Downton Abbey Recap: Lady Mary Mourns in February 1922
It’s been six months since Matthew’s (Dan Stevens) death, but Mary (Michelle Dockery) is no closer to moving past her grief. In her case, it means she’s even more cold and short with people.
The family and staff are both very worried. Mary can barely even force herself to pay any attention to baby George. Isobel (Penelope Wilton) is also overwhelmed with grief at the loss of her only child.
Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) decides to give Isobel a new project to focus on. Mr. Carson’s (Jim Carter) old vaudeville buddy needs someone to take him in until he could find work. Mr. Carson wants nothing to do with it, but Mrs. Hughes interferes. It ends up helping Isobel reclaim her purpose.
When Mr. Carson tries getting through to Mary, she's cruel. Branson (Allen Leech) is still helping implement Matthew’s ideas at Downton with Robert (Hugh Bonneville). He also tries talking to Mary, and hopes to get her involved, but she won’t bother.
Valentine’s Day had downstairs all atwitter. Alfred (Matt Milne) sends Ivy (Cara Theobold) a valentine, but Jimmy (Ed Speelers) encourages her to believe it was him. This made Daisy (Sophie McShera) assume Alfred sent her the valentine, but it was really just Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) being kind.
Miss O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran) vanishes in the night to become Lady Flintshire’s new maid in India. The whole house is scandalized Cousin Rose’s (Lily James) mother “stole” Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) maid. Well, except Branson, who looks at them all like they are crazy. An embarrassed Rose decides to quickly find Cora a replacement.
Enter Edna (MyAnna Buring), the horrible maid from last year’s Christmas special, who’d sexually harassed Branson. She’s since trained as a lady’s maid, and because of a stellar recommendation letter from Mrs. Hughes (which she only wrote at Branson’s insistence), Cora hires her on the spot.