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Anna Blames Herself For The Rape on Downton Abbey

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Evil Edna (MyAnna Buring) wasted no time going to Branson (Allen Leech) the morning after. She wanted him to promise he’d marry her, since she could be pregnant. 

Branson was ashamed about everything, but thankfully wouldn’t promise anything. Instead, Branson went to Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) for help. 

Knowing Edna’s character, Mrs. Hughes did some investigating and found a book in Edna’s room about how not to get pregnant.  She and Branson confronted Edna about her pregnancy scheme.  Mrs. Hughes told her to leave, but Edna wanted a payoff, or she threatened to go to Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). Instead, Mrs. Hughes told her off and threatened to ruin her career if she didn’t leave ASAP. Don’t let the door hit ya, Edna!

Lord Gillingham was still hanging around Mary (Michelle Dockery). He confessed he was in love with her, and proposed. He said he’d wait for her to finish mourning Matthew, as long as she said yes first. They shared a kiss. Mary was flattered. However, she said she wouldn’t be ready to move on anytime soon, and told him to marry Mabel. 

Later, Branson and Mary had a nice heart-to-heart about their recent love-life developments.  Well, as good as a chat as two cryptic people could have. Mary also admitted she might come to regret her decision to reject Gillingham. 

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Rose (Lily James) accompanied her cousins and Branson on their business trip to London. They stayed with Aunt Rosamund. Rose convinced them they should go to a swanky jazz club. Rose met and danced with Jack Ross (Gary Carr), a black bandleader.  Her family was scandalized, but Rose seemed smitten. 

With Gregson (Charles Edwards) about to go to Munich (so he can become a German citizen and divorce his crazy wife) he and Edith (Laura Carmichael) agreed to spend the night together.  Edith was all smiles, until she returned to her aunt’s the next morning.  Lady Rosamund disapproved of the dalliance, as it could destroy Edith’s reputation, or worse. 

Since Edith gave it up before Gregson put a ring on it, does anyone want to take bets on how long before Edith discovers she’s pregnant? 

A traumatized Anna (Joanne Froggatt) still refused to report her rape. She blamed herself for what happened, and felt she was no longer good enough for Bates (Brendan Coyle).  Anna asked to move back into the big house. 

Bates couldn’t understand why Anna pulled away from him.  He felt he must be the cause, but didn’t know what he’d done.  Bates wasn’t the only one suspicious of Anna’s behavior, even the Crawleys noticed she was acting strangely. 

Elsewhere, Dr. Clarkson and Isobel (Penelope Wilton) decided to set up an out-patient clinic in the village.  Also, Alfred (Matt Milne) started training for a fancy cooking program at the Ritz in London.