“Downton Abbey” got off to a blazing start for Season 5 … literally, as Lady Edith nearly burned the place down (though not on purpose, as Lady Mary alleges).
But poor Lady Edith. Not only is Gregson still missing, but her darling daughter Marigold is being raised by the Drewe family. It’s a ridiculous situation, as Mr. Drewe and Edith have told Mrs. Drewe that the little girl is an orphan who needs to be looked after. Mrs. Drewe rightly cannot understand why Lady Edith is lurking about so much. How long before the jig is up?
The other ladies of Downton are in far better circumstances than Edith. Lady Mary is entertaining the thought of going away with Tony Gillingham, which is quite the scandalous proposition for the 1920s. Tom’s friend Sarah Bunting isn’t afraid to stand up to Lord Grantham, even at his own dinner table, and Lady Cora and Baxter finally make things right when Baxter confesses to having stolen from a previous employer and gone to jail for her crimes.
The viewers and Cora all know there’s more to it than that, but for now, at least Thomas was thwarted from ruining Baxter’s life. She and Molesley are totally the new Anna and Bates, right?
Down in the village, cousin Isobel is still being wooed by Lord Merton — though not if Lady Violet has anything to say about it. The Dowager Countess seems quite perturbed that Isobel may rise to the station of a Lady by marrying Merton and has chosen to try to thrust Isobel into Dr. Clarkson’s arms. But is that all there is to it? Knowing Violet, that is not the whole story.
Lady Violet: “There’s nothing simpler than avoiding people you don’t like. Avoiding one’s friends, that’s the real test.”