"Upstairs, Downstairs" A Pair of Exiles (TV Episode 1972) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Sarah tells James she's having his baby and the Bellamys make provisions to avoid a major scandal.

  • The Bellamys are concerned when they receive a bill from a jeweler requesting a substantial sum to settle their son James' account. Richard thinks he is in the clutches of a greedy and demanding woman. They meet with James' commanding officer, Col. Winters, who tells them that James is drinking too much and is in considerable financial difficulty. They haven't seen James for several weeks and he has been spending time with Sarah, the Bellamys former house maid. Below stairs, the servants welcome Rose who has come for tea and where a letter from Sarah is awaiting her. Sarah has invited her to visit and tells her what has happened. When James finally meets his parents he reveals not only the extent of his debts but that Sarah is pregnant. The family's solicitor, Sir Geoffrey Dillon, is called in to sort it all out resulting in both Sarah and James being banished in their own way.

  • Word gets to Lady Marjorie and Richard that James is gambling, drinking heavily and running with the wrong crowd. What they don't know is that James is having an affair with their former parlor maid, Sarah. Sarah tells James that she is carrying his child and James is forced to visit Eaton Place to break the news to his parents. A plan is made: Sarah will stay out of sight, at the Southwold estate, during her confinement. Lady Marjorie is livid and stunned with Richard and family solicitor, Sir Geoffrey Dillon, when she's informed that James will be shipped to an Indian regiment -- at the behest of her father, Lord Southwold.


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