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Downton Abbey: 2011 Christmas Special, Part One
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...UNDER REVIEW...


ACT ONE
[00:00:00, EXT. COUNTRY ROAD - DAY]
[OPENING CREDITS: A man drives a truck holding a large pine tree.]

--
[00:00:08, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, FRONT DOOR - DAY]
[Thomas exits the front door to direct the workers unloading the tree.]

THOMAS
Come here. Up you get. Start untying these ropes. Come on, quickly as you can.

--
[00:00:17, INT. GREAT HALL - DAY]
[Daisy walks into the hall where Robert and Carson direct as Edith and O'Brien decorate the tree.]

LADY EDITH
What do you think, Mary?

LADY MARY
Perfect.

ROBERT
Well...Yes, a little bit higher.

[Daisy stands admiring the tree. Mrs Hughes passes by and sees her standing there with the buckets of cleaning supplies.]

MRS HUGHES
Daisy, get downstairs with those, now!

[Daisy scurries off and Mrs Hughes is captured by the sight of the Christmas tree as the lights turn on.]

LADY MARY
Ah. Lovely.

ROBERT
Ah. Well, I say.

--
[00:00:51, EXT. ROAD - DAY]
[Lady Rosamund's car drives towards Downton. Her maid, Marigold Shore catches sight of the house.]

[00:01:07, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, FRONT DOOR - DAY]
[Thomas opens the door for Rosamund. Mary and Edith greet her as she steps out.]

LADY ROSAMUND
Mary.

LADY MARY
Happy Christmas.

LADY ROSAMUND
And to you.

--
[00:01:18, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]
[Violet reads the Christmas cards sitting on a table.]

--
Christmas 1919

[00:01:29, INT. GREAT HALL - DAY]
[The family hands out presents to the servants.]

CORA
Anna, this is for you.

LADY MARY
The usual cloth for a frock, I’m afraid, but I hope you like the other thing.

ANNA BATES
I’m sure I will, milady. Thank you.

CORA
We all prayed for him in church this morning.

ROBERT
Happy Christmas, Anna.

ANNA
Happy Christmas.

[Edith hands a gift to Mary, who hands it to Cora, who presents it to Mrs Patmore.]

CORA
I can’t wait for you to open this.

MRS PATMORE
Thank you, Your Ladyship.

ROBERT
Happy Christmas, Mrs Patmore.

[Anna returns to her place next to Mrs Hughes.]

MRS HUGHES
What did Her Ladyship say?

CORA
O’Brien?

[O'Brien steps forward to receive her gift.]

ANNA BATES
She was just being kind.

CORA
Happy Christmas and thank you for your...

MRS HUGHES
I wish I could tell you not to worry.

EDITH AND MARY
Happy Christmas.

ANNA BATES
My husband’s on trial for his life, Mrs Hughes. Of course I worry.

MRS HUGHES
Well, I’m old fashioned enough to believe that they can’t prove him guilty when he’s not.

CORA
Daisy.

[Daisy steps up to receive her gift.]

CORA
This is for you.

DAISY MASON
Thank you, milady.

EDITH AND MARY
Happy Christmas.

[Carson opens his gift.]

MR CARSON
“The Royal Families of Europe.” Oh, my. I shall find this very interesting, my lord.

ROBERT
Good.

[Anna opens up her small gift from Mary. It's a golden heart pin.]

MRS HUGHES (admiringly)
Oh!

[Anna looks up and Mary nods to her with a smile.]

--
[00:02:38, INT. SERVANTS’ HALL - DAY]
[The younger servants wear paper hats and pull crackers.]

MRS HUGHES
I don’t want to spoil their fun, but I couldn’t wear a paper hat, not with poor Mr Bates locked away.

MR CARSON
His Lordship said much the same.

MARIGOLD SHORE
Is Mr Bates the one Lady Rosamund told me about? The murderer?

MR CARSON
Mr Bates has most unjustly been accused of murder. That is all.

MARIGOLD SHORE
“All”? I should think that’s quite enough for most people.

--
[00:03:06, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]
[Cora hands out gifts.]

VIOLET
Thank you.

[Edith pours tea while Matthew looks at something at the table.]

LADY EDITH
Would you like tea?

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Why do we have to help ourselves at luncheon?

ROBERT
It’s Downton tradition. They have their feast at lunch time and we have ours in the evening.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
But why can’t they have their lunch early and then serve us...like they normally do?

LADY MARY
Because it’s Christmas Day.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
It’s not how we’ll do it at Hacksby.

VIOLET
Which I can easily believe.

[Violet opens her present.]

VIOLET
Oh, this is nice. This is—what is it?

ISOBEL
What does it look like?

VIOLET
Something for getting stones out of horses’ hooves?

ISOBEL
It’s a nut cracker. We thought you’d like it...to crack your nuts.

LADY EDITH
Who’s coming on New Year’s Day?

ROBERT
The usual guns. Us three and some locals. You’ll know all of them.

LADY EDITH
Have you asked Anthony Strallan?

ROBERT
I tried. In fact, I gave him three dates, but he said no to all of them. Perhaps he’s given it up.

LADY EDITH
But he was so keen before the war.

VIOLET
Perhaps he’s had enough banging for one life.

ROBERT
Oh, and Rosamund’s forced me to invite Lord Hepworth.

