Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

Episode #2.1 (8 Jan. 2012)

TV Episode   |  TV-14   |    |  Drama, Romance

Episode #2.1 (2011) Poster

After Bates' mother dies, he hopes his inheritance will buy him a divorce and allow him to marry Anna, Matthew announces his engagement to Lavinia Swire, and Sybil gets involved in the war effort.



  • Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey (2010)
  • Hugh Bonneville and Dan Stevens in Downton Abbey (2010)
  • Dan Stevens and Zoe Boyle in Downton Abbey (2010)
  • Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey (2010)
  • Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey (2010)
  • Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey (2010)

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19 December 2017 | jp281995
| World War I
The episode opens on a scene of Matthew in a battle during World War I. Meanwhile, the endearing Lady Sybil wants to be productive and decides to be a nurse for the wounded soldiers. Lady Mary is heartbroken to find out that Matthew has already found a fiancée. Downstairs, Bates expects to a divorce to marry Anna until his wife visits him unexpectedly.

Here, we meet the most despicable and loathsome character in this series, Bates' wife. She's even worse than Miss O'Brien, who at least has a bit of a goodness in her.

It is also fun to see Sybil trying to learn how to cook, clean to get ready to be a nurse. And I did not feel sorry for Lady Mary.

Oh, how I love this show!

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