Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8

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Sybil and Branson elope

Sybil and Branson run off together

April 1919. Preparations are under way for Matthew and Lavinia’s wedding,

Lady Sybil plans on marrying Branson, to the shock and horror of her parents. Robert tries to bribe Branson into leaving, but Branson won’t have any part of it. Later, Lord Grantham reluctantly gives his blessing to their union as the young couple leave for Ireland.

The Spanish flu descends on Downton Abbey. Cora, Carson and Lavinia are all ill. Dr. Clarkson fears for Cora’s life, but O’Brien faithfully nurses her back to health.

Thomas Barrow’s foray into the black market was a miserable failure and he finds himself penniless and without a job.

The flame between Matthew and Mary still burns. They share a kiss but Lavinia sees them. When Lavinia is taken ill, she tells Matthew they should end their engagement. When Lavinia dies, Matthew tells Mary he is too wracked with guilt to consider a relationship with Mary.

Did Lavinia die of the flu or a broken heart?

Major Bryant’s parents want to see Ethel, but all they really want is custody of the baby. She tells them she’s keeping her son.

Anna and Bates marry in secret. Bates is arrested for the murder of his late ex wife.

Quotes from Downton Abbey Season 2 Episode 8

Countess Violet: Don’t be defeatist, dear, it’s very middle-class.

Mary: Aren’t we all stuck with the choices that we make?

Robert (to Cora): If you’re turning American on me, I’m going downstairs.

Branson (to Robert): You think you have the monopoly on honor.