Downton Abbey season 5

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Season 5[edit]

Episode #5.1 (2014)[edit]

INT. DINING ROOM – Robert, Mary, Tom, Tony, Cora, Violet, Isobel, Carson, Kitty, Rose, "Man", Lady Anstruther, Sarah:
Robert make a speech.
Robert: Marriage is a lottery, as we are often told, but I am a man who has drawn a winning ticket. I have been awarded a bumper prize: beauty, brains, a heart, a conscience, all in one. I give you my Cora, the best companion in the world.
Mary: Mama.
Tom: Lady Grantham.
Tony: What a tribute.
Cora: Indeed. If only it were true!
Violet: What's happened to Molesley's hair?
Isobel: Carson, Lady Mary tells me that you're to lead the Memorial Committee.
Carson: That is so, madam. Yes.
Isobel: You'll drive it splendidly.
Kitty: Rose, is that friend of yours terribly clever?
Rose: She's Tom's friend, not mine, but I think so. Yes.
Kitty: She certainly thought I was terribly stupid.
Man: Well, let's not shoot her down for that.
(Carson sees Lady Anstruther put a paper in Jimmy’s Pocket.)
Tony: No, thank you. Do you know that footman?
Lady Anstruther: Yes, he used to work for me. It's always nice to see a friendly face.
Mary: Especially a friendly, pretty face.
Sarah: I'm not convinced these memorials are a good idea, but I suppose that's a different issue.
Tony: Why not? Won't they give people a focus for their sorrow?
Mary: And a reminder of the sacrifices that were made.
Sarah: If it were a memorial service, then I might agree, but a stone edifice on the green, to remind us for ever of death and a pointless war - what's the good of that? To say nothing of the waste of money.
Robert: Forgive me, but you're talking nonsense.
Isobel: Forgive me, but I suppose she's allowed an opinion.
Robert: Not that opinion. Not in this house.
Tom: I think what she means is…
Robert: She is here as your friend, so of course you must defend her.
Tom: But was the war worth fighting? What did it achieve, beyond the Russian Revolution?
Sarah: Millions of men dead and no more 'justice' than there was before.
Robert: You are wrong, both of you. But we must strive to keep things light.
Sarah: It's a pity they didn't want you on their Committee. You put up a stout defence of their intentions.
(Everyone don’t talk. Carson wants to save Robert’s honor)
Carson: They do want His Lordship on the Committee. Forgive me, My Lord. I'd have told you later, but they held a meeting this afternoon, and they would like you as their patron.
Cora: Oh, how nice. I dare say that was always their plan.
Carson: I dare say it was, Your Ladyship.
Robert: I should be glad to accept.
Violet: Now, if you can all put your swords away, perhaps we can finish our dinner in a civilised manner.
Isobel: But I admire it, when young people stand up for their principles.
Violet: Principles are like prayers. Noble, of course, but awkward at a party.

Episode #5.2 (2014)[edit]


Anna comes in to take protections.

Man: Yes, miss.
Anna: Erm Is there a lady I could deal with?
Man: Very good, madam. If you'll just wait there.
(A customer enters)
Anna: I've not quite made up my mind. Why not serve the gentleman first?
Customer: That's kind of you. Packet of safety razor blades, please.
Man: That's sixpence, sir. Thank you.
Woman: If we keep this up we'll have another customer along soon.
Anna: Yes. Erm I would like to buy one of these.
Woman: I can see you're married.
Anna: I am married, yes.
Woman: But you don't with for any more children.
Anna: That's it. That's right.
Woman: There is always abstinence.
Anna: Of course there is but I don't want to take any risks because of my health.
Woman: Oh, I see. Well, that does put a slightly different colour on it. Three and eleven.
Anna: Keep the change.
Woman: What about the instructions? They can be very difficult to manage.
Anna: I'm sure it's perfect. Thank you.


Cora sees their guest front of a paint.
Cora: Mr Bricker.
Mr Bricker: This is wonderfully kind of you.
Cora: You can see the painting now or after dinner or wait until tomorrow.
Cora: It's entirely up to you.
Mr Bricker: I think I'd like a glimpse of it later this evening.
Mr Bricker: I can take a proper look in the daylight with my wits about me.
Robert: You look as if you've spent the winter away from these shores.
Mr Bricker: I've been in Alexandria.
Robert: Really? I don't envy you. I'm not very good at abroad.

Rose leaves.

