Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #4.1 

Mary is still inconsolable six months after Matthew's death, Edith support Michael going to Germany to divorce his wife, Molesley looks for a job, and there is a surprise applicant for Ms. O'Brien's job.

Director:

David Evans

Writer:

Julian Fellowes (written and created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Lily James ... Lady Rose MacClare
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason
Matt Milne ... Alfred Nugent
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore
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Storyline

Six months later and Mary is still mourning Matthew, leaving the care of baby George to Nanny West. Tom tries to interest her in estate management, to little avail, but Violet eventually persuades her to look to the future. Miss O'Brien leaves without any explanation to take work with Lady Flintshire, Rose's mother. Mrs Hughes is less than happy with Cora's replacement for her, Edna, a former maid who tried to seduce Tom. Edith goes to London, where Michael tells her he is prepared to go to Germany for a divorce so that they can be together. She brings electric kitchen gadgets back, which the maids like but which confuse Mrs Patmore. Jimmy takes Ivy out, and she gets drunk, annoying jealous Daisy and Alfred. Violet's efforts to get Molesley, redundant after Matthew's death, work with her friend Lady Shackleton are sabotaged by the lady's current butler whilst Isobel agrees to rescue Carson's old friend Grigg from the workhouse. Thomas seems unnaturally unpleasant towards Nanny West ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Trivia

Nanny West calls baby Sybil Branson a "Filthy cross-breed". Many people in the 1800s considered the Irish to be a lower form of evolution, with signs and advertisements saying "No Irish Need Apply". While these views were anachronistic in the 1920s, many people still held them - as is shown by Nanny West's prejudice. See more »

Goofs

When nanny West is about to be sacked, Cora rings downstairs for someone to come up. The bell rings all the way in the basement, as we've seen many times. Then the person has to climb at least 3 flights of stairs and walk down a long hallway to get to the room. Yet Mrs Hughes shows up exactly 14 seconds after the bell is rung. This would not have been possible even if they had an elevator, which they did not. It would have taken a minimum of 90 seconds to get from the basement to the nursery. See more »

Quotes

Lady Mary Crawley: [morosely] The truth is I don't think I'm going to be a very good mother.
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Why not?
Lady Mary Crawley: Because somehow with Matthew's death, all the softness that he found in me seems to have dried up and drained away.
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Soundtracks

Downton Abbey - The Suite
(uncredited)
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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a bit of an effort..
29 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Downton Abbey

Fellowes has successfully managed to make a soap opera melodrama, luxury rather than a necessity. This royal family and the impact it casts upon others surrounding them is the ultimate definition of royalty, in terms of that it spews each of our assumptions of the livelihood of people residing in such palace onto the screen with elegance and stature that does more than people-pleasing work. The emotions comes in plethora of it- hence arguable the titled genre melodrama- but what doesn't come in hand is the content, the writers fiddles with you with such panache that you are rumble down to be gullible enough to nod at anything offered. And this is primary the reason, why in its middle seasons, where the writing was questioned and yet loved and accepted by us effervescently.

Its primary theme that it adapts or conjures for an episode is shared by an entire cast that makes the episode balance and all the tracks, no matter how long they may carry on later, gets a definite period within that hour for you to pin down your decision. The most difficult part of the writers is to pass on information or rumors in this too-big-a-palace but with flawed three dimensional characters, it is weaved out with excellent justifying reasons leaving you in an awe of it.

Fellowes doesn't share its cast, nor a scene, nor humor, nor any anchor that would weight him down to take bold risks, he doesn't compromise on lopping off a character from the screen or adding one despite of being shared by so many, he has managed to reboot the drama until every last viewers gets that point jaggedly on mark. The series is also blessed with incredible cast like Dockery, Bonneville, Carter, Coyle and Smith that stands out among plenty other performances. Downton Abbey is, yes, cheesy, but each aspect of the series owns it, and with commitment like such comes maturity and just good storytelling.

Season 04

It goes more bold and more raunchy with invasions of few open minded ideas and characters, where the new brave world is affecting the Downton Abbey gets more and more clear, as crime, unexpected love equations and huge mistakes lurches in their ground.

Episode #4.1

Once again an aftermath chapter, but this time the makers are not going to repeat the same mistakes, with a sentimental comeback of one of their servants and an eerie bitter feud between two servants that is ready to prove you wrong once again.


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