Review: 'Downton Abbey' Season 5, Episode 1 Reveals Secrets, But Fails to Scandalize

January 5, 2015 3:15 PM

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Last season's big plotline was Lady Edith's out-of-wedlock pregnancy -- which went largely unnoticed since her family unapologetically prefers Lady Sibyl-like Cousin Rose -- and now it looks like we're in for a season of her trying to keep her secret close to home. Since no one ever pays any attention to Edith, this shouldn't be difficult -- although somehow the pig farmer who took the baby in didn't buy Edith's extremely plausible "take this child whose mother is 100 percent completely dead and not me, and I'll pop by every day to hug her and look mournful" plan. He's worked out that she's little Marigold's mother, but his wife thinks that Edith has designs on a different member of the family altogether. Oh, and for some reason the pig farmer is also the resident fireman, which comes in awkwardly handy when Edith manages to set fire to her bedroom.

Lord and Lady Grantham are having marital problems of their own, although Robert is largely oblivious, to the point of forgetting their anniversary. It seems that Cora is getting tired of being less of a character than an occasionally convenient plot device -- a bewildering choice from creator Julia...

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