INT. DOWNTON ABBEY – DAY
LORD GRANTHAM is on the telephone.
(puts down telephone receiver)
Good god. War has just been declared.
Enter MATTHEW in full military uniform.
I’ve signed up and have just completed three months’ basic training. I’m now going to say something that Mary will find offensive before I go off to The War.
I’m taking offence!
MARY turns her head away.
I’m going off to The War.
LADY CORY GRANTHAM
Let’s turn Downton into a convalescence hospital for officers.
In the background, we see CARSON wheeling in a hospital bed.
MATTHEW re-enters the room.
I’m back from The War. Now I’m going to make up to Mary before I go back to The War.
Oh, Matthew! All is forgiven. Please take my lucky gonk. And God speed!
Actually, I’m now back from The War having already gone back to The War since the last time I came back from The War earlier in this scene. But now, I’m gravely injured and unconscious.
It’s okay, because I’ve already recovered. And my fiance has conveniently died. So now we can totally be together.
The telephone rings. CARSON answers it and hands the receiver to LORD GRANTHAM who listens briefly.
Good god. Peace has been declared. The War is over.
In the background, we see CARSON wheeling a hospital bed out of the house.