Blake: I loved Rose's definition of ordinary life. Dancing and shopping and seeing one's friends. I'm going to bed too. I'm worn out.
Mary: But I hope you'll be happy for me. If it is Tony in the end.
Blake: Nothing will make me happier than seeing you happy. But please be absolutely sure before you decide.
Mary: Why do you say that?
Blake: Because you're cleverer than he is. That might have worked in the last century when ladies had to hide their brains behind good manners and breeding. But not now.
Mary: I don't agree. I think Tony is quite as clever as I am.
Blake: Then one of us is right and one is wrong.
Mary: You not fair. I'm not some overheated housemaid drooling over a photograph of Douglas Fairbanks.
Blake: Plantagenets are as susceptible as housemaids when it comes to sex.
Mary: Are we talking about sex or love?
Blake: That is a question mankind has wrestled with since the dawn of time. Good night.

Episode #5.3 (2014)[edit]

Violet and Isobel:

Violet: Oh, what is the latest from your ageing Romeo?
Isobel: If it's of interest, I haven't heard anything from him ~ since you and I last met.
Violet: Oh, how disappointing.
Isobel: To you, perhaps. Not especially to me. By the way, how is Spratt?
Violet: He's well, I think. Why do you ask?
Isobel: He wasn't there to open the door. I wondered if he might be ill.
Violet: Oh, no. He's not ill. He's in Liverpool. His niece got married yesterday and Spratt had to take her down the aisle.
Isobel: Oh. It seems unlikely to think of Spratt with a private life.
Violet: Hm. Yes. Unlikely and extremely inconvenient.
Isobel: But you can't begrudge him that. Servants are human beings too.
Violet: Yes. But preferably only on their days off.

Violet and Spratt:

Violet: I hope you're not too tired after your exertions.
Spratt: Ooh, M'Lady. I'm not tired exactly.
Violet: Oh, good. I'm glad if the wedding was a success.
Spratt: Oh. The wedding was a success. Yes.
Violet: Spratt, I have told you before, I do not appreciate a man of mystery. If you have something to say, say it.
Spratt: I would, Your Ladyship, but it may not be quite right for me to tell.
Violet: Well, if that is the case then do no say it. Do you have some other business?
Spratt: Only that it may not be mine to tell, but it is, in a way, yours.
Violet: You're testing me, Spratt. And I warn you, being tested does not bring out the best in me.
Spratt: No, Your Ladyship.
Violet: I will not repeat myself. Either impart this piece of information, if you can empower yourself to do so, or go.
Spratt: Very well. I hope Lady Mary enjoyed her time in Liverpool.
Violet: What?
Spratt: I was standing outside the Grand Hotel this morning, M'Lady, when I saw her come out with her suitcases. She was accompanied by Lord Gillingham who had clearly also been staying in the hotel.
Violet: Well, yes. They were both staying there. They were attending an informal conference of northern landowners. Lord Gillingham thought Lady Mary might derive benefit from it.
Spratt: So you knew about it?
Violet: Of course I did. Why? What do you imagine you were witnessing?
Spratt: Well
Violet: Nothing vulgar, I hope! Nothing beneath the dignity of a butler of this house.
Spratt: Oh. Nothing of that sort, M'Lady.
Violet: I'm glad to hear it. Now, if you'll be good enough to let me drink my brandy in peace.
Spratt: Your Ladyship.

Diasy, Carson, Hughes:

Daisy: Oh, by the way, Mr Carson…
Carson: Yes, Daisy.
Daisy: You wouldn't mind if I were to sit an examination, would you? I mean, not now. But when I'm ready for it.
Carson: That's a question for Mrs Patmore or Mrs Hughes.
Daisy: But you don't object?
Carson: Well, since you ask, I'm not convinced any of this extra work is necessary for your place in the scheme of things.
Hughes: My advice Daisy is to go as far in life as God and luck allow.


(Mary, Spratt, Violet:) Mary is arrived.

Mary: Thank you, Spratt.
Spratt: I trust you enjoyed your stay in Liverpool, M'Lady?
Violet: You found it extremely interesting, didn't you, dear?
Mary: Yes, I did. I think we'll have some tea. Thank you, Spratt.
Spratt: Very good, Your Ladyship.
Mary: Obviously, it's very shocking to someone of your generation.
Violet: Don't let us hide behind the changing times, my dear. This is shocking to most people in 1924.
Mary: Yes.
Violet: Can we be confident that there will be no unwanted epilogue?
Mary: You can be quite sure.
Violet: Well, I must say that makes a nice…
Mary: A nice what?
Violet: A nice kettle of fish. Is there any chance of a proposal?
Mary: Every chance. He already has. He wants to set the date.
Violet: Oh. Oh, I see. Well, I'm not saying I approve because I don't. But it does put things in rather a different light.
Mary: Yes.
Violet: When will you announce it?
Mary: I'm not sure. We haven't decided.
Violet: Then you'd better get on with it. If I was seduced by a man, I would not let any grass grow under his feet if he'd offered to do the decent thing.
Mary: I wasn't seduced, Granny.
Violet: A young woman of good family who finds herself in the bed of a man who is not her husband has invariably been seduced.
Mary: She couldn't have gone to bed with him of her own free will?
Violet: NOT if she was the daughter of an Earl.

