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Downton Abbey: Episode 1x07 Part One
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ACT ONE
[OPENING TITLES]

--
[00:00:30, INT. GREAT HALL - DAY]
[Mrs Hughes does her rounds as the housemaids clean the room.]

MRS HUGHES
Hurry up, girls, come on.

[00:00:36, INT. DRAWING ROOM - DAY]
[Mrs Hughes continues her rounds. A housemaid cleans the chandelier and steps down from the ladder.]

MRS HUGHES
Come on, come on. You should be done here. They'll be back from the station any second now.

--
[00:00:54, INT. SERVANTS' CORRIDOR - DAY]
[Carson and Mrs Hughes descend the servants' stairs.]

MRS HUGHES
I haven't had a chance to ask, how was London?

MR CARSON
Oh, much as usual. Dirty, noisy, quite enjoyable.

MRS HUGHES
There was no need for you to come back a day early. I'm perfectly capable of getting the house ready.

MR CARSON
Of course you are. But I like to have the heavy luggage back and unpacked before they get here.

MRS HUGHES
I suppose...

[Carson and Mrs Hughes suddenly make way as William almost runs into them with a tray of silver vases.]

MRS HUGHES
Steady, William! This isn't a race.

[William nods and exits.]

MRS HUGHES
Poor lad.

MR CARSON
But he did see her? I was worried when I took him to King's Cross.

MRS HUGHES
Yes, he had time to say goodbye.

MR CARSON
How is he now?

MRS HUGHES
Well, you've only got one mother, haven't you?

[Gwen rushes in holding some flowers.]

GWEN
They're here, Mrs Hughes.

[Carson and Mrs Hughes head for the stairs.]

--

July 1914

[00:01:37, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, FRONT WALK - DAY]
[The family exits the motorcar.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Hello, William. It's good to have you back.

--
[00:01:48, INT. GREAT HALL - DAY]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
What a relief to be home.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Don't listen when His Lordship pretends not to enjoy the Season.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
When in Rome.

MRS HUGHES
Will Lady Mary be back soon?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
She's staying on with my sister for a couple of weeks.

[The servants assist the family as they remove their travel clothes.]

MRS HUGHES
So Grantham House is closed?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
It will be by the end of this week. Dear Mrs Hughes, I hope you've had some time to yourself while we've been away.

MRS HUGHES
I've tackled a few jobs that get forgotten about when the house is full.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Any local news?

MRS HUGHES
The main topic here is the murder of the Austrian Archduke.

MR CARSON
Here and everywhere else.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I'm afraid we haven't heard the last of that. And how's William?

MR CARSON
Bearing up.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Poor chap. He has our sympathies. I think I'll wash the train off before dinner.

MR BATES
Very good, milord. I can unpack while you're bathing.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I'll see you up there.

[The family and servants depart leaving only Cora and Mrs Hughes.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh, Mrs Hughes, have you had any thoughts about the garden party for the hospital?

MRS HUGHES
I've started on it, but there are things we need to talk about.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh, dear. That sounds like trouble. I'll take my hat off. Sybil?

[Sybil and Edith stop before they go up the stairs.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
You were a great success in London, darling. Well done.

[Sybil smiles and goes up the stairs. Edith looks at her mother.]

LADY EDITH
You never say that to me?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Don't I?

[Cora takes Edith's hand and leads her up the steps.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
You were very helpful, dear. Thank you.

--
[00:02:58, INT. SERVANTS' CORRIDOR - DAY]
[Mrs Hughes has a word with Carson as they watch Mrs Patmore and Daisy through the kitchen window.]

MRS HUGHES
I hate to spoil Her Ladyship's homecoming, but what are we going to do about Mrs Patmore? She's worse than when you left. Much worse. Oh, and I meant to ask - is there a decision? About Mr Bates leaving?

MR CARSON
Not yet. His Lordship wants the facts, and Mr Bates won't give them. So what are you going to say to Her Ladyship about Mrs Patmore?

MRS HUGHES (sigh)
I'm not sure. I don't want the poor woman sacked, but things cannot go on as they are.

--
[00:03:37, EXT. LONDON, PARK - DAY]

LADY ROSAMUND
There's nothing like an English summer, is there?

