|Series 6, Episode 8|
|Air date|| November 8, 2015 (UK)|
February 21, 2016 (US)
|Written by||Julian Fellowes|
|Directed by||David Evans|
2015 Christmas Special
It is a feature-length episode, lasting 72 minutes.
Mary wonders if she can ever make peace with her younger sister as fresh hostilities escalate between them. Spratt shows some hidden talents and Molesley's first day as a teacher does not go according to plan. Mrs Patmore's bed and breakfast attracts unwanted attention, leaving her in need of the Crawley's help.
Edith and Cora are walking in the gardens, discussing Edith's recent proposal from Bertie. Edith admits to her mother that she really does love him and would gladly accept him in a trice if not for Marigold. Cora tells her daughter that it would be impossible for her and Bertie to experience any true happiness by leading him on such a secret.
Outside, near the Servants' Hall, Sergeant Willis is questioning Mrs Patmore with Mrs Hughes watching. The inspector informs Mrs Patmore about her very first guests at her new Bed & Breakfast house, a certain "Dr. Fletcher and his wife." He reveals to a quite shocked and humiliated Mrs Patmore that the so-called "courteous and respectable people" were, in actuality, adulterers by the names of Mr McKitt and Mrs Dorrit. Such actvity at her Bed and Breakfast would make the house one of ill repute.
Upstairs, in the library, Robert reads a letter from his mother who writes that she is quite enjoying herself in France. Rosamund is angry, as their mother is being impossible and has exhausted Robert's patience, but reminds her brother that she had given him Tiaa, who was lying in her basket. Robert then turns his attention to his wife and daughter; Rosamund wonders whether Bertie will indeed marry Edith, should he learn about Marigold's parentage. Robert says how he just does not want his middle daughter to be hurt.
In Thirsk, Tom awaits Mary, where he learns from a newspaper that the sixth Marquess of Hexham has passed away suddenly. Mary is interested in how it will affect Edith's beau, as he was/is the agent at that particular estate-mansion.
Downstairs, Anna and Mr Bates are enjoying "playful teasing" about Mrs Patmore's unfortunate difficulties. Mr Molesley is preparing for his very first lesson as a teacher at the local Elementary School. Although nervous at first, Baxter convinces him to go for it which boosts his self-confidence. At Crawley House, Isobel and "Dickie" are expressing their disagreements of who had sent an invite to Isobel to attend the wedding/marriage of his elder son and Amelia Cruikshank. Isobel reminds Dickie that no one had ever been as rude to her as his son Larry. Lord Merton thinks that this may be Amelia's influence and motivation, to which Isobel agrees. Richard assures Isobel that Amelia is "a kind and gentle soul" but Isobel is not so certain; as she does not know her and can only go by the Dowager Countess's negative opinion of her.
In Mr Carson's sitting room, Mrs Hughes hesitantly admitted that it was all she could do to stop from laughing about Mrs Patmore's own house being called a house of ill repute. Her husband, however, is not amused; sure that people will make a connection between Mrs Patmore's house and her longtime work at the Downton estate. Mrs Hughes assures Carson that she will not tell the family. In Mary's room, Mary and Anna are laughing at the exact same subject. Mary tells Anna about the sudden death of the sixth Marquess of Hexham, which might affect Edith's new boyfriend since he is/was the agent. Anna reminds her that she had not met Mr, Pelham as she was otherwise detained, to which Mary apologises; and wonders if her romance will not be the only one coming to an untimely end. Anna asks if she's heard from Henry and says that she has not, which she considers a good thing.
Downstairs, Mrs Patmore is still shaken that her recently opened Bed and Breakfast will be from then on known as "a house of ill repute," and can't get it out of her mind. Mr Molesley suddenly comes in, accompanied by Mr Dawes, who has Daisy's exam results. He gladly informs Daisy that she has passed every test with flying colors, which delights everyone.
