Four engagements and a funeral take place in this one episode, which aired as two in the U.K.
Downton Abbey and its people are returning to their pre-war routine as the last of the medical equipment is carted away. A title card tells us it’s 1919, and the events of the episode take place between February and April.
We need to start with what is by far one of the best soap moments to ever grace the television screen. Matthew and Lavinia are alone in a sitting room, when she notices a spare tea tray. She picks it up to remove it and trips over a footstool. Unthinking, Matthew stands up out of his wheelchair to catch her.
Immediately the whole family is summoned to the sitting room, and they make Matthew get up out of the wheelchair again. Next, Dr. Clarkson is summoned from the village and he’s sheepishly admits that the second opinion he sought out on Matthew’s case was firmly in the he-will-walk-again camp, but he had dismissed it because he didn’t want to give the family false hope. No one seems too bothered by that, so they all move into the dining room for a celebratory dinner. Read More...