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Downton Abbey: 2011 Christmas Special, Part Two


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ACT THREE
[00:40:33, INT. THE DOWER HOUSE - DAY]

LADY ROSAMUND
Did you know this Bates well?

VIOLET
No, not really. Oh, I saw him once. It’s when I went to talk to Matthew in his bedroom just before dinner.

LADY ROSAMUND
That sounds rather risqué.

VIOLET (chuckles)
Alas, I am beyond impropriety.

LADY ROSAMUND
There’ll be a stink in the papers.

VIOLET
Well, to be honest, I’m surprised there hasn’t been one already. Perhaps Sir Richard had a hand in it. And while we’re on the subject of unsuitable spouses--

LADY ROSAMUND
Lord Hepworth is not unsuitable, Mama. You are unjust.

VIOLET
He’s hardly the consummation devoutly to be wished. Did he tell you what I asked him to tell you.

LADY ROSAMUND
I know he has no fortune, if that’s what you mean.

VIOLET
No fortune? He’s lucky not to be playing the violin in Leicester Square.

LADY ROSAMUND
He’s fond of me, Mama. I’m tired of being alone, and I have money.

VIOLET
He’s a fortune hunter, my dear. A pleasant one, I admit, but a fortune hunter. Still, it’s your decision. So, have you made it?

LADY ROSAMUND
Not quite. I’m going to ask Robert to get him back for the Servants’ Ball.

VIOLET
Oh, will that happen after today?

LADY ROSAMUND
Well, he can come and stay, whether or not we feel like dancing.

--
[00:41:52, INT. INN, DINING ROOM - DAY]

ISOBEL
Thank you, we don’t need anything.

LAY MARY
Do sit down, Anna.

ISOBEL
You mustn’t think that this is the end.

GEORGE MURRAY
For the judge to pronounce the death sentence is only a matter of routine.

ANNA BATES
Routine?

MATTHEW
He means the judge had no choice. If a man is found of murder, he must be sentenced to death, but there are many reasons for it to be commuted. Many reasons.

ANNA BATES
Is being innocent one of them?

GEORGE MURRAY
We have to work to change the sentence to life imprisonment.

ANNA BATES
Life imprisonment?

MATTHEW
Because it won’t demand a retrial or an overthrow of the Crown’s case. Once we have that, we can begin to build a challenge to the verdict.

LADY MARY
Do you understand?

ANNA BATES
Yes, milady, I do.

ROBERT
I still can’t believe it.

ISOBEL
Well, I’m afraid you must.

MATTHEW
We’ll need you to write a letter to the home secretary [?].

GEORGE MURRAY
I’ll leave for London at once and put it into his hand myself.

ROBERT
He’s a Liberal, isn’t he? Pity.

ISOBEL
He’s a decent man.

GEORGE MURRAY
The flaw in their case is the question of premeditation. Even if Mr Bates had run into the cellar for the poison and pushed it into her food, we can argue strongly he didn’t plan it.

ANNA BATES
He didn’t plan it because he didn’t do it.

MATTHEW
And we’ll stress the circumstantial nature of the evidence. There may still be elements that come to light.

ANNA BATES
What chance do you think we have?

GEORGE MURRAY
It’s not a good chance, Mrs Bates. But there’s still a chance.

--
[00:43:34, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - EVENING]

MRS PATMORE
When will they be back?

MRS HUGHES
I’m not sure. They took Anna to an inn to help her catch her breath.

DAISY MASON
How will we ever face her?

MRS HUGHES
With kindness, I hope.

SERVANT
When will he be hanged?

MR CARSON
Her Ladyship wondered if you could give her an account of the day.

MRS HUGHES (sigh)
Of course. I’d like to say, I may have been called for the prosecution, but I do not believe in Mr Bates’s guilt.

MARIGOLD SHORE
What about you Miss O’Brien? You’re very quiet.

MISS O’BRIEN
I’m sorry to have been part of it.

THOMAS
There’ll have to be a new valet now, won’t there?

MISS O’BRIEN
I don’t often feel selfless, but when I listen to you, I do.

--
[00:44:23, INT. DRAWING ROOM - EVENING]

CORA
His Lordship will be so upset.

MRS HUGHES
We’re all upset downstairs, milady.

CORA
Of course you are. His Lordship and Lady Mary won’t want to change, so we won’t either. Please ask Mrs Patmore to serve dinner twenty minutes after they arrive.

MRS HUGHES
Very good, milady.

CORA
Oh, Mrs Hughes, this is a time of grief for us. Of grief and heartbreak.

--
[00:44:56, INT. KITCHENS - EVENING]

DAISY MASON
I suppose it’s down to me again.

MRS PATMORE
What is?

DAISY MASON
To produce dinner twenty minutes after they arrive when we don’t know if it’s in two or ten hours time.

MRS PATMORE
What’s got into you all of a sudden?

DAISY MASON
Nothing. I mean, I know I’m a dogsbody, but--

MRS PATMORE
How can you choose today of all days to complain about your lot? I expect Mr Bates would rather be wondering how to keep a roast chicken warm than sitting in a lonely cell facing his Maker!

--
[00:45:24, INT. LIBRARY - EVENING]

LADY MARY
You’ve been hiding from us.

ROBERT
I couldn’t do any more chatter. Are the Crawleys still here?

LADY MARY
They went ages ago. Mama and Edith have gone up. (sigh) I’m so dreadfully, dreadfully sorry about today.

