Downton Abbey January 26 Episode: Mr. Bates Looks for Answers (VIDEO)
The January 26 episode of Downton Abbey turns up the drama downstairs with the addition of a new lady’s maid for Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). This season the Countess has had a particularly hard time keeping help around (not that we were sorry to see any of them go). Now perhaps things will improve with the reserved Phyllis Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) hired on.
Unfortunately for Baxter, however, the manipulative underbutler Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier) holds some kind of sway over her. He looks particularly happy in the preview and as any long-time Downton fan knows, Thomas smiling rarely means something good for anyone but Thomas.
The secret has driven a wedge between the formerly happy couple. Anna left their cozy cottage for a single room at Downton and, understandably, Mr. Bates is worried and confused by the sudden change in his wife.
He is also committed to uncovering what has happened. As he vowed at the end of the January 19 show, Bates will find answers. This latest installment looks to mark the start of that fact-finding mission. Let’s hope justice for Anna and no prison time for Bates waits at the end of this quest.