Series One: Episode Three
We move on to November 1912 and Cora is looking forward to the visit of Evelyn Napier, whom as the son of a peer she sees as a possible husband for Mary. When he comes, however, he has with him Kamal Pamuk, a dashing and handsome Turkish diplomat who has come to England to participate in the Albanian independence negotiations. Rather than consider Napier as a suitor Mary falls heavily for Pamuk. Thomas is also attracted to Pamuk and makes an advance which could get him sacked or worse (homosexuality being an imprisonable offence at the time), but Pamuk offers to keep it secret provided Thomas does something for him – what that is we do not see yet. Meanwhile, Edith is trying to attract Matthew by taking him on tours of the local churches, but while he is fascinated with the architecture he shows no interest in her.
Below stairs two of the servants are trying to make improvements in their lives. Bates has bought a contraption which promises to cure his limp, but it is dangerous and has painful results. Mrs.Hughes, the housekeeper, persuades him to stop using it and shows her compassion in telling Bates that nobody judges him on his disability. Together the two throw the contraption in the lake. Gwen, a housemaid, has been taking a correspondence course to try to qualify as a secretary. This is revealed when O’Brien discovers her typewriter and tells Carson about it. The other servants disapprove, accusing her of thinking herself too good to be in service. However, Bates, Anna and Lady Sybil all encourage her ambition.
After dinner, Pamuk forces himself on Mary and kisses her against her will. She rejects him even though she has obviously been fascinated by him. Later in the night Pamuk gets Thomas (whom he has in his power due to Thomas’ earlier indiscretion) to lead him to Mary’s room, where she allows Pamuk to seduce her. In the middle of the night, Pamuk dies, and Mary has to ask her mother and Anna, the head housemaid, to smuggle the body back to his own room. The scullery maid Daisy sees them doing this without their knowing. Cora is disgusted with Mary but agrees not to tell the Earl in order to save him distress. Mary is distraught at the events and brushes off Napier, who relinquishes any hopes he had of romance.