ROBERT
I know you are. How’s Anna?

LADY MARY
I sent her to bed.

ROBERT
Can I ask you something?

LADY MARY
Of course.

ROBERT
Do you stay with Carlisle because he’s threatened to expose the story of Mr Pamuk dying in your bed?

[Mary is shocked that her father knows, then recovers.]

LADY MARY
When did you find out?

ROBERT
Your mother told me when I asked why you were still with Carlisle when you look so tired of him.

LADY MARY
How very disappointed you must be.

ROBERT
Your Mama chose her moment well. And you’re not the first Crawley to make a mistake.

LADY MARY
To answer your question, it is partly true, though not entirely. In Mama’s phrase, I am “damaged goods” now. Richard is, after all, prepared to marry me in spite of it, to give me a position, to give me a life.

ROBERT
And that’s worth it? Even though he already sets your teeth on edge? What about Matthew? How does he view the late Mr Pamuk?

LADY MARY
He doesn’t know.

[Robert is surprised.]

ROBERT
So that is not what split you apart; I thought it might have been.

LADY MARY
Oh, no. Th—there are other reasons for that... to do with Lavinia.

ROBERT
I see. And those reasons are final?

LADY MARY
They are final for Matthew. So, yes, they are.

[Robert stands up.]

ROBERT
Here’s what I think. Break with Carlisle. He may publish, but we’ll be a house of scandal anyway with Bates’s story. Go to America, stay with your grandmother until the fuss dies down. You may find the New World is to your taste.

LADY MARY
He’ll keep my secret if I marry him.

ROBERT
Once I might have thought that a good thing. But I’ve been through a war and a murder trial since then, to say nothing of your sister’s choice of husband. I don’t want my daughter to be married to a man who threatens her with ruin. I want a good man for you, a brave man. Find a cowboy in the Middle West and bring him back to shake us up a bit.

[Mary chuckles with tears in her eyes and rushes to hug Robert.]

LADY MARY
Oh, Papa!

--
[00:48:28, INT. MR CARSON'S OFFICE - EVENING]

THOMAS
Have you got a minute, Mr Carson?

MR CARSON
Only a minute. I have to go up and attend to His Lordship.

THOMAS
Well, that’s the point. This news is going to change things, isn’t it?

MR CARSON
I have every hope that Mr Bates’s sentence will be commuted. His Lordship is doing everything—

THOMAS
I know. And I hope he’s successful. But even if he is, Mr Bates won’t be coming home this weekend, will he?

MR CARSON
I’m afraid not.

THOMAS
So, I...I wondered if you’d given any more thought to my application.

MR CARSON
I’m sorry, but I have spoken to His Lordship and he thinks you’re more suited to your present position.

THOMAS
He doesn’t trust me, does he? Because of the stealing. I knew it.

--
[00:49:18, INT. KITCHENS - DAY]
[Daisy sighs loudly.]

MRS PATMORE
What is it now?

DAISY MASON
Nothing.

MRS PATMORE
Well, it’s not nothing, is it?

DAISY MASON
I just feel taken for granted. Sometime I think you don’t notice that I’m human at all.

MRS PATMORE
Oh, so it’s my fault?

DAISY MASON
You talk to me like when I first came, but I know things now.

MRS PATMORE
Things I taught you.

DAISY MASON
Maybe, but I learned ‘em. And I work well, but you wouldn’t know it the way I’m treated. It may be wrong to complain with Mr Bates like he is, but it reminds me that life’s short and I’m wasting mine.

MRS PATMORE
Daisy, you’re tired. Why not get away for a day? You told Mr Mason you’d go to the farm. Go then, breathe the air, have a rest.

DAISY MASON
I couldn’t. I don’t think William would like it.

MRS PATMORE
Argh!

--
[00:50:13, EXT. GRAVEYARD - DAY]
[Isobel and Matthew wait by Lavinia’s grave in the rain. Mary joins them.]

MATTHEW
You got my note. I’m so glad you’re here. And I feel somehow we were, all of us, part of each other’s story for a while, and...

LADY MARY
And now that story is at an end.

ISOBEL
In what way?

LADY MARY
Well, Matthew doesn’t want to live here, and I’m moving away soon.

MATTHEW
You’re moving to Hacksby?

LADY MARY
Wherever I go, the time we shared is over, and Lavinia was a part of that.

ISOBEL
Let’s take a moment to remember her.

[They turn towards the grave.]

MATTHEW
Our father, which art in heaven...

--
[00:51:17, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]
[Violet finds Daisy crying on her knees in front of the fireplace.]

VIOLET
Oh! What on earth’s the matter?

[Daisy springs to her feet, startled.]

--
[00:51:27, EXT. CHURCHYARD - DAY]
[Mary turns back toward Downton while Matthew and Isobel continue down the path toward the street, each carrying an umbrella.]

ISOBEL
She’s still in love with you, you know.

MATTHEW
I don’t think so.

ISOBEL
Well, I’m sorry, but it’s plain as the nose on your face.

MATTHEW
I thought you didn’t like her for throwing me over.

ISOBEL
That’s a different conversation.

MATTHEW
Mother, it has to be like this. I’m afraid I can’t explain why. At least, I’m not going to.

ISOBEL
Something to do with Lavinia?

MATTHEW
Maybe.

ISOBEL
Well, you see, I think you’re wrong. Lavinia wouldn’t have wanted this. She was a sweet girl, a kind girl. She wouldn’t have wanted you to be unhappy.