In the dining room, Cora is sympathetic that Bertie Pelham has had yet another tragedy, first at the car race, and next hearing that his second cousin-once-removed has died suddenly. Edith returns from having answered a telephone call from Bertie. Mary wonders what is to happen to Bertie now that he is no longer the agent of Brancaster Castle. Robert says that is all up to the next heir. Edith astonishes all by revealing that Bertie is next in line as the seventh Marquess of Hexham, which makes him more suitable for Edith's romantic affections and marriage, in out-ranking them all. This makes Mary quite jealous. As all leave for dinner, Mary still does not believe Bertie's newfound fortune and high status, he would not want to marry Edith now.
In Mr Carson's office, Molesley has told him about his new job as a teacher at the school. Mr Carson is less convinced that he can both teach and work as a footman. Mrs Hughes reminds her husband that they still have Andy and Thomas. Mr Carson expresses his annoyance and impatience at having Mr Barrow still in his charge.
After dinner, Isobel, Rosamund, Edith, and Cora are all giggling at Mrs Patmore's ill fortune regarding her Bed and Breakfast. Cora assures Edith that they will all have solemn faces when Bertie turns up. Tom reveals to Mary that he had a call from Henry, that he is mourning Charlie's death and missing her. Mary determinedly tells Tom not to ask Henry to come over or encourage him in any way. Alone, Edith and Rosamund are talking. Edith says that Mary is sure that Bertie will throw her over, which Rosamund is unsure as to why, as she thinks it is encouraging that he is coming over. Edith is concerned that he might break up with her in order to start anew. Rosamund asks if she had told him about young Marigold, Edith replies that she has not as yet. Her aunt says to make a clean break with it, as she would regret it if she didn't. Edith is sure that she'll regret it either way.
Downstairs, Mr Molesley is getting ready for some test papers for comprehension he will do in the very first teaching position. Mrs Hughes offers to accompany Mrs Patmore to her cottage, where they can both help her niece Lucy face this new ordeal of probable gossip and scandal. In their bedroom, Robert still expresses delight at his second child marrying someone as wealthy and prominent as the seventh Marquess of Hexham, whereas Mary would have gone off with "a mechanic." Cora reminds him that there is still Marigold, and that Edith must tell him about her if she and Bertie are to have any chance of happiness.
In the woods near the estate, Mary and Tom are checking where the houses should stand in the future. Tom continues to annoy Mary about Henry being the man for her.She reminds him that it is difficult to marry the second time. Tom expresses his insistence that she give Henry another chance. Uncertain of his honesty, Mary worms the truth about Marigold's family heritage out of him. Exasperated, Tom insists that Marigold won't make her happy and that Henry Talbot will.
Robert, Cora and Rosamund are in the dining room, where Rosamund now expresses her dislike at allowing Edith to deceive a young rich man into marriage and from a scandal they are all concealing him from. Cora agrees that Edith does not have to tell everyone about Marigold, but that she must tell Bertie, then it would be his choice. Edith arrives with a somber Bertie and Cora expresses her sympathy about the sudden death of his dear second cousin Peter. Bertie prefers to be called just Mr. Pelham until the service and leaves with Edith to unpack. Rosamund is indignant that Robert would want Bertie tricked into marriage. Robert ignores her and says that he is going for a walk. Cora says to her sister-in-law how little luck Edith has had in her life. Rosamund agrees, but knows that she is making a terrible mistake of keeping her future husband in the dark.
Downstairs, Mr Carson reminds the others that Mr. Pelham is now known as Lord Hexham and should be referred to as "His Lordship", despite Mr. Bates informing him that he still wants to be referred to as "Mr. Pelham" until after the service. Thomas gives Miss Baxter the letter than said that he was unsuitable for the job of footman, chauffeur, and butler combined, and best wishes for the future. Still feeling cut off from the world, Thomas merely says What future?" and leaves. Miss Baxter intends to follow, but Mr Molesley tells her to just let him go.
