TV Episode | TV-14 | | Drama, Romance
Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates' arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities.
In the first and second season characters make fun of Edith for her wanting to be with Anthony Strallan even though he is considerably older than her. However they don't say a word about Mary and Richard Carlyle who is also older than she is. They don't say the ages of Anthony and Richard, but in real life both men are older than Hugh Bonneville who plays Edith and Mary's father.
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham:
Do you recall a Turkish diplomat who stayed here before the War?
Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham: I think I can be relied on to remember any guest who is found dead in his bed the next morning.
Thomas mentions doing the Black Bottom to the dowager countess as they are about to dance. It's 1920. The Black Bottom was not popular until the mid 1920's, nobody in 1920 would have understood the reference. It's a fast dance, not at all suited for an older woman like Violet. Thomas was trying to be funny.