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Downton Abbey: Episode 1x07 Part Two


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ACT FOUR
[00:32:46, INT. DRAWING ROOM - EVENING]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
How's that advertisement getting on for the new maid?

[Thomas takes the tea cup that Violet set down.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Well, it's only just come out.

MR CARSON
William and I can manage here now. Go and tell Mrs Bird we'll have our dinner in twenty minutes.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Carson, be sure to say to Mrs Bird the dinner was really delicious.

[Carson nods proudly. Cora moves to sit across from Edith. Mary is behind her.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
So, how was the drive?

[Edith smiles.]

LADY EDITH
It was lovely. Only...

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM (background)
They are now. When they're in London, at least.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Yes?

LADY EDITH
Well, he said he had a question for me. He told me he'd ask it at the garden party, and he hopes I'll say yes.

[Mary rolls her eyes.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY (background)
Yes, I could.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM (background)
Carson's very wary...

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
You must think very carefully what our answer will be.

LADY MARY
Yes, I should think very carefully about a lot of things.

[Edith's smile fades and Mary gets up to move. Matthew watches her.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Do your neighbours have one?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Yes, they do, in London anyway.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
It seems very wise to get a telephone now. If there is a war, it may be very hard to have one installed in a private house.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Well, let me show you where we're going to put it.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Oh.

[Matthew and Robert leave. Isobel refuses to look at Violet, whom she's still angry with.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in a--an H.G. Wells novel. But the young are all so calm about change, aren't they? Look at Matthew. I do admire him.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Do you?

[Violet looks at Isobel and lowers her glass.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
What have I done wrong now?

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Oh. please. Don't pretend Mary's sudden reluctance can't be traced back to you.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Well, I shall pretend it. I told her to take him. Your quarrel is with my daughter Rosamund, not me.

[Isobel finally looks at Violet.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
So, put that in your pipe and smoke it.

[Carson is struck by Violet's comment and chuckles.]

--
[00:34:34, INT. MR CARSON'S OFFICE - EVENING]
[Thomas takes the wallet out of Carson's coat pocket. Molesley enters and pauses when he sees Thomas.]

THOMAS
Mr Molesley, what you are after?

[Thomas puts the wallet back in the coat.]

MR MOLESLEY
Wanted a word with Mr Carson. I'm here to have my dinner.

THOMAS
You don't want much, do you?

MR MOLESLEY
What're you doing?

THOMAS
Mr Carson dropped his wallet in the passage. I was replacing it.

[Molesley steps back so Thomas can exit and then closes the door.]

--
[00:35:04, INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING]
[Robert and Matthew sit at the table.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
But everything seemed so settled between you at Sybil's ball.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Things have changed since then.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Not necessarily. I don't seem to be much good at making boys.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Any more than I'm much good at building my life on shifting sands.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
You do know I should be very proud to have you as my son-in-law, whatever your prospects.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Unfortunately, sir, your daughter is more practical than you.

--
[00:35:38, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - EVENING]

MR CARSON
Will you join us, Mrs Bird.

MRS BIRD
I don't mind if I do.

DAISY
I'm not sure Mrs Patmore would like that, Mr Carson. Cook always eats separate, that's what she says.

MR MOLESLEY
Not in our house. There's only the four of us.

[Thomas approaches O'Brien.]

THOMAS
Well, you're going any minute. She's advertised for your replacement.

MISS O'BRIEN
That filthy, ungrateful cow.

MRS HUGHES
Let the kitchen maids have theirs on their own. You stay with us.

[Mrs Bird nods her appreciation and sits at the table while Daisy finishes serving up the soup.]

MR CARSON
Her Ladyship said to tell you that the dinner was delicious.

DAISY
She can't have.

MR CARSON
Daisy? Does that surprise you?

[The servants all being eating and realise something's wrong. Mrs Bird spits out her soup and looks at Daisy.]

MRS BIRD
What have you done with this, you little beggar? I knew it. That's why I said it was for upstairs. come on!

[Mrs Bird bangs her hand on the table and Daisy jumps.]

MRS BIRD
Tell us what's in it!

DAISY
Just...water and a bit of soap.

[The servants all put down their spoons.]

MRS BIRD
And you've put something in the fish sauce as well?

DAISY
Only mustard and aniseed.

[Mrs Hughes stands up enraged.]

MRS HUGHES
Why, Daisy? Why would you do such a thing?!

