Series One: Episode Five
July 1913. Sybil continues in her efforts to find Gwen a position as a secretary, and applies for a job on her behalf. They sneak off to town for the interview which goes well, but they have problems getting home and the family worry about Sybil.
There are rumors about what happened on the night of Pamuk’s death. Thomas has already told O’Brien about leading Pamuk to Mary’s room, and the two of them suspect that Daisy saw something. O’Brien hints at this to Edith and she, always ready to try and put down Mary, interviews Daisy and gets the truth from her.
Cora has become concerned that there are rumors going round London that Mary’s virtue has been compromised, and becomes anxious to marry her off before she becomes unmarriageable. She suggests to Mary that she should marry Sir Anthony Strallan, a local landowner, but Mary rejects the idea, saying that he is too old and dull. She tells Cora she should be concentrating on getting Edith married, as she needs all the help she can get. Edith overhears this, and it increases her hatred for Mary.
Below stairs there is something wrong with Mrs.Patmore, who seems upset with everything. For some reason, she refuses to make a new pudding recipe Cora has asked for (we later realize it’s because she can’t read the recipe), and when she does make it the pudding turns out to be covered in salt, not sugar. Mrs. Patmore says that this is Daisy’s fault but privately confesses to Carson that she thinks she’s going blind.
Bates nearly catches Thomas stealing wine, and threatens to expose him if he doesn’t stop bullying William. In revenge, Thomas and O’Brien hatch a plan to land Bates in trouble. One of the Earl’s collection of snuffboxes goes missing, and Carson orders a search of the servants’ rooms. Luckily Anna realizes what’s going on and warns Bates in time for him to find the snuffbox which has been planted in his room. He replaces it in the collection without giving anyone away. Anna reveals her feelings for Bates but he is unable to respond.
There is a big event in the village, the annual flower show. Violet wins the “Best Bloom” prize every year, although many think that Bill Molesley grows the best roses. Isobel argues with Violet, saying that this is favoritism, and Violet unexpectedly awards the cup to Bill Molesley, which shocks everyone.
At the flower show, Mary tries to make a fool of Edith and Matthew, disapproving of her behavior, leaves early. Mary’s reaction to this shows that she is starting to care for Matthew. At the end of the episode, we see that Edith is writing a letter to the Turkish ambassador, presumably telling the true story of what happened the night of Pamuk’s death.