LADY MARY
Except an English winter.

LADY ROSAMUND
I'm sorry you haven't received more invitations. But then, after four seasons, one is less a debutant than a survivor.

LADY MARY
Hmm.

LADY ROSAMUND
My dear, is there anything you're not telling me?

LADY MARY
No.

LADY ROSAMUND
Only, one hears stories...

LADY MARY
There's nothing, Aunt Rosamund.

LADY ROSAMUND
So, have you decided? Whether or not to marry Cousin Matthew?

[Mary looks at Rosamund in surprise.]

LADY ROSAMUND
Oh, there's no secret Cora can keep for more than a month.

LADY MARY
You'd be surprised. I've told him I'll give him my answer the day I get back.

LADY ROSAMUND
Well, it would be very tidy. At least we can say that.

--
[00:04:24, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - DAY]
[Miss O'Brien reads a letter and Bates regards her as she looks up and closes it.]

MISS O'BRIEN
Fancy a smoke?

THOMAS
Don't mind if I do.

[Thomas follows her out as William enters.]

WILLIAM
There they go, Guy Fawkes and his assistant.

GWEN
Which is which?

ANNA
Here you are.

[Anna hands William a black cloth. He puts on the black armband. Anna turns to Bates.]

ANNA
Surely if His Lordship hasn't done anything until now, it means he doesn't want to take it any further.

[Carson enters and the servants stand.]

WILLIAM
Anna's made me an armband, Mr Carson. For my mother. Can I wear it?

MR CARSON
I daresay. Not when we're entertaining, but otherwise.

[Carson sits and the head of the table and the others sit back down.]

--
[00:05:10, INT. GREAT HALL - DAY]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Hello, Doctor. I didn't know you were here.

DR CLARKSON
No, Lady Grantham sent a message.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Why? She's not ill, is she?

DR CLARKSON
Not ill, exactly.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Would you mind waiting in the library?

[Robert rushes up the stairs.]

--
[00:05:27, INT. LADY GRANTHAM'S BEDROOM - DAY]
[Robert sits down stunned at something Cora just said.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Pregnant?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
You needn't be quite so shocked.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Give me a moment. You haven't been pregnant for 18 years.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
And I'm pregnant now.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I don't understand what we've done differently.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Stop right there. If you want to know more, go down and offer the doctor some whisky.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I can't take it in.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
But you're pleased?

[Robert stands and takes Cora's hands.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Of course.

[Robert kisses Cora's hands.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Of course I'm pleased.

[They kiss and hug.]

--
[00:06:03, INT. COURTYARD - DAY]
[Thomas smokes and reads the letter O'Brien received while she smirks.]

THOMAS
I didn't think she'd do it.

MISS O'BRIEN
I told you she would. I could see she was interested. And I was speaking as one lady's maid to another. That means something, you know.

THOMAS
'Course we thought we had him before, but he's a slippery devil.

[Thomas smirks and hands the letter back to O'Brien.]

--
[00:06:28, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]

DR CLARKSON
It's...unusual, obviously.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Unusual? It's Biblical.

DR CLARKSON (chuckles)
Not quite. You understand that women go through a...a certain... change.

[Robert holds up a hand.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Thank you. I know quite as much as I need to about all that.

DR CLARKSON
Well, sometimes it can result in a...a surge of...fertility, for want of a better word.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
But the child will be healthy?

DR CLARKSON
Oh, there's no reason why not.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
How long has she...?

DR CLARKSON
Hard to be precise. Things had become irregular, but...

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Please.

DR CLARKSON
I'd say she's about four months gone. It'll begin to show soon.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
And I don't suppose there's any way of knowing if it's a...

[Clarkson shakes his head.]

DR CLARKSON
No.

[Mrs Hughes enters and Dr Clarkson stands.]

MRS HUGHES
I do beg your pardon, milord. I thought you were alone.

DR CLARKSON
No, please come in, Mrs Hughes. I'm just leaving.

[Mrs Hughes turns towards the door.]

MRS HUGHES
William?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Well, thank you, Doctor...I'd better start writing some letters.

MRS HUGHES
Show Dr Clarkson out.

[William opens the door for the doctor and follows him out.]

MRS HUGHES
I didn't want to bother Her Ladyship if she's not well...