[Daisy begins to cry.]

DAISY
Because Mrs Patmore was worried that they'd prefer Mrs Bird's cooking and they wouldn't want her to come back.

MR CARSON
Is that likely? When they've taken such trouble to get her well?

DAISY
I'm sorry.

[Daisy continues crying. Mrs Bird stands and goes to comfort her.]

MRS BIRD
There, there. There are worse crimes on earth than loyalty. Dry your eyes, and fetch the beef stew I was making for tomorrow. You've not had a chance to spoil that, I suppose.

DAISY
I was going to mix in some syrup of figs.

[The other servants chuckle.]

DAISY
But I've not done it yet.

THOMAS
Well, at least we'd have all been regular.

[Daisy rushes out to fetch the stew as the others continue to chuckle.]

--
[00:37:41, INT. GREAT HALL - DAY]

LADY SYBIL
Carson said you were here.

MR BROMIDGE
Ah, just, er, checking that everything's being done right, milady.

LADY SYBIL
Only we never heard back. That is, Miss Dawson never heard back from you. About an interview.

MR BROMIDGE
Ah, yes, er, we--we got the young lady's letter. But the trouble is, she didn't have any experience of hard work that I could tell, so...

LADY SYBIL
Oh, but she's a very hard worker!

MR BROMIDGE
Oh, I couldn't find any proof of it. And she gave you as a reference when, er, you don't run a business, milady. Well, not that I'm aware of.

[Sybil turns to a housemaid passing through the hall.]

LADY SYBIL
Lily! Can you find Gwen and tell her to come to the hall, now.

LILY
Yes, milady.

[The maid exits and Sybil turns back to Bromidge.]

LADY SYBIL
The reason Gwen didn't give any more details is because she works here. As a housemaid.

MR BROMIDGE
Ah, and you thought that'd put me off?

LADY SYBIL
But she's taken a postal course and has good speeds in typing and Pittman shorthand. Test her.

MR BROMIDGE
I will if I like the look of her.

[Gwen rushes in.]

MR BROMIDGE
Ah, so, young lady, you thought I'd turn up my nose at a housemaid.

GWEN
I did, sir.

MR BROMIDGE
Well, my mother was a housemaid. I've got nothing against housemaids. They know about hard word and long hours, that's for sure.

GWEN
Well, I believe so, sir.

MR BROMIDGE
Right, well, is there somewhere we could talk?

LADY SYBIL
Gwen, take Mr Bromidge to the library. I'll see no one disturbs you.

GWEN
Okay.

[Gwen precedes Mr Bromidge into the next room and Sybil stands guard in the outer hall as Robert approaches.]

LADY SYBIL
Sorry, Papa, you can't go in there.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Why on earth not?

LADY SYBIL
Gwen's in there with Mr Bromidge. She's being interviewed.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I cannot use my library because one of the housemaids is in there applying for another job?

LADY SYBIL
That's about the size of it.

[Robert sighs and walks away. Sybil looks at the library door excitedly.]

--
[00:39:31, INT. LONDON, MRS BATES'S HOUSE - DAY]

MRS BATES
So, what is it you want to know?

ANNA
I want to know the truth about the case against him. I want to know why the sergeant thought it was "odd". I want to know what Mr Bates isn't saying.

MRS BATES
Because you don't believe him to be guilty?

ANNA
No, I don't. I know he's not.

MRS BATES
Well... You're right, of course.

[Mrs Bates hands Anna a cup of tea.]

ANNA
Then who was it? Who was the thief?

MRS BATES
His wife, Vera.

--
[00:40:10, INT. MR CARSON'S OFFICE - DAY]
[William and Gwen stare at the telephone.]

WILLIAM
Who do you call? No one you know has got one.

GWEN
But they will have. You'll see.

MR CARSON
Might I inquire why my pantry has become a common room?

WILLIAM
Sorry, Mr Carson. But...do you know how it works?

MR CARSON
Of course I do.

DAISY
Will you show us?

MR CARSON
Certainly not! A telephone is not a toy, but a useful and valuable tool. Now, get back to your work.

[The servants leave and Mr Carson closes the door and stares at the telephone like the others just were. He picks up the ear piece gingerly and blows into it. Then he leans over and puts his ear to the mouthpiece and blows into the earpiece.]

