“Downton Abbey” Season 5, episode 3 put the Crawley women in plenty of scandalous situations. The episode kicked off with Lady Mary’s (Michelle Dockery) scandalous affair, and in the end it was revealed she wasn’t the only one to show affection to a man to whom she wasn’t married. The Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) was familiar with having forbidden feelings.
The episode started with Mary and Tony Gillingham (Tom Cullen) in bed. They stayed in adjoining hotel rooms in London, so no one would know he was sneaking into her room at night. Mary was determined no one know anything about her relationship until she was sure they would be together for the long haul. As they were leaving, Tony kissed Mary on the cheek -- but someone saw them. The Dowager Countess’ butler, Spratt (Jeremy Swift) was at a family member’s wedding in London and happened to see the two.
He went back and told Lady Violet what he had seen. The Dowager Countess was quick on her feet and came up with an elaborate lie to cover. She said they were attending a landowners conference together, and it was completely scheduled.
Sergeant Willis (Howard Ward) made an unscheduled visit to Downton Abbey. He went to Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) about Mr. Green’s murder because a witness had come forward. “Why have you come?” the witness heard Mr. Green ask before he was killed. The officer said Mr. Green was angry about something that had happened while he was at Downton, but Mr. Carson said he didn’t remember anything.
Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) had to ask a favor of Mr. Carson. Her nephew Archie was shot in the war, but he was being left off his hometown’s memorial. She asked Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) to convince Mr. Cason to put the nephew's name on Downton’s war memorial. Mr. Carson turned her down, but Mrs. Hughes couldn’t be too concerned about that. She had bigger problems, like Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) potentially going to prison. She told Anna (Joanne Froggatt) the officer had visited Mr. Carson. Mrs. Hughes, Anna and Lady Mary were the only ones who knew Mr. Bates had motive to kill Mr. Green. Still, Anna was sure they couldn’t hide secrets forever. “They’ll find out somehow,” Anna said.
Anna told Mary about the investigation, and like Mrs. Hughes, Mary said that they would have charged Mr. Bates with murder by now if they had evidence. Still, Anna was being secretive around her husband.
Sergeant Willis returned and said Mr. Green had a problem with Mr. Bates. So the Sergeant asked to question Mr. Bates. Anna’s husband seemed calm while he was questioned, and he knew where he was in York that day. Anna didn’t understand why Mr. Green had said anything about Mr. Bates when they hadn’t really quarreled. “It’s as if he were expecting me to make trouble first, and so he was covering himself in case I did,” Mr. Bates noted.
While Mr. Bates may have convinced the Sergeant he was innocent, Mrs. Hughes realized Mr. Bates very well could have killed Mr. Green. She knew all of the places he visited in York were by the train station. He could easily have made a quick trip to London.
Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) had another crime to which she wanted the details. She thought there was a “missing element” to Miss Baxter’s story about being a thief. She wanted to hear it, so she could judge if Miss Baxter should remain her lady’s maid or not. Thomas (Rob James-Collier) had asked for time off to see his dying father, so Miss Baxter didn’t have to worry about his schemes. The maid told Cora she stole jewelry from her last employer for a man with whom she was in a relationship. He got away and left her to take the blame. Cora, of course, let her stay.
That wasn’t Lady Grantham’s only issue in “Downton Abbey” Season 5, episode 3. Lady Cora was with Mr. Bricker (Richard E. Grant) looking at art in London when Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) came down to surprise her. She had stayed late with Bricker and even had dinner with him, so Robert was left to wait. He was angry his surprise plans were ruined and seemed to think there was something going on with his wife and Mr. Bricker. He didn’t believe the man would really be interested in his wife’s opinions on art.
Lord Grantham wasn’t the only jealous spouse. Mrs. Drewe (Emma Lowndes) was not OK with Lady Edith’s (Laura Carmichael) interest in Marigold. She came home to find Marigold and Edith missing, and she genuinely thought Edith might have taken her. Of course, she was just outside with the animals and Mr. Drewe (Andrew Scarborough). After Edith left, Mrs. Drewe yelled at her husband. Edith shouldn’t be around so much, and she thought they might have feelings for each other. Mr. Drewe went to Downton Abbey and told Edith she had to stay away for a while. Edith ran to her room in tears.
Later, Lady Violet confronted Lady Mary about her affair with Tony. Mary revealed Tony had proposed, but she wasn’t sure if she would accept. Her grandmother, of course, didn’t approve, but the marriage proposal made her feel a little better about the affair.
While talking with Tom (Allen Leech), Mary realized she wasn’t so sure she wanted to marry Tony. She said she thought her judgment was clouded before, and now that she could see clearly, he didn’t seem perfect for her. Tom said he’d support her if she supported him. He wanted her on his side if he decided to pursue courting Miss Bunting (Daisy Lewis) or moving to America. Mary’s grandmother, however, certainly didn’t support her. “Seriously my dear, you have to take control of your feelings before they take control of you,” the Dowager Countess said.
The episode ended with Rose as she entertained Russians. Miss Bunting offended them all quite quickly, but luckily, they were distracted by the family’s Russian artifacts. Prince Kuragin (Rade Sherbediga) recognized a fan the family had on display from Russia. Lady Violet was shocked to see him. He said he gave the fan to Lady Violet, and she looked quite flustered. She had hidden it so that her husband wouldn't see it and get jealous. When the Dowager Countess asked about the prince's wife, he said he had no idea how she was. The two seemed smitten. Mary realized her grandmother understood her feelings for Tony, even if she would never admit it. "I know now that you understand my predicament far better than you let on," Mary said.
“Downton Abbey” Season 5 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on PBS. Do you think Tom will leave for America or start courting Miss Bunting? Sound off in the comments section below!