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
She's resting, but tell me anyway.

MRS HUGHES
It's Mrs Patmore, milord. The time has come when we really have to make a decision.

[Robert nods.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Mm.

--
[00:07:48, INT. MR CARSON'S OFFICE - DAY]
[Mr Carson reads the note that O'Brien received while O'Brien and Thomas wait.]

THOMAS
Now do you believe me?

MR CARSON
Careful, Thomas. Your position is not a strong one.

MISS O'BRIEN
Don't punish us, Mr Carson. It's Mr Bates who's wanting here.

THOMAS
Tell me, Mr Carson, do you think it right a man like that should live and work at Downton?

[BREAK 1]

--
ACT TWO
[00:08:20, EXT. LONDON, BELGRAVE SQUARE/ INT. LADY ROSAMUND'S HOUSE - DAY]
[A car prepares to leave on a raining street. Mary sits alone staring out the window when a butler opens the door.]

BUTLER
Mr Napier, milady.

LADY MARY
What a surprise. I'm afraid you've just missed my aunt.

EVELYN NAPIER
I know. I watched her leave.

LADY MARY
How are your wedding plans going?

EVELYN NAPIER
Not very well. In fact, we've decided to call it off.

LADY MARY
Really? It seemed quite fixed at Sybil's ball. What a shame. Please.

[Mary offers him a seat.]

EVELYN NAPIER
It'll be better in the long run.

LADY MARY
Perhaps. I know what high hopes you have of the institution.

EVELYN NAPIER
The thing is, Lady Mary, I-- I'm here today because I needed to tell you something face to face before you went to the country.

LADY MARY
Face to face? Gracious me.

EVELYN NAPIER
I've recently heard gossip about the time when I came to Downton with Kemal Pamuk.

[Mary tenses.]

EVELYN NAPIER
Gossip that I believe has made life difficult for you. I've also heard it said that I am the source of these stories. It is very important to me that you should know that I am not.

[Mary relaxes in surprise.]

EVELYN NAPIER
From that day to this, I have never spoken one word on the matter.

LADY MARY
Then who did?

EVELYN NAPIER
It seems to have come from the Turkish Embassy, from the ambassador himself, in fact, and his wife.

LADY MARY
But who told them, if not you?

EVELYN NAPIER
This is the hard part. When I discovered the answer, I debated whether I should relay it, but in the end I feel you ought to know.

LADY MARY
The suspense is killing me.

EVELYN NAPIER
It was your sister, Lady Edith, who wrote to the ambassador. That is why people accept the story.

[Mary closes her eyes.]

LADY MARY
Edith?

EVELYN NAPIER
It is very hard to believe.

[Mary shakes her head.]

LADY MARY
Harder for you than for me.

[Napier is surprised by that comment.]

--
[00:10:34, INT. DOWNTON, SERVANTS' CORRIDOR - DAY]

MRS HUGHES
I love the thought of a baby in the house, but if it's a boy...

MR CARSON
It'll be very hard on Mr Crawley.

[Mrs Hughes looks at him in surprise.]

MR CARSON
I know, I was no great champion when he first arrived. But it seems to me he's tried his best, and he's done the decent thing.

MRS HUGHES
I can't see that coming off.

MR CARSON
You don't mean the engagement?

MRS HUGHES
But it's not an engagement yet, is it?

MR CARSON
She'd never throw him over.

MRS HUGHES
Mr Carson, Lady Mary Crawley does not deserve you.

[Mr Carson scoffs and Mrs Hughes smiles as she walks away.]

--
[00:11:09, INT. THE DOWER HOUSE - DAY]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
And she's not been in touch with Cousin Matthew?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Not that I've heard.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Wonderful news, of course. You must look after yourself.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Don't worry, O'Brien has me wrapped in silk and feathers.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
You're lucky. I have a horrible feeling Simmons is about to hand in her notice. She's looking very fidgety lately, and I saw her hurrying to meet the postman.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh, you poor thing. Is there anything worse than losing one's maid?

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I mean, why would she want to leave me? I've been as gentle as a lamb.

[Cora gives Violet a dubious look as a servant brings them tea.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Most of the time.

