Downton Abbey series five episode five preview and predictions: bow ties, cream cakes and meet cutes

A look ahead to the fifth episode of series five, accompanied by Ellie Walker-Arnott's patented guessing game...

Last week saw divorce, rejections, proposals and marital discontent at Downton Abbey. 

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Mary met up with Gillingham in London to tell him the unfortunate news – that a week spent between his bedsheets had persuaded her against spending the rest of her life with him – but the usually kind mannered man didn’t take his rejection well, shouting hands-on-hips in Kensington Gardens about being a bad lover and how they would get through this minor issue TOGETHER. Mary, though, seemed more interested in reigniting things between her and Charles Blake, who she bumped into at a fashion show hanging around with Gillingham’s jilted lover Miss Lane Fox. 

Back at the Abbey, Cora was still hanging around with Simon Bricker, much to Robert’s annoyance, Rose’s dad Shrimpie was back to tell his daughter he was divorcing her mum and Isobel’s admirer Lord Merton finally plucked up the courage to ask for her hand in marriage, professing his love for her and begging her to consider his proposition. Tune in next week to find out what she says. 

Meanwhile, Anna came under police suspicion after she was spotted “loitering” around near the spot where Green died, Robert stormed out of dinner when Sarah Bunting pushed him too far, Barrow was back from London with a secret, a box of syringes and a rather sick air about him and Edith had news that she might soon hear of Gregson, prompting her and Robert to talk about the Nazis. You know, “they wear brown shirts and go around bullying people.”

But what’s going to happen next week? Time for those spurious suggestions. We know you love them… 

Ah, the happy couple. Looks as though relations are still a tad frosty between the Crawleys. Cora’s frown is no longer just aimed at Robert’s pompous face, it’s just present whenever her husband is occupying the same air space. That sour expression doesn’t compliment the velvet and pearls combo, but chances are Robert hasn’t even noticed. Cora’s silly old thoughts and feelings don’t count for anything, remember…

Here’s one man who thinks they do. Bricker is back. And he’s sneaking into the Abbey while Robert is away, at a Lord Lieutenant’s do in Sheffield, no less. Even Molesley looks shifty. It’s not in any way proper for a man to visit another man’s wife while he’s out of town. Especially when said visitor discussed being made to burst last time he came to stay… 

Robert is clearly unimpressed by this turn of events. Not only is Bricker far too over familiar with his dog, he’s much too interested in his pretty wife and she’s far too empty headed to know what’s going on or be able to stand up for herself properly. 

Either way, there’s no harm in smartening up a little. Bow tie, cape and a little extra wax in his curls will be sure to make Cora forget all about her Bricker – and those pesky opinions of hers… 

While one marriage is on the rocks, it looks like love might be on the agenda over at Betty’s tearoom. This is a classic meet-cute. Girl with too many cream cakes gets caught in the rain so handsome – and presumably upper class – chap offers her a hand and the rest, as they say, is history.

It’s about time someone in Downton Abbey had a happy relationship. You know, without police investigations, jail time, car crashes, Nazi disappearances, unreturned desire or overwhelming feelings of anger and disappointment… 

Talking of romance… Could it be? Branson and Daisy? We can’t quite see it ourselves. Though both of them are in need of a little loving, and she’d probably be more quickly accepted at the Crawley dinner table than Sarah Bunting. She might be broadening her horizons with all those school books but Daisy still knows when to keep her mouth shut. And she wouldn’t be at all fazed by Downton’s fancy tableware… 

I’m not one to criticise the Dowager Countess. In fact, I pretty much live my life by her wise pearls of wisdom. But I am ever so disappointed that she hasn’t twigged Mr Drewe’s adopted baby is, in fact, Crawley flesh and blood. She’s usually so quick off the mark but Edith’s personal woes have been going on for months now undetected. Really it’s time Violet stepped up to the plate and intervened. We can’t have young Marigold growing up thinking she’s a Drewe – and it’d be nice for Laura Carmichael to play an emotion other than mildly distressed for a change… 

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Downton Abbey continues on Sunday at 9:00pm on ITV