Downton Abbey Recap: The Roaring ‘20s Come to Downton
Rose (Lily James) secretly arranged for Jack Ross’ (Gary Carr) band to perform at Downton for Robert’s (Hugh Bonneville) birthday. The entire household seemed more scandalized he was playing jazz music, than about him being black.
Everybody went with it and had a good time though. Later, Mary (Michelle Dockery) walked in on Rose and Jack making out.
Mary and Evelyn Napier’s (Brendan Patricks) boss, Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden), took an almost immediate dislike to one another. Charles believed estates like Downton were archaic, and thought Mary was an elitist snob.
Mary completely disagreed and couldn’t help throwing biting remarks his way. It was very Pride and Prejudice, with each thinking the other was stuck up.
Never quite able to win Mary’s affections himself, Evelyn seemed somewhat happy over the estrangement. However, might he also have been a little threatened by the pair’s sexual tension?
Gregson (Charles Edwards) went missing in Germany. Edith (Laura Carmichael) tried not to worry, but it wasn’t looking good. Later, Edith found out she was pregnant, making it even more essential for her fiancé to return home.
When a valuable letter opener went missing, Violet (Maggie Smith) fired her gardener, Pegg (Joncie Elmore), for theft. Isobel (Penelope Wilton) knew he must be innocent, and determined to crack the case. A righteous Isobel later found the letter opener fallen under the couch cushion. Isobel was shocked, however, that Violet hired the man back of her own accord.