"Upstairs Downstairs" The Last Waltz (TV Episode 2012) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • With war inevitable and her marriage in ruins, Lady Agnes takes her children to the countryside, leaving her husband to carry on with her sister, in an affair which soon becomes noticed downstairs. Harry and Beryl get engaged and plan to emigrate to America, though Beryl almost backs out when she learns of her boyfriend's fling with Persie. Harry blackmails Sir Hallam into giving him the money for the passage in return for keeping quiet about his affair with Persie. Pritchard forms a romance with lady's-maid Violet Whisset when they are chosen to organize the annual servants' ball, but she rejects him on learning that he was a conscientious objector in the Great War. Later, a returning Lady Agnes finds Pritchard ill with drink and emotional on the area steps.

  • With their relations at a low ebb, Lady Agnes decides to take the children to Buckinghampshire for an indefinite stay. She's not aware that her husband Hallam and sister Persie are now having a full-blown affair. It doesn't take long for the staff to realize what is going on. Hallam comes to realize that Persie may still be carrying on her flirtation with the Germans. Pritchard has been appointed as the servants' representative for the annual servants ball at the Royal Albert Hall. At the committee meeting he meets Violet Whisset and they soon start seeing each other on their half-days off. It all comes to a grinding halt when she learns about his objecting to serve in the first World War. Harry suggests to Beryl that they get visas and go live in America. It comes with a proposal of marriage. He doesn't quite have enough cash but finds a way to get it.


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