Mary was blindsided by four little words on this week’s ‘Downton Abbey.’
After hitting it off swimmingly last week, Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Tony (Tom Cullen) continued Operation: Replace Matthew on the Jan. 19 episode of Downton Abbey. There was laughter, there was dancing and there was… a proposal?!
Yes, Tony popped the question after only a few days with Mary — he must have a thing for ice queens — but don’t go telling one of those downstairs-y types to bring up champagne just yet. Mary turned down Tony’s proposal, explaining that Matthew still fills her head, and that she doesn’t want to let him go yet.
I was disappointed with Mary’s decision — What can I say? I love weddings! — but then again, I think she was disappointed with herself, too. At the end of the episode, she told Tom (Allen Leech) she’d made a decision she believes she’ll soon regret; is anyone else hoping Tony books a one-way ticket back to Downton ASAP?
Tom + Evil Lady’s Maid + Baby Makes 3?
Meanwhile, Tom was forced to face the consequences of his under-sheet shenanigans, and he did so like any bro would… by explaining to Edna that he was “very drunk” and that it never should have happened. After that romantic confession, Edna countered with the question every guy dreams of hearing after a one-night stand: If I’m pregnant, will you marry me? So awkward.
Riddled with guilt, concern and a slew of other emotions too difficult for Tom to comprehend on his own, he turned to Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) to save the day. The no-nonsense lady tricked Edna into confessing that she wasn’t pregnant because, as we all know, Mrs. Hughes has the best pa-pa-pa poker face at the abbey.
So, to recap the score… Mrs. Hughes: one. Trifling lady’s maid: zero.
Jack & Rose Make Sweet Music
This might sound crazy, but for the first time since her introduction, Rose (Lily James) wasn’t the most insufferable part of this week’s episode! In fact, I dare say her storyline was actually entertaining!
During a night at London’s Lotus Club, Rose’s date made a quick dash from the dance floor after a few too many glasses of champagne, leaving her all alone and vulnerable. Fortunately, a handsome chap named Jack Ross — the show’s much-hyped first recurring black character, played by Gary Carr — was quick to pick Rose back up, giving her a dance she’ll never forget.
Based on the family’s reaction to Rose cavorting with a black guy — and this was the younger, more liberal side of the family, mind you — I can’t wait to see what will happen, should Rose and Jack become more serious.
What will the Dowager Countess say?!
Edith Gives Up The Goods
Edith (Laura Carmichael) may be “about as mysterious as a bucket,” which is one of my favorite Mary lines to date, but she surprised everyone this week by letting her freak flag fly with Michael Gregson.
Lady Rosamund was in full-on Judge Judy mode when Edith returned to her house in the wee hours of the morning, having clearly just left the bone zone with Michael.
HollywoodLifers, do you wish Mary had accepted Tony’s proposal? Are you hoping for more Rose-Jack action? And how proud are you of Edith for finally getting laid? Drop a comment with your review of this week’s Downton Abbey below.
— Andy Swift