(Spratt comes back)

Violet: Oh, there you are, Spratt. Lady Mary's been telling me all about her conference.
Spratt: I hope you found it interesting, M'Lady.
Mary: I learned a great deal that I never knew before.
Violet: Thank you, Spratt.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, to Lady Mary Crawley:

Violet: I hope his arrival means you intend to make it public.
Mary: Darling, granny, you know how much I value your advice…
Violet: Which means you intend to ignore it.
Mary: The point is I won't be hurried into anything. Not by you or him.
Violet: But if you weren't certain, why on earth did you go to bed with him? Well, in my day a lady was incapable of feeling physical attraction until she had been instructed to do so by her mama.
Mary: I don't believe that.
Violet: Seriously, my dear, you have to take control of your feelings before they take control of you.

Episode #5.4 (2014)[edit]

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Isobel Crawley:

Violet: Hope is a tease designed to prevent us accepting reality.
Isobel: You only say that to sound clever.
Violet. I know. You should try it.

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Isobel Crawley:

Isobel: Lord Grantham sounds rather more subtle than I'd realized.
Violet: Well, like all Englishmen of his type, he hid his qualities beneath a thick blanket of convention so I didn't see who he really was at first.
Isobel: It's lucky you found out in time...If it was in time.
Violet: I forget.

Robert and Violet:

Robert: He flatters her. He keeps asking her opinion on everything.
Violet: Well, don't you ever ask her opinion?
Robert: Of course I do. Sometimes.

Robert Crawley, Sarah Bunting, Mary:

Robert: Obviously, the lessons have proved successful. I'm pleased to hear it.
Sarah: Are you, Lord Grantham?
Mary: Oh, for heaven's sake, let it go. You've proved your point.
Sarah: Have I, though? All I've proved is that Lord Grantham would like us serfs to stay in our allotted place from cradle to grave.
Robert (angrily): There is only one thing I would like and that I would like passionately. It is to see you leave this house and never come back! (He leaves the room)
Mary: Happy now?

Violet and Edith:

Violet: Edith, dear, are you still writing that very interesting column?
Edith: Yes, Granny.
Violet: Oh, you must show me some of them. What is the latest one about?
Edith: What are they all about? The way the world is changing.

Episode #5.5 (2014)[edit]

Rose, Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Robert, and Rosamund:

Rose: I say, some man has opened a nudist colony at Wickford on Essex.
Violet: What do you mean a man's opened a colony in Essex?
Robert: Not that sort of colony, mama. It's for people who want to take all their clothes off.
Violet: In Essex? Isn't it terribly damp?
Rosamund: Would that make a difference?
Violet: Well, yes, if you had no clothes on.

Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore:

Mrs. Hughes: Would you like me to leave?
Mrs. Patmore: I'd love to think I have a secret that was too indelicate for a lady's ear but I haven't.

Rosamund to Edith:

Rosamund: I gave up ten months of my life to make sure she came safely into the world.

Robert and Tom:

Robert: I would only say this, Tom: In your time here you've learned both sides of the argument, befriended people you'd once have seen as enemies.
Tom: That's true.
Robert: You should be proud.
Robert: Five years ago, would you have believed you could be friendly with my mother?
Tom: (CHUCKLES) I'm not sure I'd have believed it five minutes ago.
Robert: Don't make nothing of what you've achieved.
Robert: That's all.

Violet and Dr Clarkson talking about Isobel Crawley and Lord Merton:

Dr Clarkson: May I ask to what do I owe the pleasure of this visit?
Violet: I'll get straight down to it.
Violet: You know how Lord Merton likes to display his interest in all things medical? At least, he likes to, when in the company of Mrs Crawley.
Dr Clarkson: Your confidence is a compliment.
Violet: I confide in you, Dr Clarkson, because I must.
Violet: Only you can help.
Dr Clarkson: That is more flattering still.
Violet: It's the family's fault, really.
Violet: We've trained her in our ways, and the earnest and intellectual 'bonne bourgeoise' has been replaced by a rather less definable figure.
Dr Clarkson: Are you saying you liked her better when she was more middle-class?
Violet: No, I wouldn't go that far.
Dr Clarkson: But you understood her better.
Violet: Precisely.
Violet: Now I do not know who she is.
Violet: I do not know what it is she wants.
Dr Clarkson: Well, there are many who wouldn't be puzzled by the desire to marry a lord and live in a palace.
Dr Clarkson: Can I ask you a personal question?
Violet: I've lived through great wars and my share of grief.
Violet: I think I can manage an impertinent question from a doctor.
Dr Clarkson: Do you perhaps resent the idea of a change of position for Mrs Crawley?
Violet: I'm sorry.
Violet: I do not quite grasp your question.
Violet: It bewilders me.
Violet: But I will say this: Do you wish to see her live a life devoid of industry and moral worth?
Dr Clarkson: I do not.
Violet: And when the glitter is tarnished, you know, what then? A hollow existence in a large and draughty house, with a man who bores her to death.
Dr Clarkson: It's a terrible prospect.
Violet: So our duty is clear.