VIOLET
Really?

LADY ROSAMUND
Well, I told him I was coming down here and he dropped hint after hint.

CORA
Perhaps he has nowhere to go. It can be a lonely time of year.

VIOLET
James Hepworth lonely? I find that hard to believe. Hepworth men don’t go in for loneliness much.

ROBERT
How do you know him?

VIOLET
I knew his father in the late ‘60s. Mais où sont les neiges d'antan?

--
[00:04:26, INT. OUTER HALL - EVENING]
[Matthew hangs up the phone with a distressed expression as Mary enters.]

LADY MARY
Isobel told me you were telephoning for news of Mr Swire. How is he?

MATTHEW
Not good. I’m catching the train first thing in the morning. I hope I’m in time.

LADY MARY
Is it as bad as that? I’m so sorry.

[Carlisle enters.]

LADY MARY
Matthew’s going to London tomorrow. Lavinia’s father is ill.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Better warn Robert if you’ll miss the shoot.

MATTHEW
I’ll be back by New Year’s Day. He won’t last that long, I’m afraid. Forgive me if I’m casting a gloom.

LADY MARY
Don’t be silly. We’re all under the shadow of Bates’s trial.

[The dressing gong rings.]

MATTHEW
Will any of you have to testify?

LADY MARY
Only Papa and some of the servants, but I’m going to support Anna.

MATTHEW
Would you like me to come with you to explain what’s happening? Or will you do that?

[Matthew indicates Carlisle.]

LADY MARY
Richard wants to go back to work the day after the shoot. Don’t you?

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Yes, I do.

--
[00:05:29, INT. KITCHENS - EVENING]

MRS PATMORE
Now, Thomas.

[Mrs Patmore hands Thomas a platter to take up.]

DAISY MASON
What’s this?

[Daisy takes something down off a shelf.]

MISS O’BRIEN
It’s a board for planchette.

DAISY MASON
What’s that?

MISS O’BRIEN
A game. Well, not quite a game. More a method of communication.

DAISY MASON
How?

MISS O’BRIEN
Never mind. I’ll take it if you like.

[Daisy hands the board to O'Brien who looks at it with a smirk.]

--
[00:05:50, INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING]
[The diners ooh and ah over the flambé as Carson brings it in and sets it in front of Violet.]

LADY EDITH
Sybil’s favourite.

VIOLET
A happy Christmas to us all.

[Violet spoons into the flambé.]

ALL
Happy Christmas.

LADY EDITH
Don’t forget to make a wish.

ROBERT
Let’s all make a wish.

LADY MARY
A wish and a prayer.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Is this about Bates again?

[Lady Mary is displeased by his remark.]

LADY ROSAMUND
My new maid says the servants’ hall is full of it. How terrible it is.

MATTHEW
We mustn’t lose faith. He’s been wrongly accused.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
I’m sure you hope so.

ISOBEL
We know so.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
How has Mr Murray managed to have the trial held in York?

ROBERT
I don’t know, but thank God he has.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
And he’s confident?

CORA
He seems to be.

VIOLET
Lawyers are always confident before the verdict. It’s only afterwards they share their doubts.

[Thomas serves Violet a plate with the dessert.]

--
[00:06:34, INT. SERVANTS’ HALL - EVENING]
[O'Brien and Thomas lead some of the servants in playing Ouija.]

MISS O’BRIEN
Is anyone there? Is anyone there?

[A couple girls giggle.]

THOMAS
You must take it seriously. Otherwise, they’ll be offended.

[Daisy enters.]

DAISY MASON
What is it?

THOMAS
We’re talking to the dead.

DAISY MASON
But how? They can’t talk back.

MARIGOLD SHORE
They can. That’s the whole point.

THOMAS
Come on, Daisy.

DAISY MASON
No, I don’t think it’s right.

MISS O’BRIEN
If you’ll all be quiet, I’ll try again. Is there anyone there?

[Thomas moves the planchette.]

THOMAS
Yes. Someone is there.

MRS HUGHES
What is going on?

[All of the servants bolt out of their seats as Mrs Hughes enters.]

MISS O’BRIEN
We’re just playing a game.

MRS HUGHES
A very unsuitable game, Miss O’Brien, especially on Christmas night. Please put it away at once. I’m surprised at you, Daisy.

DAISY MASON
Are you sure there’s nothing in it?

MRS HUGHES
Quite sure, thank you.

DAISY MASON
Don’t you believe in spirits, then?

MRS HUGHES
Well, I don’t believe they play board games.

--
[00:07:45, INT. GREAT HALL - EVENING]
[Mary mimes a book for charades.]

LADY EDITH
You’re reading.

LADY MARY
For heaven sakes! Yes, I’m reading, because it’s a book title.

ROBERT
No talking.

LADY MARY
I know, but honestly.

[Mary holds up a hand with five fingers splayed.]

LADY EDITH
Five words.

WOMEN
Fourth word.

ISOBEL
Two syllables.

WOMEN
First syllable.

[Mary makes a silly head beating motion with her hands and Robert and Matthew laugh.]

LADY EDITH
Erm...

ISOBEL
Drum.

ROBERT
They’ll never get it.

LADY EDITH
Wave.

ROBERT
They’ll never get it.

ISOBEL
Shift.

