'Downton Abbey': The Spanish Flu claims its victims


This is the second in a two-part recap of "Downton Abbey" tonight, since the two-hour airing on PBS was really two separate episodes from Britain aired back to back. For part one, check here.UpstairsMuch like the Great War, the Spanish Flu epidemic does not leave Downton untouched. Carson, Lady Cora and Lavinia fall ill, with Lavinia succumbing to her illness in a rather heartbreaking manner. After she catches Matthew kissing Lady Mary, she tells him he should leave her and choose Lady Mary because she's "a little person, an ordinary person."If that isn't sad enough, when she takes a turn for the worse, she says to Matthew that it's better that she's dying because now he won't have to make such a hard decision. It's a two-hankie moment. But Lavinia is not the only victim of the flu. Matthew and Mary's chances are well and truly over, as Matthew cannot bring himself to go running...



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