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Downton Abbey: Episode 2x01, Part One
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[00:00:00, A gunshot rings out. We close in on two soldiers lying in a battlefield covered in dirt. One is severely wounded, the other turns his head, revealing Matthew Crawley.]

The Somme, 1916

[Matthew sees to his wounded comrade. Cut to soldiers running through the field, some carrying the wounded on stretchers, bombs exploding around them. Matthew carries the wounded soldier to relative safety in the trenches.]

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Sergeant Stevens!

SGT STEVENS
Sir!

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
I want every wounded man taken down the line before it starts to get dark. We've bloody well lost enough of them for one day.

[Matthew enters his bunker where he opens a message. His man servant carries in a pitcher and cloth.]

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
When did this arrive?

DAVIS
[?] sir.

[The bunker continually shakes and pours dirt from the ceiling.]

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Ah, good news. We'll be relieved today by the [Devons?]. The men can finally get some rest, and I've got a few days' leave coming to me.

DAVIS
What'll you do with them, sir?

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
London first to remind myself what real food tastes like. Then north for a couple of days, I suppose. Naturally there's a girl I want to see when I'm there.

DAVIS
So I should hope, sir. Strange, i'n't it? Think of our old lives just going on as before while we're here in this.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
More than strange. When I think of my life at Downton, it seems like another world.

[OPENING TITLES]

--
[00:02:05, INT. DOWNTON ABBEY - MORNING]
[A servant opens the windows in the library. Other servants bustle about the rooms preparing for a benefit. Anna leads the new house maid through the rooms.]

ANNA
We normally have everything done before the family wakes up, but it's all at six and sevens today. I'll go through it tomorrow when we're back to normal.

ETHEL
I do know how to run a house.

[Mr Carson gestures for some workers to move a piece of furniture.]

MR CARSON
Come along.

--
[00:02:26, INT. LORD GRANTHAM'S DRESSING ROOM - MORNING]
[William helps Lord Grantham dress in his old uniform. William starts to buckle the shoulder belt.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
It goes under the epaulette.

[William undoes the shoulder belt and restrings it through the epaulette.]

WILLIAM
I'm sorry, my lord. If I'd known, I'd have asked Mr Bates about it before he left for London.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Because I'll be in uniform a lot of the time in future.

WILLIAM
Does being Lord Lieutenant mean you're back in the army?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Not exactly. The Lord Lieut is responsible for the army in the county while the war is on. But no, I'm not back in the army. It appears they don't want me.

--
[00:02:59, INT. OUTER HALL - DAY]
[Mr Carson continues to supervise while Robert comes down with the dog.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Morning. I don't suppose there's any news of Bates?

MR CARSON
We expect him back any day, my lord. He wrote to Anna that they had the funeral last Monday.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
William's a good chap, but he's not Bates when it comes to uniforms. I may not be a real soldier, but I think I ought to look like one.

MR CARSON
Quite, my lord.

--
[00:03:21, INT. DINING ROOM - MORNING]
[Robert joins Lady Grantham and Sybil for breakfast.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
We don't often see you in here for breakfast.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Isobel said she was coming up to help and your mother threatened to look in. No doubt they would love it if they found me still in bed.

[Sybil and Robert open their post.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I don't believe it.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Please say it's something nice.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
General Robertson's invited me to be Colonel of the North Riding Volunteers. Well, this is the best bit. It may please you to know that the idea was given to me by General Hague. Well, if Hague's involved, it means I'm back in the army properly.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
How can that be? You were told you weren't wanted for active service. You can't jump in the army like a jack-in-the-box.

[Sybil is obviously very upset by her post.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I don't see why not. Churchill went back to the front after the Gilly business. If he can do it, why shouldn't I? Sybil, are you all right?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Sybil, darling.

LADY SYBIL
Will you excuse me? I think I'll just...

[Sybil takes her post and leaves. Mr Carson opens the door for her.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
She's had more bad news.

--
[00:04:15, EXT. STREET - MORNING]
[Branson is teaching Lady Edith how to drive.]

LADY EDITH
I do think I'm getting better, don't you?

BRANSON
Up to a point, my lady. If you could just get the clutch right down to the floor.

LADY EDITH
But I am.

BRANSON
Not quite, my lady.

LADY EDITH
It doesn't seem to want to go.

BRANSON
I think it wants to if you ask it properly. That's better. You'll be putting me out of a job.

LADY EDITH
Won't the call up put you all out of your jobs?

BRANSON
I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

--
[00:04:40, INT. KITCHENS - MORNING]

WILLIAM
What are you giving them to eat?

