Downton Abbey recap: And The Band Played On

Mary meets her match in Charles Blake, Rose surprises the Crawleys with live music, and Edith receives devastating news.
Ep. 05 | Aired Feb 2, 2014

Mary's Men: Poor Evelyn Napier never really had a shot with Mary.


The season started off with everyone doing awful things. Now everyone is just boring.

23. Thomas: Seriously, what is he up to? He keeps hounding Baxter for secrets. And what he finds out is quite useless so far.

22. Jimmy: The footman got a little too fresh with Ivy this week.

21. Lord Gillingham: Is he completely out of the picture?

20. Gregson: Where are you? You have a child on the way!

19. Bates: Why so broody?

18. Baxter: Although Thomas holds some power over her, she isn't quite as bad as the other lady's maids.

17. Tom: Don't move to America, please.

16. Evelyn Napier: He is after Mary, that's for sure.

15. Charles Blake: He just doesn't do it for me.

14. Ivy and Daisy: These two need to stop being so petty about boys.

13. Carson: He's great with Alfred, but not so great with Molesley.

12. Alfred: He almost cried giving his speech about Carson!

11. Molesley: He's back in a livery!

10. Anna: She's trying so hard to make her husband forget she was raped.

9. Mary: I like the return of the bitchy Mary.

8. Mrs. Patmore: I love how she swooned over Rudolph Valentino, and wanted to dance to the sounds of the band upstairs.

7. Edith: She has a lot on her plate.

6. Robert: For the second week in a row, Robert moves up. This time because he's sweet to Edith and progressive enough about Jack.

5. Cora: For rescuing Anna and Bates from the snobby maître d'.

4. Rose: At least someone is doing something interesting.

3. Jack Ross: I love him.

2. Isobel: We'll let the fact that her emotions got the better of her while defending Peg to Violet slide.

1. Violet: Even when she's wrong -- this time about Peg -- she manages to come out on top. That's our girl!

The Dowager Countess' best quotes:

I have a feeling most things would fit into this particular pocket.

I wonder you don't set fire to the Abbey and dance 'round it.

Isobel: How you hate to be wrong.
Violet: I wouldn't know. I'm not familiar with the sensation.

If you wish to understand things, you must come out from behind your prejudice and listen.

Oh not, it's not a matter of what she likes. It is her fuel. Some people run on greed, lust, even love. She runs on indignation.

My dear, we country dwellers must beware of being provincial. Try and let your time in London rub off on you a little more.

Do you think any of them know what the others are playing?

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