Downton Abbey

Season 2 Episode 3

Episode 3

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 2011 on PBS
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The village hospital is not large enough to accomodate the large influx of wounded soldiers coming back from the front and so, Downton is turned into a convalescent home for many of them. O'Brien is shocked that Isobel Crawley seems to be giving most of the orders while Cora is relegated to the background and suggests that Thomas might be able to aide her from his position at the hospital.

Violet strongly believes that Mary and Matthew are still very much in love and so, with the help of Rosamund, tries her best to undo Matthew's engagement to Lavinia in order for Matthew to be free. She is also still convinced that there is much more to Lavinia's relationship with Sir Richard than meets the eye.

Meanwhile, Anna runs into Mr. Bates in the village and they feel they may have hope of a future together but back at Downton, things are far more highly charged as William asks a question of Daisy just before heading off to war and Mrs. Patmore reacts very badly to a chance remark. And what exactly is Branson up to? Whatever it is, it looks like it may cause trouble for Lord Grantham.

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  • A terrific, highly-charged episode with lots of things happening to keep the audience entertained.

    9.0
    Isobel and Cora look as though they are going to come to blows about who is running things at Downton now that parts of it have been turned into a convalescent home for wounded officers. O'Brien decides to help by suggesting that Thomas, now an Acting-Sergeant, is put in charge, which certainly doesn't please Robert or Carson in the slightest.

    Violet is determined to remove Lavinia Swire from Matthew's life but when Mary hears the true story behind the young woman's relationship with Sir Richard Carlisle, she finds that there is nothing to reproach her for, much to the great annoyance of Violet and Rosamund.

    Lang's shell shock proves too much and he has to leave service, but Branson's antics cause even more trouble when he tries to ruin an important dinner.

    Edith shows a new side to herself as she assists with the wounded, much to the astonishment of her family. Meanwhile, Bates and Anna meet up and he tells her that he thinks he has found a way for the two of them to be together.

    Marvellous episode, with some excellent acting and enjoyable new insights into some of the characters. Can't wait for more!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

Samantha Bond

Samantha Bond

Lady Rosamund Painswick

Guest Star

Zoe Boyle

Zoe Boyle

Lavinia Swire

Guest Star

Tom Fearey-Campbell

Tom Fearey-Campbell

Captain Smiley

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