Downton Abbey Season 3 Episode 2: April 1920
Downton's future looks bleak after recent financial setbacks so Mary and the Dowager Countess put their heads together to persuade Mrs. Levinson to save the estate (again). But their plan stalls when the oven breaks down, leaving Mrs. Levinson to party on in her own American way. She soon makes it clear that she cannot provide the family any more money as her late husband tied up the estate, not unlike the measures Violet's husband did before his death. In the meantime, O'Brien and Thomas declare war against one another as O'Brien's nephew Alfred succeeds in his new role as valet to Matthew and attracts the attention of Mrs. Levinson's forward American maid. Amid the madness, Mrs. Hughes worries she may have cancer, leaning on only Mrs. Patmore and Doctor Clarkson to get her through the crisis. The forever curious Isobel Crawley discovers former Downtown maid Ethel has become a prostitute while Edith sets her sights on the aged Anthony Strallan.