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Episode Two (2011)

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Set in September 1912. Matthew Crawley, a young solicitor and the new heir, arrives at Downton Abbey with his mother, Isobel. He is reluctant to adapt to his new mode of life but his mother feels that they should avoid satisfying the family's assumptions about their behaviour. Matthew ridicules the prospect of marrying one of the daughters when Mary suddenly appears and he is immediately attracted to her. The Dowager is openly hostile towards Isobel as is Mary towards Matthew. There is also some culture clash between the families due to their differing aristocratic and upper middle class backgrounds. Matthew astonishes Violet when he declares his intention to continue working as a solicitor. Isobel too is determined to hold her own against Violet and as she trained as a nurse during the Anglo-Boer War, occupies herself with the local hospital. Meanwhile Mr Carson is extremely distressed by a letter and Anna sees him stealing food. It turns out that Carson was formerly a music-hall performer and was being blackmailed by his show partner Charles Grigg, now a petty thief, to whom he was providing food and lodging as he hid from the law. However, only Mr Bates, Anna, Lady Sybil and Lord Grantham are privy to this so there is no fear of exposure. Lord Grantham is merely amused by Carson's background and pays off Grigg, threatening to turn him over to the police if he returns. The hostility between Mrs Crawley and the Dowager escalates when Isobel pressures Dr Clarkson into performing pericardiocentesis on a hospital patient suffering from dropsy. The Dowager tries to prevent this but the treatment is successful and Robert decides to make Mrs Crawley chair of the hospital board feeling that his mother has too much control. However the Dowager herself begins to consider the possibility of Mary marrying Matthew, but Mary is firmly opposed to this plan.


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