Downton Abbey to see Lord Grantham, Bates senses trouble and sends Anna towards the village to fetch Mr. Carson at once. When Anna finds Mr. Carson as he is heading home, she tells him he is needed at once in the library but there is no way that she could have known that Bates had taken Grigg into the library as they were nowhere near it when she left the house and therefore, could have gone to a different room.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Referring to the fact that Mary was quite unpleasant to Matthew during dinner.)

      Dowager Countess: I'm sorry Mary was rather sharp this evening.

      Matthew: I doubt if Cousin Mary and I are destined to be close friends. I don't blame her. Her father's home and her mother's fortune are to be passed to me. It's very harsh.

      Dowager Countess: What would you say if the entail were set aside in Mary's favour?

      Matthew: I should try to accept it with as good a grace as I could muster.

      Dowager Countess: Would you?

    • Lord Grantham: I thought you didn't like him.

      Dowager Countess: So what? I have plenty of friends I don't like.

      Lord Grantham: Would you want Mary to marry one of them?

      Dowager Countess: Why do you always have to pretend to be nicer than the rest of us?

      Lord Grantham: Perhaps I am.

      Dowager Countess: Then pity your wife whose fortune is going to this odd young man who talks about weekends and jobs. If Mary were to marry him, then all would be resolved.

    • (After William, the Second Footman, has been severely rebuked by Mr. Carson, the Butler.)

      Daisy: Cheer up. We've all had a smack from Mr. Carson.

      Anna: You'll be the butler yourself one day, then you'll be doing the smacking.

      William: I'd never be like him. I'll bet he comes from a line of butlers that goes back to The Conquerer.

      Bates: He learned his business and so will you. Even Mr. Carson wasn't born standing to attention.

      Thomas: I hope not, for his mother's sake.

    • Isobel: I'm so interested to see the hospital.

      Dowager Countess: Well you would be with your late husband a doctor.

      Isobel: Not just my husband, my father and brother too. And I trained as a nurse during the war.

      Dowager Countess: Oh, fancy!

      Isobel: I'd love to be involved in some way.

      Dowager Countess: Well, you could always help with the Bring and Buy sale next month, that would be most appreciated.

    • (Robert, Lord Grantham, referring to the fact that Matthew has a job and will be working as a solicitor during the week.)

      Lord Grantham: You do know I mean to involve you in the running of the estate?

      Matthew: Oh don't worry, there are plenty of hours in the day and, of course, I'll have the weekend.

      Lord Grantham: We'll discuss this later, we mustn't bore the ladies.

      Dowager Countess: What is a weekend?

    • (Lord Grantham is introducing the Crawleys to his mother, the Dowager Countess.)

      Lord Grantham: Mama, may I present Matthew Crawley and Mrs. Crawley? My mother, Lady Grantham.

      (Isobel approaches Violet, the Dowager Countess and extends her hand but the old lady does not take it,)

      Isobel: What should we call each other?

      Dowager Countess: Well, we could always start with Mrs. Crawley and Lady Grantham.

    • Cora: I still do not understand why we are rushing into this.

      Lord Grantham: Matthew Crawley is my heir.

      Cora: Patrick was your heir. He never lived here.

      Lord Grantham: Patrick was in and out of this house since the day he was born. You saw how many of the village turned out for the service.

      Cora: Nothing's settled yet.

      Lord Grantham: It is settled my dearest one, whether you like it or not.

      Cora: I wouldn't say that. Not while your mother breathes air.

    • Matthew: I still don't see why I couldn't just refuse it. (becoming Lord Grantham's heir.)

      Isobel: There's no mechanism for you to do so. You will be an earl, you will inherit the estate. Of course, you can throw it away when you have it, that's up to you.

  • NOTES (1)


    • When Mr. Carson offers his resignation to Lord Grantham after admitting that he stole from the kitchens to feed Charles Grigg, a man from his past who has been blackmailing him, his Lordship says that he should not be so melodramtic as he is not 'playing Sydney Carton', which is a reference to a Charles Dickens character from his novel "A Tale of Two Cities." Carton is a very self-pitying individual and always feels sorry for himself for one reason or another.