During lunch, Isobel asks Bertie what his late cousin enjoyed so much, and Bertie said that Peter liked going down to the beach and watch the fishermen dig in with their fishing rods while the sun glistened on them, which made it seem magical to him until everything was plunged into darkness. Isobel expresses how lyrical he must have been. Bertie says that he was indeed lyrical and was also artistic. Mary asked Bertie if he was going to settle things with Edith before leaving, which Cora was slightly shocked at her sudden rudeness. Cora inquires about Bertie's mother, who he describes as Cook-a-hoop and moralistic. Tom thinks whether they should be scared of her, which Bertie says they can judge for themselves when they meet her.
Mrs Hughes and Mrs Patmore are going to the cottage when they are intercepted by a reporter who they decline at taking a picture. Lucy informed her aunt that he was there all day and that the bookings were cancelled, much to Mrs Patmore's shock. Mrs Hughes tries to calm her down and that they should all have some tea. At the village Elementary School, Mr Dawes introduces Mr Molesley as the new teacher in history and English literature and that the children should try and make him feel welcome. Molesley starts telling his new students that they will be studying about the Civil War of 1642. A boy gives a girl a crude drawing of Mr Molesley.
Edith and Bertie are talking on a bench about how to settle their future as husband and wife, Marquess and Marchioness of Hexham. Bertie says how much things have changed from the life he originally wanted. He now desires to have wonderful children with his wife, go on parade and fight for certain causes. He tells Edith he wants her to help get through this new life of wealth and riches. Edith is unsure if she is worthy of it. She says they should be getting back to the House as the children will be down in a moment. Bertie and Tom are entertaining young Sybbie, George and Marigold with a puppet show when they are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Henry Talbot, much to Mary's annoyance. She interrogates Tom as to whether he had a hand in any of this. Tom quietly says that he might have mentioned to Henry that they were near York. Mary is not amused at this. As the children return to the nursery, Cora welcomes Henry, who says that he is still healing from Charlie's death. Cora sympathises and offers for Henry to stay the night. Henry declines as he hadn't brought anything but himself, but accepts to stay for dinner.
At the elementary school, Mr Molesley tries unsuccessfully to get the children to pay attention, but cannot continue as all the children are noisy and soon leave. At the house, Mary and Tom are arguing about Henry's coming to dinner. Mary furiously says that it is not the way for Henry to win her over. Henry then appears and is sure that they are fighting about him, and Tom says he's had enough and leaves him alone with Mary. Henry goes out with it that he finally found someone he want to spend the rest of his life with-her! Mary simply lashes out and reminds him that he be working to preserve her estate and be out-ranked by his own stepson. Henry realises that she's trying to get rid of him and that he would make it as hard and horrible as he could, which says he is being extremely unfair.
In their bedroom, Cora is unsure how to handle Edith's situation with Bertie. Robert simply wants them to wait and let Edith tell Bertie about Marigold herself. Mary comes in and Rosamund does a cover up by saying that Bertie would probably not feel comfortable if he found out that Michael Gregson had made Edith his heir. Mary asks her mother why she ran Henry without consulting her first. Cora says that it was half past five and he was nearby and wanted to be polite. Robert doubts that Henry had ever gone to Durham and that he came to see Mary. Mary further expresses her exasperation as none of them think she and Henry are a good match, a professor diver with nothing to his name, and they should sent him away for all their sakes. Rosamund admits to Robert and Cora that, despite what she says, Mary is clearly quite mad about him.
Downstairs, Daisy asks Mr Molesley how his first teaching was, which he says was quite a challenge. Miss Baxter assures him that there's always the next day for him to become a professional teacher. Mr Molesley says he's going to have some coffee and goes upstairs.
Upstairs, Robert is talking to Bertie about how will live with his newfound fortune. Henry reveals his envy that Bertie had come to see Edith and how happy she is. Edith says that her "beloved sister" is quite a handful. Mary tells Tom that she just can't see Edith and Bertie as a happy couple; unlike her and Henry if he was the new Marquess. Tom wonders if she would still set her cap at him, and Mary berates Tom to stop lecturing her and leaves. Henry follows, that he thought he could present his arguments more effectively and realises that he was wrong. Mary admits how she cannot bear to be maneuvered; Henry says how he is sure that they both love each other very much and that she is fighting it. He comes to the conclusion that it is his lack of money and position that is the reason, which Mary is offended that he pushes into her home uninvited and has the nerve to call her "a grubby little gold-digger." She retreats to her room and her self-pity and sadness surfaces.