MRS PATMORE
Not much. They know the money's for the hospital, so they can't expect Belshazzar's feast.

DAISY
I'll make some cheese straws. What's the matter with you?

WILLIAM
Nothing much. My dad still won't let me enlist.

MRS PATMORE
Your father has no one but you, of course he doesn't want you to enlist. Who can argue with him?

WILLIAM
So I stand by while the lads on the farms and in the gardens go to war? Even Thomas is on the front in the medical corps.

MRS PATMORE
Ha! That'll come as a nasty shock.

WILLIAM
Oh, you can make fun of him, Mrs Patmore, but he's fighting for his king and country and I'm not.

MRS PATMORE
Well, I daresay you won't have long to wait.

WILLIAM
Well, I hope you're right.

MRS PATMORE
Do you? Because I don't. I hope very much that I am wrong.

--
[00:05:23, INT. LARGE PARLOUR - MORNING]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
It's kind of you to let us have it here. They'll enjoy it so much more.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
And you can charge so much more for the tickets.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Good morning, Mama. This is very early for you to be up and about.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
War makes early risers of us all. I thought I would help with the flowers.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Basset has plenty, but...thank you.

[Cora exits.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
You don't mind my taking over the flowers, do you? Cora's flower always look more suited to a first communion in southern Italy. Well, what else have you planned for tonight's raffles?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Anything we can think of that will raise money.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Hot buttered toast with a countess, a tuppence a slice?

--
[00:06:08, INT. LIBRARY - MORNING]
[Ethel fluffs a pillow by tossing it in the air.]

ANNA
You drop the cushions on the floor to plump them up.

ETHEL
I know.

MRS HUGHES
Ethel, are you settling in?

[Ethel drops a pillow on the floor.]

ETHEL
I would be if Anna would stop teaching me how to suck eggs. I was Head Housemaid in my last position.

MRS HUGHES
You were Senior Housemaid out of two in a much smaller house.

ANNA
Are they to be coming here tonight?

MRS HUGHES
Only at the interval, and keep them out of the drawing room. I thought Mr Bates would've been back by now, or he could've stood guard.

[Mrs Hughes and Anna smile.]

ETHEL
Who is this Mr Bates?

ANNA
He's Lordship's Valet. He's been in London because his mother died.

ETHEL
Well, everyone talks about him as if he were king.

ANNA
Do they? That's nice to hear.

[Violet enters.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Anna.

[Anna curtsies.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Help me do battle with this...monstrosity.

[Violet stares at the hideous flower arrangement on the table.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Looks like a creature from the Lost World.

[Violet starts pulling out flowers.]

--
[00:07:03, INT. MR CARSON'S OFFICE - MORNING]
[Mr Carson is polishing the silver set.]

MRS HUGHES
You should let William do that.

MR CARSON
He's got enough on his hands getting the uniforms out of mothballs. Agh, I must remember to put Anna on alert for dinner tonight.

MRS HUGHES
You have to ease up a bit or you'll give yourself a heart attack. There's a war on. Things cannot be the same when there's a war on.

MR CARSON
I do not agree. Keeping up standards is the only way to show the Germans that they will not beat us in the end.

MRS HUGHES
Well, give me some warning the next time we're expecting Germans at Downton, I'll see what I can do.

[00:07:39, INT. LIBRARY - MORNING]
[Anna collects the flowers Violet removed and takes them away as Cora, Isobel, and Robert enter.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Thank you.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Well, we thought we'd come in here for a little talk.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh. Well, I'm sure we won't be disturbed.

[Robert rolls his eyes, then motions Isobel to the couch.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Please.

[Isobel sits.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Well, the thing is...I've had a letter from Matthew. Of course he doesn't tell me what he's actually doing.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
No, he wouldn't. But I'm glad he's all right. I miss him.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Well, that's the point. You must know he's been down here a few times since the war started.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
We had heard.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Downton is hardly a metropolis.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Is he still determined to go back to Manchester when it's all over?

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
He doesn't talk much about life after the war, none of them do. I suppose they don't want to tempt fate. Until now, that is. He writes that he's engaged to be married to a Miss Lavinia Swire.

[They are rather upset by this news. Cora sits down.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Well, I-- I suppose we all knew it would happen one day.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Do you know her?

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Not yet. Apparently they met when he was in England last time. It all seems rather hurried.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
You can't blame them for wanting to live in the present.

[Robert turns around, trying to process this latest blow.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Anyway, he's been in London on leave, and now he's bringing her here to meet me. He'll be here tonight and tomorrow, then he leaves on Thursday while she stays for a bit.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
So, will you miss the concert?

