Downton Abbey Episode 2: ‘Proper’ Mary Plans for Tryst, Edith Secretly Sees Out of Wedlock Child

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

After last episode’s fire, Anna and Mrs. Hughes are cleaning out Edith’s room, trying to see what they can salvage. Anna strips the bed and finds a picture under the pillow. It’s of little Marigold, Edith’s secret daughter who’s being raised by the Drewes. It’s not clear if Anna recognizes the child, but she gives the picture to Mrs. Hughes, who saw Edith and Drewe talking after the fire. Mrs. Hughes misses nothing; it won’t take long for her to figure this out.

Carson and Lord Grantham are leading the memorial committee on a tour of the cricket pitch, which Carson and other members of the committee want to turn into a memorial garden. Lord Grantham argues that the memorial would be better off placed in town where everyone can see it. Carson is vehemently opposed to this idea, and even says so in a conversation with Mrs. Hughes. For her part, Mrs. Hughes agrees with Lord Grantham, which displeases Carson.

Later, while Carson and Lord Grantham are scoping out sites in town, they come upon a widow whose son is visiting his father in the cemetery. She talks about how it’s nice to have it nearby where they can visit often, and Carson in now convinced the memorial should be in the middle of town.

Edith is again visiting the Drews and Mr. Drew has an idea: Edith should become Marigold’s godmother. It’s clear his wife isn’t happy with this idea and Edith, mostly for show, tells him she’ll have to think about it. Later she asks her parents for their advice and they basically leave the decision up to her, though remind her that once she assumes the role she can’t lose interest and set the child aside.

Mary is continuing with her plan to go away with Tony Gillingham, though she has a concern: she’s afraid of “consequences” which Anna adorably at first doesn’t understand. Mary makes it clear by presenting Anna with a book about contraception. She wants Anna to go into town to buy them for her.

Anna is mortified, but she is loyal to Mary, so she does as she asks. The woman at the shop is at first very judgmental, but when Anna lies and says she doesn’t want to risk another pregnancy because of her health, she softens, and sells them to her.

Meanwhile, Blake, one of Mary’s other suitors, visits Downton in the company of his friend, an art historian. He tells Mary he can assume that he’s not been her choice, and she makes a weak apology. He tells her that she’s smarter than Gillingham and implies that it will not be a good match, but that he wants Mary to be happy.

Isobel arrives with news that the hospital has been given a wireless radio, and this excites Rose, who wants Robert to buy one for Downton. She tries several not very subtle methods of persuasion, but it’s not until he hears the king will be making a speech on it that he finally acquiesces and rents one for the day. All are assembled to hear the king’s speech. Violet becomes concerned that such a thing has humanized the royal family perhaps a bit too much and no good will come of it. Robert does agree to keep the wireless a little longer, thrilling Rose.

Thomas has taken it upon himself to tell Molesly about Baxter’s history as a thief. This makes things awkward and finally Baxter tells him the story herself. He protests that there must be more to it than that, but she refuses to speak about it anymore. She gives the same reaction later to Cora, who is baffled by her silence on the matter.

As things wind down, Carson and Mrs. Hughes are visited by a police officer, who asks them about the death of Green, Lord Gillingham’s former valet who raped Anna then died under mysterious circumstances. There’s been a new development, a witness has come forward, and the officer states that there will be more questions to come later.

Downton Abbey is broadcast of part of Masterpiece Classic every Sunday at 9:00 p.m. on KIXE Channel 9.

Chad Grayson has been a gas station attendant, sold video games over the phone, and even was the person who cuts the mold off the cheese in the cheese factory, but spent most of his career as a middle school Language Arts and History teacher. He is now a full-time stay at home dad and writer. You can find him on twitter at @chadgrayson and on his blog at cegrayson.wordpress.com.

Chad Grayson
Chad Grayson has been a gas station attendant, sold video games over the phone, and even was the person who cuts the mold off the cheese in the cheese factory, but spent most of his career as a middle school Language Arts and History teacher. He is now a full-time stay at home dad and writer. You can find him on twitter at @chadgrayson and on his blog at cegrayson.wordpress.com.
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