[Mary changes the motion to open her hands and shake her head.]

LADY EDITH
Mad.

[Mary changes to another motion.]

ISOBEL
Drop.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Do you always play charades on Christmas night?

LADY EDITH (background)
Er...drop.

VIOLET
This isn’t charades, this is the game.

ROBERT (background)
No. No helping.

LADY EDITH
Trip. Trip.

[Mary makes a falling motion and Matthew chuckles some more.]

CORA
Spell.

LADY ROSAMUND
Jelly. Jelly.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Do you enjoy these games?

LADY ROSAMUND
Fall?

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
In which the player must appear ridiculous?

VIOLET
Sir Richard, life is a game in which the player must appear ridiculous.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Not my life.

WOMEN
Erm...

ISOBEL
Fall? Past.

[Mary makes encouraging motions toward Isobel.]

ISOBEL
No, fell! Wild Fell. “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall”!

LADY EDITH
Oh! Oh!

LADY MARY
Yes.

[The women applaud and the dog barks.]

ROBERT
Isis. Isis...

[Cora pulls out a paper with a name on it as Mary sits down, smiling at her success.]

CORA
Richard, you’re turn. Come on.

VIOLET
Now, soon your maxim will be tested.

--
[00:08:41, INT. GAOL CELL - EVENING]
[Mr Bates sits on the bed in his cell, holding a photo of Anna. He looks around and cries.]

--
[00:09:02, INT. LORD GRANTHAM’S DRESSING ROOM - MORNING]
[Carson helps Robert dress.]

MR CARSON
If Mr Bates should not come back--

ROBERT
I am not replacing Bates.

[Robert stops and reconsiders his rude interruption.]

ROBERT
What were you going to say?

MR CARSON
Only that I know that Thomas is keen to be promoted.

ROBERT
The trouble is, being dressed and undressed is an intimate business. We’ve forgiven Thomas his early sins, I know, but I cannot imagine I would ever quite feel the trust.

MR CARSON
Say no more, my lord. I’m sure Mr Bates will be home soon, which will settle the matter.

--
[00:09:34, INT. KITCHENS - MORNING]
[Miss Shore sees Daisy fixing food on her own.]

MRS PATMORE (background)
It seems we’re running out of time. I need to put...

MARIGOLD SHORE
Did you make all that?

DAISY MASON
Yes, why?

MARIGOLD SHORE
And you’re still only the kitchen maid?

DAISY MASON
I don’t know what I am.

MARIGOLD SHORE
You could be a sous chef at least in London.

DAISY MASON
I don’t know what a sous chef is.

[Miss Shore smiles.]

MARIGOLD SHORE
Or a cook. Maybe not in a house like this, but you wouldn’t have to go far down the ladder before they’d snap you up.

[Mrs Patmore enters.]

MRS PATMORE
Daisy, find Thomas and tell him the tea’s ready to go up. Then we should get started on the mixture for the cheese soufflés.

MARIGOLD SHORE
Does Daisy cook the soufflés, too?

MRS PATMORE (scoffs)
What’s it to you?

--
[00:10:15, INT. THE DOWER HOUSE - DAY]
[A chauffeur drives Sir Anthony Strallan to the front door. Edith sees him from the window.]

LADY EDITH
What do you mean you’ve invited Anthony Strallan? I thought it was just us.

VIOLET
Oh? Very important. Never used to use a chauffeur.

[Edith turns and Violet sees her distressed expression.]

VIOLET
Well, you were so disappointed that he wouldn’t come shooting.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Good afternoon, Lady Grantham.

[Strallan double-takes when he sees Edith, but recovers gracefully.]

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Lady Edith, what a charming surprise. It’s been far too long.

LADY EDITH
It’s so nice to see you. It’s such a relief to see any of our friends who’ve made it through unscathed.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
I’m afraid I haven’t quite. I took a bullet in the wrong place and it seems to have knocked out my right arm.

LADY EDITH
But not forever, surely?

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Well, the upshot is, I’m afraid the wretched thing is now no use to man or beast.

LADY EDITH
Well, now we know why you didn’t want to come shooting.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Indeed.

[They chuckle.]

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
So, how is everyone? Lady Sybil is married, I hear, living in Ireland. How was the wedding?

[Violet is clearly made uncomfortable by the subject.]

VIOLET
Quiet. It was in Dublin. They didn’t want a big affair.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Did you all get over?

LADY EDITH
Mary and I did. Papa, Mama, and Gran—

VIOLET
We were all ill. Isn’t it sad?

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
What’s he like?

VIOLET
He’s political.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
As long as he’s on the right side.

[Edith and Strallan chuckle.]

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
So, does he shoot?

LADY EDITH
I’m...sure he does.

VIOLET
But I don’t think pheasants.

--
[00:11:49, INT. GAOL, VISITING ROOM - DAY]
[A guard opens the gate for Anna and locks them in. Anna sits across from Bates alongside other visiting couples.]

MR BATES
Mr Murray thinks a reference from and earl will go in my favour. I’m not sure such things matter when it comes to murder.

ANNA BATES
I think it’ll help.

MR BATES
Because you want to think so. Anna, you must prepare for the worst. I’m not saying it’ll happen, but you must prepare for it.

ANNA BATES
I know it could happen. I do. But the time to face it is after it has happened, and not before. Grant me that.

