At Christmas 1919 the Crawleys welcome Edith's former suitor Sir Anthony, now a war invalid, who tells her that he is too old for her, and Robert's sister Rosamund with her beau, the raffish Lord Hepworth. Sybil writes to announce her pregnancy. After Carlisle's selfish attitude towards the servants and his jealousy when Mary accompanies Matthew to visit Lavinia's grave, Robert prises from his wife the fact that the newspaper baron is effectively blackmailing his daughter into marriage to keep her secret and, on her father's advice, Mary breaks off the engagement, knowing that the angry Carlisle will now probably expose the family. Aware that Hepworth is penniless, Violet unsuccessfully tries to warn Rosamund against marriage but Rosamund is determined to go ahead with the wedding - until she catches her fiancé in bed with her maid. Things do not go well for John, on trial for killing Vera, though Robert and Matthew vow to contest his life imprisonment. Upstairs and downstairs at ...
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The miniature lights that adorn the Christmas tree by the hundreds at the beginning of the episode -- which is supposed to take place during Christmas of 1919 -- were not introduced until 1970. See more
[regarding broken crockery after his fight with Carlisle
Sorry about the vase.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Don't be, don't be. It was a wedding present from a frightful aunt. I have hated it for half a century.
Tales from the Vienna Woods Waltz
Composed by Johann Strauss
(as Johann Strauss II)
[Heard on gramophone at servants' ball] See more