Episode 4.02
Series 4, Episode 2
Air date 29th September, 2013
Written by Julian Fellowes
Directed by David Evans
Episode guide
Episode 4.01
Episode 4.03

Episode 4.02 is the second episode of Series 4 of Downton Abbey and is an hour long. It first aired on the 29th September, 2013 on ITV in the UK and received on average 9.6 million viewers.[1] In the USA it aired on January 5th 2014 on PBS as the second part of the opening episode and attracted at least 10.2 million viewers[2].


Mary is beginning to emerge from her grief and starts to take an interest in the running of the estate. A letter from the late Matthew Crawley is found, stating that his last wish was for Mary to be his sole heiress. She begins to take an interest in running the estate but she meets resistance from her father, Robert Crawley so she turns to Tom Branson for help.

As Joseph Molesley's fortunes worsen, John Bates comes up with a plan to help him. Lady Rose MacClare, is out for some fun but finds herself in a sticky situation at a tea dance in York. Mrs Hughes does her best to urge Mr Carson to allow an old wound to heal.[3]



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