“Downton Abbey” Season 5 Episode 3 opened with Lord Gillingham and Lady Mary enjoying breakfast together. It seemed like they have been spending a lot of time together until they said goodbye in front of the Grand Hotel by kissing each other’s cheek. Spratt, the butler of the Dowager Countess, spotted this exchange and went through an internal struggle whether he’ll tell Lady Mary or not. Of course, the Dowager Countess, who’s always on her guard, sensed her butler’s uneasiness and urged him to tell her whatever he’s been trying to keep a secret.
Spratt told her what he saw and the Dowager Countess immediately turned things around saying that how could he think of them that way. She summoned the Lady Mary after a while and asked her what’s going on between her and Lord Gillingham. Lady Mary was relieved because the Dowager Countess wasn’t mad at her and she admitted that yes, the Lord Gillingham has proposed to her but the date of their wedding hasn’t been set yet.
The people who knew about Lady Mary’s getaway with Lord Gillingham at Liverpool were supportive, while others were skeptical, such as Lady Edith. As for Anna, she was very supportive of this because she was the one who even got them the contraception that they need. Lady Mary confided in Tom as he was the only person in the family whom she felt she can open up with, and she has his full support. In fact, Tom didn’t know anything about it, but he was able to figure it out by himself. To seal the deal, it was Lady Mary who confirmed it by confiding in her. She told him how she’s uncertain about tying the knot with Gillingham. Tom didn’t want to dig deeper into this, especially that he has other matters to attend to such as Sarah Bunting’s move to America. Hence, he needed to go with her even though Mary isn’t really thrilled with that idea as she doesn’t like Sarah.
Mrs. Patmore’s nephew died, but she found out that her nephew’s name wouldn’t be included in the war memorial because he was a coward. She talked to Mrs. Hughes to talk to Carson who’s in charge of the whole thing and to sway him to put her nephew’s name there. Mrs. Hughes did her favor, and Carson agreed. Daisy was still studying her numbers, and Carson can’t actually understand why she’s doing it.
Cora wanted to know more about her past, so she went to Baxter to ask about it. Baxter told the truth. The death of Mr. Green was catching up on Bates when he got questioned about where he went before he was murdered. Anna was so nervous that she asked Bates to leave before things get out of hand.
Cora was in London spending time with Mr. Bricker, and things got comfortable between them. Earl was to surprise Cora in London, but Cora stood him up, and he didn’t appreciate it. Edith has been spending more time with Marigold, and this bothered Ms. Drewe even more. Because of this, Mr. Drewe told her to stay away.
Rose visited Downton, and while she was talking to to the Dowager Countess, she mentioned about her trip to Saint Petersburg. Then Prince Kuragin was there, and the Dowager Countess got so flustered, and Lady Mary didn’t miss this.
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