--
[00:11:57, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Robert and Matthew walk together.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I want to say I'll make provision for you if it's a boy and you get pushed out.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Don't worry. I know you can't. If any man living understands the strength of the entail, it's me.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I can give you Crawley House for life, if it's a help.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Have you heard from Mary?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
No. Have you?

[Matthew shakes his head.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
By the way, I want to ask a favour. What's the name of your cook? The one you brought with you from Manchester?

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Mrs Bird?

--
[00:12:33, INT. KITCHENS - DAY]

DAISY
I'll get it, Mrs Patmore!

MRS PATMORE
Oh, don't fuss me!

WILLIAM
Is that everything.

DAISY
Yeah. How are you feeling?

WILLIAM
Well, most people's parents die before them, and so...

THOMAS
Oh, give it a rest. Your mother knew how to drag it out, I'll say that for her.

WILLIAM
What?

MRS HUGHES
Thomas! Get up to the servery.

[Mrs Patmore drops a pot and shrieks, holding her hand in pain.]

MRS PATMORE
You gave me the wrong cloth!

MRS HUGHES
Sit down, Mrs Patmore.

MRS PATMORE
I can't sit down, I've got the luncheon to finish!

MRS HUGHES
It was not a suggestion. Sit!

[Mrs Patmore sits, nursing her hand.]

MRS HUGHES
Daisy and I will finish the luncheon.

--
[00:13:12, INT. CRAWLEY HOUSE - DAY]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
So he'll give us this house for life, will he? How generous.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
It is generous. He doesn't have to. But it's made me think. You must stay here if you want, but I wonder if it mightn't be better all round if I went back to Manchester.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
It may not be a boy.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Really, mother. You never approved of it all in the first place. If it is a boy, you should see it as a release, not a disappointment.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
What does Mary say?

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Nothing yet.

[Molesley enters.]

MR MOLESLEY
You wanted to see Mrs Bird, sir.

[Mrs Bird enters.]

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Yes, Mrs Bird, Lord Grantham has rather a favour to ask of you.

MRS BIRD
I'm surprised Lord Grantham knows that I exist, sir.

[Isobel laughs.]

--
[00:14:09, INT. LORD GRANTHAM'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY]
[Mr Carson knocks and enters with a letter while Bates is tending to Roberts wardrobe.]

MR CARSON
I'm sorry to disturb you.

MR BATES
Quite all right.

MR CARSON
Mr Bates, it's about your somewhat startling confession. As you'll have surmised, His Lordship has yet to come to a decision.

MR BATES
His delay is generous.

MR CARSON
However, it will be no surprise to you that Miss O'Brien has been unwilling to let things drop. It seems that, when we were in London, she made a new friend. A lady's maid in the house of a colonel in your former regiment.

[Carson hands Bates the letter and Bates reads it.]

MR CARSON
Please tell me that this account is false, at least in part.

MR BATES
I wish I could.

MR CARSON
I'll have to show this to His Lordship.

MR BATES
Of course you will.

MR CARSON
I do not like to play the part of Pontius Pilate, but I'm afraid I must. Lord Grantham will decide what's to be done.

[Carson walks to the door.]

MR CARSON
Mr Bates... I hope you do not feel that I have treated you unjustly.

MR BATES
On the contrary, Mr Carson. I am astonished at your kindness.

[Carson exits.]

--
[00:15:42, EXT. LONDON, BELGRAVE SQUARE/ INT. LADY ROSAMUND'S HOUSE - DAY]

LADY ROSAMUND
Of all of you, Sybil might find joy in a cottage. But not you.

LADY MARY
We don't know it'll be a boy.

LADY ROSAMUND
Exactly. So ask Matthew to wait until the child is born. If it's a girl you can wed him happily, and all will be as it was before.

LADY MARY
But if I delay, won't he think I'm only after him for his position? Besides, I'm not sure I want to put him off, even without the title.

[Rosamund is surprised.]

LADY MARY
We get on so well, you know. And he's terribly clever. He might end up Lord Chancellor.

LADY ROSAMUND
And he might not. Oh, come along, Mary, be sensible. Can you really see yourself dawdling your life away as the wife of a...country solicitor?

[Rosamund marches off and Mary considers her words.]

--
[00:16:27, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]
[Carson enters with Robert.]