MATTHEW
You don’t understand. I deserve to be unhappy. So does Mary.

ISOBEL
Nobody your age deserves that. And if you are, and you can do something about it and don’t, well, the war has taught you nothing.

MATTHEW
That’s your opinion.

ISOBEL
Yes, it is.

--
[00:52:38, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]

VIOLET
But you can’t have been false to him. You were his wife for only half an hour.

DAISY MASON
It’s difficult to explain, milady.

VIOLET
Well, try.

DAISY MASON
I led him on. When he was wounded, I let him think that I loved him.

VIOLET
Why?

DAISY MASON
I thought it’d cheer him up, give him something to live for.

VIOLET
And you did all this when you didn’t even like him?

DAISY MASON
No, I did like him very, very much. Everyone liked our William.

VIOLET
Oh, so you married him to keep his spirits up at the end?

DAISY MASON
I suppose I did, yes.

VIOLET
Well, forgive me, but that doesn’t sound unloving. To me that sounds as if you loved him a great deal.

ROBERT
I’m sorry to keep you waiting, Mama, I’ve been outside. I was looking for...

[Robert sees Violet having a conversation with Daisy. Daisy gathers her cleaning supplies and rushes out.]

ROBERT
What was she doing?

VIOLET
Mending the fire...and suffering.

ROBERT
Well, she shouldn’t be here at this hour, why isn’t Thomas on duty?

VIOLET
Y-- I don’t need you to tell me the world is falling about our ears. Is there any news on Bates?

ROBERT
Not yet. Murray has a meeting with the home secretary later today. We should know something then.

VIOLET
I’m surprised there isn’t more in the papers. “Earl’s Valet To Swing” and so on. But I’ve seen hardly anything, and nothing about you.

ROBERT
I quite agree, and I can’t enlighten you. Is that why you’re here?

VIOLET
Well, not exactly, I wanted to talk about Rosamund and Hepworth.

ROBERT
Careful, she might come in.

VIOLET
Then I shall speak quickly. I only want to know one thing. Is a woman of Rosamund’s age entitled to marry a fortune hunter?

ROBERT
Does she know all the facts?

VIOLET
Yes. Yes, she does.

ROBERT
Then I would say yes. But, for God’s sake, let’s tie up the money.

VIOLET
My thoughts exactly. What is the matter, Robert?

ROBERT
Isis has gone missing. I can’t think where she’s got to.

--
[00:54:31, EXT. WOODS - DAY]
[Thomas leads the dog out and finds a shed.]

THOMAS
You go, Isis. In you go. Good girl. Good girl.

[Thomas locks the dog inside and leaves.]

--
[00:55:14, INT. PRISON VISITATION ROOM - DAY]
[Anna sits at a table across from Bates.]

MR BATES
Will you stay on at Downton?

ANNA BATES
Who says they’ll let me.

MR BATES
They’ll let you. And you have some money.

[Anna scoffs.]

MR BATES
Mr Murray thinks you can keep it almost. I want you to thank His Lordship for trying to help me.

ANNA BATES
Yes, but what he said...

MR BATES
He didn’t want to day it, and I won’t blame him for not lying. Give him my best wishes for the future. I wish all of them well. I don’t want you to hold it against Mrs Hughes or Miss O’Brien.

ANNA BATES
If you think I can ever—

MR BATES
Even Miss O’Brien. We’ve not been friends, but she doesn’t want me here. Please forgive them.

ANNA BATES
I’m not sorry, you know? Not a bit. I would marry you now if I wasn’t already your wife. I would.

MR BATES
God knows I’m not sorry either. Maybe I should be, but...no man can regret loving as I have loved you.

[Anna and Bates reach their hands across the table.]

GUARD
No touching!

MR BATES
For God’s sake, man, you know where I am bound. How dangerous can this be?

[The guard looks away and Bates and Anna take hands and get up to embrace.]

MR BATES (whisper)
A kiss? To take with me?

[They kiss.]

--
[00:57:33, INT. SERVANTS’ HALL - EVENING]
[The servants continue to play with a Ouija board.]

MRS PATMORE
Still at it?

THOMAS
The secrets of the universe are boundless.

MRS PATMORE
Are they, indeed? All right, shove over.

MISS O’BRIEN
You’ve changed your tune.

MRS PATMORE
Have I? Mm, perhaps I have. Now, let’s get going. Who’s out there? Here we go.

[Mrs Patmore moves the Ouija piece.]

MRS PATMORE
W?

DAISY MASON
William? Is it really you, William?

[Mrs Patmore moves the piece.]

MRS PATMORE
Yes.

DAISY MASON
Oh, my lord. Oh, my God. William, is it you? What do you want?

[Mrs Patmore moves the piece around the board.]

MRS PATMORE
Go...to...farm...make...Dad...happy. Go to the farm, make Dad happy. You can’t say fairer than that.

MARIGOLD SHORE
Is it usually so specific.

MISS O’BRIEN
Not usually, no.

MRS PATMORE
Well, that’s enough for me. Ooh, this stuff is thirsty work.

--
[00:58:58, INT. OUTER HALL - EVENING]

MR CARSON
They’re in the drawing room, sir.

MATTHEW
I’m really only here to see Lady Mary, Carson. Is there any chance of hooking her out?

MR CARSON
Leave it to me, sir.

ROBERT
Matthew? You should have come earlier, you could have had dinner.

MATTHEW
Is something the matter?

