Downton Abbey

Season 2 Episode 2

Episode 2

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 2011 on PBS
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It is now April, 1917. The First World War thunders on and Mr. Carson finds himself under extreme pressure at Downton trying to run the household with so many of the male staff absent in the service of their country.

Lord Grantham's new valet, Lang, has recently returned from active duty and is suffering in a way that only the harsh Miss O' Brien seems to understand. Meanwhile, former footman, Thomas, wishes to return to the household and finds himself working alongside Lady Sybil, now a nurse, at the local hospital.

Sir Richard Carlisle makes himself unknown enemies out of Violet and her daughter, Rosamund. Their mistrust of him is magnified when they overhear a conversation between himself and Lavinia. Do this relatively unknown pair have a secret which they are trying to hide or is it something else entirely?

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  • We always knew that Thomas would find his way back to Downton somehow...

    8.5
    It's 1917 and Matthew and Dr Clarkson have both been given higher ranks in the military. Thomas's wounded hand means that he is no longer fit for military service but with help from the scheming Miss O'Brien, he's able to find a place for himself, working with wounded soldiers at the cottage hospital. O'Brien also shows that she has a softer side to her nature when is sympathetic to Henry Lang, Lord Grantham's new valet, who is suffering the horrors of shell shock after being at the front. There is still no word from Mr Bates and poor Mr Carson is trying to run a household with only female, in light of William being about to enlist and Lang not being conversant with his duties.



    Sybil meanwhile is now Nurse Crawley and is doing her bit at the hospital, facing things she never thought she would see and knowing that she will never be the same again. While Edith is driving a tracker at the Drake farm and getting involved in a romantic entanglement that she could never have imagined. For Mary it is a time of turbulent emotions, as seeing Matthew again is extremely difficult for her. After Carson suffers a collapse due to over work, he tells his beloved Lady Mary that she must be honest with Matthew or she will regret it for the rest of her life. But although determined to do so, Mary loses her courage and ends up saying nothing. Sir Richard Carlisle, newspaper magnate and man of great wealth, wants to marry her, envisaging them making a 'great team' but she is yet to give him her answer, as she feels conflicted given her feelings for Matthew. Meanwhile, Mary's Aunt Rosamund overhears a conversation between Sir Richard and Miss Swire which could spell trouble.



    Some excellent acting in this episode, most particularly from Dame Maggie Smith as always, and from Rob James-Collier whose portrayal of Thomas was especially poignant. Can't wait to see what happens next week.moreless
Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville

Robert, Earl of Grantham

Jessica Brown-Findlay

Jessica Brown-Findlay

Lady Sybil Crawley

Laura Carmichael

Laura Carmichael

Lady Edith Crawley

Jim Carter

Jim Carter

Mr. Charles Carson

Brendan Coyle

Brendan Coyle

John Bates

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery

Lady Mary Crawley

Allen Leech

Allen Leech

Tom Branson

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Zoe Boyle

Zoe Boyle

Lavinia Swire

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Samantha Bond

Samantha Bond

Lady Rosamund Painswick

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