--
[00:41:00, INT. LONDON, MRS BATES'S HOUSE - DAY]

MRS BATES
She worked at the barracks sometimes, and helping at big dinners and so on. That night her opportunity came and she took it. They knew it was her. Someone even saw her with a big carry-all.

ANNA
But why did he confess?

MRS BATES (sigh)
Well... John wasn't the same man in those days. The African war had shaken him up and made him angry. He'd been wounded, and he drank a lot more than was good for him.

ANNA
Was he violent?

MRS BATES
No. No, not violent, but he could be hard at times, with a tongue like a razor. He felt he'd ruined Vera's life, Miss Smith.

ANNA
Do you agree with him?

MRS BATES
No. No, I thought she was a nasty piece of work. But that's why he took the blame.

ANNA
Surely, if everyone knew he was innocent...

MRS BATES
But he confessed. There was nothing anybody could do once he confessed.

--
[00:42:12, INT. GREAT HALL - DAY]
[Thomas escorts Dr Clarkson through the house.]

THOMAS
Could I ask you something, sir? Only...I get the feeling that a war's on the way.

[Thomas hands Dr Clarkson his medical bag.]

DR CLARKSON
I'm afraid we all do.

THOMAS
And when it comes, I want to be really useful to my country.

DR CLARKSON
How heartening.

THOMAS
S--so I've been thinking, what could be more useful than what you do? Bringing people back to health, back to life.

DR CLARKSON
I see. Well, erm, we are looking for volunteers to train for the Territorial Force hospitals, if that's what you mean.

THOMAS
It's exactly what I mean.

DR CLARKSON
Will you not be missed here?

THOMAS
Maybe. But we'll all be going, won't we? The younger men anyway.

DR CLARKSON
As you wish. I'll make inquiries.

THOMAS
Thank you very much, Doctor.

[They exit through the outer hall.]

--
[00:42:53, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]
[Carson pours a drink for Robert.]

MR CARSON
Mr Molesley walked in and there he was, as bold as brass, taking my wallet out of my change coat. Mr Molesley would have no reason to make it up, my lord. He doesn't know Thomas. Why would he lie?

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
So Thomas has been caught red-handed. Well, we knew he was a thief, didn't we?

MR CARSON
And now we have unimpeachable proof. I'm afraid he has to go.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM (sigh)
I hate this sort of thing. With Lady Grantham's condition and everything. Can we at least wait until after the garden party?

MR CARSON
Very well, my lord. But then, I think we must act.

[Robert nods.]

--
[00:43:31, INT. KITCHENS - DAY]

MRS HUGHES
How long will you wear them?

[Mrs Patmore is wearing sunglasses.]

MRS PATMORE
A week or so. But I can see much better already, even with them on.

[Daisy smiles.]

MRS HUGHES
Thank heaven. Now, we need to talk about the garden party. Mrs Bird and I have made some lists...

MRS PATMORE (scoffs)
Mrs Bird? Oh, I think we can manage without any help from Mrs Bird.

MRS BIRD
Can you? Well, if you want your garden party to be run by a Blind Pugh, that's your business.

MRS HUGHES
Mrs Patmore, there's a lot to be done and you're only just up on your feet. We really cannot manage without Mrs Bird.

MRS PATMORE
If you say so.

MRS HUGHES
Now, I've been checking the stores and I've ordered what you'll need for the baking.

MRS BIRD
That's very kind, Mrs Hughes. But, er, I believe we should check the stores when it's convenient.

MRS HUGHES
Mrs Bird, at Downton Abbey, the housekeeper manages the store cupboard, but I think you'll find...

MRS BIRD
I've never not run my own store cupboard in my life. Separate the cook for the store cupboard? Where's the sense in that?

MRS PATMORE
How long have I been saying this, O Lord?

MRS BIRD
We're the ones who cook it. We should be the ones to order it.

MRS PATMORE
Mrs Bird, I shall be very happy with your help with the garden party. I'm sure we can manage it easily between the two of us.

[Mrs Hughes is disconcerted, she fidgets and leaves. Daisy smiles in amusement.]

--
[00:44:56, INT. MR CARSON'S OFFICE - DAY]
[Carson sits at his desk with the telephone in front of him. He picks up the earpiece correctly and speaks into the phone.]

MR CARSON
Hello, this is Downton Abbey. Carson, the butler, speaking.

[Carson hangs up the earpiece and considers for a moment. He picks the earpiece back up.]