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Well, that's up to you. We'd all hoped that he and Mary would sort things out between them, but if that's not to be, then shouldn't we try to get back to normal? Even if he's not keen to live in the village. He's still the heir. And you're still his family.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I quite agree. We can't know if Matthew will come through it. Either way, I would like to see him, and I want to wish him luck.

[Isobel smiles.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
The trouble is Mary's back from London today as well. She gets in at five o'clock.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Matthew's driving in Lavinia's car. They won't meet on the train.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh, that's a relief. I hate Greek drama. You know, when everything happens off stage.

[Isobel narrows her eyes at Violet.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
But shall we tell her not to come? We might still catch her.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Isobel's right. We must use this engagement as a new beginning. You bring our Lieutenant Crawley to the concert and stay for dinner afterwards.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
I was hoping you'd say that.

[Isobel smiles.]

--
[00:10:00, PATH - MORNING]
[Sybil enters the house, crying with the note in her hand.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Oh, there you are, I'm just going home, but I'll be back at four--

[Sybil walks by without looking at her.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Sybil, my dear, what's the matter?

LADY SYBIL
Tom Belasis has been killed.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
What a terrible thing.

LADY SYBIL
I remember him at Imogen's ball. He made me laugh out loud just as her uncle was giving a speech. Sometimes it feels as if all the men I ever danced with are dead.

[Isobel gives Sybil a comforting kiss.]

LADY SYBIL
I just feel so useless. Wasting my life while they sacrifice theirs.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
You've been a tremendous help with the concert.

LADY SYBIL
No, I d-- I don't mean selling programs or finding prizes for the Tombola, I want to do a real job. Real work.

[O'Brien is listening in.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Well, if you are serious, what about an auxiliary nurse? There's a training college in York. I know I could get you onto a course. It may be something of a rough awakening. Are you ready for that? I mean, have you ever made your own bed, for example, or scrubbed a floor.

[Isobel sees O'Brien eaves dropping.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
O'Brien, what is it?

O'BRIEN
Mr Platte is taking Her Ladyship and Lady Grantham down to the village, she wondered if you'd like to go with them.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
That's very kind. Thank you.

[O'Brien leaves.]

LADY SYBIL
Go on. What else would I need?

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Well, if you're serious, what about cooking? Why don't you ask Mrs Patmore if she could give you one or two basic tips.

[Sybil nods and starts to smile.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
When you get to York, it might be useful to know a little more than nothing.

[Isobel smiles and strokes Sybil's chin affectionately. Sybil smiles back.]

--
[00:11:41, INT. LADY GRANTHAM'S BEDROOM - DAY]
[O'Brien helps Lady Grantham dress to go out.]

O'BRIEN
They want to use her as a maid of all work at the hospital. I suppose it's cheaper when Lady Sybil can live here for nothing, but it doesn't seem quite right somehow to take advantage.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
No, it does not.

O'BRIEN
I hear the young men that are being brought in now are very disfigured.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
How terrible.

O'BRIEN
Limbs missing and faces blown apart. And Lady Sybil's been nurtured so very gently. And what types would she be working with?

[Cora looks more and more concerned.]

O'BRIEN
Still, you'll know what's best to do.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Yes. I certainly will.

[Lady Grantham exits with her gloves and hat.]

--
[00:12:24, INT. KITCHENS - DAY]
[Daisy shells peas, Anna polishes, William mends a shirt, Branson reads the newspaper, and O'Brien sits down to sew.]

MRS PATMORE
Where's the butter for the pancakes?

DAISY
It's in the cold larder.

ETHEL
Are we having pancakes tonight?

O'BRIEN
No we [?] is like.

MRS PATMORE
Upstairs dinner Crepe Suzette.

ETHEL (gasp)
I've always wanted to try those. Could you save me some? If they don't finish them all.

MRS PATMORE
Er, save you some Crepe Suzette?

[Branson regards Mrs Patmore. Anna smiles at the strange request.]

ETHEL
If you don't mind.

[Ethel files her nails.]

ETHEL
What are we having?

MRS PATMORE
Lamb stew and semolina.

ETHEL
Do you eat a lot of stews?

MRS PATMORE
Don't you fancy that, dear?

ETHEL
Not all the time.

MRS PATMORE
Oh, I see. And would you like to sleep in Her Ladyship's bedroom while you're at it?

[Ethel looks up.]

ETHEL
Wouldn't mind. I hate sharing a room. I didn't in my last place.