ROBERT
My dog’s gone missing. I was going to go and look for her.

MATTHEW
Well, we should organise a search party, ask the menservants to join us. Then we can apply some real method. Wouldn’t you agree, Carson?

--
[00:59:28, EXT. WOODS - NIGHT]

ROBERT
Isis! Come here, girl! Isis!

LADY MARY
Poor Papa. I wonder if she’s been stolen.

LADY EDITH
What a horrid thought.

MR CARSON
Thomas?

MAN (background)
Isis!

MR CARSON
What’s the matter with you?

THOMAS
Nothing.

ROBERT
I’m afraid we’ll have to call it a night! But remember there’s ten pounds for anyone who finds her tomorrow! For now, thank you all very much!

LADY MARY
Poor Papa. It’s terrible for you.

ROBERT
She may turn up. She may be trapped somewhere. We could still find her.

MR CARSON
Get back to the house as fast as you can and ask Mrs Patmore to heat up some soup for the searchers. Thomas?

THOMAS
Yes, Mr Carson.

LADY MARY
Why were you up at the house this evening? Did Papa summon you?

MATTHEW
As a matter of fact, I came to see you. I wanted to find out what you meant when you said you had to marry Carlisle and that I’d despise you if I knew the reason.

LADY MARY
Yes, you would.

MATTHEW
Whatever it is, it cannot be enough for you to marry him.

LADY MARY
That’s what Papa said.

MATTHEW
So, you told him?

LADY MARY
Yes.

MATTHEW
And does he despise you?

LADY MARY
He’s...very disappointed in me.

MATTHEW
Even so...please tell me.

--
[01:00:55, INT. MR CARSON'S OFFICE - NIGHT]

MRS HUGHES
You’d think The Good Lord would’ve spared him the loss of his dog at a time like this.

MR CARSON
Our is not to reason why.

MRS HUGHES
When will we hear about Mr Bates? I don’t know how they’ve kept it out of the papers. I suppose that’ll change w...if it goes ahead. I can’t bear to think of it. How will Anna bear it?

MR CARSON
As the widow of a murderer she’ll have to get used to a degree of notoriety, I’m afraid. And so will we, as the house that shelters her.

ANNA
Then let me put you out of your misery right away, Mr Carson...by handing my notice.

MRS HUGHES
You don’t mean that.

ANNA
Yes, I do. If I stay here, I keep the story alive. If I go away to Scotland, say, or London, it’ll die soon enough. I’ll just be one more housemaid lost in the crowd.

MR CARSON
She has a point.

MRS HUGHES
Not one that I accept.

ANNA
I mean it, Mrs Hughes. I do.

--
[01:02:08, EXT. DOWNTON GROUNDS - NIGHT]

LADY MARY
Say something...if it’s only goodbye.

MATTHEW
Did you love him?

LADY MARY
You mustn’t try to--

MATTHEW
Because if it was love, then--

LADY MARY
How could it be love? I didn’t know him—

MATTHEW
Then why would you—?

LADY MARY
It was lust, Matthew! Or a need for excitement, or something in him that I...Oh, God, what difference does it make? I’m Tess of the d'Urbervilles to your Angel Claire. I have fallen. I am impure.

MATTHEW
Don’t joke. Don’t make it little, not when I’m trying to understand.

LADY MARY
Thank you for that. But the fact remains...that I am made different by it. Things have changed between us.

MATTHEW
Even so, you must not marry him.

LADY MARY
So, I must brave the storm?

MATTHEW
You’re strong. A storm-braver if ever I saw one.

LADY MARY
I wonder. Sybil’s the strong one. She really doesn’t care what people think, but I’m afraid I do. Papa suggested I go to New York to stay with Grandmama to ride it out.

MATTHEW
You can find some unsuspecting millionaire.

LADY MARY
Preferably one who doesn’t read English papers.

MATTHEW
Go or stay you must sack Carlisle. It isn’t worth buying off a month of scandal with a lifetime of misery. When is he due back?

LADY MARY
Tomorrow. He and Aunt Rosamund’s beau are returning for the Servants’ Ball.

MATTHEW
Will that still go ahead?

LADY MARY
Not if Bates is...well, not if the worst happens. Papa hasn’t faced that it probably will.

MATTHEW
You were wrong about one thing.

LADY MARY
Only one? And what is that, pray?

MATTHEW
I never would...I never could despise you.

--
[01:04:29, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - NIGHT]
[Thomas smokes nervously.]

MISS O’BRIEN
Why didn’t you just go and find the poor thing there and then?

THOMAS
How? His Lordship was in the way, and Mr Carson sent me back with a message for Mrs Patmore.

MISS O’BRIEN
So, you’re going to leave the wretched animal out all night?

THOMAS
What reason could I give if I went back and found her now?

MISS O’BRIEN
Go first thing once you’re free. And just pray nothing’s happened, for you own sake.

[O'Brien exits.]

--
[01:04:50, INT. KITCHENS - NIGHT]

DAISY MASON
Do you think that was William?

MRS PATMORE
Who else could it have been? Who else would’ve known you’d been asked to the farm?

DAISY MASON
That’s true.

MRS PATMORE
So, will you go?

DAISY MASON
I feel I should, don’t you?

MRS PATMORE
Oh, I think so.

[Daisy walks away.]

MRS PATMORE (whisper)
If only to spare my fingers.

--
[01:05:14, EXT. WOODS - MORNING]
[Thomas finds the shed unlocked and panics.]

