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- Sybil cannot make it to Mary and Matthew's wedding, but Robert thinks it's for the best.

- Despite Mr. Carson saying no, Miss O'Brien once again goes to Cora with her request to hire her nephew as footman.

- Mr. Bates is in prison, and Anna is fighting to free him.

- The lion's share of Cora's fortune is gone.

- Once again, the future of Downton Abbey is at the fate of funding.

- The new footman is very tall, which is apparently very odd for a footman.

- Sybil and Tom arrive and all talk of Ireland causes uncomfortable situations.

- Ethel is still pursuing Sir Anthony.

- Matthew and Mary return from honeymoon.

- Martha continues to clash with the family about saving Downton Abbey.

- Lord Grantham asks Sir Anthony to stop courting Ethel.

- Thomas does everything he can to ruin Alfred’s chances at success at the Abbey.

- Martha cannot help save Downton this time.

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Downton Abbey Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

Miss O'Brien, we are about to hire a footman, and I have no time to be training hobbledeehoys.

Mr. Carson

May I remind you, Mr. Barrow, that in this house Mr. Bates is a wronged man seeking justice. If you have any problems with that definition, I suggest you eat in the yard.

Mr. Carson