ANNA
There were only two maids and a cook.

ETHEL
Well, I'm just saying.

MRS PATMORE
And I'll just say, if you don't look out.

[Ethel smiles in amusement as Mrs Patmore leaves.]

O'BRIEN
You've got a cheek on your first day.

ETHEL
I don't see why. I want the best and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

O'BRIEN
And you think we don't?

ETHEL
I think it's hard to change at your age. I don't blame you. But I suppose, in the end, I want to be more than just a servant.

[BREAK 1]

--
[00:13:35, INT. CARRIAGE - DAY]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I'm sorry, but if Dr Clarkson needs free labour, I'd prefer him not to find it in my nursery.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
But Sybil isn't in the nursery.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
No, and in case you haven't noticed, she hasn't been there for some time.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
You know what I mean.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Well, no, not really. You can't pretend it's not respectable when every day we're treated to pictures of queens and princesses in Red Cross uniform, ladling soup down the throat of some unfortunate.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
But Sybil won't be ladling soup. She'll have to witness unimaginable horrors, and she's an innocent.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Her innocence will protect her.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
For once I agree with Cousin Isobel. Sybil must be allowed to do her bit like everyone else.

[Mr Molesley opens the carriage for Isobel and hands her out in front of her house.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
What about you, Molesley? Are you ready for the call if it comes?

MR MOLESLEY
It won't be coming for me, milady. I had a letter from the war office. They say I'm not suitable for service.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Why not?

[Molesley looks uncomfortable.]

MR MOLESLEY
I really couldn't say, milady.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
As you can imagine, Molesley's father is beside himself with joy.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform.

[Violet nods to Molesley and closes the carriage.]

--
[00:14:42, EXT. DOWNTON TRAIN STATION - DAY]
[Mr Bates steps out of 3rd class. A station employee opens a 1st class door for Lady Mary and she runs into Bates.]

LADY MARY
Bates!

[Bates touches his hat to her.]

LADY MARY
No one told me you were on this train.

MR BATES
They didn't know, milady.

LADY MARY
We'll give you a lift to the house.

--
[00:15:28, EXT. DOWNTOWN, FRONT DOOR - DAY]
[Branson pulls the car up to the front door. Bates steps out of the front seat and walks to Anna. William collects the luggage.]

ANNA
Why didn't you say you were coming?

MR BATES
I didn't know till today.

[Branson hands Mary out of the car.]

LADY MARY
Anna, I borrowed a case from Lady Rosamund. I bought some things while I was in London.

ANNA
Very good, milady.

--
[00:15:56, INT. KITCHENS - DAY]

LADY SYBIL
Well, it would be our secret. A surprise. You don't mind, do you?

MRS PATMORE (flustered)
Oh, it's not that I mind, milady.

LADY SYBIL
And I only need the basics. How to boil an egg. How to make tea.

MRS PATMORE
Don't you know how to make tea?

LADY SYBIL
Not really.

[The servant girls giggle.]

LADY SYBIL
You're right. It is a joke. But when I start my course, I don't want to be a joke. Will you help me?

DAISY
Of course we will, won't we?

MRS PATMORE
If you say so. Let's get started.

MRS PATMORE
Do you know how to fill a kettle?

LADY SYBIL
Everyone knows that.

[Sybil takes the kettle from Mrs Patmore and goes to the tap. She opens the valve and water sprays all over. The servants laugh.]

MRS PATMORE
Not everyone, apparently.

--
[00:16:35, INT. LARGE PARLOUR - DAY]
[The band begins to practice while Mr Carson straightens the chairs.]

--
[00:16:43, INT. KITCHENS - DAY]
[Anna puts a box on the table and nearly runs into Bates on her way out.]

MR BATES
When can I talk to you?

ANNA
After the concert. Outside in the courtyard. There's bound to be a gap before they start dinner.

[Daisy clears the kitchen table.]

DAISY
Are you going up for the concert?

WILLIAM
Maybe. Can I sit with you?

DAISY
Don't be daft. We've got dinner to make. I've not got time for concerts.

WILLIAM
I've had a letter from my dad. He won't change his mind. He says he can live with it if I get called up, as there's nothing we can do, but if I enlist and anything happens, he'll never get over it.

DAISY
He loves you.

WILLIAM
He may love me, but he doesn't own me. He's not being fair.

[William exits frustrated.]

--
[00:17:18, INT. LADY MARY'S BEDROOM]
[Anna finishes Mary's hair while Sybil sits on the bed; Cora and Edith sit in chairs.]

