The period drama “Downton Abbey” (PBS) can be seen each Sunday evening at 9/8 p.m. (Check your local listing for time zones). Last night's episode on Jan. 12, 2014 was called “4.2”, which means “Season Four/Episode Two.” The PBS TV ratings are not yet available. Last week's season premiere garnered 10.2 million TV viewers. It was a 2-hour episode that made history on PBS as the highest rated premiere ever for a period drama.
“Downton Abbey” stars, Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Jim Carter (Mr. Carson), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Rob James-Collier (Thomas Barrow), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley), Maggie Smith (Violet Crawley), Allen Leech (Tom Branson) plus 15 other ensemble characters.
“4.2” opened with guests arriving at “Downton Abbey” for a weekend party. Hugh & his wife Cora hold a house warming tea upstairs. Lady Mary strikes up a conversation with Anthony Foyle who is now “Lord Gillingham.” The cooks, maids, footman & butlers downstairs prepare for all of the guests. They have to match up the help with all of the visitors.
The house guests talk about the poker game the night before at breakfast. The footman & butlers downstairs also discuss that poker game. Mary goes horseback riding along with Lord Gillingham & they talk about death plus moving on with life. The footman work meticulously at setting the tables in a manner of grand style for lunch & dinner.
Mary & Hugh have a small discussion about the business side of taking care of Downton Abbey. She inherited a portion of the estate after her husband Matthew died six months ago. A high stakes poker game goes on a second night as Hugh loses to a house guest named Mr. Sampson. Meanwhile, there is a dance put on by the residents of the Abbey.
Footman Jimmy Kent, hurt his wrist after opening a jar of jelly. Mr. Carson has to look for another footman to help out with the guests. Violet has a quiet conversation with Isobel Crawley about her grief over her son Matthew's death. Cora is upset because the opera singer who was invited to perform was asked to stay in her room during dinner. She tells Hugh to bring her down to eat with all the other guests.
That opera singer performs after dinner as the maids, cooks, footman plus butlers get to attend upstairs. At the same time downstairs, maid Anna Bates is attacked & raped. Mr. Sampson loses a lot of money during a third poker game upstairs.
Will Anna speak out about her attack or does she just live with it? Why does maid Edna Braithwaite go into Tom Branson's room at night? Was Mr. Sampson a cheat at Poker? - You can watch the full episode of “4.2” at the official website of “Downton Abbey.”