As Georgina marries and Richard retires, the servants realize British social changes are imminent.
The 1929 U.S. stock market crash affects the household's financial well-being, from master to servant.
The Marquis of Stockbridge (Anthony Andrews) ignores parental disapproval and asks Georgina to marry him.
Georgina's (Lesley-Anne Down) renewed associations with an irresponsible group of young socialites results in tragedy.
The servants cope with rustic conditions at a fishing lodge; James reveals feelings for Georgina.
Georgina's friendship with a wild society girl leads to a row at a London film studio and a servant's resignation.
The servants quarrel violently when Hudson cannot make arrangements for an important dinner party.
Hudson has difficulty keeping the staff in line when the 1926 General Strike divides the household.
Virginia creates a dilemma for the Bellamys by accepting an invitation from a wealthy, influential man.
The household suspects the worst when Hudson is spotted at the Wembley Exhibition with a young woman.
Bored James faces scandal when he becomes involved with an old love now married to his best friend.
Virginia's daughter acquires a puppy and a governess when her brother leaves for boarding school.
Anxiety grips the household when James and his attractive young stepmother fail to return from an airplane ride.
James and Georgina throw a Roaring '20s fancy-dress party, but tragedy mars the festivities.
James, having been released from the army as an invalid, decides upon politics as a worthwhile occupation.
At the war's conclusion, family concerns focus upon Richard's future plans with his new wife, Virginia.
James goes to live at Somerby, once the estate of old friends, now a convalescent home for officers.
James recuperates at Eaton Place; Richard helps Virginia Hamilton's son in a court-martial proceeding.
The Bellamys await news of James, who was blown into a shell-crater and presumably captured by Germans.
Lady Prudence commandeers 165 Eaton Place in order to stage a tableau-matinee to benefit the Red Cross.
Daisy receives news of Edward; a young widow wants Richard's backing for an educational program for orphans.
Rose seeks news of missing Gregory from a spiritualist; Hazel's love for James rekindles when he returns.
Hazel is attracted to a wounded officer; Georgina is sent to a field hospital in France.
Hazel and Lady Prudence disagree on holding a tea party; Australian Gregory Wilmot returns to London as a sergeant.
Georgina becomes unhappy with work at the hospital; Hazel influences an officer to have James reposted to the front.
Edward and Daisy wed; Georgina curbs social activities to help in a hospital; Ruby finds a new job.
Hudson becomes actively anti-German; Georgina tries to avoid sentimentality when saying goodbye to soldiers.
During a dinner, James describes the shortcomings of the British army; Edward and Daisy become engaged.
The war in Europe becomes more real when the Bellamys take in Belgian refugees; Edward enlists in the army.
Impending war dims Georgina's first social season; Daisy and Edward plan their future; a suitor calls on Mrs. Bridges.
James' growing affection for Georgina and his criticism of Hazel's behavior put a strain on their marriage.
Rose meets cheerful Australian Gregory Wilmot, who asks her to marry him shortly after they begin dating.
A detective overhears Edward tell of seeing Lord Charles Seymour coming out of Lady Tewkesbury's room.
Lady Georgina befriends a young housemaid and celebrates Christmas by visiting the slums of London.
A guest accosts Hazel in her bedroom during a hunting weekend at Lord and Lady Newbury's country house.
Richard Bellamy stands on his honor when he is suspected of selling confidential parliamentary material.
A beautiful, penniless French countess and the new housemaid try to become the next Mrs. Richard Bellamy.
Rose agrees to shelter a former servant, unaware that he is wanted for the ax-murder of an elderly homosexual.
Lady Prudence visits the Bellamys often; a dark secret prompts Hazel to refuse James' proposal.
James spends a weekend at a country estate and meets an old friend; Hudson is offered a position at Somerby.
The Bellamys learn Lady Marjorie probably died in the Titanic disaster; James continues pursuing Miss Forrest.
Lady Marjorie prepares for a trip to New York, while Richard works on a biography of his father-in-law.
A surprise visit from Sarah disturbs the celebration of Lady Marjorie's birthday and James' return.
Richard offers Sarah and Watkins a home, but Lady Marjorie insists they leave before James returns.
Lady Marjorie is shocked to learn the family may lose its home and that Elizabeth is scandalizing London.
Elizabeth holds a secret suffragette meeting at Eaton Place and enlists help in freeing Rose from prison.
The arrival of Lady Marjorie's mother and her companion and a missing diamond brooch cause a scandal below stairs.
The birth of Elizabeth's illegitimate daughter sparks a confrontation between Nanny and Sarah.
Richard's jealous brother, Arthur, tells him he has evidence Hudson is leading a double life.
Thomas and Sarah become involved in blackmail concerning Lady Marjorie's former affair.
The Bellamys try to entertain the King of England upstairs while Sarah delivers their grandchild below.
News that Elizabeth is pregnant by another man shatters the Bellamys' plan to have her marriage annulled.
Relations between Elizabeth and Lawrence become increasingly strained as she yearns for a baby.
Pregnant Sarah goes to see the Bellamys; they summon their solicitor to avoid scandal.
Newlyweds Elizabeth and Laurence set up housekeeping in Greenwich, where jealous Elizabeth lashes out at Rose.
Elizabeth wants to move in with Lawrence but not get married, but Lawrence persuades her to go through with a wedding.
Rebellious Elizabeth's family and servants disapprove of her new group of socialist acquaintances.
An unscrupulous valet uses Sarah as a pawn in a scheme to steal valuable figurines from the Bellamys.
The Bellamys rescue Sarah from a soup kitchen and bring her back to Eaton Place, where Rose snubs her.
Shortly after the servants note her strange behavior, Mrs. Bridges is arrested for kidnapping a baby.
Mrs. Van Groeben forbids romance between her footman, William, and Lady Marjorie's kitchenmaid, Emily.
Richard and the servants suspect Lady Marjorie of having an affair with dashing young Capt. Charles Hammond.
Richard is blackmailed when he demands justice from the unscrupulous seducer of pregnant housemaid Mary.
A homosexual German spy staying with the Bellamys romances Elizabeth as a cover for his true interests.
Elizabeth, newly graduated from a German finishing school, finds English society and duties unbearable.
A wild party ensues when Rose, Sarah and Alfred are left home alone at the Bellamys to clean the house.
An artist painting Lady Marjorie's portrait scandalizes the Bellamys with a painting of Rose and Sarah.
The servants put uppity newcomer Sarah to the test when she joins the downstairs ranks at Eaton Place.