[BREAK 1]

--
New Year's Eve

ACT TWO
[00:12:51, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, FRONT DOOR - DAY]
[Hepworth's car arrives. Thomas opens the door for him, and Carson provides an umbrella as they walk to greet Cora and Rosamund.]

LORD HEPWORTH
Lady Grantham. Lady Rosamund.

CORA
Hello, Lord Hepworth. Welcome.

LORD HEPWORTH
Thank you.

MR CARSON
Will your man be coming on from the station, my lord?

LORD HEPWORTH
I haven’t got one with me. Is that a nuisance, I’m so sorry.

MR CARSON
Not at all, my lord. Thomas will take care of you while you’re here.

LORD HEPWORTH
Splendid.

CORA
Do come in.

LORD HEPWORTH
Thank you.

--
[00:13:22, INT. LIBRARY - EVENING]
[Cora looks up from her reading as Robert enters with a letter.]

ROBERT
This came for you in the evening post. It’s from Sybil.

[Cora takes the letter and opens it.]

CORA
You must go up and change.

ROBERT
So, what do you make of Rosamund’s pal?

CORA
He seems agreeable enough.

ROBERT
I suspect he’s in the profession of making himself agreeable.

CORA
O’Brien says Rosamund’s maid speaks very highly of him, and that seems a good reference to me.

[Cora gasps as she reads the letter.]

ROBERT
What is it?

CORA (whisper)
Sybil’s pregnant.

ROBERT
I see. So that’s it, then. No return. She’s crossed the Rubicon.

CORA
She crossed it when she married him, Robert. She says we’re not to tell anyone, not even the girls.

ROBERT
I wondered why she didn’t ask to come for Christmas.

CORA
Would you have allowed it?

ROBERT
Well, well. So, we’re to have a Fenian grandchild.

CORA
Cheer up. Come the revolution, it may be useful to have a contact on the other side.

ROBERT
Hmm.

--
[00:14:31, INT. GUEST CORRIDOR - EVENING]
[Hepworth exits his room to find Rosamund exiting hers next door.]

LORD HEPWORTH
Oh, I say. This is very cosy, isn’t it?

LADY ROSAMUND
What is?

LORD HEPWORTH
To find ourselves next door.

LADY ROSAMUND
I’m not certain it’s quite proper to remark on such things.

[Miss Shore approaches.]

LADY ROSAMUND
Er, you remember my maid, Shore.

LORD HEPWORTH
Certainly, I do. I hope they’ve got a jolly party planned downstairs.

MARIGOLD SHORE
Why would they?

LORD HEPWORTH
Because it’s New Year’s Eve, of course.

MARIGOLD SHORE
Oh, that. I doubt it, my lord. But I don’t mind. I make my own fun. If that’s everything, my lady, I’ll go down now and see you after midnight.

LADY ROSAMUND
Thank you.

LORD HEPWORTH
Only wish I could say the same. Only joking.

--
[00:15:08, INT. GREAT HALL - EVENING]

LORD HEPWORTH
I wonder if she’ll remember me.

LADY ROSAMUND
Oh, she will.

[They meet Violet as they enter.]

LORD HEPWORTH
Good evening Lady Grantham. I don’t suppose you remember me.

VIOLET
Of course I do.

LORD HEPWORTH
Ah.

VIOLET
Oh, how is dear Hatton? I have such happy memories of it from the old days.

LORD HEPWORTH
Well, I’m not often there, not since my mother died.

LADY ROSAMUND
Perhaps it needs a woman’s touch.

LORD HEPWORTH
Well, don’t we all?

VIOLET (chuckles)
How very like your father you are. It’s almost as if he was standing here before me. I hope you’ll come to tea and then we can talk about him.

LORD HEPWORTH
I should love it, Lady Grantham, if they’ll release me.

VIOLET
They’ll release you.

--
[00:15:39, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - EVENING]
[Carson pours glasses of wine.]

MARIGOLD SHORE
What are those for?

DAISY MASON
We always have a glass of wine at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

MARIGOLD SHORE
Very civilised. In my last place, we were expected to be upstairs and serving New Year’s Eve for naught.

DAISY MASON
Were you not a lady’s maid, then?

MRS PATMORE
How long have you been with Lady Rosamund, Miss Shore?

MARIGOLD SHORE
Two months.

MRS PATMORE
Oh, I see. You’re quite a new girl.

THOMAS
I can read Mr Carson’s hint. His Lordship doesn’t trust me.

[Carson begins handing out the drinks.]

MISS O’BRIEN
Because of the stealing, you mean?

THOMAS
So, what should I do?

MISS O’BRIEN
Get him to trust you.

THOMAS
That’s easy to say, but how?

MISS O’BRIEN
Make him grateful. Do him a good turn. Hide something he loves, then find it and give it back.

MR CARSON
Miss O’Brien?

[Carson holds a glass of wine. He hands it to Mrs Patmore to give to O'Brien.]

MISS O’BRIEN
Thank you, Mrs Patmore.

[Thomas looks down and sees Isis watching their festivities with a wagging tail.]

--
[00:16:30, INT. DRAWING ROOM - EVENING]
[Robert checks his pocket watch.]

ROBERT
Not long now. Does everyone have a glass?

ISOBEL
Yes.