--
[01:05:28, EXT. FIELD - MORNING]
[Daisy walks to the Mason's and knocks on the door.]

--
[EXT. WOODS - MORNING]
[Thomas searches for the dog.]

THOMAS
Isis? Good dog! Isis! Good girl!

[Thomas falls.]

THOMAS
Oh, for God’s sake will you just bloody come, you stupid dog?!

--
[01:06:13, INT. MR MASON'S HOUSE - DAY]

DAISY MASON
You shouldn’t have gone to all this trouble. Not for me.

MR MASON
No? Not when you’re the nearest thing to a child of mine left on earth?

DAISY MASON
But I don’t deserve it. Not when I were only married to William for a few hours. You were there, you saw it.

MR MASON
You may not know this, Daisy, but William had three brothers and a sister.

DAISY MASON
What?

MR MASON
All dead...at birth, or not long after. I think that’s one reason why William married you. So that I wouldn’t be alone will all my bairns gone. Without you, I’d have no one to pray for. I think William knew that.

DAISY MASON
Oh.

MR MASON
So, will you be my daughter? Let me take you into my heart, make you special? You’ll have parents of your own, of course.

DAISY MASON
I haven’t got any parents. Not like that. I’ve never been special to anyone.

MR MASON
Except William.

DAISY MASON
That’s right. I were only ever special to William. I never thought of it like that before.

MR MASON
Well, now you’re special to me.

--
[01:07:45, EXT. DOWNTON GROUNDS - DAY]
[Thomas walks resignedly back to the house, disheveled and covered in dirt. Isis barks and runs to him. He stops and crouches down to pet her.]

THOMAS
Isis! Where have you bloody been? Eh?

ROBERT
What, in God’s name, happened to you?

THOMAS
I’ve been looking for the dog.

ROBERT
A village child found her yesterday. Somehow the silly animal got herself shut into one of the keeper’s shelters. They took her back and claimed their reward this morning.

THOMAS
Ah, well, that’s good.

ROBERT
Did you really get yourself into this mess looking for my dog?

THOMAS
I know how fond of her you are.

ROBERT
I’m impressed, Thomas. It’s good to know there’s some decency in the world at a time like this. Thank you.

THOMAS
That’s all right, my lord. The main thing is, she’s home and healthy.

ROBERT
Hm.

--
[01:08:42, EXT. MR MASON'S HOUSE - DAY]
[Mr Mason hitches a cart to a horse to drive Daisy home.]

DAISY MASON
I could walk to the station. I walked here, after all.

MR MASON
I want to talk while we go. If you’re my daughter, you must allow me to give you advice.

DAISY MASON
I suppose.

MR MASON
Well, then. If you’re not content with the way you’re treated, don’t sulk and answer back, tell them.

DAISY MASON
They wouldn’t listen.

MR MASON
Well, you don’t know. You haven’t given them the chance. Go to Mrs Patmore and explain to her why you think you’re worth more than you’re getting. Make your case. Put it to her.

DAISY MASON
But Miss Shore said—

MR MASON
Daisy, do me a favour and stop listening to that Miss Shore.

--
[01:09:36, INT. MAIN STAIRCASE - EVENING]

LADY ROSAMUND
Are you here? Nobody told me.

LORD HEPWORTH
Only just. The train was late. I’ll have to scramble to get changed.

LADY ROSAMUND
I’m afraid it may be a rather gloomy visit. No news yet for the poor valet, I’m afraid, so the Servants’ Ball has been cancelled.

LORD HEPWORTH
Never mind. I’m very flattered to be asked back on any terms. I hope I can read something into it.

LADY ROSAMUND
Only my desire not to lose my maid. Shore wouldn’t stop nagging me until you were invited. You owe her a tip. But I mustn’t delay you.

--
[01:10:08, INT. LADY MARY'S BEDROOM - EVENING]

ANNA
What will you do in America?

LADY MARY
What I do here. Pay calls and go to dinners. My grandmother has houses in New York and Newport. It’ll be dull, but not uncomfortable.

ANNA
Milady...I’ve been thinking. If things go badly for us...I thought I might come with you.

LADY MARY
You mean you won’t leave after all?

ANNA
I have to leave Downton, but I--I don’t have to leave you.

LADY MARY
But of course you can come with me. You don’t need to ask. But let’s not give up hope yet.

ANNA
No, milady. Let’s not do that.

--
[01:11:01, INT. LORD GRANTHAM'S DRESSING ROOM - EVENING]

MR CARSON
My lord?

ROBERT
I was only going to say that if I do need a new valet, I think I’d like to give Thomas a trial.

MR CARSON
Really, my lord?

ROBERT
I think I’ve misjudged him. There’s more true kindness in him than I give him credit for.

MR CARSON
Is there?

ROBERT
I think so. At any rate, let’s give him a chance. Everyone deserves a chance...even Thomas.

--
[01:11:29, INT. LADY MARY'S BEDROOM - EVENING]

ANNA
So, Sir Richard’s back.

LADY MARY
I haven’t seen him yet. He and Lord Hepworth only just arrived in time to change.

ANNA
Are you ready?

LADY MARY
I think so. I know what I have to say to him. It’s time.

--
[01:11:56, INT. OUTER HALL - EVENING]

ISOBEL
I wish you’d take my advice and fight for her. But I know you won’t.

MATTHEW
I don’t expect you to understand.