LADY SYBIL
Glad to be back?

LADY MARY
I'm never sure. When I'm in London, I long for Yorkshire, and when I'm here, I ache to hear my heels clicking on the pavement. I'd forgotten about this nightmare concert. Why didn't you warn me? I'd have come back tomorrow.

LADY EDITH (gloats)
But you'd have missed Matthew.

[Mary pauses in surprise.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I was going to tell you. Matthew's on leave and he's in the village, so Papa and I thought it would be a good time to mend our fences. He's coming tonight with Isobel.

LADY EDITH (still gloating)
And his fiancé.

LADY MARY
What?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Edith. I don't know how helpful you're being.

LADY SYBIL
Matthew's engaged. He's brought her to Downton to meet his mother.

[Mary listens in continued surprise.]

LADY MARY
Well, how marvellous.

LADY SYBIL
You don't mind?

LADY MARY
Why should I? We're not going to marry, but I don't want him to spend the rest of his life in a cave.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Exactly what Papa and I feel. Please try to be happy for him.

LADY MARY
Of course I'm happy! Good luck to him.

[Edith smirks at Mary's brave face.]

LADY MARY
Anyway, there's someone I want you all to meet. Have you ever come across Richard Carlisle?

LADY EDITH
Sir Richard Carlisle? The one with all those horrid newspapers?

LADY MARY
We met at Clifton.

LADY EDITH (scoffs)
But how old is he?

LADY MARY
Old enough not to ask stupid questions. Anyway, I can't wait for you to know him. If only Papa hadn't closed down the shoot.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Most people have stopped shooting now that the war's on. But I'm sure Papa will be happy to have Sir Richard come and stay.

[Cora and Sybil rise to leave.]

LADY EDITH
Are you? I shouldn't have thought he was Papa's type at all.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
You coming?

LADY MARY
I'll be down in a minute.

[The family leaves and Anna turns to Mary.]

ANNA
Are you all right, milady?

LADY MARY
Oh, Anna.

[Mary breaks down crying. Anna puts a comforting hand on her shoulder.]

--
[00:19:35, INT. DOWNTON, THE CONCERT - EVENING]
[Isobel, Matthew, and Lavinia arrive.]

LAVINIA
It's awfully grand.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
You'd better get used to it. It will be your home one day.

LAVINIA
I'm not sure "home" would ever be quite the word to describe it.

[Robert approaches and shakes hands with Matthew.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
My dear fellow, welcome back. It's so very good to see you.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
May I present Miss Lavinia Swire.

LAVINIA
How do you do, Lord Grantham.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
How do you do, Miss Swire.

[Sybil and Edith check out the fiancé and exchange a look.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
So, that's Mary's replacement. Well, I suppose looks aren't everything.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I think she seems rather sweet. I'm afraid meeting us all together must be very intimidating.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I do hope so.

[Mary and Matthew catch each other's eye. Mary smiles awkwardly. Matthew looks away like he didn't see her. Mary's smile fades until she sees Isobel and they greet each other.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Now, please come this way.

LAVINIA
Thank you.

[Mary and Isobel shake hands.]

LADY MARY
It's good to see you. Hello, Miss Swire. I'm Mary Crawley.

[They shake hands.]

LAVINIA
Of course you are. I mean, I've been longing to meet you, because I've heard so much about you from Matthew. Er, that is--

LADY MARY
Nice things, I hope.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
What else would she hear from me?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Please.

[Robert shows Lavinia to her seat.]

LADY MARY
I can't say. It's been such a long time. Who knows what you think of me now.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
I think...I'm very glad to see you looking so well.

LADY MARY
All right, you win. We are at peace again.

[She squeezes his arm. The band starts. Sitting down, Lavinia and Mary regard each other.]

--
[00:21:35, INT. MR CARSON'S OFFICE - EVENING]
[Mr Carson is filtering wine as Mrs Hughes walks in.]

MRS HUGHES
Have you found something nice?

MR CARSON
Why in particular?

MRS HUGHES
As a welcome home for Mr Matthew.

MR CARSON
Hmph.

MRS HUGHES
Oh, what's the matter? I thought you'd come 'round to him.

MR CARSON
Last time he was here, he hadn't broken Lady Mary's heart.

[Mrs Hughes gives him a look.]

MRS HUGHES
Lady Mary broke her own heart. Hmph. That's if she has a heart to break.

MR CARSON
I don't think we're ever going to see eye to eye on this, Mrs Hughes.

MRS HUGHES
She refused him when she thought he'd have nothing, and when he was heir again, she wanted him back.