LADY EDITH
Anthony Strallan was at Granny’s for tea the other day, so I know why he wouldn’t shoot. He’s hurt his arm.

LADY ROSAMUND
Shame. Well, we shall try again next year.

[Edith carries the drink tray across the room and Violet leans toward Rosamund.]

VIOLET
Oh, I am sorry I started that. Now, don’t encourage it. She’d spend her life as a nursemaid.

[Mary and Carlisle talk in another part of the room.]

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Once again the servants are downstairs and we’re on our own.

[Mary tenses.]

LADY MARY
In the whole year we fend for ourselves at Christmas lunch and on New Year’s Eve. It doesn’t seem much to me.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
You haven’t had to fight for what you’ve got.

LADY MARY
Oh, do try to get past that. It makes you sound so angry all the time.

[Edith and Isobel talk in another part of the room.]

LADY EDITH
Yes, it is.

[Matthew leaves their conversation to join Mary.]

LADY MARY
I hope London wasn’t too grim.

MATTHEW
Well, I got down there in time, which is the main thing. And I was with him when he died. So he wasn’t alone.

LADY MARY
I’m so sorry. And so glad.

VIOLET
It must be getting near.

[The clock chime begins to whir into motion.]

LADY ROSAMUND
Oh, here we go.

LADY EDITH
Here we go.

ROBERT
Happy New Year.

ALL
Happy New Year.

[The family raises their glasses and begin kissing one another's cheeks.]

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Happy New Year, darling.

[Carlisle kisses Mary. Robert kisses Cora.]

CORA
Happy New Year.

MATTHEW
Happy New Year, Mama.

[Matthew kisses Isobel.]

ROBERT
Happy New Year, Mama.

VIOLET
1920. Is it to be believed? I feel as old as Methuselah.

ROBERT
But so much prettier.

[Hepworth and Rosamund chuckle.]

VIOLET
When I think what the last ten years has brought. God knows what we’re in for now.

--
[00:17:58, INT. GUEST CORRIDORS - NIGHT]
[Anna sees Miss Shore and Hepworth talking on the other side of the balcony. She walks past them and Shore joins her as Hepworth enters his room.]

MARIGOLD SHORE
He’s pushing his luck.

ANNA BATES
How?

MARIGOLD SHORE
He wants me to speak out for him to Lady Rosamund.

ANNA BATES
If I were you, I’d keep out of it.

--
[00:18:20, EXT. FRONT WALK - DAY]
[The shooting party gathers.]

ROBERT
We’ll walk to the first drive, then use the wagonet after that.

LORD HEPWORTH
Splendid. I hope you’re going to stand by me.

LADY ROSAMUND
I thought I’d cheer my brother.

[Robert hands out cigarettes to the men.]

SHOOTING GUEST
Thank you.

LADY ROSAMUND
Cora isn’t coming out until luncheon.

LORD HEPWORTH
Well, the second drive, then? You ladies will have to distribute your charms fairly as there are only three of you. Don’t you agree Lady Mary?

[Mary is about to respond with a smile when Carlisle interrupts.]

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Lady Mary will stand by me.

LADY MARY
Now just—

MATTHEW
And I thought you were going to stand with me for the first drive, isn’t that what you said?

LADY MARY
Did I?

[Mary recognises his timely interruption.]

LADY MARY
Yes, I think I did.

[Robert finishes handing out cigarettes to the men.]

ROBERT
And one for you. Splendid.

[Matthew is pleased with himself.]

--
[00:18:52, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]

LADY MARY
Why don’t you have a loader? Barnard would’ve found you one.

MATTHEW
I’m not very good at it. This or double guns, and I don’t want a witness.

LADY MARY
I’m a witness.

MATTHEW
Then please don’t spread the word of my incompetence.

LADY MARY
I never know which is worse, the sorrow when you hit the bird, or the shame when you miss it. Thank you for intervening back there before I said something rude.

MATTHEW
He does rather beg to be teased.

LADY MARY
The awful truth is, he’s starting to get on my nerves. Still, you’re not the person to burden with that.

MATTHEW
You’re still going to marry him, though.

LADY MARY
Of course. Why wouldn’t I.

MATTHEW
Huh. I think I might have got that one.

[Mary chuckles. The horn blows.]

MATTHEW
You must promise faithfully to lie when they ask you how I did.

[Mary chuckles.]

--
[]

MRS HUGHES
Daisy? You’ve got a visitor.

MR MASON
I were visiting the grave. I thought to myself, why not go and see her now, take William’s blessing with me.

MRS PATMORE
Erm, why not go and sit for a moment in the servants’ hall? We’re sending out the shooting lunch. As soon as we’re finished, Daisy can bring you a cup of tea. I’m sure Mrs Hughes won’t mind, will you Mrs Hughes?

MRS HUGHES
Indeed, I will not. This way.

DAISY MASON
Well, he’s here now. So, I think I should make things clear.

MRS PATMORE
Don’t, Daisy, please. William wouldn’t thank you for it.

DAISY MASON
He won’t thank me for bamboozling his old dad neither.

--
[]

LADY EDITH
Now, I know you’re going to say no, but I was just passing and I suddenly thought, “Why don’t we go for a drive?” Like we used to.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
I don’t think I should. I really can’t spare the time. Would you like a cup of something?

LADY EDITH
All right. Yes, thank you. That would be nice.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Is everyone well?