ISOBEL
Well, that’s good, because I can’t. And please, don’t invoke the name of that sweet dead girl again.

--
[01:12:14, INT. MRS HUGHES'S SITTING ROOM - EVENING]

ANNA BATES
I’ve always wanted to see America, so at least I’ve got a plan.

MRS HUGHES
I suppose so. I still can’t be glad you’ll be leaving here, but it’s good news that you won’t be casting off entirely.

ANNA BATES
It’s only, I’m...

[Anna’s voice cracks.]

MRS HUGHES
I know. Just so as you know, you’re highly valued by all of us, both of you. Very highly valued.

[Anna begins to sob and Mrs Hughes embraces her.]

--
[01:12:51, INT. LIBRARY - EVENING]

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
My God, Mary. What more could I have done?

LADY MARY
Nothing. But you must see we’re not well suited. We’d never be happy.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
You won’t be happy by the time I’m finished. I promise you that.

LADY MARY
Of course I’m grateful—

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
So you should be! I buy your filthy scandal! I keep it safe from prying eyes! And why do the papers leave you alone over Bates? Why has there been nothing linking him to the great Earl of Grantham?!

LADY MARY
I suppose you stopped it.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
With threats, bribes, calling in favours, yes I stopped it.

LADY MARY
Papa will be so thankful.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
You don’t think it holds now, do you? You don’t think I’ll save you or him for one more day?

LADY MARY
And you wonder why we wouldn’t make each other happy!

[Matthew enters boldly.]

MATTHEW
Mary, are you quite all right?

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Oh, here he is, the man who can smile and smile and be a villain. Is she not to be trusted even to get rid of me without your help?

MATTHEW
I heard shouting.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Lavinia knew it, you know. She knew you never loved her.

MATTHEW
Don’t you dare.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Oh, she said it once. It was late and she was tired, you two were locked together in the corner of the room and she said, “If he could just admit the truth, then all four of us might have a chance.”

MATTHEW
Liar.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
I’m not a liar. No, I am many things, but not that. She regretted it, of course, but she said it.

MATTHEW
You bastard.

[Matthew punches Carlisle and Mary cries out in shock. The men wrestle and knock over a table, smashing a vase. Richard enters.]


ROBERT
Stop this at once!

[Matthew and Carlisle separate roughly. Violet enters.]

ROBERT
I presume you will be leaving in the morning, Sir Richard. What time should I order your car?

[Carlisle smoothes down his hair, still panting.]

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
How smooth you are. What a model of manners and elegance. I wonder if you’ll be quite so serene when the papers are full of your eldest daughter’s exploits.

ROBERT
I shall do my best.

[Violet enters.]

VIOLET
Oh, what on earth’s the matter?

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
I’m leaving in the morning, Lady Grantham. I doubt we’ll meet again.

VIOLET
Do you promise?

[Richard exits.]

MATTHEW
Sorry about the vase.

VIOLET
Oh, don’t be. Don’t be. It was a wedding present from a frightful aunt. I have hated it for half a century.

--
[01:15:18, EXT. FRONT DOOR/INT. OUTER HALL - MORNING]
[Servants pack Carlisle's car. Mary comes down the stairs as Richard is about to leave.]

LADY MARY
Wait.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
After last night’s exhibition, I rather hoped to escape unobserved.

LADY MARY
I didn’t want you to go without saying goodbye.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
Well, then... goodbye.

LADY MARY
I suppose you feel I’ve used you, and I’m sorry if I have. I’m sorry about Hacksby, about all of it.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
I assume this is a plea to stay my hand from punishment. But I warn you, I’d feel no guilt in exposing you. My job is to sell newspapers.

LADY MARY
Papa has suggested I go to New York to wait it out. So, I’ll be all right. I just didn’t want our final words to be angry ones.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
I loved you, you know. More than you knew, and much, much more than you loved me.

LADY MARY
Then I hope the next woman you love deserves you more than I did.

SIR RICHARD CARLISLE
And don’t worry about Hacksby. I’ll set it at a profit. I usually do.

[Carlisle takes a last look at Downton, puts on his hat and leaves in the car.]

--
[01:17:08, INT. CORRIDOR - DAY]
[Anna finds Miss Shore talking with Hepworth again.]

MARIGOLD SHORE
He’s still on at me to press his case with the mistress.

ANNA BATES
He’s very tenacious, I must say.

MARIGOLD SHORE
You know men.

[Miss Shore walks off.]

ANNA BATES
And I know women, too.

--
[01:17:36, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]
[Carson rushes in with a note.]

MR CARSON (panting)
My lord. My lord.

ROBERT
What in heaven’s name?

MR CARSON
A telegram, my lord.

CORA
Open it.

[Robert opens the telegram.]

ROBERT
Thank God, he’s been reprieved. It’s life imprisonment, but he’s been reprieved.

CORA
Go and fetch Anna.

--
[01:18:09, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]
[The family gathers for Robert to explain the news. Mary holds Anna's hand.]

ROBERT
The home secretary finds that many details call into question the case for premeditation. The point is, he will not hang.

ANNA BATES
But it’s still life imprisonment.

LADY MARY
Don’t dwell on that, not now. It’s life, not death. That’s all we need to think about.

ROBERT
We’ve a task ahead of us, it’s true. Bates will live and he is innocent. In time, we’ll prove it and he will be free.

ANNA BATES
I must go and see him...today. They’ll let me, won’t they?