MR CARSON
Hello. This is Mr Carson, the butler of Downton Abbey. To whom am I speaking?

[A voice sounds through the earpiece and Carson just about drops it in surprise.]

MR CARSON
I'm not shouting! Who are you?

OPERATOR
Mrs Gaunt.

MR CARSON
Oh, Mrs Gaunt.

OPERATOR
What number do you want?

MR CARSON
No, I don't want to place a call.

[Mrs Gaunt says something we can't hear.]

MR CARSON
I was practicing my answer.

[Mrs Gaunt says something we can't hear.]

MR CARSON
Well, I daresay a lot of the things you do sound stupid to other people!

[Carson hangs up.]

--
[00:45:41, INT. LADY GRANTHAM'S BEDROOM - DAY]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I've written to your mother. She's very anxious, naturally. She suggested coming over.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh, God.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Yeah, well, that's what I thought. So I put her off, told her to come and admire the baby.

[O'Brien enters.]

MISS O'BRIEN
I'll just go and run Your Ladyship's bath.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Thank you, O'Brien.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh, have you had any answers about the position?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Quite a few.

[O'Brien listens from the bathroom.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
So what do they sound like?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
There's one I think has real possibilities. She learned to do hair in Paris while she was working for the Ambassadress.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh... Oh, that sounds promising.

--
[00:46:19, INT. LIBRARY - DAY]
[Robert is sitting at his desk when the door opens.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Carson, I've been meaning...

[Robert looks up.]

ANNA
You're Lordship.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Oh. Anna, you're back safely, then?

ANNA
Yes, thank you, milord. And Mrs Patmore's fighting fit again.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
"Fighting fit" is the phrase. Is something the matter?

ANNA
I wanted to see Your Lordship because...

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Please.

[Anna walks closer.]

ANNA
While I was in London, I learned something about Mr Bates.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Not bad, I hope.

ANNA
No. Not bad at all. I'd have told Mr Carson, but I thought you might like to hear it from me first.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Go on.

ANNA
You see, I went to call on Mr Bates's mother.

--
[00:47:03, INT. LADY GRANTHAM'S BATHROOM - DAY]
[Cora is taking her bath.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
O'Brien... how long do you think it takes a lady's maid to settle in?

MISS O'BRIEN
Depends on the maid, milady.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
'Course it does.

[Cora drops the bar of soap.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oops. Sorry.

[O'Brien walks over and picks up the soap. A second bar of soap is next to it, but she leaves it there and hands Cora the soap.]

MISS O'BRIEN
The other half's under the bath.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Never mind. Thank you.

[O'Brien moves the soap with her foot so it's not under the bath.]

MISS O'BRIEN
I'll just go and sort out your clothes, milady.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Okay.

[O'Brien enters Cora's room and pauses when she grabs Cora's dress. She looks at herself in the mirror.]

MISS O'BRIEN
Sarah, O'Brien, this is not who you are.

[O'Brien turns back to the bathroom.]

MISS O'BRIEN
Milady, if you could just wait...

[Cora shouts as she falls in the bathroom and O'Brien stops.]

[BREAK 4]

--
ACT FIVE
[00:48:15, INT. LORD GRANTHAM'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY]
[Robert stares out the window.]

MR BATES
The doctor's gone, Your Lordship, but he's coming back after dinner. Lady Mary's with her now.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Thank you.

MR BATES
I don't suppose you'll want to change. But is there anything else I can do to be useful?

[Robert turns to face Bates.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
It was a boy.

[Robert begins to cry.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I'm sorry, I don't mean to embarrass you.

MR BATES
I'm not embarrassed. I just with you could have been spared this.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
I know you do. Thank you. By the way, Anna's told me what she learned in London.

MR BATES
Has she? She's not told me.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Oh, well, the good news is you won't be leaving Downton. And I need some good news today.

--
[00:49:25, INT. SERVANTS' HALL - DAY]
[Miss O'Brien thinks about what she's done.]

MRS HUGHES
That poor wee babe.

ANNA
How's Her Ladyship doing?

MRS HUGHES
I'll take her up a tray in a minute, but I daresay she won't touch a bite.

WILLIAM
What about you, Miss O'Brien?

[O'Brien looks at him like he can read her thoughts.]

MISS O'BRIEN
What about me?

WILLIAM
It must have been quite a shock.

