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Robert is summoned to America to bail out his reprobate brother-in-law Harold but, after Mrs Hughes has given her the 'official' version of Anna's rape, Mary steps in to let John stay with ... See full summary »



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Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)


Robert is summoned to America to bail out his reprobate brother-in-law Harold but, after Mrs Hughes has given her the 'official' version of Anna's rape, Mary steps in to let John stay with his wife with his place being taken by Barrow. Barrow is curious as to the change of plan, asking Baxter to find out more, which Molesley overhears. Isobel plans to go with Tom to a meeting addressed by a Liberal MP but stays behind to nurse flu-stricken Violet, and he goes alone, sitting next to Sarah Bunting, an attractive young woman. In London Edith decides she wants an abortion whilst Rose continues to see Jack Ross. Back at Downton, the pigs arrive and Mary takes Charles Blake to view them. He proves invaluable when the animals seem to be in trouble and he and Mary combine to save them, getting covered in mud in the process. Meanwhile Anthony Gillingham returns with Green, who faces Mrs Hughes' anger. Written by don @ minifie-1

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9 February 2014 (USA)  »

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This episode largely focuses on relationships and their survival through sickness and health.
3 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

As we build to the next big dramatic moment, the show makes sure all the foundations are set before the next storm blows in. During this time, people find love, or possible love; relationships are strengthened; and we see the tests to come. Overall making it another quality episode for the series and keeping up a standard rarely seen in more contemporary programming. With that said, let's go into specifics.

The Possibility of Romance

Two possible romantic story lines are shown in this episode. One being the obvious one between Mary and Mr. Blake, and another between Tom and a woman he meets at a political event. Starting with Mary, we have already foreseen the possibility of her and Mr. Blake being together since her actions against Mr. Blake sort of mirror the hostility she had against Matthew at first. What breaks the wall down though is Mr. Blake seeing Mary is more than simply talk and a woman trying to maintain her lifestyle, he sees that her efforts match the power of her words, especially when the two get down and dirty in mud in order to keep the newly brought pigs from dying of dehydration. Thus leading to Mr. Blake seeing a whole new Mary. Of course though, as always with Mary when she isn't betrothed, drama soon comes as Lord Gilliam comes to visit due to him unable to let Mary go and be happy with his wife. I think the possibility of jealousy being shown maybe in the future.

As for Tom, in recent episodes we have seen him and the lovely Ms. Crawley become close since both are the outsiders who technically belong to the aristocracy of Downton. In this episode though, you see her have a moment with Tom where their friendship shows since she tries to get him to go to a political event, noting that he has sort of stopped being so political as of late, and even gets tickets. Unfortunately though, something calls Ms. Crawley away and then when Tom goes on his own, he meets a woman. Now, as of the end of the episode this is all speculation, but perhaps this woman could evolve into a love interest. After all, they have been talking about Tom getting back out there for some time and seemingly Mary has, so why not Tom?

Strengthening of Bonds

Now, in the last paragraph there is a mention of Ms. Crawley being called away. The reason for this is the Dowager becoming sick with bronchitis and her being a nurse to her dear friend. According to Dr. Clarkson, for two whole days Ms. Crawley nurses the dowager and barely eats or sleeps during this time. Reminding you that despite them both bickering like they did when Ms. Crawley first arrived, there are times when we are reminded that beneath the dowager's shade and Ms. Crawley being insistent to the point of being annoying, there is a deep bond somewhere in there. And mind you, during the whole time the dowager isn't the most happy with Ms. Crawley being there, but in the end she learns to appreciate her efforts, I think, and they even play a game of cards.

Then, on the other side of things we see lesser forms. One such being the bond forming between Jack and Rose. As you surely can imagine, an interracial relationship, no matter it Europe or the USA in the early 1900s was not the most acceptable thing. However, with Rose being so progressive, she doesn't care. Jack on the other hand, well he claims to not be fearful but you can definitely see he is aware of the circumstances.

Alongside their bond is Lord and Lady Grantham's, which has seemingly recovered more and more since Sybil has died. Before they seemed distant, but still able to work through their issues, and now it seems they maybe back in love full-on. They hold hands, they kiss and Lord Grantham even does her a favor. What is this favor you ask? Well, seemingly the American side of the family is still having troubles due to Lady Grantham's brother so Lady Grantham's mother telegrams Lord Grantham to come and help his brother-in-law, which he does to the great thanks of his wife.

Perhaps though, a bond which may not get as much credit as it deserves is the burgeoning one between Edith and Aunt Roseland. Thus far, aunt Roseland has just been a woman with a home to stay while in London, but as Edith begins to deal with her pregnancy issue, she becomes an ally to the often alone Edith. You see, with Mr. Gregson being in Munich and then missing, she is now with a child and no father, something the very traditional Edith isn't fond of. So, since the idea of being a single mother with a bastard child isn't to her liking, she looks to illegally have an abortion, and Roseland offers her support. However, upon thinking of her niece and nephew, and hearing the cries of a woman either pre or post-op, she decides against it. Leaving her to be pregnant, with Roseland offering support.

A Storm Brews

The last thing to mention is the fact that with Lord Gilliam coming back to Downton, so does Mr. Green. Ms. Hughes threatens him off the bat and Ms. Baxter begins her own investigation for, conveniently, Ms. Hughes speaks on Anna's behalf so that Mary could convince Lord Grantham to keep Mr. Bates from leaving. However, it seems Bates is catching on and that what they were trying to avoid may happen.

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