In their own home, Anna reveals to Mr Bates that Mary does love Henry, but is unable to control him which frightens her. Bates says that her Mary is sort of a bully and likes her own way, which Anna agrees but knows that she has another side and Henry can see it. She admits that she must have been wrong about it all, and Bates smiles as any husband would when his wife admits she's wrong.
Edith and Bertie are in the gallery about to part for the night. Bertie hopes that she will send him to bed happy, which Edith thinks is an indecent proposal. Edith admits how much she loves him and that her life is not as simple and neither is she. However, she still can't bring herself to tell him the truth about her relationship with little Marigold. Bertie still takes her answer as a yes and kiss her lovingly. In the morning, Mary enters the breakfast table only to be informed of Henry's departure. Robert leaves to read a mass of letters. Bertie says that he's has news; to which Edith says that it is not the right moment. Mary asks as to why, and Edith says that since Henry abandoned her, she can't bear to see Edith happy and not her. Tom is determined to keep the peace between the two sisters. Mary sarcastically says that she is "very happy" for Edith and admires Bertie, since not all men would accept Edith's past. An uncomfortable silence stirs, and Bertie wonders what Mary could mean. Mary turns to Edith and spitefully inquires that she wouldn't accept Bertie without telling him who Marigold really is. After another long, uncomfortable silence, Edith reveals that Marigold is her daughter, which leaves Bertie displeased and leaves the room.
Mrs. Hughes appears to tell Robert, Rosamund and Cora of Lord Hexham's sudden departure, which intrigues Robert as to what happened. Rosamund asks whether Ms. Patmore is happy, and Mrs. Hughes replies that she is still quite upset about her Bed & Breakfast going down. Rosamund thinks they should all pay her a visit to cheer her up and have people see them, which Cora thinks is a wonderful idea. Robert is less convinced as it meant them being seen in the papers. Cora has Mrs. Hughes relay the news to Ms. Patmore.
Isobel and Amelia are having tea and Amelia is aware of how suspicious she is of her motives regarding Larry's father. She is curious as to whether Larry accepts his father being content with her. Amelia simply says that all men are similar; Isobel wants her to explain about them to her. Amelia merely says that men dig themselves into a position before considering all the options. Isobel firmly says that she will not rekindle Lord Merton's dreams unless she is invited to do so by Larry himself. As his fiancée, Amelia is determined to speak for Larry, but Isobel wants him to speak for himself.
In the Servants' Hall, Carson expresses his disapproval of the family going to the cottage where adulterers have stayed, not wanting to drag the family he and the others work for into the mud. Mrs. Hughes says that is their choice as they are very grown up. Carson merely says how he knew all women were ruthless, but did not think he would find the proof in his own wife.
In the gardens, Tom reveals that Mary had thought Edith had told Bertie about Marigold. Robert wonders just how she had known. Tom says how she is not stupid and Robert says how unkind his eldest daughter can be at times. Although not exactly shocked, Bertie wonders as to why Edith had not told him the whole story from the beginning and that she had not been fair to him. Edith admits that she thought that it would ruin everything and he concludes that she did not trust him enough. With nothing more to say, they wish each other luck.
Mary is sitting alone the Agent's office when Tom comes in, saying that she got what she wanted, that Bertie had left and Edith will not become the Marchioness of Hexham. Mary admits it was not what she wanted at all, not having known that Edith had never told Bertie about Marigold's motherhood. Tom suddenly loses his cool, saying how Mary cannot stop ruining things for both Edith and herself, wanting anyone else to feel as frightened and alone as she. Saying how unapologetic Henry was, Mary expresses her distaste at having to "lower herself to his level" and be grateful about it. Disgusted, Tom angrily says how she is not a princess in The Prisoner of Zenda. Refusing to hear anymore, Mary is about to leave, but Tom calls her a bully & reveals that like all bullies, she is a coward.
