Ethel's flirting with Major Bryant lands her in trouble as preparations get under way for a concert at Downton (to keep the men's spirits up). Violet quizzes Mary about her match with Carlisle, but Mary won't be drawn. She is determined to move on from Matthew. The tension continues between Cora and Isobel who both take an active role in running the busy convalescent home. After the near disaster of the General's visit, Branson has promised Carson not to stage any more protests so that he can stay at Downton. But what are his true motives for wanting to stay? Robert receives a letter from Carlisle, which causes him concern forcing an uncomfortable conversation with his eldest daughter. In the servants hall Thomas is enjoying his position as Sergeant in charge of the hospital and revels in the fact that he is no longer under Carson's control.