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Episode 5.05 is the fifth episode of the fifth season of Downton Abbey, and the thirty-ninth episode overall.

It first aired on the 19th October, 2014 on ITV in the UK. In the US, it first aired on February 1, 2015 on PBS.


Set after 22nd September 1924[1]

Simon Bricker returns to Downton to discuss the painting with Cora, but this time has his flirting crossed the line? Branson makes a difficult decision about Sarah Bunting, and Rose encounters a handsome stranger.

Determined to stop Isobel making the wrong decision about Lord Merton, Violet enlists the help of Doctor Clarkson, but things don't quite go as planned. Meanwhile in London, Charles Blake surprises Mary with a cunning plan to help her get exactly what she wants.

Downstairs, Mrs Patmore seeks Carson's advice on a financial matter and Inspector Vyner returns with some ominous words of warning for Anna.


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  1. Cora says "I'd forgotten his father died" when Carson announces Bernard Fitzalan-Howard. Francis Fitzalan-Howard, 2nd Baron Howard, died on 22nd September 1924, meaning that the episode is set after that date as his son was announced as Baron Howard of Glossop.

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