“Downton Abbey” Season 5, Episode 4 Recap: Mind Your Temper

"Downton Abbey" Season 5, Episode 4 Recap: Mind Your Temper
"Downton Abbey" Season 5, Episode 4 Recap: Mind Your Temper

Tempers ran high on Downton Abbey season 5, episode 4! Tony does not take Mary’s news very well, Robert and Sarah Bunting get into another argument, and Thomas hides his true intentions.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Violet’s Past

After running into a past male acquaintance that she met during a time in Moscow, Violet takes Isobel to the refuge, where Rose volunteers, to visit. Later on, Violet reveals to Isobel that Prince Kurigan once asked her to run away with him, but she turned him down and made the “right” choice because of her children and her husband.

Is Thomas Sick?

Tomas returns to Downton Abbey after apparently been gone for a while visiting his sick father. Baxter finds out that he wasn’t visiting his father (who is perfectly healthy by the way) when she finds him in the bathroom performing some sort of treatment on himself. Thomas is distraught and clearly frustrated, but refuses her help. Later on, Mrs. Hughes finds Thomas’ magazine on the floor and asks Baxter to return it to him. Before she does, however, she flips it open and finds an ad that appears to promote some sort of “gay cure,” which could be what Thomas was treating himself with earlier.

Isobel Getting Married?

Lord Merton shows up to Isobel’s home and proposes marriage to her. He insists that he’s not simply asking because he doesn’t want to be alone, but because he truly loves her. Isobel agrees to think about it.

Letting Go Of Baby

Edith is having a harder time than ever letting go of Marigold. She tells her parents that she’s taking some time away from the child, but Cora and Robert interpret this to mean that Edith has simply grown bored with the young girl. However, Edith’s heart is clearly breaking and she watches Marigold from afar. She eventually visits the Drewe’s home and asks to see the child, but Mrs. Drewe basically slams the door in her face.

Edith later tells Robert that she’s gotten word on what happened to Michael Gregson. Apparently, he was attacked by a group of men in brown sweaters – men who would late be known as Nazis. But what happened after the attack remains to be seen.


Daisy has thoroughly been enjoying her lessons with Sarah, much to the annoyance of Mrs. Patmore. She later urges Mrs. Patmore to write to the war office and urge them to allow her nephew to be included in the local war monument for the fallen soldiers. Mrs. Patmore admits that she wouldn’t know how to write a letter like that, but Daisy offers to help.

Love And Other Drugs

Mary is over Tony Gillingham and has gone off to London to tell him that, with plans to also attend a dress show with Rosamund. While at the show, Mary runs into Charles Blake and the two later go out for dinner, where Charles gives Mary advice on how to properly and effectively end things with Tony.

Mary meets Tony in Kensington Gardens and breaks the news. But, Tony isn’t very receptive to the idea that Mary slept with him and is now over him. In fact, he refuses to accept it, telling Mary, “It’s our problem and we must work through it together.” It was surprising to see a darker, less chivalrous side, to Tony, who has always been nothing but supportive of Mary. I desperately hope that this doesn’t turn into another Richard Carlisle thing all over again.

Simon Bricker Has To Go

Simon visits Downton Abbey again on the pretense of seeing more of their artwork. While there, Robert’s suspicions of Simon continue to grow, and he later walks in on Simon nearly professing his love for Cora. However, it doesn’t appear that he heard too much.

Cora, meanwhile, has clearly grown tired of Robert not taking an interest in her opinion. If anything, he’s only throwing her into Simon’s arms, because she recognizes that he is a man who values what she has to say.

Look Who’s Coming To Dinner… Again

At Isobel’s urging, Cora agrees to let Tom invite Sarah Bunting over for dinner again. When she arrives, Tom hopes that Sarah and Robert can get along, because if past encounters are any indication, the two will have some choice words for one another.

During dinner, Sarah basically demands that Mrs. Patmore and Daisy be brought upstairs so that the group can find out whether or not Daisy’s lessons are being considered a nuisance. Daisy tells the Crawleys that Sarah’s lessons have really been helping her and she’s happy now to have options for her life. Robert apologises for thinking otherwise, but Sarah can’t seem to stop herself from putting him down.

Robert eventually stormed out of the dining room, leaving the rest of the family in a mixed state of awkward conversation and silence.

Downton Abbey season 5, episode 5 will air Sunday, October 19 on ITV1.

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