MISS O'BRIEN
Yes. Yes, it was.

[Branson enters]

MR CARSON
I think you'd better dine with us, Mr Branson. We can't know if you might be needed later.

BRANSON
Well, I'm to go for the doctor at ten.

[Thomas enters.]

THOMAS
What a long-faced lot.

MR CARSON
Kindly show some respect.

THOMAS
Come on, Mr Carson, she'll get over it. They're no bigger than a hamster at that stage.

MR BATES
Will you shut up?

MRS HUGHES
I agree. What is the matter with you, Thomas?

THOMAS
I don't know. I suppose all this makes me feel claustrophobic. I mean I'm sorry, 'course I am, but why must we live through them? They're just our employers; they're not our flesh and blood.

DAISY
Thomas, don't be so unkind.

WILLIAM
Is there nothing left on earth that you respect?

THOMAS
Hark at him. Blimey, if he carries on like this for the unborn baby of a woman who scarcely knows his name, no wonder he fell to pieces when his old mum snuffed it.

[Mrs Hughes and Mr Carson's jaws drop. William bolts out of his chair and punches.]

MR CARSON
William!

[Everyone stands up from the table as William pushes Thomas onto it and climbs on top of him.]

MR CARSON
Thomas! William! Stop that! That is enough!

[Neither of them pay Carson any heed. The roll of the table onto the floor and William punches Thomas. Thomas stops the next punch and hits William back. Branson steps in and pulls William off Thomas.]

BRANSON
Calm down.

[Carson holds back Thomas and shoves him out of the room.]

BRANSON
He had that coming.

--
[00:51:19, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[A string quartet plays for the garden party. Daisy brings a tray of food to the catering tent and Thomas brings them out to the guests, his face bruised from the fight.]

DR CLARKSON
Oh, Thomas.

[Thomas approaches the doctor.]

DR CLARKSON
I've done as I promised. General Burton is commanding the Division at Richmond and I think I may have a place there for you.

[Clarkson pulls out some papers.]

DR CLARKSON
Under Colonel Cartwright. These are the papers.

[Clarkson hands the papers to Thomas.]

DR CLARKSON
When you're ready, report to the local recruiting office and they'll take it from there. As a matter of fact, I'm being drafted back in as a captain, so I'll try to keep an eye on you.

THOMAS
That's very kind of you, Doctor.

DR CLARKSON
With any luck, there may be some advantage in your having volunteered so early.

[Thomas nods and leaves. William enters the catering tent with empty champagne glasses. Daisy waits with dessert trays.]

WILLIAM
Oh, hang on a minute. Now, give me yours and take this one at the same time.

DAISY
William, I'm sorry I've been so unkind to you lately.

[They exchange trays.]

WILLIAM
That's all right.

DAISY
No, it's not all right. I don't know why I said those things.

WILLIAM
Well, you were under an evil spell.

DAISY
Well, I'm not under it any more.

WILLIAM
I'm glad.

DAISY
Friends?

WILLIAM
Always friends.

[Daisy happily watches him go.]

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

MRS BIRD
I think we should start the ices now. If you agree, Mrs Patmore.

MRS PATMORE
Certainly, Mrs Bird.

[The telephone rings and the cooks stop to look.]

MRS PATMORE
Oh, my Lord, listen to that. It's like the cry of a banshee.

[Branson enters as the phone rings again and he points to Carson's office.]

BRANSON
Mr Carson's telephone is ringing.

[The cooks give him a slack-jawed stare.]

BRANSON
Well, isn't someone going to answer it?

MRS PATMORE
I wouldn't touch that thing with a ten-foot pole.

BRANSON
Well, I will, then.

[Branson enters Carson's office and answer the phone properly.]

OPERATOR
Is Mr Carson there?

BRANSON
No, Mr Carson's busy, but can I take a message?

--
[00:53:12, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Branson runs to Sybil where she's talking with Edith and two other ladies.]

LADY EDITH
I wish ours was.

BRANSON
I've got news, milady!

[Branson whispers in Sybil's ear. Sybil covers her mouth as she gasps excitedly.]

LADY SYBIL
Oh! Sorry.

[Sybil rushes off and Branson follows her, to the surprise of Edith and the other ladies. Sybil and Branson run to Gwen, who's carrying a tray.]

LADY SYBIL
Mr Bromidge has rung! You've done it, Gwen! You got the job!

