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Lady Sybil Crawley begins to rally for the women's vote, after being inspired by Branson, which greatly displeases Robert Crawley. Lady Rosamund gives strange advice to Mary Crawley. Thomas and O'Brien try to get Daisy to help them bring down John Bates.

Summary

The fair has come to Downton Village. Bates encourages William to ask Daisy to go with him but before he gets a chance, Thomas jumps in and a delighted Daisy accepts his offer. It is left to Mrs Patmore who tries and fails to explain to Daisy why Thomas is not right for her. Thomas’s bullying increases towards William. Bates notices and tempers flare. But Thomas takes it all in his stride.

Sybil has awoken politically. She instantly connects with the new Irish chauffeur, Branson, who shares her affinity for politics. Robert is, at first, amused by his new chauffeur’s radicalism but he comes to regret his choice. Mrs Hughes suspects that Branson has a soft spot for Sybil. Meanwhile, Sybil is determined to help Gwen get a new job and despite Gwen’s first interview falling through, Sybil assures her there will be a next time.

Anxious to get the entail broken and to advance Mary as heiress, Violet shocks Matthew by visiting his office to see if he will look into the matter. Later, an awkward Matthew visits Robert to discuss Violet’s request. The two have grown close and Matthew takes his role as heir very seriously. He also runs into Mary. We see that he is falling for her. Mary for her part is still mourning Pamuk.

Matthew informs a delighted Robert that he does see Downton as his future. But Mary feels that in Matthew, Robert has found his ‘son’ and will no longer bother trying to fight the entail.

Robert makes it clear to Violet that he is not moveable on his position regarding the entail. A later conversation with Cora reaffirms his decision. Cora does not fight him because, although she still loves Mary, she realises that following the incident with Pamuk, Mary is damaged goods and that ironically, Matthew is the more suitable heir.

Violet is also in conflict with Isobel over a medical ailment affecting Molesley. However, this time Isobel’s treatment fails to work and Violet’s does.

The servants gossip about Mrs Hughes who takes a very rare evening off to meet a former suitor, Joe Burns. The evening makes Mrs Hughes question her position at Downton and it is left to William to reassure her that she made the right decision all those years ago.

Elsewhere, Carson has a problem, the wine book suggests they are missing at least two dozen of a special vintage. Anna, in bed with a cold, is touched by Bates’s attempts to make her comfortable. It’s clear these two have feelings for one another, however, at the moment, they are unable to realise them.

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