Anna runs into Miss Baxter who is going with Mr. Molseley to see him teach. Anna sees Mr. Barrow looking forlorn and about to go into the bathroom, leaving Miss Baxter wondering.
Mary goes upstairs and hears sniffling from her sister's room. She opens the door to a tearful Edith packing for London. Mary tries to apologise, but a furious Edith stops her, and reminds her about whom she is talking to, other than Mama or Anna. Edith lashes out that she knows Mary too well, enough to know her as the nasty, jealous, scheming bitch that she is. Even though she is content at ruining her own life, she is still determined to ruin her sister's. Taken aback, Mary admits that she has never ruined her life. Edith interrupts Mary again, not wanting her to demean herself to try and justify her venom and just leave. She then says how wrong she is, as she had so often been: how perfect Henry was for her, and that she was too selfish and stuck up to see it.
In the living room, Ms. Patmore comes to where Robert, Cora and Rosamund are. She is uncertain to let the Crawleys pay the price for her mess. Carson admits that he does not want the family dragged into a local brouhaha. Robert says how loyal Ms. Patmore has been to the house and they must be loyal to her in return.
Molseley and Baxter are walking towards the school. Molseley reveals his doubts and uneasiness if the children knew he had been a servant at the big house and what the parents' would say. Baxter says that he should just tell them, then they wouldn't have to find out. Molseley mentions that Thomas was in a strange mood, how he explained out of the blue that he hoped that Molseley would make more of his life than he ever would. Miss Baxter suddenly feels very uncomfortable and runs back, where she finds that Barrow is nowhere to be found. She finds Andy and they rush to the bathroom, but the door is locked. Andy manages to break it down, where they find that Thomas has attempted to take his own life by slitting his wrists. Baxter tells Andy to find Anna and Mrs. Hughes and Dr. Clarkson, but tell no one what they have seen.
Edith runs into Tom on her way to the Station and asks him to drive the car back to the house for her. She was on her way to her flat in London as she can't bear to even look at Mary. Tom says that Mary is unhappy and may regret what she had done. Edith says that before she left, she and Mary had had the big row they knew was coming for many years, and that only she's sorry they didn't have it years ago. Tom thinks that Bertie may come round about Marigold, but Edith thinks not as she had tried to deceive him. Tom asks to talk to him, which Edith says no but thanks him for asking. She and Tom drive off to Downton Station.
In the bathroom, Miss Baxter has finished helping Thomas out of his wet, blood-stained clothes. Mrs. Hughes helps Andy and Miss Baxter lift Thomas out of the bathtub and has Dr Clarkson see him and stitch his wounds. Miss Baxter is sad to think how unhappy Thomas was. Daisy goes to the school and hears Mr Molseley talking about the King of England and how he, Molseley, was a servant for many years before now, which surprises the students, some of whom admit that their own parents are in service. Daisy is impressed at his boldness in teaching.
In the living room, Cora reveals to Robert and Rosamund that Edith had gone to London and they all look accusingly at Mary. Before Rosamund can berate her eldest niece, Carson comes in with the tea and quietly reveals to a surprised and grave Robert that Thomas attempted to kill himself by cutting his wrists. He wishes to keep it quiet and say he's ill with influenza. Mary serves the tea instead, asking her father whether dismissing Barrow was a useful saving. Robert says that saying such a thing is below the belt, even for her.
Carson informs Mrs. Hughes that they managed to keep him out of the hospital and Baxter found him in time. Molseley wonders what Dr Clarkson was doing at the Abbey, and Carson simply replies that Mr Barrow had been "taken poorly" and Anna and Miss Baxter will look after him. Baxter asks Molseley how it was like teaching, he says that he enjoyed himself and that the students were generous. Daisy says that they were spellbound, revealing that she listened in and says that he is a natural teacher. Carson asks will he lose Molseley to academics, molseley replies that he wonders if he can teach a little longer before re-altering his world . Bates thinks how kind a man Molseley is and it was about time he was rewarded for it.
