Downton Abbey

Season 2 Episode 4

Episode 4

11
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 2011 on ITV
8.8
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It is now 1918. While a concert is being planned to cheer up the soldiers recovering their health at Downton, members of the family are trying to overcome several personal issues. Isobel and Cora cannot see eye to eye on how things should be done and Mary is determined to forget Matthew and get on with the rest of her life, possibly using Sir Richard Carlisle to make it possible. Neither Violet nor Lord Grantham are at all pleased with this possibility and His Lordship decides to have an important discussion with Mary.

Meanwhile, Thomas, who has been made manager of the convalescent men, makes life extremely difficult for poor Carson, who is used to having things done his way and not being upstaged by a former footman. Branson promises Carson to behave in future, but can he be trusted? Lord Grantham decides that he must speak to Bates in person and Mrs. Hughes is in for a shock which effects herself as well as other staff members. Mrs. Bird and Molesley decide to do their part to help everyone with the war effort.

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  • Quite a lot going on in this one and it made it a little confusing in places but still a very good episode.

    7.5
    It is now 1918 and Downton is still running to capacity as a convalescent home for wounded officers. Things, however, are not going so well between Cora and Isobel, who have a major falling out which causes Isobel to quit the house and go to help out the Red Cross in France.

    Mary is being questioned from all sides about Sir Richard Carlisle and Sybil finds herself dealing with Branson as well as defending her friendship with him.

    Bates comes back into the picture which, personally, I found annoying because although I love the idea of Mary and Matthew perhaps ending up together, the whole Bates and Anna thing leaves me cold.

    The last couple of scenes were excellent and I feel sorry for Ethel, but even more so for Mary who is clearly in pain.

    Maggie Smith, as usual, was brilliant and she truly does get the best lines from Julian Fellowes' pen.

    From the preview, I'd say the next episode will be very interesting indeed.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

Guest Star

David Robb

David Robb

Dr. Richard Clarkson

Guest Star

Daniel Pirrie

Daniel Pirrie

Major Bryant

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