ROBERT
I can’t believe they won’t. I’ll get Pratt to run you into York.

--
[01:18:43, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - DAY]

MR CARSON
So, that is the news. It only remains for me to add that we will be holding the Servants' Ball tonight after all.

THOMAS
Tonight? Are you serious?

MR CARSON
Mrs Hughes thinks we can manage it.

MRS PATMORE
I never thought they'd hang an innocent man.

MARIGOLD SHORE
He wouldn't have been the first.

MISS O'BRIEN
Well, it's a relief. It is. I don't mind saying it.

MRS PATMORE
But he has to stay in prison?

MR CARSON
Only until they prove he didn't do it.

MRS HUGHES
If you don't mind, we can worry about that later. Right now, we have a great deal of work to do.

--
[01:19:13, INT. PRISON VISITATION ROOM - DAY]

ANNA BATES
His Lordship means to work with Mr Murray.

MR BATES
Will you stay at Downton now?

ANNA BATES
Of course. I'm sorry to let Lady Mary down, but I think I should. And there may be some way I can help them to overturn the conviction. I don't know what I can do, but there may be something.

MR BATES
I don't deserve you.

ANNA BATES
Because we will overturn it. I won't rest until we have you out.

MR BATES
But it may take years. That's if you ever manage it. So, there's one thing I must ask. I can't have you grey faced in perpetual mourning. Promise me that you'll make friends, have fun, live life.

ANNA BATES
I'll try. I promise.

--
[01:20:20, INT. LIBRARY - EVENING]
[Matthew enters as Robert is pouring himself a drink.]

ROBERT
Can I give you some whiskey to fortify you for the coming ordeal?

MATTHEW
That's very kind. Is there anyone I should dance with particularly.

[Robert pours Matthew a drink.]

ROBERT
Well, Cora opens it with Carson

MATTHEW
Not Cousin Violet?

ROBERT
Not since my father died. No, Mama ought to dance with my valet, but we let it lapse while Bates was here. Perhaps Thomas will revive the privilege.

MATTHEW
He's certainly got the nerve.

ROBERT
Then I join in with Mrs Hughes. So, perhaps it would be nice if you were to partner O'Brien.

MATTHEW
Crikey.

ROBERT
By the way, Mary told me about Mr Swire.

MATTHEW
Well, at least I was with him, and we've made our peace. Though I didn't deserve it. I let Lavinia down.

ROBERT
You were ready to marry her, Matthew. You would've kept your word. You can't be blamed for feelings beyond your control. If Swire had any inkling of that, we would've respected you for it.

[Cora opens the door.]

CORA
Glut those drinks down, both of you, we have to go in.

[Matthew and Robert down the rest of their whiskey.]

--
[01:21:23, INT. GREAT HALL - EVENING]
[The family and servants dance. Mary sits at a side table with Violet.]

VIOLET
I gather Anna isn't going to America.

LADY MARY
No. But, of course, I'm glad for her. Uh-oh. Here he comes to claim his prize.

[Thomas bows to Violet.]

THOMAS
Your Ladyship, may I have the honour of this dance?

VIOLET
Well, yes, it is a waltz. I'm far too old for that awful foxtrot.

THOMAS
What about black bottom, my lady.

VIOLET (chuckles)
Just--just keep me upright and we'll try to avoid it.

[Anna stands on the side, stone-faced. She hears voices behind her and sees Hepworth stealing up the stairs with Miss Shore.]

MRS PATMORE
Daisy, I'm having trouble understanding what you mean. So, are you saying you want to leave?

DAISY
No, I don't want to leave unless I have to, but I want to move on. I think I'm more than a kitchen maid now. I want to be a proper assistant cook, I know I can be.

MRS PATMORE
Well, I've no objection if the budget stretches to it. I'll have to ask Mrs Hughes and Her Ladyship.

DAISY
I'll work for it, I promise.

MRS PATMORE
Why couldn't you have spoken of this sensibly the other night instead of going off into a pet?

DAISY
Because I took the wrong advice.

--
[01:23:06, INT. CORRIDOR - EVENING]
[Rosamund and Anna follow Mary through the upstairs corridors.]

LADY ROSAMUND
I hope this isn't a practical joke.

LADY MARY
It is a joke, in a way, I'm afraid.

[They reach Hepworth's guest bedroom and Mary steps aside for Anna to open the door. Hepworth climbs off of Miss Shore and they readjust their clothing.]

LORD HEPWORTH
My dear this is...isn't what it seems.

LADY ROSAMUND
Is there room for misinterpretation?

LORD HEPWORTH
But I can promise...

LADY ROSAMUND
Clearly I have been managed and steered by an expert hand, which I now see has not been yours.

LORD HEPWORTH
But Rosamund--

[Miss Shore puts out a hand to stop Hepworth.]

MARIGOLD SHORE
Let it go. It's over. Don't' make yourself ridiculous .

LADY ROSAMUND
Good advice. Why not marry her? She'll more than cover any social flaws with her resourcefulness.

MARIGOLD SHORE
Isn't that what I'm always saying, you silly old whatnot.

LADY MARY
There are no more trains tonight, so you'll have to leave first thing.

MARIGOLD SHORE
Oh, don't worry, we will.

[Rosamund turns towards the balcony and Anna closes the door.]

LADY ROSAMUND
Please forgive me, but...damn.

LADY MARY
Why? It's a lucky escape if you ask me.

LADY ROSAMUND
Well, that's true, of course. I just can't stand it when Mama is proved right.

