TV Season four of “Downton Abbey” (PBS) can be seen on “Masterpiece” each Sunday evening at 9/8 p.m. (Check your local listings). Last night's episode on Jan. 26, 2014 was called, “4/4” which means season four & episode four. The overnight TV ratings are not available at this time.
“Downton Abbey” has a 24 character ensemble cast. Here are five of them, Hugh Bonneville (Robert, Earl of Grantham), Maggie Smith (Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora, Countess of Grantham) & Joanne Froggatt (Anna Smith Bates).
“4/4” opened with John waiting at the bottom of the Abbey stairs for Anna. He does this every morning because he loves her. She tells him that he doesn't have to. He cannot find the reasons why she will not talk to him & she forces herself to conceal being raped. They both have a job to do for Downton Abbey & carry on in painful silence.
Thomas Barrow suggested Phyllis Baxter as the new maid to Lady Cora. Baxter turns out to be a progressive woman who introduces Cora to American orange juice. She also brings to the other maids & cooks a sewing machine used by a foot peddle to work faster. Mrs. Patmore doesn't like the new idea because she is a traditionalist.
Anna is confronted by Mrs. Hughes who begs her to tell John what had happened to her. She thinks that keeping the secret will destroy their relationship & marriage. Anna says “no” because she is afraid of what John might do to the man who raped her. She lives in fear that he might go to prison & will lose him for good. John over hears their conversation by standing in the corner of the hallway.
Meanwhile, Lady Mary is given a newspaper showing an announcement of Lord Gillingham's engagement. It bothers her because she turned his proposal of marriage down & let him kiss her when they said goodbye. Mary writes a congratulatory note & wipes away some tears. Did she care for Gillingham more than she let on?
Anna is the maid to Lady Mary who feels that there is something wrong. She asks why Anna hasn't moved back into the cottage from the house. Anna doesn't want to answer. John keeps pushing Anna for an answer by searching for questions. He finally asks her if she stopped loving him.