[Gwen gasps excitedly and shoves her tray at another maid.]

GWEN
Take it! Take it!

[The maid takes the tray and Gwen has a giggling group hug with Sybil and Branson. Mrs Hughes approaches scornfully.]

MRS HUGHES
Something to celebrate?

[The group hug breaks up to face Mrs Hughes. Branson takes Sybil's hand.]

GWEN
I got the job, Mrs Hughes! I'm a secretary! I've begun!

MRS HUGHES
I'm very happy for you, Gwen. And we'll celebrate after we've finished today's work.

GWEN
Of course, Mrs Hughes.

[Gwen sobers and goes back to work. Sybil realises she's holding Branson's hand and he turns to her.]

BRANSON
I don't suppose that...

MRS HUGHES
Lady Sybil? Her Ladyship was asking after you.

[Sybil leaves. Branson turns to watch her go. He thinks for a moment and is about to leave when Mrs Hughes addresses him.]

MRS HUGHES
Be careful, my lad. Or you'll end up with no job and a broken heart.

BRANSON
What do you mean?

[Mrs Hughes regards him for a moment and leaves with a small sigh.]

--
[00:54:15, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Strallan walks with Mary.]

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
I don't seem to be able to find your sister.

LADY MARY
I wonder where she is. Of course, she may have been cornered. I know there was some old bore she was trying to dodge.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Who was that?

LADY MARY
I'm not sure. He's simply ghastly apparently, but he's promised to propose today. I can't tell you how funny she was when she acted it out. She ought to go on the stage.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
Really? Ah, how amusing.

--
[00:54:41, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Carson watches the party with Mrs Hughes.]

MR CARSON
Well done, Mrs Hughes. Beautifully executed, as always.

MRS HUGHES
The key is in the planning.

[Thomas approaches them.]

THOMAS
Mr Carson, this probably isn't the moment, but I've just heard from Dr Clarkson I've been accepted for a training scheme. For the army medical corps.

MR CARSON
Have you indeed?

THOMAS
Yes, and I want to do it, so I'll be handing in my notice. I'll serve our the month, of course.

MR CARSON
Thank you, Thomas. We can talk about it later.

[Thomas leaves.]

MRS HUGHES
And you couldn't have planned that any better either.

[Mrs Hughes sighs in relief and Carson chuckles.]

--
[00:55:13, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Edith follows Strallan.]

LADY EDITH
You can't be leaving yet.

SIR ANTHONY STRALLAN
I'm afraid I must. Please make my excuses to your mother.

[Strallan tips his hat to her. Edith follows him for a moment longer as he walks away.]

LADY EDITH
But...

[Mary watches her. When Edith meets her eye, Mary raises her glass to Edith in mockery.]

[BREAK 5]

--
ACT SIX
[00:55:52, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[O'Brien goes to Cora who is lounging unhappily in the shade of a tent.]

MISS O'BRIEN
I wish you'd come inside, milady.

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
No. People mustn't think I'm really ill. I don't want to cast a dampener on the party.

MISS O'BRIEN
Very well. But are you are you have everything you need, milady?

[O'Brien places a blanket over Cora's legs.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Dear O'Brien.

[Cora takes O'Brien's hands.]

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
How sweet you are.

[O'Brien nods and leaves. Violet rushes to her.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
O'Brien, O'Brien! Can I have a word? I need a favour and I don't want to bother Lady Grantham with it.

MISS O'BRIEN
Certainly, milady.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
She's been helping me find a new maid...

[O'Brien is surprised.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
...and we've had quite a few answers from her advertisement. Can you find where she's put them and get Branson to bring them to the Dower House?

MISS O'BRIEN
Her Ladyship was helping you find a new lady's maid?

[O'Brien realises her mistake.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Yes. We should have asked you, really. You might take a look at the letters if you have a minute. There's one we liked the sound of who'd been trained in Paris.

[O'Brien is still in shock.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Do you know where she might have put them? The answers?

[O'Brien snaps out of her troubling thoughts.]

MISS O'BRIEN
Oh, yes, milady. There are only two or three places they could be.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Oh, thank you, O'Brien. You're a treasure. Thank you.

[Violet leaves.]

--
[00:57:23, EXT. GROUNDS, CATERING TENT - DAY]
[Bates stands there with his cane while Anna brings in a tray.]

ANNA
I didn't know a garden party was a spectator sport.