MR CARSON
But why would we ever want a telephone at Downton, my lord?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Well, they have their uses. You could speak to the housekeeper in London. That'd be helpful, surely.

MR CARSON
I hope I have not failed in my management of the recent move.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Not at all. But the telephone is here now, and the girls got used to it when we were in London. Besides, none of us know what the next few months will bring.

MR CARSON
Because of the Archduke's death?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Austria won't get what it wants from Serbia. And now Russia's starting to rumble. Well, there's not much we can do about that. So, will you take care of the telephone man?

[Carson nods with a grumble.]

MR CARSON
Oh, about Mr Bates, my lord. I expect you've had time to consider the contents of that letter?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Yes, but I find it very odd. Regimental silver? I could more easily see Bates as an assassin than a petty pilferer.

MR CARSON
I agree. And while the letter is hard to argue with, I wouldn't put anything past Thomas or Miss O'Brien.

[Robert considers that remark as Carson leaves.]

[BREAK 2]

--
ACT THREE
[00:17:38, INT. DRAWING ROOM - DAY]

LADY SYBIL
So, what did we miss?

LADY MARY
Nothing much. Although you'd have had more invitations than I did.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Have you thought about Matthew?

LADY MARY
Of course, but Aunt Rosamund...

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
No!

[Violet puts her hand up.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
She's written to me. I should pay no attention.

LADY EDITH
But Granny, she has got a point. Mary can't be completely naïve.

LADY MARY
I don't need your help, thank you.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Mary, listen to me. If you take Matthew now when his whole future is at risk, he will love you to the end of his days.

LADY SYBIL
Why, Granny, you're a romantic.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I've been called many things, but never that.

LADY EDITH
And what happens if the baby is a boy and Matthew loses everything?

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Mary can always change her mind.

LADY MARY
But I can't do that to Matthew. It's not how we are together.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh!

[Violet sighs in frustration and turns away.]

LADY MARY
Now, I'm going upstairs to help Anna unpack.

LADY SYBIL
I'll come with you.

[Sybil leaves with Mary. Violet sits down with Cora and Edith.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Edith, why don't you go, too?

[Edith gets up with a sigh.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Sir Anthony Strallan was at Lady Wren's party. He asked after you.

[Edith smiles and exits.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Is she really serious about him?

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Any port in a storm. Oh, by the way, I was right about my maid. She's leaving to get married. I mean, how could she be so selfish?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I do sympathise. Robert's always wanting me to get rid of O'Brien, but I can't face it. Anyway, she's so fond of me.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Well, I thought Simmons was fond of me. What am I to do?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Why don't I put an advertisement in The Lady? It's always the best place to start.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh, that's so kind. Thank you. I really must be going. Now, don't let Mary wait for the baby before she gives Matthew her answer.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I'm sure it's another girl.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I know those men of the moral high ground. If she won't say yes when he might be poor, he won't want her when he will be rich.

--
[00:19:42, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - DAY]

DAISY
Maybe we should knit something.

MISS O'BRIEN
Oh, yes, I'm sure they'd love a pair of booties knitted by you.

WILLIAM
Or what about a Christening mug?

THOMAS
They can buy their own silver.

GWEN
Anything in the paper, Thomas?

THOMAS
They've arrested this Princip fellow and his gang. All Serbian and members of the Black Hand.

MISS O'BRIEN
"The Black Hand"? Oh, I don't like the sound of that.

MR BATES
I don't like the sound of any of it. War is on the way.

WILLIAM
Then we'll have to face it. As bravely as we can.

THOMAS
Thank you, Mr Cannon Fodder.

GWEN
Well, don't you think a war's coming?

THOMAS
Oh, there'll be a war, all right. It's time to prepare for it.

ANNA
The country, do you mean?

THOMAS
No, me.

MR BATES
You never disappoint.

[Carson enters and the servants stand.]

MR CARSON
Daisy? Run and find Mrs Patmore. His Lordship wants to see her in the library.

DAISY
His Lordship wants Mrs Patmore to go up to the library?

MR CARSON
That is what I said. And Anna, you're to come, too.

[Daisy goes to fetch Mrs Patmore. Carson exits.]

