Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey - Part Two (Season One)
Airs Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published January 13, 2011 at 1:11 p.m., updated October 18, 2012 at 12:57 p.m.
Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park"), “Downton Abbey,” a four-part series, depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912.
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In the second episode, as Matthew and Isobel, the newly-arrived Crawleys settle into life in the village, Isobel offers her experience with modern medical techniques at the hospital, to the considerable consternation of Violet.
Both Matthew and Mary bristle at the prospect of being matched to one another; still, Matthew indulges Mary's clever barbs even as a suitor in the form of Evelyn Napier is invited for a foxhunt, accompanied by the handsome attaché at the Turkish Embassy, Kemal Pamuk.
Downstairs, secrets reflect the ambitions, shames and desperate hopes of the servants, as housemaid Gwen tries to hide the contents of a heavy box set atop the wardrobe in her room; Carson abandons his customary dignity as he skittishly raids the pantry; and Bates refuses to share the source of his debilitating pain to his co-workers. Their concern and camaraderie markedly contrast the festering discontent of Thomas and O'Brien.
A sinister stranger barges into the house, demanding to speak to Lord Grantham, and an attractive stranger captivates Mary before setting into motion a chain of events that put the fate of Downton Abbey on even less stable ground.
This episode originally aired in 2011.
All episodes from season two of "Downton Abbey" will rebroadcast beginning December 2nd through December 30, 2012.
*Season three will premiere in January 2013! Watch a preview below.