Series Three: Episode Six
Autumn 1920. The whole family and the servants are all in mourning for Sybil. Branson announces that he plans to have his new daughter christened Sybil and brought up as a Catholic, both of which ideas Lord Grantham fiercely opposes. However, the rest of the family point out to him that the baby is a Branson, not a Crawley, and he has the right to do as he pleases. Meanwhile Cora is still furious with her husband for not following Dr Clarkson's advice to save Sybil, and will not allow him back into their bedroom.
Ethel tells Isobel how much she empathises with Cora's suffering, knowing what it is like to lose a child. Isobel decides to hold a lunch party for the ladies of Downton, and Ethel, despite her lack of cooking skills, offers to make something special. Mrs Patmore agrees to help, despite Carson's orders that nobody should go to Crawley House because of Ethel's presence. With her help the food turns out to be a great success, but Lord Grantham embarrasses himself by bursting in and demanding that the ladies leave due to the presence of a woman who had had a “bastard child" and worked as a prostitute. Cora refuses to leave and in the end Lord Grantham is humiliated.
Violet persuades Dr Clarkson to modify his opinions about the cause of Sybil's death. She summons Cora and Lord Grantham to a meeting with the doctor; Lord Grantham attempts to apologise for not taking his advice, but Dr Clarkson tells the pair that having researched the matter he feels that a caesarean would only have had a very small chance of success, and might have just given Sybil unnecessary pain when she was going to die anyway. Cora and her husband are reconciled because of this news.
Bates discovers that his former cellmate and a corrupt guard have stolen his letters and found out about Mrs Bartlett, and have tipped her off about plans to use her evidence. When Mr Murray goes to visit her, she denies having said any of the things which she said to Anna. Bates, Mr Murray and Anna all meet and realise that Mrs Bartlett has been “got at". Bates confronts his former cellmate and tells him that unless the corrupt guard is persuaded to tell Mrs Bartlett to change her evidence, he will expose the drug dealing the two have been doing.
Daisy goes to see her late husband, William's, father, and discovers that he wants to leave his farm to her. She is surprised, having thought that she would live out her life in service, but he points out that her working life will be another forty years, and it is unlikely that establishments like Downton will survive that long.