Posted: 11:33 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
By Elisabeth Kramer
For the January 19 episode, Downton Abbey takes the party to London. The Crawleys give us a taste of the Roaring Twenties when a small band of merry makers (including the increasingly less glum Lady Mary) head to the big city for a good time. That said, as is often the case for Downton, a good time also means unexpected consequences.
Keep reading for a preview of what to expect in the January 19 episode as broken down by leading characters. If you want all the details from the episode, we just happened to watch it way back in October when it premiered in the United Kingdom, which means spoilers galore. But you know, only if you’re interested.
Childhood friends Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) just reconnected last episode but Tony doesn’t waste time. The dashing Gilly shows he’s seriously head over heels for the recently widowed Mary. But is the former Mrs. Matthew Crawley as eager? (We can tell you for sure, if you want!)
Things have been progressing nicely for Edith (Laura Carmichael) and her latest beau, Michael Gregson (Charles Edwards), and in this episode the middle Crawley daughter decides to take things to the next level. But is she risking too much too soon? Aunt Rosamund (Samantha Bond) certainly thinks so!
The end of the January 12 episode showed devious lady’s maid Edna Braithwaite (Myanna Buring) sneaking into the chambers of a totally sloshed Tom Branson (Allen Leech). As predicted, Tom wakes up the next morning regretting the previous night — and we don’t just mean he has a bad hangover.
A still bruised Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt) must face her new reality as a rape survivor. Unfortunately, she feels she must keep the attack and the identity of her attacker, Gillingham’s valet Mr. Green (Nigel Harman), a secret — particularly from her husband (Brendan Coyle). As a result, Bates is left in the dark as to why his once perpetually cheerful wife can now barely bring herself to smile. The result is one of Downton’s most heartbreaking storylines in all four seasons.
New Character Alert!
Be on the lookout for Jack Ross (Gary Carr). This handsome African American jazz singer is Downton Abbey’s first black leading man. Speaking of leading, he makes quite the dance partner when beautiful Scottish lass Rose MacClare (Lily James) finds herself alone on the dance floor at the Lotus Club.