Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #2.2 

April 1917. With John still absent, Isobel's butler Molesley makes a play for Anna but is rejected. Robert gets a new valet, shell-shocked ex-soldier Henry Lang, whilst William goes off to ... See full summary »


Ashley Pearce


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lady Sybil Crawley
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates (credit only)
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Smith
Thomas Howes ... William Mason
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Robinson
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore
Amy Nuttall ... Ethel Parks


April 1917. With John still absent, Isobel's butler Molesley makes a play for Anna but is rejected. Robert gets a new valet, shell-shocked ex-soldier Henry Lang, whilst William goes off to war. Edith learns to drive a tractor extremely well, and nearly succumbs to a kiss from the married farmer Mr. Drake. Sybil and Thomas work in the cottage hospital, where the latter begins to learn some humanity. At Isobel's suggestion - and to Violet's dismay - Downton Abbey is turned into a convalescent ward to ease the hospital's bed shortage. Mary invites middle-aged newspaper tycoon, and prospective beau, Sir Richard Carlisle to a dinner party, also attended by the Crawleys and Lavinia. Suspicious of Carlisle, Violet invites her daughter and sister to the Earl, Lady Rosamund, who is intrigued by the fact that Carlisle and Lavinia already seem well-acquainted. Carson, despite being taken ill whilst serving dinner, is still perceptive enough to suggest to Mary that Matthew is really the man for ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


"Shell shock" was the term used during the First World War to describe psychological struggles faced by soldiers. During WWII, it was commonly referred to as "battle fatigue." It is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder. See more »


Although it is coined in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" Act V Scene I, the expression "Brave New World", as used by Lord Crawley in the last scene with that meaning comes from Aldous Huxley's famous book, "Brave New World", which was yet to be published on that date. The book has been published in 1932, although the date mentioned in the episode is April 1917. See more »


[Thomas is reading the blinded Lt. Courtenay's post aloud to him]
Thomas Barrow: "Things cannot be as they were and, whatever you might think, Jack has your best interests at heart."
Lieutenant Edward Courtenay: Stop.
Thomas Barrow: Who's Jack?
Lieutenant Edward Courtenay: My younger brother. He means to replace me.
[laughs quietly]
Lieutenant Edward Courtenay: It's what he's always wanted.
Thomas Barrow: [awkwardly] Yeah, well...
Lieutenant Edward Courtenay: I'm sorry. I mustn't bore you.
Thomas Barrow: [almost shyly] Don't let 'em walk all over you. You've got to fight your corner.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits acknowledgement: "The red cross emblem used with kind permission of the UK Ministry of Defence and British Red Cross Society". See more »


Featured in This Morning: Episode dated 26 October 2011 (2011) See more »


Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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Another stellar episode
9 January 2020 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Hooray, they've made Lady Mary a bit more likable!

I enjoyed this episode, with it being very clever how all the many storylines being told here all getting their chance.

With a convalescent home being set up at the Abbey, and Lady Edith's foray into the world of work, there was lots to enjoy here.

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8 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16 : 9
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