‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 Episode 5 Recap: That’s No Lady, That’s My Wife0 Comments

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Posted on 03 Feb 2015 at 7:31am


Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) isn’t the only one torn between two lovers.

Lady Cora, Countess Of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) ends up refereeing as Robert, Earl Of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) beats up Simon Bricker (Richard E. Grant) after his Lordship found is wife and the art consultant in the Crawley bedroom; both Cora and Bricker were wearing their PJs.

When Robert left for an overnight business trip, Bricker took advantage and snuck into Cora’s room hoping to slip into bed with her. As she persisted in asking her welcomed guest to leave, Robert arrives — his meeting having ended early – and walks in on them. Both Cora and Robert demand that Bricker get out; and he obliges, but not before he tells off Robert. “If you’re going to ignore a woman like her than you should expect someone else will take her from you.” Then POW, a left hook to Bricker’s face.

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The next morning Simon hits the road early, so that night at their dinner party, Cora thinks the whole misunderstanding is behind them and chit chats with her husband, who ignores her — not in the usual dismissive way, but in an aggressive “you’re dead to me” way. This rift does not go unnoticed by an alarmed Lady Mary or Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham (Maggie Smith).

His Lord and Lady aren’t the only ones with noted comings and goings.

The Crawleys are finally rid of Sarah Bunting (Daisy Lewis). The only ones sad to see her go are Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Daisy (Sophie McShera) the undercook, who tries to play matchmaker between the two rabble rousers, before Sarah catches the train out of town to her new teaching position.

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Tom catches up with his socialist soul mate and explains that his thinking about the aristocracy is no longer black and white — except when he’s in his tux. “My wife was one of them and my daughter still is,” he tells her. The former chauffeur reminds himself that Robert told him to embrace how far he’d come in the world, yet thanks Sarah for helping him remember he still had fight left in him. Then he kisses her goodbye and sends her on her way.

If only all partings were so civilized. Mary accepts a dinner invitation from Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden), who also extends the invite–without Mary’s knowledge–to Mabel Lane Fox (Catherine Steadman). Neither woman is happy to see the other, but Charles is quite amused and can’t wait to share his plan: Mabel should try and reunite with the jilted Tony Gillingham (Tom Cullen), thereby getting back the man she loves as well as getting him off Mary’s back (hence freeing her up for Charles himself.)


Mabel storms out of the restaurant, leaving her antagonizers to snicker at her expense. Sometimes Mary is just too smug for her own good. She makes you just want to grab the brim of her hat with both hands and yank it down over her face, a la Moe, Larry or Curly.

Given the choice though I’d rather be around conceited Mary than inconsolable Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael).


The Crawley’s mealy mouth middle daughter confides in her aunt Lady Rosamund (Samantha Bond), to whose house she escaped for the entire time she was pregnant, about how Margie Drewe (Emma Lowndes) is tired of her dropping by to see little Marigold. Rosamund wants to eyeball the situation for herself, and when the two upper crust ladies show up at the farmhouse I was surprised that Mrs. Drewe didn’t go medieval on both of them. Later, Tim Drewe (Andrew Scarborough) tells Edith if she comes around one more time that his wife is going to pack them up and move, of course taking Marigold with them.


Rosamund puts the idea in Edith’s flighty and fragile mind to take — as in kidnap — Marigold and put her in a boarding school where Edith can visit her whenever, even if the child never knows that she’s her mother. This appalls Edith until Tim gave her the ultimatum. Last we see of our woman on the verge, she’s snuck downstairs to use the phone in Mr. Carson’s (Jim Carter) office to call a school in London.

Speaking of children: while out shopping, the forever childlike Lady Rose (Lily James) meets a handsome young man, named Atticus Aldridge (Matt Barber), who claims a Russian heritage. She of course brings him to the halfway house in which she volunteers, and slowly begins to catch on from her Russian refugee friends that there is more to Atticus than good looks, a good job and family money.

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