Mrs Hughes and Mrs Patmore:

Mrs Hughes: That's nice of you.
Mrs Hughes: I'll just let Mr Carson know.
Mrs Patmore: Oh, could you leave it, for a moment? He's given me his view, about my money.
Mrs Patmore: He says I should put it into a building firm, WP Moss, or, if not them, then into some other building opportunity.
Mrs Hughes: And you don't want to?
Mrs Patmore: It's not that, exactly.
Mrs Patmore: But I don't know about building, and I don't like to put money into something I don't understand.
Mrs Hughes: Then why did you ask him?
Mrs Patmore: Because he's a man, I suppose.
Mrs Hughes: I'm not sure that's a good enough reason.
Mrs Patmore: Nor am I now.
Mrs Patmore: But I don't want to hurt his feelings.
Mrs Hughes: I wish men worried about our feelings a quarter as much as we worry about theirs.

Rosamund and Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham:

Rosamund: I don't know what you mean, Mama.
Rosamund: You question my motives every time I come here.
Rosamund: It's as if I weren't welcome.
Violet: Just tell me: what were you and Edith discussing in such a huddle?
Rosamund: Well, it is very hard-
Violet: Rosamund, you are addressing your mother, not the Committee of the Women's Institute.
Rosamund: I'm afraid you've read somewhere that rudeness in old age is amusing, which is quite wrong, you know.
Violet: It's about the child, isn't it? That is the secret you share.
Violet: We both know you are not leaving my house until I learn the truth.
Violet: So, shall I have a bed made up for you here, or are you going to tell me now?

Episode #5.6 (2014)[edit]

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Isobel:

Violet: I do apologize.
Isobel: Oh, don't. I'm enjoying it immensely.
Violet: That's what I was afraid of.

Dr. Clarkson:

Dr. Clarkson: Harsh reality is better than false hope.

Robert and Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham:

Robert: Maybe it would be good for (Edith) to have a bit of time on her own to think.
Violet: All this endless thinking. It's very overrated. I blame the war. Before 1914, nobody thought about anything at all.

Episode #5.7 (2014)[edit]

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Rosamund:

Violet: We have to tell Cora.
Rosamund: Well isn't that rather a betrayal?
Violet: If anything happens to Edith and Cora learns later we knew all along, she would never forgive us. And I wouldn't blame her. You see, as a mother, it is her right.
Rosamund: But you don't plan to tell Robert. He is Edith's father.
Violet: He's a man. Men don't have rights.

Mary and Violet:

Mary: What's the matter, granny?
Violet: I was worried about Edith.
Mary: I can't think why.
Violet: My dear, a lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears.

Episode #5.8 (2014)[edit]

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Lord Sinderby:

Violet: Is it a long list, Lord Sinderby? The things you disapprove of?
Sinderby: No, as long as I can steer clear of card sharps and undercooked fish.

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham:

Violet: Love is a far more dangerous motive than dislike.

Susan and Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham:

Susan: I don't believe it. Is that it? Am I just expected to be a good loser?
Violet: It's too late for that, my dear, far too late.

Susan and Rose:

Susan: Whatever I said or did was done from love.
Rose: I'm afraid we must have different definitions of the word.

Lady Anville and Cora:

Lady Anville: I do feel for you. It must be very trying but I so admire you for putting on a good face.
Cora: I wonder if you remember that my father was Jewish.
Lady Anville: Oh. I'm afraid I, that is, how interesting.

Barrow and Miss Denker:

Barrow: Why are you bullying him, Miss Denker? Can't you pick on someone your own age?
Denker: He'll have fun when he gets there.
Barrow: Maybe, but I suspect you're a bad influence all the same.
Denker: Then I suspect we have something in common, Mr. Barrow.
Barrow: Cheeky!


Mary: Now that Lord Sinderby and Lady Flincher both have a reason to look down on the other, that should keep them quiet.

Episode #5.9=christmas special (2014)[edit]