June 1920. When an aristocrat's home in Ireland is burned to the ground, Branson is found to have been at the burning and is wanted by the police. He escapes to Downton Abbey without Sybil, and the Crawleys are outraged. Sybil eventually returns to Downton safely, and Lord Grantham is able to convince the Home Secretary to allow Branson to remain in England, though he will be arrested if he returns to Ireland.
Anna has not received any letters from Bates and is no longer allowed to visit;;similarly Bates wonders why Anna's letters and visits have stopped. When Bates falls back into the prison guards' favor, he and Anna receive their missing letters.
Ethel decides to let her son live with his grandparents so he can have a better life.
Carson recruits a new footman, Jimmy Kent, who attracts the attention of the female staff and Thomas.
Ivy Stuart, the new kitchen maid, draws Alfred's attention away from Daisy.
Edith writes to the newspaper supporting more widespread women's suffrage.
Carson was very funny with the toaster. I felt sad when Ethel said goodbye to her little boy. I hope Edith gets some encouragement from her family about writing for a newspaper and I wonder if Bates will get out of prison soon. xx