MR CARSON
I thought caution was a virtue.

MRS HUGHES
Caution, maybe, self-interest is not. Perhaps Miss Swire is a gentler person.

MR CARSON
If you ask me, this Miss Swire who, it may interest you to know, is not to be found in Burke's Peerage or Burke's Landed Gentry has an eye to the main chance.

MRS HUGHES
That's not snobbish, I suppose.

MR CARSON
I like to see things done properly, Mrs Hughes, and I won't apologise for that. Now, if you'll excuse me.

[Mr Carson walks out with the wine.]

--
[00:22:43, CONCERT HALL - EVENING]
[Two women stand up on and start handing out white feathers. One hands a feather to William.]

WILLIAM
What is it?

WHITE FEATHER GIRL 1
A white feather, of course, Coward.

[Robert turns around and stands up.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Stop this at once!

[William stands.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
This is neither the time nor the place!

WHITE FEATHER GIRL 2
These people should be aware that there are cowards among them.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Will you please leave? You are the cowards here, not they!

[Mr Bates stands, also angry, and the women leave. Robert nods to William. William nods back and sits down.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Leader, will you continue?

[William fingers the white feather the woman gave him. The exiting women hand Branson a feather on their way out. He smiles and takes it.]

BRANSON
I'm in a uniform.

WHITE FEATHER GIRL 1
Wrong kind.

--
[00:23:41, INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING]
[William serves Cora at dinner.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
That was horrid, William. I hope you won't let it upset you.

WILLIAM
No, Your Ladyship.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Why are these women so unkind?

LADY EDITH
Of course it is horrid, but when heroes are giving their lives every day, it's hard to watch healthy young men do nothing.

[Robert looks quickly at William, who looks down uncomfortably. Isobel talks down the table to Sybil.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
By the way, Sybil, very good news. They do have a vacancy. It's very short notice, because someone dropped out.

[Sybil smiles.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
You'd have to be ready to start on Friday.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
May I ask what this is about?

LADY SYBIL
Cousin Isobel has got me a place on a nursing course in York.

[The table stares at her.]

LADY SYBIL
I want to work at the hospital.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
We don't have to talk about it now.

[Cora glares at Isobel, who smiles awkwardly.]

--
[00:24:23, EXT. COURTYARD - EVENING]

MR BATES
She just turned up at my mother's house not long before she died.

ANNA
So...what does it mean?

MR BATES
I think it means, at long last, I'm able to get a divorce.

ANNA
Mr Bates, is this a proposal?

MR BATES
If that's what you want to call it. And you might start calling me John.

ANNA
Why are you sure she'll do it now when she's refused for so long?

MR BATES
Mother left me some money. Much more than I thought. Vera's a greedy woman, she won't refuse what I can offer her.

ANNA
Will we have to leave Downton?

MR BATES
Not until we want to. I've spoken to His Lordship and he will find a cottage for us near the house.

ANNA
You told him you want to marry me?

MR BATES
I did.

ANNA
Before you spoke to me?

MR BATES
You don't mind, do you?

ANNA
Of course I mind. In fact, I'd give you a smack if I didn't want to kiss you so much I could burst.

[Bates cups Anna's face with his hand and they kiss. She stands on her tip-toes as they hold each other.]

[BREAK 2]

--
[00:25:53, INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING]

LADY EDITH
Branson says I'm ready for the road.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
That's not what he told me.

[Mr Carson serves Lavinia.]

LAVINIA
Oh, how delicious, I love these.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
How did you and Matthew meet?

LAVINIA
Oh, in London. My father works in London, so I've always lived there. But I love the country, too.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Of course you do.

LAVINIA
Daddy's a solicitor, like Matthew.

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
My, my. You're very well-placed if you're ever in trouble with the law.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Did I tell you I've been given a colonelcy in the North Riding Volunteers? So, I'm properly in the army again.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Mm. Congratulations.

[Matthew turns to Mary on his right.]

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
He won't go with them, will he? When they're called to the front?

LADY MARY
I hope not, but he seems to think so. What's it been like?

[Matthew turns sharply toward her, then hesitates, slightly panicked and unsure.]

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
You know, the thing is, I just can't talk about it.

[Mary nods.]

LADY MARY
Have you missed us?

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
What do you think?

[They smile at each other. Matthew looks at Lavinia at the other side of the table.]

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
You don't mind my brining Lavinia?

LADY MARY
On the contrary, I'm glad. Glad to see you happy.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
What about you? You happy?

LADY MARY
I think I'm about to be happy. Does that count?