In Mary's room, Anna assured her that Thomas would recover and hasn't had to go to the hospital. Mary says what a day this has been, her ruining Edith's life and Barrow trying to end his. Mary says that Edith was in London, which was obvious when her only sister had ruined her chances of a happy fulfilling life. Anna asks if Lord Hexham will come round and Mary thinks not, which she is sorry for. Anna asks Mary about what she would do with her life. Irritated, Mary says that she's as bad as Mr Branson. She adamantly explains how Henry is not the right man for her, and that they'd be miserable. Mary then angrily says that is sure and Anna is silent. Many apologises for lashing out at her trusted maid.
At the editor's office, Laura thinks that it is not the end for Edith, who is sure. She explains that she and Mary are locked in a lifelong struggle. Edith asks when Miss Jones is coming, and Laura says at 5:00. She thinks that if it isn't the real Cassandra Jones, they should say Bananas.
A still recovering Thomas is reading when the door opens to Lady Mary and four-year-old Master George, who gives him an orange for luck. Mary assures him that they all want him to get better, especially George. Touched, Thomas affectionately strokes George's head, glad he has one real friend. Mary asks if he was lonely. Thomas explains that he just Says and does things and can't stop himself. Mary empathizes and recognizes his actions are similar to hers. Anna comes in with tea and food.
Mrs. Hughes asks Ms. Patmore if she should take Daisy with her to her cottage. Ms. Patmore wonders if she's allowed, as her niece Lucy would be dumbstruck with all those Lords and Ladies sitting in the front room. Carson comes and is not amused when the papers read about the cakes his Lordship will eat as his sits at the adulterers' table. Carson says it is quite different than keeping silent about a suicidal under butler and is glad that the Dowager is not here to witness it.
At that moment, a car arrives with none other than Violet, back from a break in southern France. She is greeted by Tom who says how glad he is to see her. Violet says that her homecoming was not quite what she expected as Spratt had gone away too. Asking about her broken-hearted granddaughters, Tom says that it is just Mary as Edith went to London, which is all the better for Violet.
Ms. Patmore is preparing to go to her house and is wished luck by Ms. Hughes, to Carson saying good luck to them all as they won't be able to avoid scandal. Mrs. Hughes says what an old curmudgeon he is. Carson thinks she is going off him, and she assures him that he is her curmudgeon which makes all the difference.
Mary opens her bedroom door to find her grandmother waiting. She says that she had spent the night in Southampton and entire day on trains and has come hot foot. Mary wishes not to be reprimanded about Edith as she was already torn into strips by Tom. Violet asks why she had done it, but Mary says that with Edith she just says things which cannot be unsaid. Violet says that Tom believes that she lashes out at others becasue of her unhappiness. Sure that this refers to Henry Talbot, Mary reminds her grandmother that he has not much to offer, being well-born but without money.
Violet then mentions that Tony Gillingham was all she could have wished for- birth, money, looks, but did not suit Mary in the end- as he wasn't clever enough or strong enough and that Henry is both. Finally admitting that it was not his poverty, Mary breaks down in tears and admits that she cannot bear to lose Henry in a car crash as she did Matthew, as she would be dreading every practice, trial and race. Violet asks if Henry is aware of this, to which Mary reveals that he feels he should give it all up, which is not what she wants as he would resent her. Violet calms her eldest granddaughter; being the only one who likes to think herself cold, selfish and grand. She says that she believes in rules and traditions, and playing one's part, but also in love. Mary admits how her grandmother surprises her still, which she is glad as climbing all those stairs was not wasted on her.She insists that Mary make peace with her sister and then with herself.
Robert, Cora and Rosamund are about to leave for Ms. Patmore's Bed & Breakfast. Robert wonders if he would see his mother, but Mary says she has gone home. He expresses his confusion of her leaving without a word and returns without seeing them. Mary declines to come along as her mother, father and aunt are enough of the headline; and they don't need Tom as he is not of high class. Mary turns to Tom, saying how she ought to be very angry with him; summoning her grandmother to tick her off. Tom admits that he was amazed she even came at his call. Mary says how his letter was very elegant, that Violet was quite persuaded. Tom asks what she intends to do about Henry, and Mary responds that she called him and hopes that he will be here by teatime. She says that repairing her sisterly relationship with Edith would be a harder task, wondering why she would want to forgive her.
