While Lady Edith celebrates an engagement, Lady Mary is left heartbroken after a day at the race, when a deadly crash seems to shatter her dreams of living happily ever after with Henry. Read on for our ‘Downton Abbey’ recap!
While Lady Mary may have reservations about the race, the entire family heads off to join in the fun and watch after Henry Talbot writes to Lord Grantham and invites everyone along. The day takes a somber tone when an unexpected crash leaves a driver dead. Although this week’s episode was a tough one for Mary, Lady Edith finally has some really good news to share. She’s engaged! Read on for more in our Downton Abbey recap.
Now, let’s start with the downstairs crew, shall we? Times are certainly changing at Downton — even the staff has decided to make a life for themselves. Mrs. Patmore is opening her bed and breakfast and Mr. Moseley is going to become a teacher. He gets his test results back and his high score was beyond impressive. Although he gets emotional, it’s definitely the right move for him.
Although Mrs. Patmore has her hands full with her new business venture, she still had time to cook up with the perfect plan to set the world’s most picky newlywed, Mr. Carson, straight. She wraps up Mrs. Hughes’ hand to look like she was injured so that Mr. Carson has to prepare the meal — let’s see how this goes. The meal is late and Mr. Carson is so overwhelmed trying to prepare dinner that he practically falls asleep at the table before even finishing the meal! The prank definitely worked.
The servants enjoy a picnic while the family’s away, and Andrew’s secret is exposed when he’s prompted to read a test question. Barrow is once again shut out, this time in assisting with Andrew’s learning as he decides to go to after-school classes three times a week. Things are taking a very dire turn for Barrow.
We couldn’t be happier that the snooze-fest that was the hospital storyline finally seems to be behind us — but unfortunately not everyone is as eager to move on as we are. The Dowager Countess, still beyond pissed at Cora, decides to go away for a while until she’s less angry — no use in arguing. Although she’s planning to leave before the family returns from the race, she still puts her scheming to good use — and this time, for the sake of cousin Isobel. If cousin Isobel and the Dowager need to start contemplating their future like everyone downstairs, I think they should campaign for a daytime talk show. They’re like the turn-of-the-century Kathie Lee and Hoda.
Lord Merton’s daughter-in-law invites cousin Isobel to her wedding, and the Dowager pays her an unexpected visit to get to the bottom of the invite. It turns out the change of heart is because they want Isobel to reunite with Lord Merton, to serve as a free nurse so the daughter-in-law doesn’t have to be bothered looking after him in his old age — and she also wants to take his home away from him.
Everyone seems surprised by Lady Mary’s interest in Mr. Talbot — including her father, mother, and even Anna, especially when she turned away Tony Gillingham, (I was totally #TeamTony, but that’s besides the point). Opposites may attract, but can they live happily ever after? I guess we’ll have to see.
The Dowager is getting ready to depart for her month away, sailing the Mediterranean and stopping in Cannes — and she’s going off without even telling the family. She wrote to Branson, because he’s the most sensible. Oh how times have changed.
Lady Edith invites her new editor along for the race. Mr. Talbot pops in after dinner unexpectedly, making it clear he’s interested in Lady Mary. I know she’s beyond into him, but let’s get real — he isn’t the first suitor to make grand gestures. What’s different about this one?
The day of the race is here, and Lady Edith’s editor and Tom seem to be hitting it off. Henry kisses Mary before going off to race. Lady Mary has a hard time stomaching the race, and her nerves soar when they hear a big crash. It wasn’t Henry, but he throws himself into the flames in an attempt to drag out the injured driver — it was Henry’s best friend, Charlie. Lady Mary attempts to console him, but he seems shocked and feels responsible for the accident.
The mood at Rosamund’s house is somber and Henry calls for Lady Mary, saying that Charlie’s death made him realize that he wants to know where Lady Mary stands. Unfortunately the race made her realize they aren’t right for each other. He seems shattered and she’s in tears. Tom overhears the conversation and tries to console Mary.
While the rest of the family is dealing with the dire news of the crash, things are definitely looking up for Lady Edith’s love life. Bertie asks for her hand in marriage, and she asks if she can bring Marigold along — and he agrees!
When the family returns, cousin Isobel is waiting to tell the family that cousin Violet had gone away — but she left a present behind: a new dog!
What did you think of this week’s episode?