LADY EDITH
Quite well.

[A servant enters.]

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Lady Edith will be joining me for tea.

BUTLER
Certainly, sir.

[The butler leaves.]

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
As a matter of fact, I’m glad to have got you to myself for a moment.

LADY EDITH
Oh?

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
I feel it gives me the chance to make some things clear. I’m not sure I was that clear when we met the other day. It’s been worrying me.

LADY EDITH
I don’t understand.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
You see, I couldn’t bear for you to think that we might...take out together again when, of course, we can’t.

LADY EDITH
Because of what Mary said that time? Because, you know, it wasn’t true. She only said it to spite me.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
No, it’s not because of that. And if you say it wasn’t true, I’m sure it wasn’t. You see, the thing is...I’m far too old for you.

LADY EDITH
I don’t agree.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Of course I am. And now...well, I’m a cripple. I don’t need a wife, I need a nurse. And I couldn’t do that to someone as young and lovely as you.

LADY EDITH
I don’t accept a single word of that speech.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Lady Edith—

LADY EDITH
If you think I’m going to give up on someone who calls me lovely...

[The butler brings in the tea.]

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
I’m afraid you must.

--
[]

MR MASON
Oh, lovely. I’d like you to know the place he grew up. He always wanted to work with animals. Horses, really. But his mother saw him as a butler, lording it over a great house.

DAISY MASON
He loved you both so much.

MR MASON
I’m only grateful his mother went first. She couldn’t have born it.

DAISY MASON
No, but...she would’ve had to face it, wouldn’t she? Like you. We all have to face the truth, don’t we?

MR MASON
We do, lass, hard as it may be.

DAISY MASON
Because I want to tell you the truth. You see William and me were friends for a long time before we started to feel something more.

MR MASON
Well, that’s always the best way, isn’t it? To know that there’s friendship as well as passion.

DAISY MASON
Yes, but you see, I didn’t. I didn’t feel the love...so soon. So I’m afraid I wasted some of the time we could’ve spent together.

MR MASON
No. You didn’t, Daisy. You gave him the thrill of the chase. He talked of nothing but you from dawn till the cows came home. And when he saw you felt the same, well...the pleasure was all the sweeter for the waiting, I promise you.

DAISY MASON
Good.

MR MASON
So, when are you going to come to the farm?

DAISY MASON
I—I’ll let you know. Shall I get you some more hot water?

[Daisy passes Mrs Patmore as she exits.]

DAISY MASON
More lies.

MRS PATMORE
Were they?

--
[EXT. ]
[The horn sounds.]

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
That’s the horn. Where’s the damn loader?

LADY MARY
Looking for your damn peg, I imagine.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Why were you laughing with Matthew...at the end of the first drive?

LADY MARY
I suppose he said something funny.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Am I never to be free of him?

LADY MARY
Of course not! You know how families like ours work. And he’ll be head of it one day.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
I might understand if you let me think for a solitary minute that you preferred my company to his. I have tried...

[The sound drops out as Matthew hears their argument from a distance.]

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
...Mary. Give me that. I’ve done everything I can to please you.

LADY MARY
Do you mean you bought a large and rather vulgar house?

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
You cannot talk to me like that! What have I done...

[Matthew approaches the quarrelling couple and the volume increases.]

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
...to deserve it? What?!

MATTHEW
Is something the matter?

LADY MARY
Richard’s loader seems to have got lost and this is one of the best drives. He’s missing all the fun.

MATTHEW
I see.

[The loader returns.]

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Where the bloody hell have you been?

LOADER
Sorry, sir.

LADY MARY
I’m afraid Sir Richard’s rather anxious to begin.

MATTHEW
I’d better get back to my post.

LOADER
There you are, sir.

--
[]

[WHO]
[?]

ISOBEL
Matthew is going to York for Bates’s trial, and, erm, well, I wondered if I might come as well?

ROBERT
Of course, if you want to.

ISOBEL
Cora’s told me she’s not going, and I feel I just might be useful as part of the bucking up brigade.

ROBERT
That’s kind, thank you.

ISOBEL
It’s odd, isn’t it? Us just chatting away here while that poor man waits to hear his fate.

ROBERT
Please don’t make me feel any worse than I do already.

MR CARSON
Have we time to serve the coffee or not?

THOMAS
Erm, I’m not sure, Mr Carson. We could’ve used one of the maids today.

MR CARSON
Maids at a shooting lunch? Ha! Hardly.

LADY MARY
Anna’s very grateful you’re coming with us.

MATTHEW
Well, I have to go to London, but I’ll be back.

LADY MARY
What are you going for?

MATTHEW
Reggie Swire’s funeral. He wanted his ashes to be buried in Lavinia’s grave. I’ll bring them back.

LADY MARY
What does Mr Travis say?

MATTHEW
I haven’t asked him. I thought I’d do it myself one day.

LADY MARY
Well, let me know when. I’d like to be there, if you don’t mind.

MATTHEW
No, I don’t mind.

--
[]

VIOLET
This is very nice of you to spare some time for a poor old woman. Won’t they miss you at the tea?

LORD HEPWORTH
I’ll regain some novelty value at dinner.

[They chuckle.]

