“Downton Abbey” Season 5, episode 4 saw the Crawley women dealing with men outside of their marriages. After Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) realized she didn’t want to marry Tony Gillingham (Tom Cullen), she headed to London to break up with him. The Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) went to see Prince Kuragin (Rade Sherbediga) after he revealed he was in town last week. Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) also realized Robert (Hugh Bonneville) wasn’t wrong to be jealous of Mr. Bricker (Richard E. Grant).
Lady Violet went to town with Isobel (Penelope Wilton) to visit the Russian refugees. She wanted to see Prince Kuragin again. He told her he was a different man now and said his wife was missing. When they returned home, Isobel wanted to know more about the Dowager Countess’ relationship with the prince. Violet revealed the prince had asked her to run away. Her husband had handed her a frame with photos of their children, and suddenly the Dowager Countess knew she couldn’t leave.
Lady Violet didn’t encourage an affair with the former suitor. She did, however, ask Rose’s father, Shrimpy (Peter Egan), if it was possible to start looking for Princess Kuragin. As she asked him for the favor, she promised Shrimpy she wasn’t taking sides as he announced his divorce with Rose’s mother.
Isobel had her own suitor, Lord Merton (Douglas Reith), who proposed. He knew her immediate answer would be no, so he asked her to think about it.
Lady Mary was ending her relationship. She went to a fashion show with Aunt Rosamund (Samantha Bond) in London. While there she ran into Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden) and his date, Mabel Lane Fox (Catherine Steadman). Miss Fox was Tony’s ex, and she excused herself rather quickly. Blake took Lady Mary out to dinner, and she revealed she was breaking up with Tony. She said she liked him, but she didn’t want him to be the father of her children.
Tony believed they had to work through this issue and didn’t believe Mary could just stop having feelings for him. “I refuse to believe that a woman like you, a lady, would give herself to a man without being certain that he is the one,” Tony said.
Anna (Joanne Froggatt) went to London with Lady Mary. She sent a message to Tony to meet Mary in Kensington by the Peter Pan statue. She also wandered around and ended up going to Piccadilly to see the spot where Mr. Green was killed. Unfortunately, she was seen by someone who recognized her and reported her to the police. The sergeant came back to Downton Abbey looking for her at the end of the episode.
Barrow (Rob James-Collier) was also keeping secrets throughout the episode, and Miss Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) was the only one who seemed to care. She tried to get in his room, but he only opened the door to tell her to leave. She saw medical supplies in his room. Later, Miss Baxter asked if Barrow’s father was actually ill. She believed Barrow himself was the one who was sick. He had some sort of treatment he was trying to continue in secret while at Downton. Of course, Barrow wouldn’t tell her anything.
Mrs. Hughes found a magazine Barrow had dropped and asked Miss Baxter to give it to him. Miss Baxter read an ad that said, “Choose your own path.” When Barrow found her, he got angry and ripped the magazine out of her hands.
Edith (Laura Carmichael) was still keeping her secret as well. When she went by the Drewe house, Mrs. Drewe (Emma Lowndes) told her Marigold needed a nap and shut the door in her face. Edith didn’t tell her family about her baby, but she revealed to her father she didn’t want to know Michael Gregson’s fate. “As long as I don’t know for sure, then in a way I’m keeping him alive,” Edith admitted.
Robert had bigger problems. Mr. Bricker returned to Downton to see another painting. Robert wasn’t very happy about it, but Cora was pleased to see the art historian again. However, she quickly realized that Lord Grantham’s suspicions were correct. “I think everything about Downton is beautiful, including its mistress,” Mr. Bricker said. Robert walked in before he could get much further in his confession. Luckily, Lord Grantham hadn't heard anything.
Cora made Robert even more uncomfortable when she insisted Tom (Allen Leech) had to invite Miss Bunting (Daisy Lewis) to dinner. Robert thought Daisy’s (Sophie McShera) lessons with Miss Bunting were getting in the way of her work, so they brought her upstairs with Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) during dinner. They both agreed the lessons were going very well, and Mrs. Patmore said they weren’t interfering with her cooking. Robert claimed he was pleased to hear that, but Miss Bunting questioned if he was being honest. She thought the only thing he wanted was to make sure servants stayed in their place. “Only one thing I would like, and that I would like passionately, and that is to see you never come back!” Robert yelled before leaving the table.
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