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
It does if you mean it.

LADY MARY
You'll be the first to know.

[They smile at each other, but Mary is obviously pretending.]

--
[00:27:29, INT. KITCHENS - EVENING]
[Servants are setting the table for their meal.]

DAISY
What you reading?

ETHEL
Photoplay about Mable Norman. She was nothing when she started, you know. Her father was a carpenter and they'd no money, and now she's a shining film star.

O'BRIEN
Ethel, I've a message for you from Her Ladyship. You're to go up and see her now.

ETHEL
What? Where?

O'BRIEN
In the drawing room, of course. They're all in the drawing room.

ETHEL
What've I done wrong?

O'BRIEN
Nothing. Quite the reverse. She's very pleased with the way you've begun, and she wants to thank you.

ETHEL
Now?

O'BRIEN
Yes, now. She's asked for you. How much longer are you gonna keep her waiting?

[Ethel quickly puts away her magazine. The servants hold in their giggles in the corner. Ethel leaves in a hurry and the servants burst out laughing.]

--
[00:28:11, INT. DRAWING ROOM - EVENING]
[The party sits down in the drawing room.]

LAVINIA
I don't know much about life in the country, but I do understand how the law works, so I believe I can be helpful to Matthew there.

LADY EDITH
But you'll be immensely helpful. Don't you think so, Mary?

LADY MARY
Of course.

[The door opens and Ethel rushes in. Everyone looks up and William pauses in the middle of serving Lady Grantham.]

ETHEL
Beg pardon, milady, for keeping you waiting.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
What?

ETHEL
I'm ever so grateful for your appreciation, and I want you to know that it's a privilege to work here.

[William's still frozen as everyone stares at Ethel. Mr Carson looks mortified.]

MR CARSON
Ethel. What are you doing in here?

ETHEL
H-- Her Ladyship sent for me.

MR CARSON
And who gave you this message?

ETHEL
Miss O'Brien.

[Mr Carson raises his eyes to the ceiling.]

ETHEL
She said I wasn't to keep Her Ladyship waiting.

[Cora sighs.]

MR CARSON
You may go back downstairs now, thank you, Ethel.

[The other ladies smile]

ETHEL
Right. Thank you, milady.

[Ethel curtsies excitedly and exits. Cora smiles and shakes her head.]

VIOLET, DOWAGER COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM (laughing)
Well, do we think she's mad, ill, or working for the Russians?

[Sybil laughs, then stops herself.]

--
[00:29:10, INT. OUTER HALL - EVENING]
[Mr Carson waits with Lavinia outside as Mary escorts Matthew out.]

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
She has plenty of time to learn. Cousin Robert will be in charge here for many years. Lavinia will be a lawyers wife far longer than she'll be a countess. That's if I get through the war in one piece.

LADY MARY
Of course you will. Don't even think like that. How long are you staying in the village?

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Just tomorrow. I take the six o'clock train on Thursday.

LADY MARY
And then you'll be in France.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Wherever I'm going, I'm so pleased that we're friends again.

[Mary smiles. Matthew puts on his hat and exits.]

--
[00:29:43, INT. KITCHENS - EVENING]
[The servants sit down to dinner.]

ETHEL
I still don't understand why it was funny to make me look a fool. You weren't even there to enjoy it.

O'BRIEN
Oh, don't worry, we enjoyed it all right from down here.

MR CARSON
Miss O'Brien, Her Ladyship has asked me to take the incident no further. Don't tempt me to disobey. Did I see Lady Sybil in the kitchen yesterday?

MRS PATMORE
She wants to learn some cooking.

DAISY
She says that she's gonna train to be a nurse, so she needs to know how to cook and clean and everything.

MR CARSON
Has she told Her Ladyship about this?

DAISY
It's supposed to be a surprise.

MRS HUGHES
Mr Carson, it speaks well of Lady Sybil that she wants to help the wounded. Let's not give her away.

ETHEL
Why shouldn't she learn how to cook and scrub. She may need it when the war's over. Things are changing. For her lot and us. And when they do, I mean to make the most of it.

[Mrs Patmore laughs.]

ETHEL
I take it they ate all the pancakes last night then?

MRS PATMORE
They did.

[Mrs Patmore enters the next room and whistles for the dog.]

MRS PATMORE
Here y'are.

[She gives the leftover Crepe Suzette to the dog.]

--
[00:30:45, INT. CRAWLEY HOUSE - DAY]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
What are we aiming at?

DR CLARKSON
They'd like us to take a hundred wounded men, three times the number the hospital was built for.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Well, that settles it. We'll have to convert the second day room.

