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The Crawley's discuss the new changes taking place within the government, as Lady Edith is visiting Marigold, who is living with Drewe. 

The 34th anniversary of the Robert and Cora is on the horizon, while the servants begin to prepare it is announced that Tony Gilligham will also be visiting. 

A village delegations visits Downton and asks Mr. Carson to head the committee. The request comes to a shock to Robert and Mr. Carson.

Edith, Rose and Tom visit the school together to attend an awards ceremony. Tom speaks to Mr. Bunting about seeing her again.  Rose comes to see Tom and suggest that he should see Ms. Bunting, but Tom is skeptical that the Grantham's would accept it. 

Cora and Robert discuss the possibility that Isobel will become Lady Merton and have an estate, a husband and position within the county. The prospect does not seem appealing to Violet. Violet and Isobel attend a tea with Lord Merton. 

Mary, Tom and Tony go on a hunt. Mary discusses why she does not want to rush into marriage. Later, Tony makes a shocking proposal to Mary. He suggests that they go away together for a week and get to know each other. 

Rose and Mary decide to invite Ms. Bunting to the anniversary celebration for Tom. Her opinions on the idea of the war memorial raises some conflict at the Grantham dinner table. 

Edith is almost killed in a fire that starts in her room, but Thomas saves her. As a result, Cora forgives Thomas for lying to her about Baxter. 


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Downton Abbey Season 5 Episode 1 Quotes

I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on. That everything I believe in will be tested and held up for ridicule over the next few years.


Violet: You should write a book: Daughter's-in-law and how to survive them.