Downton Abbey

Season 3 Episode 4

Episode 4

14
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 2012 on PBS
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    Trouble looms for Lady Sybil and her husband, Tom Branson as his strong views on political matters get him into all sorts of trouble which means that Sybil has her strong loyalties severely tested when she feels as though she is forced to take sides.

    Anna cannot understand the change is Bates's attitude and wonders what it is he is hiding from her. Meanwhile, a new young footman by the name of Jimmy Sparks is causing quite a bit of interest below stairs as Carson decides whether or not to hire him.

    Poor Ethel must decide what is best for little Charlie as she tries to make vital decisions regarding his future. A very difficult proposition indeed.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Excellence will always prevail.

      10
      What a truly superb series this is. Beautifully written and superbly acted by all the principals. Dame Maggie Smith is about as amazing as it gets. There isn't one line that she can't deliver with that perfect poker face which makes it so very, very funny. No wonder she and the show itself keep winning awards.



      So terribly, terribly sad when Ethel gave up her son to the Bryants. I was crying my eyes out. Wonderful performance by Amy Nuttall - extremely convincing. Such a pity Mrs. Hughes is judging her more for what she did than understanding how it must be for her. Phyllis Logan (who plays Mrs. Hughes) described the character as 'extremely snobbish at times' and I certainly agree with that assessment. Isobel is really trying to help but Mrs. Hughes is more about judgement.



      I feel sympathy and pity for Branson. He is stuck between two worlds and two differing desires and the Crawleys can't seem to understand that. They have always lived lives of privilege and nothing else seems to make sense to them. It was an attitude of this kind which has caused so many revolutions throughout history.



      Daisy is being unpleasant to someone who has done nothing to her and that doesn't sit well with me. She is very young, but I hope she 'grows up' soon, because this is how she used to treat William, with Thomas egging her on. Speking of Thomas, good for Jimmy Kent, reporting his unseemly behaviour. I'm glad someone has finally mentioned it. If he gets into serious trouble, O' Brien will be delighted!



      Matthew has made a wise choice in selecting Violet to assist him with regard to the problems facing Downton, but he may have other troubles to deal with. Is Mary pregnant and doesn't want to be, or is conception a problem? They need to put more blonde in Dan Stevens' hair as well, all the dark roots are showing!



      Carson and the toaster was hilarious. He is SO predictable!



      Brilliant show, brilliant episode. Keep them coming, Lord Fellowes.moreless
    Hugh Bonneville

    Hugh Bonneville

    Robert, Earl of Grantham

    Elizabeth McGovern

    Elizabeth McGovern

    Cora, Countess of Grantham

    Maggie Smith

    Maggie Smith

    Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

    Jessica Brown-Findlay

    Jessica Brown-Findlay

    Lady Sybil Crawley (Branson)

    Michelle Dockery

    Michelle Dockery

    Lady Mary Crawley

    Dan Stevens

    Dan Stevens

    Matthew Crawley

    Cara Theobald

    Cara Theobald

    Ivy Stuart

    Guest Star

    Christine Lohr

    Christine Lohr

    Mrs. Bird

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    Michael Culkin

    Michael Culkin

    Archbishop of York

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