MISS O'BRIEN
And we thought the assassination of an archduke was a surprise.

[Anna leaves and they sit down. ]

--
[00:20:40, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]
[Carson enters]

MR CARSON
Mrs Patmore, my lord.

[Mrs Patmore and Anna enter and Robert rises from his desk.]

MRS PATMORE
Your Lordship, I know things haven't been quite right for a while, but I can assure you--

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Come in, Mrs Patmore.

[Mrs Patmore steps closer.]

MRS PATMORE
I promise you, milord, if I could just be allowed a bit more time--

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Mrs Patmore, I've not asked you here to give you your notice.

MRS PATMORE
Haven't you?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
No. I understand you've had some trouble with your sight.

MRS PATMORE
That's just it! I know I could manage better if only--

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Please, Mrs Patmore...

ANNA
Let him speak. Beg pardon, milord.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Don't apologise. Now, on Dr Clarkson's recommendation, I'm sending you up to London to see an eye specialist at Moorfields. Anna will go with you and you'll stay with my sister Rosamund in her new house in Belgrave Square.

MRS PATMORE
I'm afraid I'm going to have to sit in your presence, milord.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Of course.

[Anna helps a weak kneed Mrs Patmore stumble into a chair.]

MRS PATMORE
B--but how will you get on here?

[Robert sits in a chair next to Mrs Patmore.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Well, Mrs Crawley is lending us her cook, Mrs Bird. She's coming over tomorrow. You'll be good enough to show her how things work.

MRS PATMORE
A--are the Crawleys to starve while I'm away?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
They'll eat here every evening. Now, my sister's butler will look after you. He's very nice. Anna, you won't mind a visit to London?

ANNA
No, milord. Thank you. It'll be an adventure.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
One with a happy ending, I hope.

[Robert stands and Mrs Patmore stands quickly. Anna takes her arm and they exit.]

--
[00:22:18, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Let me get this clear. At Sybil's ball you said you'd give me your answer the day you got back, and now you say you will not.

LADY MARY
Why do we have to rush into it? I need to be sure, that's all.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
But you were sure. Shall I tell you what I think has altered you? My prospects. Because nothing else has changed.

LADY MARY
No.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Yes! If your mother's child is a boy, then he's the heir and I go back to living on my wits, and you'd rather not follow me there.

LADY MARY
Oh, Matthew, you always make everything so black and white.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
I think this is black and white. Do you love me enough to spend your life with me? If you don't, then say no. If you do, then say yes.

LADY MARY
I want to... Granny told me I should say yes now, then withdraw if you lost everything.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
To make that work, you'd have to be a good liar. Are you a good liar?

LADY MARY
Well, not good enough to try it, apparently.

--
[00:23:12, INT. LORD GRANTHAM'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
How could you not have realised they'd discover the loss at once? And to keep them in your house... But you only served two years?

MR BATES
That's right, my lord.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
So, clearly the judge thought there was some mitigating factor. I just want to know the truth.

MR BATES
I cannot speak of it, milord. You must decide whether I stay or go on the basis of the evidence before you. I will respect that.

[Bates holds out Robert's tailcoat and Robert puts it on.]

--
[INT. SERVANTS' CORRIDOR - DAY]

ANNA
Sorry, I don't believe it.

MR BATES
How can you say that? When I've confessed to the crime?

ANNA
Well, His Lordship obviously doesn't think that's all there is to it, and I don't either.

MRS PATMORE (background)
Daisy, have you finished...

[Mrs Hughes approaches.]

MRS HUGHES
Anna, are you set for the nine o'clock train tomorrow?

ANNA
All packed and ready.

MRS HUGHES
You'll be met at King's Cross by Lady Rosamund's chauffeur, which I think is generous, but after that you're on your own. Right. I must get on. I'm acting referee for Mrs Patmore and Mrs Bird.

MR BATES
Best of luck.

[Mrs Hughes chuckles lightly and walks on.]

ANNA
Will you miss me?

[Bates smiles.]

MR BATES
Try not to miss me. It'll be good practice.

[Bates leaves.]

--
[00:24:35, INT. KITCHENS - DAY]

MRS PATMORE
I expect it'll be hard adjusting to this kitchen after the one you're used to.

