Downton Abbey

Season 1 Episode 7

Episode 7

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 07, 2010 on PBS
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In this final episode of series one, many changes are taking place within the Crawley household as the First World War looms. His Lordship is stunned to discover that Cora is pregnant, news which leaves Cousin Matthew wondering what his future will be if the baby is a boy.

Meanwhile, O'Brien mistakenly believes that she is about to be fired from her job while Thomas takes steps of his own to ensure his success when the hostilities inevitably break out. Lord Grantham has some devastating news for the guests at the annual Downton Abbey garden party.


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  • It is 1914, but rumblings about a possible war cannot dampen the shock and delight of news in the Crawley family.

    The Dowager Countess has asked her daughter-in-law to help her find a new maid as hers seems unwilling to work for her any longer. Meanwhile, news that Cora is pregnant 18 years after the birth of Lady Sybil stuns everyone, most particularly the expectant father who, of course, is hoping to finally have a son and heir. Lady Mary puts things with Matthew on hold and he believes this is because of her mother's pregnancy as a boy would mean that he, Matthew, would no longer be heir to the estate.

    Sarah O'Brien, who has served Lady Crawley for ten years, is furious when she hears that a new maid is being sought, believing that it is herself who is to be replaced. In a vile act of vengeance, which she instantly regrets, she places a bar of soap near Cora's feet so that the expectant mother will slip and fall. Before O' Brien can correct her mistake, Cora DOES slip, and suffers a miscarriage. His Lordship is beyond grief, particularly as he learns that the lost baby was a boy. Needless to say, O'Brien is awestruck when she learns that it was the Dowager Countess looking for a maid and not Lady Cora.

    It seems though that everything pales into insignificance as, during the annual Downton Abbey garden party, His Lordship must announce that England is now at war.

    A superb episode upon which to end the first series of this excellent drama. I am most certainly looking forward to series 2 later in 2011.moreless
Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville

Robert, Earl of Grantham

Rose Leslie

Rose Leslie

Gwen Dawson

Jessica Brown-Findlay

Jessica Brown-Findlay

Lady Sybil Crawley

Laura Carmichael

Laura Carmichael

Lady Edith Crawley

Jim Carter

Jim Carter

Mr. Charles Carson

Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern

Cora, Countess of Grantham

Robert Bathurst

Robert Bathurst

Sir Anthony Strallan

Guest Star

Samantha Bond

Samantha Bond

Lady Rosamund Painswick

Guest Star

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lord Grantham: (Running to the middle of the lawn, during a garden party hosted at Downton Abbey.) My lords, ladies and gentlemen. Can I ask for silence? Because I very much regret to announce that we are at war with Germany.

    • Carson: (Practicing using the newly installed telephone.) Hello. This is Downton Abbey, Carson the Butler speaking...
      Hello, this is Carson the Butler of Downton Abbey. To whom am I speaking?
      (Suddenly, a noise is heard on the telephone line.)
      I'm not shouting! ... Who are you?! ... Ah! ... Mrs Gaunt. ... No, I don't want to place a call, I was practicing my answer. ... Well, I daresay a lot of the things you do sound stupid to other people!

    • Mrs Patmore: (Showing Mrs Crawley's cook, Mrs. Bird, around her kitchen.) I expect it will be hard adjusting to this kitchen after the one you're used to.
      Mrs Bird: Not to worry, I'm sure I can have it cleaned up in no time.
      Mrs Patmore: Cleaned up?!
      Mrs Bird: I'm not criticizing, with your eyesight, it's a wonder you could see the pots at all!

    • Dowager Countess: (Discussing ladies maids with her daughter-in-law.) I have a horrible feeling Simmons is about to hand in her notice. She's looking very fidgety lately and I saw her hurrying to meet the postman.
      Lady Grantham: Oh you poor thing. Is there anything worse than losing one's maid.
      Dowager Countess: I mean, why would she want to leave me? I've been as gentle as a lamb. Most of the time...

    • Mrs Hughes: (As she walks along the corridor with Mr Carson.) I like the thought of a baby in the house but if it's a boy...
      Carson: It'll be very hard on Mr Crawley. (Mrs Hughes looks surprised.)
      I know. I was no great champion when he first arrived but it seems to me he's tried his best and has done the decent thing.
      Mrs Hughes: Can't see that coming off.
      Carson: You don't mean the engagement?
      Mrs Hughes: But it's not an engagement yet, is it?
      Carson: She'd never throw him over!
      Mrs Hughes: Mr Carson, Lady Mary Crawley does not deserve you.