VIOLET
Ve-- very well. Oh, what shall we talk about? Hatton? Shall we discuss why you never go there now? Or Lochearl? Or what about Hepworth House in Grosvenor Square? I spent so many happy evenings there with your father in hot pursuit.

LORD HEPWORTH
I see it’s time for some honesty.

VIOLET
A change is as good as a rest.

LORD HEPWORTH
I think you know that Hatton’s gone. So has Lochearl. And Hepworth House has so many mortgages, I , er, I could only sell it at a loss.

VIOLET
So my spies tell me. So, you want Rosamund, or rather the fortune of the late Mr Painswick, to come to the rescue.

LORD HEPWORTH
My feelings for Lady Rosamund are sincere. I admire her immensely.

VIOLET
I do not doubt it. My only fear is that you admire her money more.

LORD HEPWORTH
Lady Rosamund is too young to be alone, and you will concede that there are many...varieties of happy marriage.

VIOLET
Maybe, but they are all based on honesty. I insist you tell the truth about your circumstances to Rosamund. After that, it’s up to her.

--
[INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING]

ROBERT
Well, yes, of course.

[WHO]
Yes, carry on.

[WHO]
...compensation...

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Have you thought of a date?

LORD HEPWORTH
When the men go through, can I steal you for a moment?

LADY ROSAMUND
Why particularly?

LORD HEPWORTH
There’s something I should tell you.

LADY ROSAMUND
Something nice, I hope.

LORD HEPWORTH
Not very nice, no, but you can make the nastiness go away.

LADY ROSAMUND
“’Curiouser and curiouser,’ said Alice.”

LADY MARY
I’d like to get married in the spring or the summer.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
I am only asking to set a date.

LADY MARY
But what’s the hurry?

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Hurry? Glaciers are fast compared to you on this, Mary. I—I warn you...

[Carlisle grabs Mary’s arm to stop her from leaving.]

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Even my patience has its limits.

[Mary pulls her arm out of his grasp and exits. Matthew follows her out.]

--
[]

MATTHEW
Mary. Can I help?

LADY MARY
After today, I won’t insult you by asking what you mean.

MATTHEW
You don’t have to marry him, you know. You don’t have to marry anyone. You’ll always have a home here as long as I’m alive.

LADY MARY
Didn’t the war teach you never to make promises? And anyway, you’re wrong. I do have to marry him.

MATTHEW
But why? Not to prove you’ve broken with me, surely? We know where we stand. We’ve no need for...gestures.

LADY MARY
If I told you the reason, you’d despise me, and that I really couldn’t bear.

CORA
Mary? Rosamund wants to play bridge until the men come through.

LADY MARY
Of course.

--
[INT. SERVANTS’ HALL - EVENING]

THOMAS
T-O-O-F-A-T. She said you’re too fat.

[Someone sniggers.]

MRS PATMORE
[?] She never said that. You’re pushing the thing. Come away, Daisy. We’ve got work to do.

MARIGOLD SHORE
I hope it’s rewarding work, Mrs Patmore, something to challenge our Daisy.

DAISY MASON
Leave it alone.

MRS PATMORE
What did she mean?(whisper) That Miss Shore?

DAISY MASON
Nothing.

--
[]

CORA
Who was telephoning so late?

ROBERT
Murray. He apologised. He’s going to come here the day before the trial to talk it all through with Mrs Hughes, O’Brien and me.

CORA
Why have they been chosen and not the others? What do they know?

ROBERT
Search me. I’ve told Carson.

CORA
Will Mr Murray be staying?

ROBERT
No, he wants to get to York. We’ll meet him there the following day.

CORA
Oh, my dear. I hope you can be strong if it goes against him.

ROBERT
It won’t. There was an awkward moment tonight between Mary and Carlisle at the end of dinner, did you notice it?

CORA
I’m sure Mary has him under control.

ROBERT
Does she? I look at her and all I can see is a tired woman with a tiresome husband, not a bride on the brink of heaven. Wish I could understand why she goes on with it. Do you think there’s some element I might have overlooked?

CORA
Yes.

ROBERT
Cora, if there is something and you know what it is, tell me, please.

CORA
Perhaps it’s time.

ROBERT
I was hoping you’d say I was wrong.

CORA
You’re not wrong. But if I do tell you, swear not to fly off the handle. And try not to be too hurt.

ROBERT
Now you must tell me, because nothing can be worse than my imaginings.

CORA
Very well. Do you recall a Turkish diplomat who stayed here before the war?

ROBERT
I think I can be relied on to remember any guest who is found dead in his bed next morning.

CORA
Well, that’s the thing.

--
[]

GEORGE MURRAY
I wanted to explain how it will work. You’ll both have received official notification through the post.

MISS O’BRIEN
But what have I been called? What’s it to me? I know nothing.

GEORGE MURRAY
Since you’re summoned as a witness for the prosecution, the police would obviously disagree.

MRS HUGHES
But I’m there for the prosecution, too, when I have no doubt of Mr Bates’s innocence. How can that be?

GEORGE MURRAY
It’ll be made clear on the day.

MR CARSON
Where does Anna stand in all this?

GEORGE MURRAY
A wife cannot be compelled to testify against her husband.

MRS HUGHES
Well, that’s a mercy, anyway.

--
[INT. COURTROOM - DAY]

MISS O’BRIEN
As far as I could make out, he was talking to his lawyer. He seemed to be blaming his wife for cancelling the divorce.