MRS BIRD
Not to worry, I'm sure I can have it cleaned up in no time.

MRS PATMORE
Cleaned up?

MRS BIRD
I'm not criticising. With your eyesight, it's a wonder you could see the pots at all.

[Mrs Hughes enters.]

MRS HUGHES
You'll have met Daisy and the others?

MRS BIRD
I have. Though what they all find to do is a mystery to me.

MRS PATMORE
Are you not used to managing staff, Mrs Bird?

[Anna and Molesley watch the conversation from the kitchen window.]

MRS BIRD
I'm used to getting it done with one kitchen maid, Mrs Patmore, but I suppose in a house like this, you expect to take it easy.

[Mrs Patmore puts down her baking spoon at that.]

ANNA
Do you think we should erect a ring and let them fight it out?

[Molesley chuckles.]

MR MOLESLEY
She's all right, Mrs Bird. She's more of a general than a trooper, but you need that in a cook.

ANNA (chuckles)
Well, Mrs Patmore's the Generalissimo.

[Molesley laughs.]

--
[00:25:32, INT. CRAWLEY HOUSE - DAY]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Well, I'm very sad. I thought Mary was made of better stuff.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Don't speak against her.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Of course, she's taken advice from someone with false and greedy values.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Oh, Mother.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
And we don't have to go too far to know who that is!

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Mother!

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
I've a good mind to--

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
You are not to go near Cousin Violet. That is an order.

--
[00:25:55, INT. CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM'S BEDROOM - DAY]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Something's not right about it.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I agree. Having a silver thief in the house does not seem right at all. Even if he could walk.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
But Carson isn't keen to get rid of him, either, and he normally comes down on this sort of thing like a ton of bricks.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
What's his reasoning?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
He blames Thomas and O'Brien. He says they've been working against Bates since he got here.

[O'Brien enters in the background.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
So I should sack O'Brien instead?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
You'll hear no argument from me.

MISS O'BRIEN
This should do the trick, milady.

[Cora is startled. She turns to Robert and sighs in frustration.]

--
[00:26:26, EXT. COURTYARD - DAY]
[Thomas and O'Brien take a smoke break.]

MISS O'BRIEN
Ten years of my life that's what I've given her. Ten bloody years

THOMAS
But did she say she'd sack you?

MISS O'BRIEN
It's obviously what he wants.

THOMAS
So when will they tell you?

MISS O'BRIEN
When they've found a replacement. Heaven forfend she should have to put a comb through her own hair. And if I'm going, you won't be far behind.

THOMAS
Oh, so what? Sod 'em. There's a war coming and war means change. We should be making plans.

MISS O'BRIEN
What you talking about?

THOMAS
Well, put it like this. I don't want to be a footman anymore, but I don't intend to be killed in battle, neither.

[Thomas finishes his cigarette and walks back to the house.]

--
[00:27:03, INT. SERVANTS' CORRIDOR/KITCHENS - DAY]
[Thomas enters through the back door. Mrs Patmore's whispering to Daisy.]

MRS PATMORE
I'm not saying poison them. Just make sure they don't find her food all that agreeable.

DAISY
By poisoning it?

MRS PATMORE
Will you stop that!

DAISY
You don't want it to taste nice.

MRS PATMORE
I want them to be glad when I get back. That's all.

--
[00:27:25, INT. OUTER HALL - DAY]

MR CARSON
This will be for the family and the one in my pantry is for the staff. Or, more precisely, me.

MR BROMIDGE
We don't normally provide two.

MR CARSON
Then perhaps we should find another supplier.

MR BROMIDGE
Hold your horses. Right. Where do you see this other telephone?

MR CARSON
Here in the outer hall.

[Carson sees Strallan enter through the open front door and he opens the inner door for him.]

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Good afternoon, Carson. Is Lady Edith in?

LADY EDITH
I am!

[Edith enters.]

LADY EDITH
I most certainly am.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
I was just driving past...

LADY EDITH
Yes?

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
And I thought you might like to come for a spin. If you're not too busy.

LADY EDITH
Wait till I get my coat.

[Sybil enters.]

MR BROMIDGE
Is it all right if I make some notes?

LADY SYBIL
I'm so sorry, Mr...?

