Downton Abbey

Season 3 Episode 5

Episode 5

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 14, 2012 on PBS

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    I will freely admit this that i cried during this episode and i can't imagine anyone who won't once they've watched it!

    The episode begins with the impending birth of baby Branson but it turns out that Lady Sybil is just in slow labour and without pain relief!

    Surprisingly Matthew is also thinking of babies, he's concerned that his injuries during the war has left him unable to father a child but Sir Philip (baby doctor) assures him that it's just anxiety. Maybe its his concerns about the estate, don't quote me but i think munity might be soon on the horizon?

    After her failed wedding something positive is finally happening for Lady Edith. She gets the opportunity to write in a column once a week but Lord Grantham comments it's just her title and not her writing abilities they are interested in. I wished he'd give the poor girl a break!

    Big developments downstairs Anna has found evidence that could finally free Mr Bates but unfortunately they need a statement from his late wife's friend, who would rather see him rot in jail!

    Mrs Crawley (Isobel not Mary) takes Ethel on as a maid but Mrs Bird can't bear the thought of working along side a prostitute and so Ethel soon finds herself as the new cook and bless the girl can't cook as Mrs Crawley soon finds out!

    Finally Lady Sybil gives birth to a baby girl but this is were the episode becomes so heartbreaking, soon after she gives birth she dies of preeclampsia as Doctor Clarkson's prior warnings were ignored. It was such an emotional scene as all her family watched helplessly as she took her last breath and then you heard little baby Sybil crying in the next room. Even Thomas cried when the downstairs staff were told!

    Next week is going to be very interesting!