--
[01:24:21, INT. GREAT HALL - EVENING]
[Carson dances with Isobel, MAtthew dances with Mrs Patmore, Thomas with Edith. Anna approaches Robert who's watching from the side.]

ANNA
Your Lordship, may I have a word?

ROBERT
Of course. How is Bates?

ANNA
Relieved, shocked, tired, grateful.

ROBERT
I'm sure.

ANNA
Milord, I wonder if I might withdraw my resignation?

[Robert smiles.]

ROBERT
I was hoping you'd say that.

[Anna smiles as the song ends. Mary stands pensively on the side of the dance floor. Matthew approaches her from behind. She smiles as he steps up next to her.]

MATTHEW
What about it?

LADY MARY
Why not?

[Matthew offers his arm and they walk onto the floor and begin to dance.]

MATTHEW
How are your plans for America going?

LADY MARY
I'll book my crossing as soon as I hear back from Grandmama.

MATTHEW
Will you be gone long?

LADY MARY
I don't know. I'll have to see.

--
[01:25:46, INT. LIBRARY - NIGHT]
[Cora stands up from the couch as Robert enters. He sighs.]

CORA
You think we can go to bed?

ROBERT
I expect so. I think we've done our duty. Mama has gone home and so has Isobel.

CORA
And the girls?

ROBERT
I think Edith's upstairs and the last time I looked, Mary was dancing with Matthew.

CORA
Don't let's interfere with that.

[Robert pours himself a drink.]

CORA
I've written to Sybil. Sent her your love.

[Robert turns to look at her.]

CORA
I won't be kept away from my first grandchild, Robert.

ROBERT
I don't know what you mean. I didn't quarrel with her, I gave my permission, I didn't fight it.

CORA
But you wouldn't go to the wedding.

ROBERT
No.

CORA
It isn't what I wanted for her. None of it is. But this is what's happened and we must accept it. I want to go over there, and I want Sybil to come here.

ROBERT
And the chauffeur?

CORA
Him, too.

[Robert sighs. Cora holds her hands out to him.]

CORA
Been a happy day, Robert.

[Robert puts down his drink and takes her hands.]

CORA
Let's end on a happy note.

[They kiss.]

--
[01:27:16, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - NIGHT]
[Daisy sits at the table with the Ouija board in front of her. O'Brien enters.]

MISS O'BRIEN
Tired already?

DAISY
A bit. I was thinking about William. He always loved the ball.

[Anna enters.]

ANNA
Miss O'Brien, Her Ladyship's ready for bed.

[O'Brien exits and Anna joins Daisy at the table.]

DAISY
I'm ever so glad Mr Bates is going to be all right.

ANNA
Well, he's alive. I think we're quite a way from all right.

[Anna nods to the Ouija board.]

ANNA
Go on.

[They put their fingers on the board in they move the piece around.]

ANNA
Are you pushing it?

DAISY
No, are you?

[They continue to move the piece.]

DAISY
That doesn't make sense.

ANNA
Yes, it does. "May they be happy."

[The piece continues to move.]

ANNA
"With my love."

DAISY
What does that mean?

ANNA
I don't know. I suppose the spirit wants some couple to be happy.

DAISY
You were moving it.

ANNA
No, I wasn't. You were.

[Daisy and Anna regard each other suspiciously, then regard the Ouija piece a little creeped out.]

--
[01:28:51, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY - NIGHT]
[Matthew joins Mary as she stands out in the falling snow with no coat.]

MATTHEW
That was fun. There'll be a few thick heads in the morning.

LADY MARY
No doubt they think it's worth it.

MATTHEW
You're really going to America.

LADY MARY (nods)
Mm.

MATTHEW
Would Carlisle make your life a nightmare if you stayed?

LADY MARY
I couldn't tell you. Maybe. Even if he does let me go, my story's still out there and always will be.

MATTHEW
Would you stay...if I asked you to.

[Mary looks at him in surprise, then shakes her head and looks down.]

LADY MARY
Oh, Matthew, you don't mean that. You know yourself we carry more luggage than the porters at King's Cross.

[Matthew chuckles.]

LADY MARY
And what about the late Mr Pamuk? Won't he resurrect himself every time we argued?

MATTHEW
No.

[Mary looks at him in hopeful surprise.]

LADY MARY
You mean you've forgiven me?

MATTHEW
No, I haven't forgiven you.

LADY MARY
Well, then.

MATTHEW
I haven't forgiven you because...I don't believe you need my forgiveness. You've lived your life and I've lived mine. And now it's time we lived them together.

LADY MARY
We've been on the edge of this so many times, Matthew. Please don't take me there again unless you're sure.

MATTHEW
I am sure.

LADY MARY
And your...vows to the memory of Lavinia?

MATTHEW
I was wrong. I...I don' think she wants us to be sad. She was someone who never caused a moment's sorrow in her whole life.

LADY MARY (nods)
I agree.

MATTHEW
Then, will you?

[Mary looks into his face excitedly.]

LADY MARY
You must say it properly. I won't answer unless you...kneel down and everything.

[Matthew sighs in amusement, kneels down and takes her hands.]

MATTHEW
Lady Mary Crawley, will you do me the honour of becoming my wife?

LADY MARY
Yes.

[They smile brightly. Matthew stands and they kiss passionately. They pull apart smiling and Matthew lifts her up and spins her around. They laugh under the falling snow.]


...UNDER REVIEW...



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