All Hail Mary, Downton Abbey, Season 4, Episode 3
WARNING: Spoilers follow..
Where Downton Abbey is concerned, its all about Mary, all the time. This week yet another man, falls for her icy charms. There was Pamuk, Matthew of course, Carlisle, even Anthony Strallan found her irresistible when she briefly flirted with him to get even with Edith back in Season One. Now it is Lord Gillingham’s turn to fall at her feet. Gillingham was one of the invitees in last episode’s house party. A party organized especially for who else, but Mary.
Some of this week’s action took place in London. A new character was also introduced, a handsome black Jazz singer named Jack Ross. Any guesses on who is sweet on him after he rescues her from an awkward situation on the dance floor, of course it has to be Rose. Aren’t you glad that the Titanic has already sunk about twelve years ago? Also in London but not at the club is Edith, she is with Gregson. She got caught sneaking up the stairs next morning by her aunt’s servant and was given a stern talking to by her aunt. Poor Edith, damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. Gregson also had her sign some papers. Fishy! This is headed for disaster.
Anyway coming back to our Lady of Downton, after only two meetings, Lord Gillingham is so taken with Mary that he behaves like a lovesick school boy, following Mary all the way to Downton after their evening of dancing and merriment to propose marriage. I fail to see what makes icicle Mary so irresistible. Can someone please explain? In case you were wondering she refuses since she is not over Matthew yet, but is later shown having some second thoughts.
In other non-Mary centric happenings, Anna is pushing Bates away because of the incident last week. I hope that Anna’s assault story does not become all about Bates reaction. I am not a huge fan of this storyline but Joanne Froggatt is killing it with her haunted and devastated look. Trouble maker Edna is gone too. We last saw Edna slipping into Tom Branson’s room after spiking his drink. Come morning and she has resorted to blackmailing Tom about the night before. The entire episode had Branson going around with a hang dog expression till he took Mary’s advice and bared his soul to Mrs. Hughes, who handled the matter with great aplomb and fired Edna. On her way out Edna snarled at Thomas, the under butler . Thomas, and Edna were thick as thieves, just a week ago and now they are trading insults on the stairs. What gives? Mrs. Hughes also did something nice for Mr. Carson that made him crack a smile. I wish I had a Mrs. Hughes in my corner.
The upstairs Mrs. Hughes, the sensible if snarky Dowager Countess is softening towards Isobel and her earnestness. Isobel is also trying to cope with her grief by volunteering at Dr Clarkson’s infirmary. Despite its flaws I think this has been the best episode so far, this season.