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'Downton Abbey' Season 3 episode 4: Lady Sybil's baby arrives, get out the hankies

This might just be the finest episode "Downton Abbey" has ever done. It is certainly a masterclass in acting from everyone involved. Be warned: Don't keep reading if you haven't watched yet. Lady Sybil has died in childbirth. What an absolutely gut-wrenching hour of television. When Sybil goes into labor, there are some issues and Dr. Clarkson wants to move her to the hospital. But Lord Grantham's stuffy specialist Sir Phillip says everything is perfectly normal. And a healthy baby girl arrives. But Sybil goes into seizures in the middle of the night and dies, with her family surrounding her, begging the doctors to do something. By that point it's too late.Kudos to Elizabeth McGovern and Allen Leech as Cora and Tom. Their acting in Sybil's death scene was rip-your-heart-out good. This episode could really be anyone's Emmy reel, though -- from the Crawleys to the staff to Lady Violet. Maggie Smith's small moment at...


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