Edith and Laura are ready to interview Ms. Jones. However, they receive quite a surprise when "Cassandra Jones" is revealed to be none other than Spratt. Laura and Edith says "Bananas."
At the cemetery, Mary stands before Matthew's grave, wondering if he already knows what she is about to say or can even hear her now. She admits that she does love Henry and believes that they are right together. However, she still wants to feel that her late husband would be happy for her as she would for him. She asks him to remember that no matter how much she loves Henry, she will always love him. She turns to leave and meets none other than Isobel, who says that she often comes to see her beloved son's grave, to which Mary says that she does not come often enough. She reveals to her mother-in-law that she had asked for Matthew's forgiveness, which gives Isobel the impression that she wants to marry again. Not knowing if Mary has her late son's forgiveness, Isobel assures her that she has no need to ask for hers, as she is delighted.
At Ms Patmore's Bed & Breakfast, Robert, Cora and Rosamund have all enjoyed a delicious tea and scones. They come out, to see several villagers who have come to see Lord and Lady Grantham be photographed in the papers. Robert insists that Ms. Patmore be photographed as well as thanks for a marvelous tea.
In the sitting room, Mary and Tom see Henry Talbot come, who asks Tom that he stay. Tom declines, saying that he had been a part of their courtship for too long; leaving him and Mary alone together. Henry wonders why she has called him now after Mary had turned him away with her harsh words after he confessed his love for her. Mary concedes that marriage is about two People who are equal in strength and passion & they are indeed in love with one another and that she is not fighting it anymore. Elated, Henry reveals he already has a marriage license and is eager that they get married soon , mostly likely the coming weekend which Mary agrees and warmly hugs and kisses him. Mr Carson arrives with the tea, but backs out of the room and tells Mr Molesley not to ruin the romantic moment.
Tom and Henry, dressed in their wedding attire, get in to the car to head to the church and Tom realizes that he will be best man at both of Mary's weddings. Henry thanks him for being a good friend to him; Tom says he should pay him back by looking after Mary. They notice a car approaching, and are surprised to see Edith about to catch Mary in her room with Anna, Rosamund and Cora. Wanting to have a heart-to-heart with her sister, Mary has them leave. Mary apologizes to Edith for having spitefully told Bertie about Marigold, not really knowing why she did so. Edith merely says that the reason she had, was because, Mary, was unhappy and wanted her to be unhappy as well. And now that she had Henry in her life, Mary would be nicer for awhile. Mary inquires as to why Edith came at all if she felt this way. Edith replies that, in the end, they were still sisters; the only ones left who would remember Sybil, Matthew, Michael, Carson or any of the others who had peopled their youth; until at last, their shared memories would mean more to them than their mutual dislike. Mary wonders how Matthew would have made of her marrying another man; Edith comforts her by saying that Matthew had loved her and wanted her to be happy, and would be very pleased about her decision. Edith then says how nice Mary looks.
At the church chapel, everyone finds seats to watch Mary and Henry marry. Afterwards, the newlyweds share a kiss outside the church and ride off in a carriage with all applauding them. Mary admits that Henry has "swept her off her feet." Henry promises that she won't be sorry, and Mary says that she better not be. Robert says how they are a new couple in a new world. Cora wonders about Edith, Robert says that out of all his daughters, Edith has given him the most surprises. Violet says they are surprises of a most mixed variety, and Robert says how a surprise is just a surprise. Nearby, Edith watches young Sybbie, George and Marigold playing tag around Sybil's gravestone.y
Cast List Edit
- Isobel uses the term Volte-face in reference to Larry Grey. Volte-face is a total change of position, as in policy or opinion; an about-face. The expression comes through French, from Italian voltafaccia and Portuguese volte face, composed of volta (turn) and faccia (face).