Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) has been suffering from mysterious stomach pains for several episodes of “Downton Abbey,” which all came to a head on the latest episode. Warning: Spoilers lie ahead.
At a dinner party for Minister of Health Neville Chamberlain (Rupert Frazer), invited by the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) to help her fight to keep the village hospital under their control, Robert suddenly goes into a violent, blood-spewing fit at the dinner table.
Luckily Dr. Clarkson (David Robb) is on hand, realizing Robert’s ulcer has burst and getting the lord whisked away in an ambulance to the hospital.
Robert is going to be fine, of course. It would be quite the downer if the show killed Lord Grantham off in the final season. But it certainly provided some fireworks, with fans comparing it to everything from “Game of Thrones” to “Alien.”
Perhaps Robert’s health scare will make Violet realize that the hospital needs to modernize.
The other huge turn of events in episode 5 is that Mary overhears her mother and grandmother talking about “secrets” and “Marigold,” so hopefully the scene where Edith has to tell her sister about her daughter is forthcoming. Please let Mary be kind to her, writers. Please.
There’s not a lot happening below stairs — certainly nothing that compares to the Red Wedding happening in the dining hall.
Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) are still happy and expecting; Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) helps put away the man who framed her for stealing (and Molesley (Kevin Doyle) continues to dote on her); and Thomas (Rob James-Collier) is going to help Andrew (Michael Fox) learn to read.
In not-quite-as-happy news, Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) is learning what a fusspot Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) is, but it’s kind of adorable. And could there be a romance brewing between Mr. Mason (Paul Copley) and Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol)? Perhaps.