MR CARSON
This is Mr Bromidge, my lady. He's here about the telephone.

LADY SYBIL
Oh! Please make your notes, dear Mr Bromidge.

[Bromidge nods.]

LADY SYBIL
We're so looking forward to it. What an exciting business to be in.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
You must be expanding every day.

MR BROMIDGE
Ah, we are, sir. But, er, that brings its problems. Training up men for the work when many have no aptitude. Ha, I can't even find a secretary who can keep pace at the moment.

LADY SYBIL
What?

MR BROMIDGE
It's hard with a new concept. Too old, they can't change. Too young, and they've no experience.

LADY SYBIL
But have you filled the post yet? Because I know just the woman.

MR BROMIDGE
Well, she must hurry up. We'll, er, close the list tomorrow night.

LADY SYBIL
You'll have her application, I promise.

[Sybil exits.]

--
[00:28:43, EXT. LONDON, MOORFIELDS EYE HOSPITAL - DAY]
[A nurse exits the hospital and Anna and Mrs Patmore enter.]

--
[00:28:54, INT. LONDON, MOORFIELDS EYE HOSPITAL - DAY]

ANNA
This isn't bad at all, is it?

MRS PATMORE
I don't know. No one told me there'd be an actual operation.

ANNA
Well, what did you think? They were just going to make magic passes over your eyes?

[A doctor enters.]

DOCTOR
All right, Mrs...Patmore?

ANNA
She'll be fine, thank you.

DOCTOR
And you've been, er, sent to us by the Earl of Grantham?

ANNA
That's right.

DOCTOR
Very good. You can leave her now. We'll, er, keep her in for a week. You can collect her next Friday.

[Anna nods and the doctor leaves and Anna rubs Mrs Patmore's arm.]

ANNA
I'll be in to visit every day.

MRS PATMORE
What about the rest of the time?

ANNA
Don't worry.

[Anna collects her things and opens the door.]

ANNA
You'll be fine.

[Mrs Patmore nods and Anna leaves. Mrs Patmore takes out a handkerchief to try her eyes.]

--
[00:30:09, EXT. LONDON, PARK - DAY]
[Anna strolls through the park.]

--
[00:30:18, EXT. MILITARY OFFICES - DAY]
[Anna approaches a military building.]

NCO
Bates, you say?

ANNA
John Bates. He must have left the army about eight years ago.

NCO
Wait here, please.

[The NCO marches off and solutes to another soldier on his way. Anna sits on a bench to wait.]

--
[00:30:46, INT. KITCHENS - DAY]
[Mrs Bird checks on Daisy's cooking.]

MRS BIRD
Have you finished the soup?

DAISY
I think so, Mrs Bird.

[Mrs Bird leans in to check it.]

MRS BIRD
And the sauce for the fish?

DAISY
Yes, Mrs Bird.

MRS BIRD
Well, then, put them in the warmer.

[Daisy rushes nervously to the sink, grabs the soap and a grater and grates it into the soup, checking to make sure no one's looking.]

--
[00:31:17, EXT. MILITARY OFFICES - DAY]
[The NCO returns with a record book. Anna stands.]

NCO
You don't mean John Bates who went to prison for theft?

ANNA
That's correct.

NCO
Well, I know who he is right enough. That was an odd business.

ANNA
Why "odd"?

NCO
Never mind.

[The NCO closes the book.]

NCO
So you're his cousin and you'd like to be in touch?

[Anna nods.]

NCO
Very forgiving. Well, I've got no address for him or his wife. But I have got one for his mother, which should still be good. I've written it down for you.

[The NCO hands Anna the note.]

ANNA
Thank you for your trouble.

[The NCO nods and marches off.]

--
[00:32:10, INT. UPSTAIRS CORRIDOR - DAY]
[Mary waits for Edith to walk by and grabs her arm.]

LADY MARY
Is it true you wrote to the Turkish ambassador about Kemal?

LADY EDITH
Who told you?

LADY MARY
Someone who knows that you did.

LADY EDITH
Then why are you asking?

LADY MARY
Because I wanted to give you one last chance to deny it.

LADY EDITH
And what if I did? He had a right to know how his countryman died. In the arms of a slut.

[Edith leaves and Mary is shocked by her words.]

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