DR CLARKSON
So there's to be no convalescence at all?

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
I'm afraid not. Once they can stand, they must go.

DR CLARKSON (sigh)
If only there were somewhere nearer than Farley Hall. I can't get there more than twice a week at the most.

[Clarkson notices Molesley taking out the tea tray.]

DR CLARKSON
Uh, should he be doing that?

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Why not?

DR CLARKSON
I only meant with his condition.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
What condition is that?

DR CLARKSON
His lungs. Old Lady Grantham told me he's had a lot of trouble with his lungs.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
And why did she tell you that, particularly?

DR CLARKSON
She wanted me to write to the war office. She was anxious to spare him the humiliation of being refused on medical grounds.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
And who else did she wish you to take under your protection?

DR CLARKSON
William Mason, the footman at the big house. He has a-- a bad skin condition, apparently, and hates people to know.

[Isobel gives Clarkson a stern, knowing look.]

DR CLARKSON
She wanted to spare him the physical examination.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
I'm sure she did.

[00:31:48, INT. KITCHENS - DAY]
[Sybil stirs something on the stove. Mrs Patmore check over her shoulder.]

MRS PATMORE
What in Wonderland do you call that?

[Mrs Patmore sees Sybil's horrified expression.]

MRS PATMORE
I mean, I do not fully understand what you're trying to do, milady.

[Sybil shakes her head.]

LADY SYBIL
Oh, I knew it wasn't supposed to look like this.

MRS PATMORE
No, milady, I would go so far as to say there is no food on the earth that is supposed to look like that.

[Daisy comes over to check on Sybil.]

LADY SYBIL
Why does everything go so lumpy?

DAISY
Tell you what, chuck it out and we'll start again.

[Sybil nods and takes the pot off the stove.]

--
[00:32:18, INT. KITCHENS - EVENING]
[Anna and Bates sit alone at the table.]

ANNA
I don't think we should sell your mother's house. Not yet.

MR BATES
We could rent it out. Then we can save. When I have some time off, I'll go up to London and get it ready.

ANNA
Maybe I can come with you. We could do it together.

[Bates smiles.]

MR BATES
I've got an idea that a bit later on, if we want to...

ANNA
If we want to start a family.

[Bates beams.]

MR BATES
I thought, when the time is right, we might sell. And we could buy a small hotel just-- just a little one, maybe near here and we could work together and have the children with us.

[Anna tries not to cry through her smiles.]

MR BATES
What is it?

ANNA
Nothing. It's just...in my whole life, I never thought I could be as happy as I am at this moment.

[Ethel comes in an drops something on the table with a sour expression and sits down, either oblivious or unfeeling, destroying the moment.]

--
[00:33:26, INT. CRAWLEY HOUSE - MORNING]
[Matthew steps past the gate and sees a young maid and milkman flirting. He takes a breath and then heads off to the train station.]

--
[00:33:44, EXT. TRAIN STATION - MORNING]
[Matthew looks for his train car, but does a double take when he sees Mary waiting. She turns around, sees him, and they walk to each other.]

LADY MARY
Don't worry, I haven't come to undo your good work of the other night.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
You must have been up before the servants.

LADY MARY
They were rather surprised to see me.

[Mary opens her purse.]

LADY MARY
I wanted to give you this.

[She hands him a little stuffed dog.]

LADY MARY
It's my lucky charm. I've had it always. So, you must promise to bring it back without a scratch.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Won't you need it?

LADY MARY
Not as much as you. So, look after it. Please.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
I'll try not to be a hero, if that's what you're afraid of.

[He puts it in his pocket.]

LADY MARY
Just come back safe and sound. Did you have a happy time yesterday?

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Showed Lavinia the places I like the most. Gave her a few memories. Mary, if I don't come back--

LADY MARY
But--

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
No. If I don't, then do remember how very glad I am that we made up when we had the chance. I mean it. You send me off to war a happy man.

[Mary smiles. Matthew steps toward the train, then pauses.]

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Will you do something for me? Will you...will you look after mother...if anything happens?

LADY MARY
Of course we will. But it won't.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
And Lavinia. She's young, she will find someone else. I hope she does, anyway, but...until she does.

[The conductor blows a whistle.]

LADY MARY
Goodbye then.

[She kissed Matthew on the cheek.]

LADY MARY
And such good luck.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Goodbye, Mary. And God bless you.

[Matthew gets in the train and Mary watches it take him out of sight. Out of sight, both of them are very emotional.]

[BREAK 3]


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