    • Mr Napier: I've recently heard gossip, about the time when I came to Downton with Kemal Pamuk. Gossip that I believe has made life difficult for you. I've also heard it said that I am the source of these stories. It is very important to me that you should know that I am not. From that day to this, I have never spoken one word on the matter.
      Lady Mary: Then who did?
      Mr Napier: It seems to have come from the Turkish embassy, from the Ambassador himself, and his wife.
      Lady Mary: But who told them, if not you?
      Mr Napier: This is the hard part. When I discovered the answer, I debated whether I should relay it but in the end, I feel you ought to know.
      Lady Mary: The suspense is killing me.
      Mr Napier: It was your sister, Lady Edith, who wrote to the Ambassador. That is why people accept the story.
      Lady Mary: Edith?
      Mr Napier: It's very hard to believe.
      Lady Mary: (Near tears) Harder for you than for me.

    • Lord Grantham: Pregnant?
      Lady Grantham: You needn't be quite so shocked.
      Lord Grantham: Give me a moment. You haven't been pregnant for eighteen years.
      Lady Grantham: And I'm pregnant now.
      Lord Grantham: I don't understand what we've done differently.
      Lady Grantham: Stop right there! If you want to know more, go down and offer the doctor some whisky.

    • Lady Rosamund: There's nothing like an English summer, is there?
      Lady Mary: Except an English winter.
      Lady Rosamund: I'm sorry you haven't received more invitations. But then after four seasons, one is less a debutante than a survivor.

    • Lady Grantham: Sybil you were a great success in London, darling. Well done.
      Lady Edith: You never say that to me.
      Lady Grantham: Don't I? You were very helpful, dear. Thank you.

  • NOTES (5)

    • PRIMETIME EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR 2011 for "Downton Abbey".

      Outstanding Art Direction for a Mini-Series or Movie: Donal Woods, Gina Cromwell, Charmian Adams.

      Outstanding Casting for a Mini-Series, Movie or Special: Jill Trevellick.

      Outstanding Cinematography for a Mini-Series or Movie: David Katznelson.

      Outstanding Costumes for a Mini-Series, Movie or Special: Caroline McCall, Susannah Buxton.

      Outstanding Directing for a Mini-Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Brian Percival.

      Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or a Movie: Elizabeth McGovern.

      Outstanding Mini-Series or Made For Television Movie: Downton Abbey.

      Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Mini-Series or Movie: John Wilson.

      Outstanding Sound Editing for a Mini-Series, Movie or Special: Alex Sawyer, Adam Armitage.

      Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or a Movie: Dame Maggie Smith.

      Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes.

      These nominations are for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards. The results will be known when the ceremony takes place in late 2011. The nominations cover Series 1 episodes only as Series 2 will not screen until Spring, 2011 in the United Kingdom and later in the United States and other countries.

    • AWARDS:


      WON: Banff Rockie Award for Best Mini-Series:

      (Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant)



      Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, Julian Fellowes.



      Best Drama Series: Julian Fellowes

      Writer's Awards: Julian Fellowes

      Nominated: Hugh Bonneville (Best Actor)

      Maggie Smith (Best Actress)



      Gareth Neame (Best European Producer)

      Gareth Neame (Best International Producer)

      Hugh Bonneville (Outstanding Actor - Drama Series)
      Brendan Coyle (Outstanding Actor - Drama Series)
      Maggie Smith (Outstanding Actress - Drama Series)
      Michelle Dockery (Oustanding Actress - Drama Series)

      Nominated: Best Drama Series - Julian Fellowes.

      Won: TV Drama Programme of the Year - Julian Fellowes.

    • Awards for "Downton Abbey"

      2011 BAFTA TV AWARDS:

      WON: Best Director Fiction/Entertainment: Brian Percival

      NOMINATED: Best Drama Series:
      Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge, Nigel Marchant.

      NOMINATED: Best Editing: Fiction/Entertainment:
      John Wilson.

      Nominated: Best Photography and Lighting (Fiction/Entertainment:
      David Katznelson.

      Nominated: Best Production Design:
      Donal Woods.

      Nominated: Best Supporting Actor:
      Brendan Coyle (as John Bates).

    • The first episode of "Downton Abbey" premiered in the UK on Channel ITV 1 on September 26th, 2010. The audience who watched the episode reached a total aggregate of 11.8 million viewers. The seventh and final episode of Series 1, which screened on 7th November, 2010, reached an aggragate audience of 12.8 million. These figures for episode seven were the largest for any new drama on British television since 2003.