MR BATES
Pretty, though, isn't it? Hard to believe the clouds are gathering on a summer's day like this.

ANNA
Mr Bates, I know you think I was wrong to call on your mother.

MR BATES
I don't think that. She likes you, by the way.

ANNA
I had to find out the truth.

MR BATES
But you see you don't know the whole truth, not even now. You know my mother's truth.

ANNA
But not your wife's... Where is she now.

MR BATES
I couldn't tell you.

ANNA
I better get back.

[Anna leaves and Molesley steps up next to Bates.]

MR BATES
Are you here, Mr Molesley? I didn't know that.

MR MOLESLEY
Just helping out. Nice girl, that Anna. Do you know if she's got anyone special in her life?

MR BATES
I'd like to say she hasn't. I would, truly, but I'm afraid there is someone, yeah.

MR MOLESLEY
And do you think he's keen on her? Or is it worth a go?

MR BATES
Well, he keep himself to himself. He's very hard to read at times, but...I'd say he's keen. I'd say he's very keen indeed.

[Molesley grimaces and walks on. Mrs Patmore rushes out with a tray.]

MRS PATMORE
Daisy! I said ices, not iced cakes! Now, unclog your ears and get these to William before they turn into soup.

[Daisy grabs the tray and rushes off while Mrs Patmore returns to the house.]

--
[00:58:52, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Mary talks with Matthew by a bench.]

LADY MARY
But I don't understand, nothing's changed.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Everything's changed.

LADY MARY
You can't be sure I was going to refuse you, even if it had been a boy. Because I'm not.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
That's the point. I can't be sure. Of you, or of anything, it seems. The last few weeks have taught me that.

LADY MARY
But you can't leave Downton.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
I can't stay. Not now.

LADY MARY
Well, what will you tell Papa?

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
That I'm grateful for what he's tried to do, but the experiment is at an end. I'm not a puppet. I must take charge of my own life again.

LADY MARY
Would you have stayed if I'd accepted you?

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
Of course.

LADY MARY
So I've ruined everything.

MATTHEW CRAWLEY
You've shown me I've been living in a dream, and it's time to return to real life. Wish me luck with it, Mary. God knows I wish the best for you.

[Both of them are on the verge of tears when he leaves. Mary covers her face with her hands and cries.]

--
[00:59:59, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Violet and Rosamund see Matthew return.]

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Well, Rosamund, I'm afraid your meddling has cost Mary the only decent offer she'll ever get.

LADY ROSAMUND
I'm sorry, Mama, but you know me. I have to say what I think.

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Why? Nobody else does.

--
[01:00:19, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Carson goes to Mary as she cries.]

MR CARSON
Are you quite well, my lady?

LADY MARY (broken)
Of course. You know me, Carson. I'm never down for long.

[Mary continues to cry and Carson holds her in his arms.]

MR CARSON
I know you have spirit, my lady. That's what counts. It's all that counts in the end. There, there.

--
[01:00:57, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Isobel and Violet walk together.]

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
So, Mary is to be denied her countess's coronet after all?

VIOLET, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
Don't crow at me. I think she was very foolish not to take him when she could. Well, I told her so.

ISOBEL CRAWLEY
Well, if I'm perfectly honest, I wonder if Matthew isn't making the same mistake right now.

[They watch Matthew walking alone.]

--
[01:01:18, EXT. DOWNTON ABBEY, GROUNDS - DAY]
[Robert sits with Cora, holding her hand.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Are you warm enough?

CORA, COUNTESS OF GRANTHAM
I am when you're holding my hand.

[Carson enters with post tray.]

MR CARSON
Your Lordship? This has just arrived for you.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Thank you.

[Robert stands as he takes it.]

MR CARSON
Oh, and I'm happy to tell you that Thomas has just handed in his notice. So we'll be spared any unpleasantness on that score.

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
What a relief.

[Robert places the letter opener back on the tray and Carson leaves. Robert's expression changes to foreboding surprise as he reads the letter. He exits the tent and pulls off his hat to wave everyone's attention.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Please, will you stop, please!

[The string quartet stops playing.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
My lords, ladies and gentlemen. Can I ask for silence?

[All conversations cease and the servants step out of the catering tent to listen.]

ROBERT, EARL OF GRANTHAM
Because I very much regret to announce...that we are at war with Germany.

[Everyone stands in shock.]


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