PROSECUTION
You heard this yourself?

MISS O’BRIEN
I wasn’t eaves dropping. He was speaking loudly, but I don’t think you can blame him.

PROSECUTION
Just answer the questions, please, Miss O’Brien. When John Bates returned from London on his final visit to Mrs Bates, did you notice anything about his appearance?

MISS O’BRIEN
He had a scratch on his cheek, but he might have got that--

PROSECUTION
And I believe the maid, Anna Smith, asked him how the meeting had gone.

MISS O’BRIEN
Well, she and he were...

PROSECUTION
And how did he answer

[Miss O’Brien hesitates to speak.]

MISS O’BRIEN
He said it had been worse than that she could possibly imagine.

PROSECUTION
And what did he call her?

MRS HUGHES
I—I shouldn’t have been listening in the first place. I h—had no right to be there.

But you were listening, Mrs Hughes. So, please tell us what he called her when he grew angry.

[Mrs Hughes hesitates.]

MRS HUGHES
He (clears her throat) He said she was a...bitch.

[A murmur goes through the courtroom.]

PROSECUTION
Did it sound as if he threatened to strike her?

MRS HUGHES
But what people say in an argument...

PROSECUTION
Did he threaten to strike her?

[Mrs Hughes hesitates a long time.]

MRS HUGHES
I’m afraid he did. Yes.

[Another murmur goes through the courtroom.]

--
[]

GEORGE MURRAY
Every case looks as black as night by the time the prosecution is finished, but we’ve heard nothing in Bates’ defence yet.

ANNA BATES
I can’t believe Mrs Hughes would say those things. Miss O’Brien, maybe, but not Mrs Hughes.

ISOBEL
It’s difficult to lie on oath. Few of us can manage it.

LADY MARY
She looked as if she were in hell.

ROBERT
It does sound worse than I expected.

MATTHEW
It’s a great pity he didn’t speak up about buying the poison.

ANNA BATES
I told him to. I begged him to.

GEORGE MURRAY
And he should’ve listened.

ROBERT
Then it’s down to me to convince them that this crime is simply not in Bates’s character.

--
[INT. COURTROOM - DAY]

PROSECUTION
So, you have no doubt at all?

ROBERT
None whatsoever. We served in the African War, and I owe my life to John Bates, who acted to protect me without any care for his own safety. Is this a man who could plot to kill his wife? Absolutely not.

PROSECUTION
Lord Grantham, did John Bates ever speak to you about his wife?

ROBERT
Not that I recall.

PROSECUTION
Never? He never once spoke one word of this wife who’d prevented all his dreams from coming true?

ROBERT
Well...you know one...talks about this and that.

PROSECUTION
Did he give you the impression he was losing patience with Mrs Bates around the time she had prevented the divorce? Were you aware that he was angry at what had happened?

ROBERT
I suppose so.

PROSECUTION
Did he ask permission to travel to London to see her that last time.

ROBERT
I believe he did.

PROSECUTION
And did you recommend restraint in his dealings with his wife?

ROBERT
I don’t think so.

PROSECUTION
You’re absolutely sure?

ROBERT
Well...perhaps I may have done.

PROSECUTION
You did, Lord Grantham. Mr Bates has, in his interviews, stated that you prescribed discretion, for his case is that he followed your advice, but I wonder why the defence has chosen not to refer to this.

ROBERT
I can’t tell you.

PROSECUTION
No. And was there one statement of his that prompted you to advise him to moderate his behaviour?

ROBERT
I can’t remember. Not precisely.

PROSECUTION
Give us an approximate.

[Robert tries to remember.]

PROSECUTION
I must urge that the witness gives an answer.

ROBERT
I...said...I hoped his trip to London was to do with some property he owned and not to do with the former Mrs Bates.

PROSECUTION
And how did he answer?

[Robert remembers the dangerous statement that Bates made.]

ROBERT
He said...

[Robert hesitates to answer because he knows what it will mean.]

JUDGE
Lord Grantham...

ROBERT
He said, “If only she was the former or, better still, the late.”

[A shocked murmur goes through the court.]

--
[]

MRS HUGHES
I-- don’t know what to say, ma’am. They twist your words.

ISOBEL
You had to answer their questions.

MRS HUGHES
Were to God I never listened.

ISOBEL
Well...

MISS O’BRIEN
I suppose Anna is very bitter. I wonder if you would tell her—

ISOBEL
I know that you’re both praying for her, as I am.

GEORGE MURRAY
Mrs Crawley, the jury’s returned.

ISOBEL
Ah.

--
[INT. COURTROOM - DAY]

JUDGE
Are you all agreed?

FOREMAN
We are, my lord.

JUDGE
The prisoner will stand.

[Bates stands.]

JUDGE
Do you find the prisoner to be guilty or not guilty as charged?

FOREMAN
Guilty...

[Anna cries out.]

FOREMAN
...my lord.

JUDGE
John Bates, you have been found guilty of the charge of wilful murder. You will be taken from here to a place of execution where you will be hanged by the neck until you are dead, and may God have mercy upon your soul.

ANNA BATES
No! No, this is wrong! This is—this is terribly, terribly wrong!

JUDGE
Take him down.

MR BATES
Anna!

[BREAK]

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